When we left Canada for Europe a couple of weeks ago for my Dad's wedding we were a bit like the walking wounded. A month of intensive renovations, followed by a rather frantic move left us all sleep deprived and on the cusp of getting sick. Sniffling and coughing our way through the service was the last thing I wanted; thankfully I had a few tricks up my sleeve (and in my carry on) that ensured our immune systems were all properly boosted as we navigated planes, trains, automobiles, and public transit systems in very large cities.
Thankfully I can report that having returned from our trip, we are all still in good health. I am thrilled about this, given all of the miles we have covered, the late nights we have had and the high level of excitement we have experienced, seeing friends and family members and taking part in my Dad's wedding. I now have a "mobile pharmacy" (as my husband calls it) of easily transportable remedies that will definitely be a part of our travel experience going forward. My 5 Top Travel Picks are as follows:
1. Four Sigma Foods Instant Chaga
I absolutely love Four Sigma Foods, they make travel with the wonderful immune boosting properties of medicinal mushrooms so easy, whether it is out and about for the day, or further afield. I love their Instant Reishi Powder for relaxation before bed, their Instant Cordyceps Powder for a gentle pick me up, and many of their other, incredible blends for detoxification and healthy brain function, but my favourite by far for travel is Instant Chaga Powder. Chaga mushrooms are a wonderful addition to your diet, as they provide a plethora of anti-cancer and immune boosting properties. David Wolfe's book is a wonderful, extensive resource, and he gives a lovely summary of the benefits in a webinar here and a Facebook post here. As an added bonus, Four Sigma Foods is offering a 20% discount on their immune boosting products until October 15, 2015 on their website.
2. Living Libations Immune Illume Hotberry
This amazing, immune supporting blend contains a potent mix of schizandra berry, seabuckthorn berry, ginger, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and grapefruit. It is a bit spicy, if that is not your thing you could use the straight Immune Illume instead, or put a drop in a flavoured drink - an organic juice, for example. You can find out more information on the Immune Illume here.
3. Thieves Oil
My cousin gave me a thieves oil blend in a dropper bottle before we left (1/4 cup carrier oil like jojoba to 4 drops Thieves Oil), and it has been fantastic. My kids are not sure about the spice of the Immune Illume Hotberry, but they are more than happy to let me massage their neck with a bit of the thieves oil blend. I get a kick out of the fact that its name was derived from grave robbers who used the blend to keep from getting sick during times of pestilence and plague. The blend includes immune supporting essential oils of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary, and can be used as a base for all natural cleaning products as well. For a variety of uses and a couple of recipe variations to make your own blend check out this post here.
4. Frankincense First Aid
I have done extensive research on the healing properties of frankincense essential oil over the last little while, and was thrilled to find Frankincense First Aid on the Living Libations website. In addition to frankincense, this blend also contains peppermint, lavender, oregano and wild thyme, known for their anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I love adding a few drops to some oil (I also travel with their Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever and gently applying it to any cuts, burns or other skin irritations we experience while on the road. It works like a charm!
5. Digest The Best
We follow a very clean diet at home, however being on the road can be a bit more challenging. We did the best we could, however I have found through previous experience that tummy upset can be part of the equation when traveling. Thankfully I brought a bottle of Digest the Best, also from Living Libations, which contains a tummy soothing combination of cardamom, tarragon, cinnamon, oregano, mastic, lemon, savoury, carrot seed, ginger, turmeric, coriander, schizandra and rosemary-verbenone. A drop or two on the tongue, or in some water and we were feeling better in no time.
What remedies have you found to be helpful when traveling? Do you have things you won't leave home without?