Traveling around the holidays can elicit feelings of stress and agitation. Past family gatherings, canceled flights, rushing, and pleasing can all add to high tension levels. Today, holiday travel can mean a short drive to grandma’s house or a hectic five-store excursion to find the perfect gift.
“In addition to taking time to breathe, you might consider packing a few homeopathic medicines for some added help in managing symptoms of stress,” says Dr. Heidi Weinhold, a naturopath and homeopathic medicines expert. Having these singles by your side can bring welcome relief through the hustle and bustle of the season and all that comes with it.
Gelsemium sempervirens 30C is a homeopathic medicine commonly used for stage fright or situational stress.* It can come to the rescue when you are apprehensive about a stressful event or encounter, or nervous about flying — especially when this fear has you trembling or is accompanied by a headache.
Nux vomica 30C is the medicine of choice for Type A personalities. “It’s for those kinds of people who can’t sleep after 3 a.m., get irritable, and crave stimulants like caffeine,” explains Weinhold. While it’s widely known as the “hangover remedy,” it also addresses bloating, headaches, nausea, and sluggishness after an evening of eating or drinking too much.*
Extra errands, financial strains, social situations, and more are common sources of tension this time of year. Ignatia amara 30C is ideal for symptoms like nervousness and hypersensitivity due everyday holiday stress.* Weinhold says it’s an option that might be appropriate to be used by professional health providers for longer term or deeper emotional issues that can be exacerbating when individuals are not used to facing the holidays alone.
“One of the advantages of homeopathy is that it doesn’t interfere with other medications, and the medicines are discreet and easy to take,” says Weinhold. To use, she recommends dissolving 5 pellets under the tongue of the homeopathic medicine that most closely matches your symptoms. Then, wait an hour or two and repeat if necessary until symptoms subside.
For other tips about homeopathic medicines and how to use them, visit Dr.Heidi.net.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.