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Travel Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season


The holiday season typically involves a lot of travel. Bustling airports, busy highways, and packed trains. Winter is also flu season and rampant with germs with all of these people around!

When I travel this time of year, I take extra precautions for staying healthy during my travels.

— About a week before I travel, I start increasing my immune boosters. Aside from regular vitamins, Elderberry syrup is my go-to, and it works like a charm. I make sure to get enough sleep so that my body isn’t beaten down, and take my elderberry!

— Pack your vitamins and immune boosters to take with you. I can’t even count how many times I felt an illness coming on during my travels due to the abundance of germs I was surrounded by on airplanes and public transportation. Having your arsenal with you to combat it right away, before it sets in, is key.

— Pack your food. It can be hard (or extremely expensive!) to eat healthy foods in airports and while traveling. Pack yourself a healthy and easily transportable meal and snacks, so you don’t have to go hungry.

— Bring the antibacterial wipes or your favorite bacteria killing essential oil.

What do you do to keep the germs at bay as you travel? Leave a comment below -- I’m always looking for new ideas!


Aromatherapy is an incredible healing art and science, supporting and enhancing immunity and mind-body wellness. At the core of aromatherapy are essential oils, which are extracted from different parts of plants and abundant in healing properties.

Various essential oils support the immune system by soothing the nervous system and reducing stress. Use the following essential oils and recipes to help enhance your immunity and strengthen your respiratory system for the season.


Essential Oils That Boost Immunity

Tea tree oil

Purpose:

  • Enhancing your immune system

Properties:

  • Anti-microbial

  • Anti-viral

  • Decongestant

  • Expectorant

Frankincense (C02 extract)

Purpose:

  • Enhancing the immune system

  • Supporting excess Vata

  • Relieving anxiety (produces sedative effect)

  • May reduce feelings of grief and sadness

Properties

  • Expectorant

  • Anti-microbial

  • Anti-tussive

Eucalyptus Globulus

Purpose

  • Fighting colds, flu, coughs, and bronchitis

  • Supporting excess Kapha

  • Reducing mucous

  • Reducing lethargy

Properties

  • Expectorant

  • Decongestant

  • Anti-viral

  • Anti-tussive

Note: Avoid use of Eucalyptus globulus and peppermint for children.


Scots Pine

Purpose

  • Expanding the breath

  • Opening up the lungs

  • Supporting excess Kapha

Properties

  • Anti-viral

  • Anti-microbial

  • Expectorant

  • Decongestant

Helichrysum

Purpose

  • Fighting sinus infection, ear infection, bronchitis, and lung congestion

  • May reduce feelings of grief and sadness

Properties

  • Decongestant

Rosemary

Purpose

  • Fighting colds, sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis

  • Expands and deepens the breath

Properties

  • Expectorant

There are many ways to reap the benefits of essential oils. Follow these four recipes to get the most out of them.


Direct Bottle Inhalation for Colds

Putting essential oils directly in a bottle allows for easy storage and travel. You can take them wherever you go. This undiluted blend is great for congestion relief.

Ingredients:

  • 6 drops of rosemary essential oil

  • 4 drops of helichrysum essential oil

Directions: In a 10 ml, dark cobalt or amber essential oil glass bottle, combine the two oils. Waft bottle under nose, inhaling deeply three to four times daily, as needed. Gently shake bottle before inhaling to synergize.


Purifying Room Mist Spray

Use essential oils to create a room spray that can help turn any environment into a place of healing.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces pure water

  • 10 drops cinnamon leaf oil

  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

  • 10 drops eucalyptus globulus

Directions: Gently swirl essential oils in a 4 oz. PET hard plastic mist spray bottle to synergize, add pure water. Shake before spraying in room to purify the air. Not for dermal use, avoid contact with eyes.


Direct Palm Inhalation

Direct Inhalation is one of the safest methods of using essential oils and can be very effective.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 drops of any essential oil

Directions: Add essential oil to a tissue, place tissue in palm of hands, and inhale deeply two to three times through the nose. Do this twice daily.


Steam Inhalation

For a different experience, try using steam to inhale essential oils. This can be a great practice for cold days.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 drops of any essential oil

  • 2 cups steaming hot water

Directions: Add essential oil to steaming hot water in a basin. Cover your head with a towel and place your head above the basin. Breathe through your nose from a comfortable distance, exhaling through your mouth. Keep your eyes closed.


Keep in Mind

When using essential oils, keep the following in mind:

  • Low concentrations of essential oils should be used with children, elderly, and pregnant women (less than 2 percent).

  • Use essential oils in a well-ventilated area and keep concentrated oils away from children and pets.

  • Keep bottles tightly closed to prevent evaporation and oxidation.

  • Before using essential oils, test your body’s reaction on a small patch of skin.

  • If you are pregnant or under care for a medical condition, consult with your doctor before using essential oils.

  • Never ingest oils and never use undiluted oils on the skin.

Remember that aromatherapy can greatly benefit your health, but is not a cure for ailments. It’s a complementary treatment used to help alleviate symptoms.

Aromatherapy is not meant to replace a diagnosis or treatment by a physician.


If it's too late to prevent the cold and you have to travel...

Coughs/colds Lavender, Tea Tree: Put a few drops of pure essential oil (not a Blend) onto a tissue/handkerchief and inhale, or put a few drops of pure essential oil on the floor of the shower, cover the drain and inhale the aroma while showering.


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