Despite our best efforts to stay healthy while traveling, sometimes we get sick, injured, have an unfortunate lapse of food poisoning, or just feel tired. Traveling exposes us to a variety of bugs that can increase the likelihood of not quite feeling 100%.
If you travel a lot for work (or play!) and would like to be prepared to avoid feeling not so good, then load up your luggage with some natural goodies to keep you feeling healthy and nourished even though you’re miles away from home.
In March, I seemed to be travelling non stop and was sure to pack the following items as they definitely came in handy.
1. Ginger chews
Ginger is a powerhouse herb. With its anti-inﬂammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties you deﬁnitely want to have this in your purse or pocket while traveling. Ginger is excellent for motion sickness, nausea, migraines, digestion, aches, pains and sinus congestion.
Probiotics encourage a healthy gut environment, which is essential for your entire immune system. Taking probiotics will help maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria, keep your immunity up and digestive system operating healthily. If you happened to have a dodgy meal and contract food poisoning, then having a variety of probiotics on hand, that don’t need refrigerating, are a great idea.
3. Activated charcoal
This supplement is good for relief from food poisoning, when you’ve eaten too much bread, pasta and rice, feel bloated, stomach bugs, gas, bloating and diarrhoea. It reduces toxicity by adsorbing chemicals in the GI tract. Be sure to take with plenty of water and stay hydrated.
4. Rescue remedy
Lose your luggage? Flight delayed and missed your meeting? No need to worry. Although this isn’t a magic potion that will solve your problems, it will keep anxiety at bay. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach, this blend of ﬂower essences is sure to keep you chilled out and calm. If focusing on your breath doesn’t work to calm you down, try taking a few drops of Rescue Remedy under the tongue.
5. Arnica and Traumeel
Excellent creams for temporary relief of sore muscles, joint aches, pains and bruises. All you have to do is rub it into sore spots as needed, then relax.
6. Coconut oil
Regarded as one of nature’s miracles, coconut oil can be used for so many things there’s an entire book written on it. It has antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti fungal beneﬁts — explains why it is considered the miracle oil! Some of my personal favourite uses whilst traveling are for: eye makeup removal, moisturising (great for sunburns), oil pulling or toothpaste, hair conditioner, apply to cuts and scraps. Also, try eating a tablespoon or put into tea for a good source of fat intake and a boost of energy.
7. Herbal teas
Take your own herbal tea bags for the ﬂight and hotel so you can enjoy a soothing cup whenever you need. It’s an excellent way to get a boost of nourishment with teas like ginger, peppermint, echinacea and chamomile.
Magnesium serves many functions in the body and yet it is estimated that 80% of us are deﬁcient in this very important mineral. It’s a useful addition to your travel kit for aiding in a restful night’s sleep, proper bowel function and relaxing the nervous system. You’d be surprised at how many stress signals our bodies receive when we travel!