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Herbal Tips for Healthy Traveling

7/29/2009 10:59:22 AM

Tags: Travel, Remedies, Jet Lag, Motion Sickness, Colds, Flu, Eleuthero, Ginger, Echincea, Health


Summertime is the season for weddings, vacations and family reunions. This can mean lots of traveling. But for me, the stress of traveling, along with unhealthy eating and germ-infested airplanes often leaves me exhausted or sick.

Try these tips to stay healthy while traveling this summer.

Use herbs to stay healthy while traveling.
Photo By Ferran/ Courtesy Flickr 

Traveling Problem #1: Jet Lag

The symptoms of jet lag – fatigue, irritability and disorientation – are caused by your body trying to reset its internal clock to a different schedule.

Try to avoid jet lag by staying hydrated and flying during the day, if possible. Once you arrive at your destination take a walk and try to go to sleep on your local schedule. The next morning, get as much sunshine as possible. Sunlight works to reset your biological clock.

Also try eleuthero or melatonin to prevent jet lag. Take ½ to 1 teaspoon of eleuthero liquid extract three times a day, three days before traveling and three days after the flight. Or take a 1-mg tablet of melatonin one hour before bed for several days after your arrival.

Traveling Problem #2: Motion Sickness

Try ginger to combat nausea associated with motion sickness. Take 500 to 1,000 mg of powdered ginger 30 minutes before traveling, followed by 500 mg every couple of hours. Or chew on a yummy piece of crystallized ginger as needed.

Traveling Problem #3: Colds and Flu

Traveling can mean coming into contact with lots of germs. Take preventative measures such as washing your hands regularly and eating healthy.

If you still start feeling sick, try echinacea and elderberry extract. This can help prevent and treat respiratory infections. Echinacea boosts the immune system and elderberry disarms virus cells. When you first feel yourself starting to get sick take ½ teaspoon of echinacea extract and ½ teaspoon of elderberry extract five times a day.

Also try to amp up your garlic intake to boost your immune system before traveling.

What are your tips for staying healthy when traveling? Leave me a comment and tell me about them!

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