Here are 3 small, but incredibly useful additions to your summer holiday medicine kit. They are all ideally sized to throw in your handbag as you rush out of the door after the kids on summer day trips too.
First up is a product to soothe your headache – the Arkopharma Migrastick, an all-natural alternative to conventional painkillers which uses 100% pure and natural essential oils to help relieve pain caused by headaches and migraines.
Simply roll over temples, forehead or nape of the neck using circular massage movements.
|The Migrastick with its rollerball
I was a little sceptical, I admit but it has a refreshing smell and is surprisingly cooling and long-lasting when applied to the temples. I think it would certainly help soothe a brewing headache when you are miles away from a pharmacy.
A note of warning though, you cannot use this product if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you suffer from epilepsy. And, it’s not for use on children under the age of 12.
Migrastick is small enough to have on you at all times. It’s also reasonably priced at £6.29 and is available from Amazon, Holland & Barrett and selected independent pharmacies and health stores nationwide.
Nausea and travel sickness
If you suffer from traveller’s tummy or are feeling a bit nauseous from too much sun, try – Tasty ginger and caramel sweets. They contain a massive 30% ginger per sweet.
Working mainly in the digestive tract, ginger helps to boost digestive fluids and neutralize acids, making it an effective alternative to anti-nausea medication, without the possible unpleasant side effects. These are ideal travel sweets to keep in the car’s glove compartment to calm wobbly tummies without having to break out the travel sickness pills.
|Gin Gins from The Ginger People
They taste like a zingy, ginger, more chewy version of Werther’s Originals and certainly have a kick to them. The ginger may also help mums to be fighting morning sickness. Gin Gins Caramel are available from and Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.
Finally, there is Zap-It! I don’t know about you but mosquitoes and midges seem to love biting me in the hot weather. They have a way of putting a real dampener on things when you’re outside, with their dive-bombing and blood-sucking antics.
So whether you’re backpacking through South America, camping at a festival, out for a run or just barbecuing in your back garden (guess which one I do the most of!), Zap-It! is a handy gadget in your armoury against those big, angry red bites.
It can be used as and when required by all the family, but not on babies less than 2 years of age.
Zap-It! will stop the itching and reduce the swelling of the bite (but note: it will not remove toxins or infection). You simply place the flat end of the gadget on to the bite on your skin, hold the Zap-It! between your first 2 fingers and squeeze the button with your thumb.
Press the button quickly, 5 times or more as soon as possible after being bitten for fast relief. The Zap-It! will also work through light fabrics.
Each Zap-It! will relieve up to 1,000 bites – enough for many years of bites or itches! It is available in different colours from selected health stores, pharmacies, garden centres, all Asda shops and Superdrug. Zap-It! is also available online from or www.ecobrands.co.uk.
Three cheap, simple items that are easy to throw in your bag. What are your must-have travel health essentials?