When an Herbalist Goes Overseas: First Aid Kit

Like any good herbalist, I have multiple kitchen cupboards filled with dried herbs, homemade tinctures, infused oils, and assorted encapsulated herbs for just about any kind of minor medical need you can imagine. Having never traveled much before, let alone outside of the country, I’ve never really thought about what I would take with me for an extended travel first kit using herbs/natural remedies.

My trip is less than 5 months away at this point, but I that the big day is going to be here before I know it. So this morning I sat down and put together my herbal first aid kit for my travels. I’m not sure how well tinctures will travel, so I only included easy to transport items. I have time to make changes if I need to, but I think this is a good kit.

*Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only. As an herbalist, I am not a doctor, nor do I diagnose or treat diseases. Okay? Okay. *

So here’s what I’ve packed (at least so far) and why:

Activated Charcoal: I use this for food poisoning, gastroenteritis, insect bites/stings, and/or other digestive disturbances.

White Willow Bark: An herbal alternative to aspirin: for headaches, minor pain relief, or topically as an astringent for minor injuries.

Papaya Enzymes: Digestive support aid for indigestion, upset stomach, overeating, nausea.

Adrenal Support: I’ll be taking this daily for immune system and nervous system support.

Goldenseal: Used for minor infections (both internally or topically), may also be used to support digestive and immune system health.

Allergy Relief Capsules: In the event of any minor indoor or outdoor allergic reactions.

Also packed: herbal cough drops, calendula salve (natural antibiotic/first aid ointment), bandages, gauze, cotton swabs, tweezers, a butterfly bandage, joint/muscle cream, an alcohol swab, spare lip balm, and a nail clippers.


Whew! I think that’s it. Oh, man. Having one more prepared for my trip feels so great! It’s really starting to sink in that I’m actually going to Japan. Ahhhh!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!!!

Until next time….


Thanks for reading!

Shiga Shar

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ありがとう // Arigatou // Thank you!





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