One in four holiday makers fall ill when abroad[i], 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 from what we are used to or more importantly not prepared for, therefore, without holiday insurance these could be costly ailments.

The key to holiday health is to prepare a travel kit of health essentials and Susanne Haar from Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy suggests a few traditional homeopathic remedies that may be useful.

  • Minor insect bites - Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy survey revealed that 72% of people have been bitten by mosquitoes or other insects when on holiday[ii]. If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten, then Apis may be helpful. Apis is traditionally used for all types of insect bites, where there is mild swelling, and itching at the site of the irritation. Some bites and stings can trigger allergic reactions so if you are at all concerned you should seek medical attention.
  • Jet-lag – Besides bruising, homeopathic Arnica is also traditionally used to help relieve tiredness so could be considered a must for your travels.
  • Upset stomach - Arsenicum is traditionally used for mild stomach ache and upset that is associated with a change in diet. If you enjoy indulging on holiday, and don’t know when to stop Nux Vomica can be a useful remedy to help relieve the nauseous symptoms of overindulgence allowing you to feel more human again!

Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy is 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.

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.

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.

[ii] Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy survey 2013