Let’s take a quick look at some fantastic natural products that you should not hesitate to be adding to you travel checklist!
Your spiritual or yoga retreats are designed to help you renew your connection with nature, the Earth and the universe. It’s an experience which few people will forget because of the places of stunning natural beauty in which retreats tend to be set.
They tend to be a journey for you on at least two levels. Spiritually and physically.
It does seem a shame however to mar your forthcoming boosted connectivity with nature by taking nasty plastic supermarket-bought products with you. Aren’t there some natural alternatives to pills and greasy lotions i hear you ask?
Yes, there are. As long as you know what you are looking for.
Here you’ll find my top 10 list of natural essentials for your travel checklist. While this is designed to be useful for someone planning their trip, it’s also good advice for anyone who loves natural products and travelling …..
This certified 100% natural anti mosquito spray is a good alternative to aerosol cans and thicker creams.
The Amazon jungle is home to a whole lot of insect life – as all jungles should be! – but if you prefer to keep a little distance between appreciating or understanding the local insect population and having it physically on eating you, this is a solid choice!
It’s been tested against ticks and spiders as well as all types of insects (for which it has won awards) and also meets all the required UK standards in terms of effectiveness and safety.
Travelling can have some uncomfortable consequences in the bowel department even if you’re used to trekking around the world.
A warm and soothing cup of this healthy tea after dinner each night can really help to settle your stomach.
You can’t get much more natural and healthy than oregano oil. It is:
Which makes it brilliant in a huge number of situations you might face when travelling.
For instance, if you feel a bit of a sniffle coming on all you need to do is put a few drops of oil in a little water and drink.
Likewise, to prevent that little sniffle coming on, take a little after you’ve been packed into a plane or coach for a few hours.That sealed sort of environment is the perfect spot to pick something up. Oregano oil can help fight it off.
The active ingredient in the oil – which is called carvacrol – also repels insects, so a diluted mix of the oil makes for a good back-up if other repellents don’t work for you. It works equally well on people and furniture.
And if you’ve left it too late and have somehow already been bitten, it can also help seal those insect bites.
That’s not bad for one little natural remedy!
It’s easy to forget that when travelling under something like a jungle canopy the sun still usually finds a way to get through to you. This makes it absolutely vital that you pack and regularly top yourself up with sun protection that is a chemical free sun lotion.
The usual greasy sun tan lotion you can buy in supermarkets tends to contain all sorts of unpleasant compounds and chemicals that stay around in your body long after you’ve washed off your lotion.
The dangers of burning yourself are heightened when away from your normal region because your body simply won’t be used to the increased rays.
Whichever brand you choose, make sure that you get maximum protection. Otherwise, your spiritual and relaxing experience is going to be marred by pain and scratching your burnt red patches of skin all the time.
Don’t let it happen to you!
Another natural remedy that’s well regarded for a very good reason is ginger. You can take it in capsule form or simply finely dice it and have it in some hot water with lemon for a surprisingly tasty drink.
This makes it ideal for your travel checklist and long trips followed by places where sunburn or bug bites might be a possibility if you don’t take care.
Hand wipes or baby wipes are essential for your travel checklist in all sorts of situations. They’re perfect for a cheeky personal groom when you’re en route somewhere and a shower isn’t immediately available.
This sort of pseudo wash can really perk you up. They also serve the reserve purpose of helping you clean up all kinds of mess and excess too.
They’re basically a must. The only downside is that most wipes don’t break down when you throw them away.
So try some all-natural biodegradable wipes like the ones from Ecover. They have the added advantages of being not tested on animals and being deadly to 99.9% of bacteria too.
Natural deodorants can be a bit hit and miss. Either they smell great but wear off easily. Or they work okay but they don’t smell very nice.
Jason, however, have a pretty solid range of natural products.
They seem to last well and they don’t contain any aluminium, parabens or any of the other ingredients of most store-purchased deodorants which can be harmful or unpleasant. Plus, they smell great!!
Well worth checking out if you’re still on your quest for the ever-elusive perfect natural deodorant.
Dr. Fedorenko True Organic may have a weird company name, but their “Skin stick” body, cheek and lip moisturiser is a great idea. It’s ultimately portable and lets you do away with a whole bunch of beauty products in one go.
The same company also makes “Bug stick”, which is an all-in-one bug repellent which also comes in handy stick format.
It’s mainly made from beeswax and a selection of oils which bugs dislike, so it makes for a super alternative if none of the other natural insect repellents in this list take your fancy.
Honey does seem to be everywhere these days, but why wouldn’t it be – especially when you look at interesting (and highly effective) ideas like honey salve. But why are we saying it should be included on your travel checklist?
Made by a company called Farmacy, it’s a formula essentially based on natural honey which works in much the same way as petroleum jelly or Germoline, only theoretically better.
Whether you suffer from dry skin conditions, eczema, irritation or rashes or you have cuts, bites or other abrasions, simply wipe a little bit of this on.
It has the benefits of letting the wound breathe as well as containing natural antiseptics.
Many people struggle to relax enough to sleep well when they’re travelling. Different bedding, different sights, different temperatures and often many different sounds from their normal environment.
Equally, many people aren’t fans of sleep aids that actively knock you out or which include drugs that induce a state of unconsciousness.
Badger Organic Sleep Balm and other products like it represent a way to relax naturally in order to make falling asleep that much easier.
It’s all the better when you’re doing something like an travel experience such as a retreat which, after all, is designed to promote a feeling of connectedness with the rest of the natural world.
It contains Rosemary, Bergamot and Balsam Fir to promote a calm and quiet state of mind. All you do is spread it on your hands, chest, feet or lips and let it work its natural magic!
What natural products and essentials do you make sure are on your travel checklist? We’d love to hear more ideas in the comments below…
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