Travel Sickness


If you are going to travel, don’t’ forget to include some basic essentials: long journeys are generally not enjoyable; however, for those that experience the symptoms of travel sickness they can be even more unpleasant. To help relieve these symptoms, remember to pack Nelsons Travella. (€5.99) It contains a unique combination of seven homeopathic remedies, each specifically chosen to help bring soothing relief for the unpleasant symptoms associated with travel sickness.


Planning a boat trip?


Sea-Band (€9.95) is the natural way to relieve motion sickness (GREAT FOR MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY TOO). Sea-band operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist.
They are also suitable for children and help with motion sickness in the car, boat and are great for kids Find out more here Sea-Band


Holiday Anxiety and Fear of Flying


Feeling anxious or overwhelmed are common symptoms of holiday travellers, especially for those who fear flying. The thought of sitting trapped in a plane for even a couple of hours can be a terrifying prospect.

Rescue Remedy (€12.50) taken on the day of the flight can be very helpful in dealing with feelings of anxiety and panic. A few sprays or drops can be taken as often as required during the flight until the person feels calmer and in control. It is also safe to take alongside other medications.


Swollen ankles and tired legs

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If your dream holiday is either to explore a city or simply relax don’t forget to nurture your legs. Swollen ankles can be an unwelcomed side effect of flying, especially on long flights. After a long day sightseeing you may also experience tired and aching legs.

Apply A.Vogel Venagel (€16.75) made from Horse Chestnut as it will cool your legs and help to reduce the swelling and sense of fatigue. Drink plenty of water and try to put your feet up at least once a day.


Sun care from head to toe


Irish skin is not generally accustomed to sunshine, so protecting your sensitive skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays is very important. I have just returned from Spain and I used Parasol (€38.99) for the first time.

I found it great and it is also an Irish brand. It has an innovative broad spectrum with a photostable filtering system. One application per day protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while still letting the sun rays through to give you a lasting tan. Parasol is non-staining, waterproof resistant and includes a wide range of sun factor screens, making it ideal for the entire family.

Optima-Aloe-Pura_Aloe-Vera-Gel-100ml-€4.45After a long day outdoors, you can apply Optima Aloe Pura Vera Gel,(€4.45) a cooling and soothing 100% organic gel which helps to moisture and restore dry and damaged skin.

Smile your way through summer with Optima Aloe Dent Lip Balm,(€3.83) a natural lip balm with UVA and UVB protection. The Tea Tree oil and lysine based formula provides rich and soothing protection for dry & cracked lips from sun exposure. It also helps to prevent the dreaded cold sores I get. Taking Lysine tablets every day when you are away will also help!

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Your hair may also need some special attention. Naturtint 3-in-1 Restructuring spray (€9.99) is essential for anyone who colours their hair as the three active ingredients are designed to rebuild & repair, strengthen & protect and maintain hair colour. Spray onto dry ends throughout the day, to keep your hair hydrated and glossy (free from parabens, silicone and SLS).


First aid kit


Whether going camping or travelling to less developed destinations,Higher Nature Citricidal (€13.52) with grapefruit seed extract is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic for external and internal use.

It has the ability to support the digestive system and taken every day while on holiday, it may help prevent any unwanted bacteria from taking hold, avoiding traveller’s tummy problems. A few drops can cleanse utensils and wash fruit & vegetable safely. It is also a powerful ally for all pregnant women, allowing to prepare a healthy and fresh meal, such as salad during summer time.

Probiotic Complex terranovaBecoming ill with a tummy bug or infection can really ruin a holiday so be prepared and don’t forget to pack a good probiotic. I absolutely love Terranova’s products for so many reasons. The owner of the company Stephen Terrass is such an inspiration. There are no binders or fillers used in any his products. I took these on my holidays and for a week after I returned home!!

Above all have fun. As well as letting the sunshine in, let your inner sunshine glow. Be happy, be healthy and be you xxx

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James was so excited when we arrived in Spain for a holiday recently. We were barely in the door of the apartment when he was ready to go swimming. Then, when we got to the pool soon after, within just ten minutes he slipped and fell.

He wasn’t even running but, still, the poor little thing gave the side of his head an awful bang. We ended up in the local A&E where he had to get three stitches in his ear. James was then told the terrible news that he couldn’t swim for the week. I imagine, when you are four, that this bit of news is the equivalent of being told your life has just ended.

I didn’t even think about insurance for this trip and, when we arrived at the clinic, Mum showed the receptionist her European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and she told us that if I received James’s number she would refund me the money. I did have a card for him, but I’d left it at home. I have to say, my local health center here in Ireland was incredibly helpful and sent me James’s details, but last Friday, after a week of driving in and out of Marbella, the clinic told me the EHIC didn’t actually cover the cost of treatment.

It was a mixture of lost in translation and, very simply, no travel insurance my end. I used to travel with insurance all the time — I had annual cover because I travelled so much — but for some reason lately I have not taken extra insurance out for holidays, and this has proved to be a very costly lesson. My advice to all families is that it is absolutely essential to take out appropriate travel insurance — the EHIC is NOT a substitute, which I found out the hard way.

All Irish residents are entitled to an EHIC, which is issued free by the HSE and gives you access to healthcare in the public system of any EU member state or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay. It is personal to each individual, so infants need a separate card in their own name. However, few countries pay the full cost of healthcare for cardholders.

You will find that many travel insurance companies now insist that you also have an EHIC when travelling to any of the European countries covered by the scheme — or at least they give you better terms if you have a valid card. There’s no place like home, especially when it comes to doctors treating your child.

Our own doctor removed James stitches on Monday, but the poor little thing was already traumatised from his Spanish experience, when five medics held him down to stitch him up and I nearly lost my mind. We met a doctor from Athlone back at the resort and she said they would never do that in Ireland; they anaesthetise children first.

It can be really difficult in a foreign country because of the language barrier and I’m the type of person who likes to be told exactly what’s happening. Needless to say, James really milked it for the week, and I don’t blame him. He’s getting more and more like me every day.

One day, as we were passing the pool, he stopped and stared, and dropped his head and toys and said, ‘Life can be so unfair sometimes, just look at all those kids swimming and having fun!’

During my pregnancy the only thing I asked was that I didn’t get a child like me and it was at this point I knew my greatest fear had been realised. In the next breath he said he felt an ice cream and jellies would help to make it better and maybe pizza for dinner and a toy as we passed through the shop later.

He has done so well out of his ear that we have had arm, leg, toe and back injuries since. We ended up having a lovely week though and I discovered I’m great at games and building sand castles. I was also told that I’m really good at colouring and I don’t even go outside the lines. But if you are heading off with your family make sure you are fully covered and don’t learn the hard way like me!