10 Natural Remedies for Travellers

Whether it's insect bites, travel sickness or sore throat, we have a natural, easy-to-find, remedy for your ailment.

By Silver Travel Advisor on 07 April 2014 in Travel Articles

According to the over 50s travel specialist Silver Travel Advisor, ordinary foods can be a life-saving medical aid, particularly when travelling. Simple, natural and inexpensive ingredients such as tomatoes, ginger, avocadoes or salt can be used to alleviate sunburn, stings and bites, nausea, flatulence, travel sickness, sore throats and mouth ulcers.

1) TOMATOES — great for insect bites

Natural remedies for travellers: tomatoes

Tomatoes are invaluable travel companions. To stop itching and swelling, slice and apply raw tomato to insect bites. If hair takes on a tinge of green after swimming in a chlorine laden pool, comb tomato sauce through it. Adding two cup fulls of tomato juice to a warm bath helps dispel the odours of excess perspiration, especially in hot climates. Sit in the tomato infused water for 15 — 20 minutes and you’ll be ready to face the heat again.

2) VINEGAR — against jellyfish stings

Natural remedies for travellers: vinegar

The pain of jellyfish stings can be alleviated immediately by dousing the area with vinegar and rinsing with salt water (the sea will do). Remove tentacles by scraping them off with a sea-shell or credit card and apply a cold compress. Never rinse stings with alcohol or fresh water because the pain and stinging will get worse.

3) GINGER — cure for sore throats

Natural remedies for travellers: ginger

A cold or sore throat is a miserable holiday companion. Infuse a mug of boiled water with ginger to create a fast and simple cure for sore throats, especially if caught in a monsoon or on the promenade on a wet afternoon in Bognor. Ginger can also be taken to suppress nausea and alleviate motion sickness.

4) SALT — oust the ulcer

Natural remedies for travellers: salt

Raid the condiment pots in hotels and restaurants, or pick up a salt on the plane, and salt apply directly to mouth ulcers. It’ll sting at first, but the soreness of the ulcer fades like magic. Alternatively if a glass of water and a sink are at hand, regular saltwater mouth washes have the same effect.

5) YOGURT — the essential travel medicine

Natural remedies for travellers: yogurt

Yoghurt is one of the greatest and healthiest food aids. It’s an antibiotic, an immunity booster and helps clear up travellers’ diarrhea, it also soothes ulcers and rids women of yeast infections. Check the label first to make sure it contains a live acidophilus culture.

6) CINNAMON — settle nausea and upset stomachs

Natural remedies for travellers: cinnamon

Found naturally throughout Asia and the Far East and in supermarkets worldwide, cinnamon has an antimicrobial action and can quickly settle nausea and upset stomachs. Eat it in stews, on toast, in desserts and teas and a daily does will keep the doctor away.

7) COFFEE — aromatic insect repellent

Natural remedies for travellers: coffee

Apply a lighted match to a small container of ground coffee to keep wasps away. Just a couple of teaspoons on a saucer or small dish will smoulder for hours, it’s cheap to top up and even if the wasps persist, it smells nice.

8) BANANAS — the stressed traveller’s best friend

Natural remedies for travellers: bananas

To counteract anxiety caused by airport queues, flight delays and general travel stresses, bite on a banana. This happy fruit’s 105 calories and 14g of sugar provides a mild blood sugar boost which helps the brain produce mellowing serotonin.

9) AVOCADO — sunscreen

Natural remedies for travellers: avocado

For an emergency sunscreen, slice open an avocado. This oil-rich, nutrient rich and delicious fruit offers rapid skin penetration which quickly protects, softens and soothes the skin. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, or a more conventional sunscreen is at hand, apply as a skin moisturizer, cleansing cream, makeup base, bath oil, and hair conditioner.

10) COCA-COLA — once bitten

Natural remedies for travellers: Coca Cola

Globally available Coca-Cola can be used to take the pain out of a wasp sting, but never use on a bee sting. Cola contains phosphoric acid, which counters an alkaline wasp sting whereas bee stings are acidic and Cola would have no effect.

Coca Cola image via Flickr

Do you know of any other natural remedies? Tell us about them in the comments below.


Dave ( Silverbackpacker ), Philippines

Aloe Vera for sunburn and rashes.
Tumeric powder for cuts
Ginger,honey and lemon in hot water for colds and flu

6 June, 2014

Monique - Papillon Reizen, Mali

Blueberries against traveller's diarrhea.
Sage (as a herbal tea) against sore throat.

1 June, 2014

Brittany, Tampa

Yogurt is a "probiotic" not an antibiotic.

30 May, 2014

Olive Arnott, Port Moody, B.C. Canada

Vanilla stops stinging of burns from hot oven etc.

1 May, 2014

Harmony Hall Resorts, St.Vincent, St.Vincent West Indies

Tooth paste, not the gel, but the plain paste works to remove stings of almost any sort. From Jelly fish to poison ivy to bee stings. Just apply the paste for immediate relief.

7 April, 2014

Jeane, @delightfulrepas

That sure beats the only other jellyfish sting remedy I've heard of!

7 April, 2014

Sanchita Sarkar, @sanchitassarkar

Nice tips. You can also add clove for mountain sickness and sea sickness.

7 April, 2014

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