According to Nelsons Pharmacy an alarming 22% of people don’t purchase holiday health insurance when they go abroad[i]. One in four holiday makers are set to fall ill when abroad[ii], with the most common ailments being upset tummies, over indulgence, mosquito bites and sunburn. All of these can happen easily, especially in countries where the food and climates are different to what we are used to or more importantly not prepared for, therefore, without holiday insurance these could be costly ailments.

 Nelsons Pharmacy survey discovered that only 11% of people learn the word ‘Pharmacy’ before they go abroad, however 48% of people surveyed had to visit a pharmacist when on holiday. The key to holiday health is to prepare a travel kit of health essentials, including painkillers, antiseptic, insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea pills. These will be useful wherever you’re going.

Susanne Haar, Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacist recommends the following homeopathic holiday health remedies:
  • Nelsons Pharmacy survey revealed that 72% of people have been bitten by mosquitoes or other insects when on holiday. If you are unfortunate to get any insect bites, then Apis may be a beneficial remedy to take. Apis is great for all types of insect bites, where there is mild swelling, burning, stinging and itching at the site of the irritation.
  • Jet-lag - Arnica is also a must for your travels; it is a great remedy for knocks, bumps or bruises as well as helping jet-lag if taken before and after the flight.
  • Upset stomach - Arsenicum is beneficial as it can help treat an upset stomach. Arsenicum also helps relieve mild burning stomach pains. If you enjoy indulging on holiday, but don’t fancy the nausea type symptoms that can sometimes occur as a result, then Nux Vomica ideal. Nux Vomica is great to help treat the symptoms of over-indulging in food and helps you to feel more human again!
  • Sunburn - If you are a sun worshipper, but feel the effects, then taking the remedy Sol can help combat the symptoms of heat exhaustion such as headaches and mild sunburn. As preventative actions, it is important to remember to keep hydrated if you are visiting warmer climates and apply sun protection regularly.

Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy is also offering the general public FREE homeopathic advice on minor health queries, so email yours over before you go on holiday. The staff at Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy are fully trained and registered and can provide homeopathic and natural healthcare advice on a huge range of common ailments. They also offer a hand-dispensed homeopathic prescription service for doctors and professional homeopaths from their vast bank of homeopathic remedies, all potencies and substances are prepared to order.

 The online advisory service is easy to use, just email your query to homeopathyhelp@nelsons.net and inquiries will be answered by a registered homeopath within 24 hours of receipt.   Homeopathy stimulates a natural healing process through remedies by stimulating the body's own natural forces of recovery. Homeopathy is suitable for all the family.

 The UK’s Homeopathy Awareness Week takes place from 14th - 21st June 2013 and this year’s theme is holiday health. To book a homeopathic consultation in Nelsons Pharmacy or over Skype, please call 020 7629 3118 or email nelsonspharmacy@nelsons.net. For more information about the remedies or to order from the mail order service, call 020 7079 1288 or visit the online shop www.nelsonshomeopathy.com. Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy is based at 87d Duke St, London, W1.

[i] Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy survey, Opinion Matters, 1885 respondents