Ease The Stress Of Travel With Bach Flower Remedies

They say that travel broadens the mind. It also empties your wallet and is rarely straightforward! My teenage son is off to Honduras on a scientific expedition in a couple of days. The planning that has gone into this trip has been like a military operation. Lists litter my desk – essential equipment, medical kit, dive gear, jungle clothes, currency, travel documents, flight details and more. There have been times when my mind has been on a loop with these lists. I’ve woken in the middle of the night thinking about the things that we may have missed and have been distracted during the day with this trip on my mind.

Luckily, I know that there is a solution for worrying thoughts. White Chestnut, one of the 38 remedies that make up Dr Edward Bach’s system of healing, is designed to deal with exactly this kind of worry. I took 2 drops in a glass of water which I sipped throughout the day and in a few days my mind was clear. Once again, I was able to control my thinking, instead of it running itself like a hamster on a wheel!

There are many other Bach Flower Remedies that help with travel. Here are a few:

Mimulus:

Mimulus is the remedy for any fears or anxieties that you can put a name to. Here are some examples:

  • Fear of being in an unfamiliar place or being unable to speak the language.
  • Fear of ‘foreign’ food.
  • Fear of missing a flight or connection.
  • Fear of driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
  • Fear of getting lost.
  • Fear of terrorists.

Mimulus will give you a sense of ease and that everything is alright.

Fear of flying may be helped by Mimulus, however, it is a complicated condition to treat on your own. I recommend that you get the help of an experienced practitioner who will make a personal blend that is tailor-made to your requirements. Remedies worth considering are: Rock Rose for panic and terror; Cherry Plum for feeling hysterical and trying hard to control things and Willow for getting things out of proportion.

Crab Apple:

This remedy helps with obsessive worries about germs, contaminated food and using public toilets. Crab Apple allows you to be relaxed about your surroundings, even if they seem imperfect. It is also helpful to take to give relief from travel constipation.

Honeysuckle:

Honeysuckle stops that homesickness and longing to be back home when you are only half way through your holiday. It allows you to make the most of the here and now.

Impatiens:

If you hate to stand in line and are constantly clock watching Impatiens will give you patience. You may be obsessed with timetables and become irritable if you think you might be late. You may also have road rage. Your holiday may be spoiled by your constant thoughts about ‘what is next?’

Clematis:

This remedy is wonderful for keeping your mind focused on the here and now. If you have a long road trip to do, Clematis will give you the concentration you need to drive safely. It is designed for people who are ‘day dreamy’ and often drift off into their thoughts or who are absent-minded and ‘not with it’. This is also the remedy for bringing your dreams into fruition. If you have been planning that special trip for years and have collected pictures, made lists and itineraries but haven’t actually booked the ticket, then Clematis will help you to make that trip a reality.

Larch:

If you would love to travel but think ‘I can’t’ or if you make up excuses rather than attempt a trip and make a mess of things. It gives you confidence in your own abilities and the drive to ‘go for it’!

Scleranthus:

Scleranthus helps with seasickness and vertigo. It also helps if you are indecisive and swing between two options – camping or hotel, countryside or beach, train or plane and so on.

Red Chestnut:

This remedy helps if you worry about your family members travelling and think that bad things will happen to them. It will help you to radiate positive encouragement to those you love rather than fear.

Centaury:

Centaury helps you to be assertive and stand up for yourself. If you are being offered a different hotel room to the one you booked or if a meal is not up to scratch, then this remedy will help you to quietly but firmly assert yourself.

Elm:

Planning a trip can become arduous and it easy to get bogged down by the many things that need to be done. Even strong, capable people can suddenly become overwhelmed by all the arrangements, lose confidence and feel that it is all too much. Elm takes away the feeling of overwhelm and restores confidence. It also helps you to delegate so that you are able to do what you can in the time you have available.

Walnut:

Walnut helps you to cope with change and adapt to new circumstances and new surroundings.

Beech:

Holidays often bring out the cracks in family relationships. It is easy to feel critical and intolerant when holidays force us to be together 24/7. If you become irritated by the habits and mannerisms of family members, or if they seem to be doing everything ‘wrong’, then Beech will give you the tolerance and acceptance you need to survive the holiday.

Rescue Remedy and Rescue Cream:

These are travel essentials. Rescue Remedy helps for the stress of travel days and if things go wrong on the trip. The cream is brilliant for soothing rashes, grazes, bites and stings.

All you have to do is choose the remedies that best suit you or your family members. You can safely mix up to 7 remedies together to make your personal travel blend. I would recommend that you start to take your blend at least a month before travelling so that you are perfectly in balance when you are on your trip. Bon voyage!