Don’t let holiday travel and stress get the best of you! Try these homeopathic tips for healthy holidays to stay well in this season when families are close, travel is frequent and the food is awesome (and hard to resist!).

There are lots of opportunities to get sick during this season: unhealthy food is abundant, stress and fatigue from travel reduce the immune system’s responsiveness and germs are easily swapped in close proximity with our families (not to mention airplanes—yuck!).

It’s no fun to be sick during the holidays!

The most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself.

Get as much sleep as possible, drink plenty of water (not juice, not soda, not Gatorade®—WATER!), keep your sugar intake low, wash your hands frequently, get outdoors to breathe some fresh air and stay warm and dry when you can.

It may also help to increase vitamin C intake and take some vitamin D3 on a daily basis.

Now that we’ve sounded like your grandmother (who was very wise!), let’s get some really good homeopathy tips in your hands.**

(If Grandma had known about these, we bet she would have passed them on, too!)

If you are traveling, prepare yourself with the above advice for several days ahead of the trip. Then, take our handpicked remedies with you.

Our personal short list homeopathic travel kit includes homeopathic Oscillococcinum® flu remedy, homeopathic cold combination tablets such as Coldcalm®, our HCH First Aid Cream and HCH Joint and Muscle Cream, HCH Sinus Nasal Spray, nux vomica and arsenicum album 6c or 30c. This time of year, we also typically include a homeopathic cough remedy as well.**

‡Oscillococcinum® flu remedy can be used to help boost your system to fight off viruses (including the flu, colds and stomach viruses) quite well if taken early. That’s why we give our loved ones a few pellets daily!

Personally, we take it 2 or 3 times on days of air travel as a basic immune system support. While it is mostly known for reducing flu symptoms, it can help with the nausea and other symptoms from so-called stomach bugs. In our 20+ years of experience with it, we have seen that it also seems to help boost the system to resist illness.

‡Coldcalm® and other similar homeopathic cold combinations are also great for travel. They pack easily, are low potency (so they’re not as negatively affected by airport X-rays as higher potencies may be) and have a broad combination of remedies that will help with the most common cold symptoms, including fever, sore throat and even nausea.

Coldcalm® and some other combination cold remedies incorporate some cough remedies as well. Read the label indications to be sure.

Arsenicum is our recommendation for travelers. ‡**Traveling brings new foods and different drinking water into your system, so this aid for nausea, diarrhea, cramping and vomiting from bad food and water is great to have. It also can help with certain types of coughs and motion sickness.

**Nux vomica can also help with nausea and with digestive symptoms related to overeating, overdrinking, overwork or lack of sleep. If something can be overdone and brings on symptoms, nux can be your friend. That’s what makes it so great for this season of overindulgence.

Nux vomica helps with nasal congestion from colds, allergies and dry, heated air, especially congestion that moves from side to side when you roll over in bed! It’s also great for hangovers (just sayin’!) and relieves constipation from too many hours in a car or airplane seat.

‡Joint and Muscle Pain Cream is great for anything related to joints or soft tissue—strains, sprains, overuse, pain from tears and even bruising—which is why I travel with it. Murphy’s Law reigns during travel. Have you ever dropped your suitcase off the luggage carousel onto your toe? Too bad it won’t fix your abused luggage!

‡Homeo-Health, Inc., First Aid Cream (available in two sizes, exclusively through our office) is also great for scrapes, cuts, burns, sunburns and almost any other skin injury or irritation—the typical things that Murphy’s mischievous elves also see to during holiday celebrations and travel.

‡Our HCH Sinus Nasal Spray is great for keeping your nasal passages moist while soothing the irritation and congestion that can come from colds, flu or simply dry, heated air.

Arm yourself now for those minor problems that creep into the holidays, so you can enjoy the moments that matter most with the people you love. No more excusing yourself from the Thanksgiving dinner table every 2 minutes to blow your nose!

Homeopathy is a great choice for discerning families seeking a holistic answer for holiday (or everyday!) health! Please call us at 713-366-8700 if you need an appointment with one of our practitioners (appointments available wherever you are!) or if you would like to purchase some of our exclusive HCH and Homeo-Health, Inc., products! Make sure you also watch for our online store and product line introduction in coming months!

If you feel out of your league but want to use homeopathy as an alternative for any minor illness for you or your children, whether from travel or anything else, such as ear or throat infections or croupy coughs in little ones, we offer an inexpensive, minor acute illness consultation through our office.

You can fill out our simple acute care intake forms and fax, email, mail or bring them to the office, and we will get you in with the first available consultant. You don’t even have to leave home!

Our appointments are quickly and conveniently available via phone from wherever you are, and then we ship your remedies to you. If you’re in the Houston area, you may choose to pick them up yourself from our office.

‡ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
** This information is for educational purposes for self-care of minor symptoms only, based upon standard homeopathic indications as outlined in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States, and is not meant as medical advice. If you have a medical problem, please consult a qualified practitioner.
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