I was a nurse for 7 years before having kids, after kids, I started looking more into natural remedies, and taking care of my kids with natural means, as much as possible, when they were sick.
I quickly stumbled on essentials oils, which pretty much everyone who knows me knows that I love to use them. I also started looking a bit into homeopathy and other naturals ways to take care of ourselves and our kids, like Boiron products. I like the ones that are ready for sicknesses that may come up. They are great to have on hand and are usually very effective in my experience.
The world of natural remedies really intrigues me, and I have seen some of the remedies and oils work right before my eyes. I now know that many of these remedies do work very well. We are by no means an all natural family, and are still working on improving our diet (which seems to be even harder to do on the road). But using oils and natural remedies as much as possible has been our goal!
While traveling, it is great to have a little arsenal of natural products, and OTC medications too, just in case you need them while out in the wilderness. I have seen natural remedies work well, and prevent us from needing further help on many occasions, so they are a great first line to use in many instances when we have issues arrive.
I now carry a small first aid kit in my backpack, along with a cold compress for any small accidents or trips, which now seem to happen every other day with our kids. I also carry a small pack of essential oils. I have a larger container with oils in the RV, that have been so helpful for natural cleaning, and stinky RV moments as well. You can sprinkle them around the RV, put them on a cloth, make a natural room spray, use them in the diffuser overnight, or just hold the open bottle near your nose to make the smells so much better! My 3 favorite oils to use for cleaning, and covering smells are Peppermint, Lemon, and Orange. These have been essential (no pun intended) for us for RV travel.
Essential oils and essential oil products that I like to always have on hand and carry in my bag:
- On Guard/Thieves
- Digestive Blend
- Natural bug spray
- a natural after bite stick
These oils and natural remedies all have multiple benefits, but overall, they have cleansing, and bug repelling properties that come in handy when out on a hike or after being bit too.
Natural sunscreens are also a great thing to carry while traveling, though we do use regular bug spray and sunscreen, when needed as well.
A few more natural remedies that we have in the RV are:
- Garlic Ear Oil – for any ear pains that my come up (has proven to be effective for us)
- Activated Charcoal – Draws out impurities and reduces absorption of poison or bites. Good activated charcoal can be used topically or internally (with direction of knowledgeable Dr)
- Bentonite Clay – Another great detoxifier that you can take internally (with direction from a Dr) or use topically.
- Baking Soda – Baking soda is another neutralizer that draws out impurities, and of course it is also good for neutralizing odors and soaking up wetness at the bottom of a trash can.
Some of the OTC meds or items that I keep close by and have gotten good use out of:
- Hydrocortisone Cream – For reactions, or itchiness.
- Antibiotic cream – For cuts and scrapes.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – Cleanser
- Isopropyl Alcohol – Cleanser’
- Benadryl – For allergic reactions or itching.
We would love to hear what types of items for bug repellent, sunscreen, and first aid that you usually have on you, or have proven to be effective for you. Let us know in the comments!