Self-Care Travel Essentials: An Herbal First Aid Kit- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM
When you’re heading out into the world on an adventure and ready to experience the bliss of new places, cultures, and experiences, the last thing you want to think about is exhaustion from jet lag, a nasty cold from the flight, or digestive issues from exotic food. While a traditional first-aid kit with bandaids and antibiotics may be necessary for emergencies, we recommend creating a trusty herbal first aid kit chock-full of preventative, proactive remedies and essential oils. Beyond the things you can carry with you, we will share our favorite practices for self-care.
HERBAL GREENS will boost your immunity and prevent unwanted respiratory infections and digestive issues while you travel. We highly recommend packing this synergistic combinations of Tonic Herbs, Micro-algaes, High Anti-oxidant fruits, Superfoods and Mycelium Blends.
DEEP WAVE SLEEP will stave off jet lag and help you feel rested and ready for your adventures. This synergistic blend of botanicals, nutrients, and Chinese herbs restores natural sleep cycles by supporting our internal circadian rhythms.
OPTIMAL DIGESTION is a must-have for travelers who want to avoid constipation, bloating and gas. Nobody wants a belly ache or indigestion while exploring fairytale landscapes and meeting fascinating people full of eye-opening stories. This blend is a synergistic blend of gut-friendly herbs, minerals, medicinal mushrooms, and enzymes that promote healthy digestive function. This gentle blend helps restore gut health and a thriving microbiome; it also alleviates occasional heartburn, indigestion, gas, nausea, and bloating.
BLOOMING HEALTH (FOR WOMEN) ensures healthy hormonal balance. There is nothing like travel to disturb the hormones that are constantly changing in a woman’s body, the ones responsible for our moods, energy, blood sugar, sleep, and sex drive. This comprehensive multi-nutrient formula made up of 37 herbs, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is designed specifically for women in the years from menstruation to menopause. Keep your hormones and periods healthy while you travel.
Additional Herbs to Pack in Your Herbal First Aid Kit:
Colloidal Silver: Antibacterial. Anti-viral. Anti-inflammatory. Keeps colds and the flu at bay.
Digestive bitters: Balances the appetite and primes the body for digestion.
Elderberry extract: Cold and flu relief.
Holy Basil: This adaptogenic herb reverses the effects of stress on the body.
Lemon balm: Soothes nerves during flight.
Echinacea: Antibacterial. Anti-viral.
Herbal salve: For cuts and bruises.
Arnica: For bruises and inflammation.
Herbal Tea: For a clear, calm mind and healthy digestion.
OUR TOP 5 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR TRAVEL
After a day or two traveling to and from airports, flying, and responding to potentially high stress situations, there is nothing like essential oils to bring you back into the present moment and restore vitality. Admittedly, choosing our top five was challenging because there are so many incredible essential oils with diverse and endless benefits:
Essential Oil Travel Pack:
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Pair lavender essential oils with DEEP WAVE SLEEP to recover from jet lag.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): Treat unwanted blemishes with tea tree oil for quick and efficient healing.
Sweet Orange or Wild Orange (Citrus sinensis): Alleviate your anxiety and keep bacteria and pathogens at bay with this incredible essential oil.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita): Cools, calms and helps with digestion; need I say more?
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or boswella sacra): The king of essential oils balances hormones, boosts immunity, and reduces stress and emotional reactivity.
Have you experienced the dehydrating effects of travel? If you’re traveling by air and dealing with airport security, bring an empty, reusable water bottle to the airport with you and fill it up once you pass through the gates. Keep plenty of hydrating liquids available during long car rides and daily adventures. Consider adding NUNN hydration tablets to your water to enhance flavor and give yourself a mineral boost.
SLOW DOWN & MEDITATE
There is always some degree of rushing around that accompanies traveling. Sometimes, we continue to move at a fast pace once we land in our destination, forgetting to relish the present moment. After all, we worked hard to get wherever we are going and we deserve to enjoy all of it! Take 15 minutes to meditate once you settle into your accommodations. You will find yourself returning to the present moment, slowing down enough to enjoy your amazing adventure.
Lugging around too many suitcases or an overloaded backpack can definitely put a damper on your trip. Research your destination’s weather and pack as lightly as possible, ensuring that you will stay comfortable but letting go of the unnecessary, especially if you are moving from one place to another. One of the joys of traveling is letting go of excess; including the things we carry physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Unplug from your computer and invest in an old-fashioned journal and pen. Record your thoughts, highlights from your trip and collect small memories that you can bring with you for a lifetime. Journaling is not only a great way to remember where you have been, but it can help to reduce stress and process what is happening around you in the present moment, helping you to digest your experiences.
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Edited by Alison Baenen