Travel & Motion Sickness
As a child my parents took my brother and I to Italy for our summer holidays. We didn’t always fly and sometimes we would drive. I always preferred flying because I experienced terrible motion sickness both on the ferry crossing and on the drive around the winding roads of the French & Italian Alps.
So what is motion sickness? The symptoms generally consist of dizziness, fatigue and nausea and can also cause vomiting. It is a disturbance of the inner ear resulting from repeated motion of driving through winding roads, the swell of the sea, even turbulence when traveling by plane. This all causes the sensory receptors to the brain to become over stimulated leading to the feeling of motion sickness. I wish my parents had known about homeopathy back then.
There are quite a few homeopathic remedies that can be taken but the ones that I find work the best are:-
Borax – This remedy is a great remedy when you feel worse for downward motion e.g. when a plane is landing or when a boat is in a swell with an upwards and downwards motion.
Cocculus – A great remedy for motion sickness with dizziness. There is a feeling of dizziness with waves of nausea and all you want to do is lie down. The thought of any food will make you feel ill. It is worse for fresh air. There may also be some anxiety.
Petroleum – Surprisingly this remedy is worse for fresh air, like Cocculus, but there is less dizziness. There is an empty hungry feeling in the stomach with a dull, heavy headache.
Tabacum – There is extreme nausea with violent vomiting and cold perspiration, the face will be very pale and you will feel better for fresh air.
The beauty of homeopathic remedies are they are free from any side effects such as drowsiness and constipation. If you would like to find out more about homeopathy and how you can incorporate it into your everyday life for common ailments please feel free to contact me.