Ready, Set, Go! : Travel Tips

So many of us will be looking forward to travelling during the summer months after the past two years of ‘lockdown’ and travel restrictions. 

Here are some ‘travel companions’:

  • Rhodiola: Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogenic herb which means it has properties which increase the ability to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage from such factors. That is exactly what is needed when travelling. There are many adaptive botanicals. Rhodiola is a good choice because it is a good all-rounder and may particularly benefit in cases of jet lag. Start 2 weeks before travel—when the holiday preparations may add some stress.  Continue during, and again afterwards for at least 2 weeks on return to help adapt back into the ‘usual’ routine.
  • Probiotic: choose one that does not need refrigerating. Start taking at a couple of weeks before the holiday and continue on return.  Exposure to different foods and eating out means it makes sense to fortify the gut with probiotics—whether an exotic holiday destination or otherwise. 
  • Digestive herbs: ginger and mint are good choices for settling digestive discomfort due to changed foods or meal patterns. Digestive enzymes may also be useful.
  • Espinheira Santa teabags: for a great after-meal drink to aid digestion.
  • Oregano and/or Barberry: useful antimicrobials and helpful allies to avoid travellers’ diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. Other options are Pau d’Arco and Cat’s Claw—either as capsules or teas. Teabags are easy to pack.
  • Garlic Oil, Cecropia (Takuna) or Chinese Skullcap: for first signs of cold or when in proximity with others with viral symptoms.
  • Multi-vitamin: to ensure basic nutritional support. Choose an age-appropriate one.
  • Guaraná: caffeine-containing botanical, great for boosting energy and focus.  
  • Barley Grass Juice Extract powder: great natural alkaliser that aids digestion and detoxification. Provides high levels of chlorophyll and important antioxidants to support the body against toxins. Great for countering over-indulgence and those extra alcoholic drinks.
  • Magnesium: great for aiding energy production as well as sleep. Magnesium is calming and can help tired aching feet or leg muscles, sore shoulders from luggage or rucksacks and helps toward restful sleep in a different bed.
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants: Holidays are stressful as well as relaxing. Having a different routine is a type of stress.  Vitamin C is depleted in times of stress. Air travel will mean a free-radical assault on the body. So, too, will sun exposure.  Fortify and defend the body with antioxidants.  Start these a couple of weeks before travel and continue on return.
  • Antioxidant Facial Oil: for direct application to the face after sun exposure or during/after flying. Rosehip seed oil, cranberry seed oil and Sacha Inchi oils are antioxidant-rich and help moisturize the skin. These can help to replenish the skin’s natural defence after exposure to sun, flying, air pollution, harsh weather conditions and hectic lifestyles.

And, in addition to the above, it makes sense to pack the hand gel and face mask!