Cabin Crew Life: Natural remedies to relieve discomfort

Flight attendants are prone to getting sick more often than others largely due to the physical demands of the job.

When we begin to experience any sort of discomfort, many of us turn to natural remedies for relief, so that we can return to our hectic schedules as soon as possible with minimal disruption.

While I’m no healthcare professional, here are some of the products I’ve used to eliminate signs and symptoms of illness by referral from my colleagues:

  1. Tiger Balm: This natural pain-relieving ointment was created by a Chinese herbalist in the 1870s. It helps to reduce blood flow and swelling, and is similar to vaseline in texture. It contains active ingredients; Camphor 11%, Menthol 10%, Cajuput Oil 7%, Dementholised Mint Oil 6% and Clove Oil 5%. Cabin Crew always purchase this item when visiting Thailand, often for neck and back pain.
  2. Olbas Oil: Blocked nose? This powerful decongestant agent provides instant relief. A few drops on a cloth or even in a hot shower can help to alleviate cold like symptoms. You can also rub some of it onto achy joints and muscles to ease pain.
  3. Vitamin supplements/sachets: Need a boost of energy? Put down the Red Bull and take vitamins and supplements that are high in rhodiola (decreases stress and make you feel more alert), magnesium (for muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and energy production) and vitamin C and D (for bone health and better muscular function). As a substitute for these products, Cabin Crew tend to carry multi-vitamin sachets to mix with water on flights. While they are hydrating, you need to be mindful of the sugar content in them.
  4. Honey, ginger and lemon: On every flight there is that one crew member with a large water bottle FULL of lemons (sometimes even carrots, celery and cucumber). As funny as this may seem, they’re not wrong for including these items in their beverage. This unique concoction can act a detox drink and can help boost your metabolism. Honey and ginger can also be added and soothe a sore throat, ease a cough, assist with digestion, stress as well as join and muscle pain among others.
  5. Herbel Teas: I’m not a fan of chai myslef, but if I experience cold like symptoms this is the first method of relief that I turn to. White and green tea are known to kill pathogenic bacteria in your body, as well as teas containing lemongrass, ginger root, elder berry and sage. My go to choice is Johar Joshanda, a Pakistani tea containing liquorice, Malabar nut, hyssop, tea, peppermint, fennel and eucalyptus. I can’t vouch for the taste, but IT DOES WORK.

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