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DIY Herbal Throat Spray

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Echinacea Flower. Photo by Sarah Baldwin.

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to stock up on for our winter apothecaries. Homemade herbal throat spray is one thing that I consider an indispensable household item for cold and flu season.

The dry air of woodstoves and heating systems causes our throats to become drier and more susceptible to harboring viruses. Herbs with antibacterial and antiviral compounds create an uninhabitable environment for viruses and infections. When you have a sore throat, these botanicals boost your body’s healing response to fight off the infection more quickly. If you use an herbal spray at the first hint of a scratchy or sore throat, you can often prevent a cold from ever taking hold.

Throat spray also comes in handy even when you don’t feel sick. While traveling, it can ease a dry throat that comes from flying in airplanes and sleeping in hotel rooms. Throat spray is also nice to use before all kinds of vocal performance, from speaking engagements to concerts. 

With a few key ingredients and a little know-how, you can create a homemade throat spray from scratch. This will ensure that what you’re ingesting is totally natural and also save you money. Plus, the process fosters a deeper connection with your medicine. When you get involved with your own healing process, you form a strong intention for health that works on multiple levels to keep you at your best.

Sourcing Herbal Extracts

Herbal throat spray can be simply made from a combination of tinctures, herbal extracts made with alcohol. If you buy a top-dollar herbal throat spray at the store, this is basically what you’re getting. It is more cost-effective to make your own tinctures from wildcrafted or cultivated plants. You can also buy dried herbs; I recommend purchasing organic herbs in bulk and making large batches to save money over the long run, especially since alcohol-based tinctures keep for years. (Glycerin-based extracts can also be used for throat spray if you’re avoiding alcohol.) Of course, you can also purchase pre-made tinctures, but it will add some cost to your throat spray.

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Homegrown Goldenseal Root. Photo by Sarah Baldwin.

There are many medicinal plants that can ease a sore throat and boost the immune system. Below are several to choose from based upon your specific needs and what is available in your area. You can start out with combining equal parts of these tinctures, and adjust the ratios as you please for taste and medicinal properties:

  • Echinacea (Echinacea spp.): Superb immune-booster; anti-inflammatory to ease pain; also cleanses blood and lymph for detoxification.
  • Red Root (Ceanothus americanus): Specific for sore throat, even severe conditions like mononucleosis, tonsillitis, and pharyngitis.
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): Highly antiseptic, antifungal, and expectorant.
  • Horehound (Marrubium vulgare): Eases hoarseness and laryngitis; expectorant.
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis): Specific remedy for sore throat; antimicrobial and antioxidant.
  • Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis): Antibacterial and antifungal; eases chronic inflammation of the throat and pharynx. (This is a strong remedy and at-risk plant, so use sparingly in your formula.)
  • Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis): Soothing and softening; especially useful for dry throat.
  • Elderberry (Sambucus spp.): Tasty and sweet; antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
  • Elderflower (Sambucus spp.): Opens up the throat for speaking and singing; also eases cold, flu and fever.
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum): Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and expectorant; adds a pleasant flavor.

Final Tips

To sweeten the deal, add some raw, local honey to your recipe. Honey has natural antiseptic properties that will heal and soothe a sore throat while also greatly improving the taste of your throat spray. You can also add a few drops of high-quality, organic tea tree oil for an added antiseptic boost.

A one-ounce glass spray bottle is a great way to keep your throat spray handy and portable. If you make a larger batch, keep the rest in an airtight glass jar and store it in a cool, dark place. Alcohol and honey are natural preservatives, so your remedy will keep for a long time.

It’s as simple as that! Herbal throat spray is a wonderful tool that will help keep you healthy everywhere you go. It also makes a nice homemade gift for family and friends.


Sarah Baldwin is immersed in the world of herbalism, writing and teaching about the physical and spiritual benefits of healing plants. She is the author of The Herbal Healing Deck, an earthy and mystical oracle deck featuring guidance and wisdom from medicinal plants. Sarah is a regular contributor to Plant Healer Magazine and The Herbarium and has also written course material for The Herbal Academy. Her interests include gardening, yoga, meditation, dance, and music.

Natural Alcohol Detoxes

Enjoying a night out is a great way to celebrate. Whether you are out for a birthday, promotion, anniversary, or are simply having a night out with friends, it can be great fun. Not so fun, however, is getting up the next morning. Hangovers are a regrettable side effect of drinking alcohol, but they don’t have to ruin your weekend.

Fortunately, there are plenty of natural alcohol detoxes that you can use to conquer or avoid a hangover, as well as counter other unhealthy side effects that come with drinking. Of course, it is also a good idea to occasionally do a long-term alcohol detox for several weeks to truly let your body recover.

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Natural Hangover Remedies

Depending on how crazy your night was, eating might be the last thing you want to do after a night of drinking, and if you are hungry, you might immediately turn to unhealthy “hangover food.” Eating fried food, like hamburgers, tacos, and pizza might satisfy a craving, but it won’t leave your body feeling much better. Plus, a night out is hard enough on your body, especially if you didn’t get enough sleep, so eating a good, hearty, and healthy breakfast can be just what you need.

Get an Active Start

According to Time Magazine, the two best cures for a hangover are water and doing something active. Though lazing about for the rest of the day might be tempting, getting up and starting your day will help you feel better faster. Activities such as taking a shower or even going for a run will get your blood pumping, which helps get any lingering toxins out of your system.

Eat Some Honey

Another natural remedy for your hangover is honey. Honey is an antioxidant and is made up of a natural fructose that helps the body break down alcohol. For that reason, a great breakfast for hangover victims is a piece of toast with bananas, peanut butter, and honey.

Take Your Vitamins

Taking vitamins can help your body recover faster from your drinks. Vitamins B and C will help your body get back to normal, as will supplements of selenium, magnesium, and zinc. Since alcohol makes your body flush out fluids faster, you are not only in danger of being dehydrated, but your body also suffers from a lack of nutrients. Taking vitamins and other supplements will help your body replenish its supplies of essential vitamins.

Give Your Body a Break

Though alcohol is a common a marker of a celebratory evening, it is not the only — nor necessarily the best — one. Along with the sought-after benefits of alcohol, such as lowering your inhibitions, facilitating social interactions, and hopefully making your party happy, it also has negative effects.

Alcohol has negative effects on your stomach, heart, kidneys, immune system, and, of course, your liver. Side effects of alcohol can include dehydration, irregular heartbeats, a reduced efficiency of your immune system, reduced liver function, and more.

Giving your body a break from alcohol for a period of time allows your organs to recover from these lingering effects. Your liver, especially, can benefit from this, as the negative effects of alcohol can last for long periods of time. Detoxing will help your liver bounce back to be able remove toxins from your body better.

Detoxing from alcohol can also help you get a better night’s sleep. According to sleep experts, the impact of drinking alcohol can affect your sleep apnea and even snoring:

“Medical studies indicate that heavy or modest alcohol consumption can cause series of Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) in individuals that don’t even exhibit it. To add to that, if you already have an alcohol related disorder, you are at a higher risk of developing obstructed sleep apnea, more so if you are a snorer.”

Additionally, alcohol consumption can increase snoring, which can get in the way of your partner’s sleeping as well as your own. Overall, detoxing from alcohol will help you sleep better at night.

Balance Is Key

When it comes to alcohol, it can make for a great night out, but it can also be a dangerous substance. Too much alcohol can cause major health issues, up to addiction and even death. When you detox, look out for warning signs that may point to alcoholism.

One easy way to recognize the symptoms of alcoholism so is to follow the CAGE assessment. CAGE is a series of four questions, and if you answer yes to two or more of them, you should take a deeper look into your habits.

  1. C – Cut down: Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  2. A – Annoyance: Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. G – Guilt: Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  4. E – Eye opener: Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

Of course, many people are able to drink alcohol in healthy amounts. Just as with other pleasures in life, alcohol is fine in moderation. As long as you don’t drink too much on your nights out, take detoxing periods from drinking, and are aware

Grief Relief Using Aromatherapy

Grief is something we all experience. No matter the path we take, we will unfortunately walk the journey of loss.  You might have lost a relationship, a job, a pet, or even a loved one. We often experience loneliness during these times, and we can find answers in all the wrong places. I am not a psychologist or an experienced grief counselor, but I have experienced several losses in my short life. 

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Sense of smell is an essential part of our being, which is partially why we often connect smell to memories. We have something called “olfactory receptors” as part of our limbic system. After you smell an oil, these receptors send a message to your brain and you instantly make a connection. This is why many aromatherapists, including myself; believe aromatherapy can help ease anxiety, grief, and depressing during tough times. I have personally found solace through books, nature, and essential oils. By using essential oils for grief relief, you can allow yourself to face the truth while healing your wounds with the gift nature has given us.

In times of trouble, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the moment and ignore what it is we need most: self-care. Using certain plants can provide therapeutic properties to get you feeling better. For example, rose absolute (Rosa x damascene) is a tried-and-true option for easing the pain of grief. This oil can be soothing for grief and depression while restoring feelings of deep despair and anxiety. This oil also promotes the feeling of love, which can be lost during such tragic times.

If floral scents aren’t exactly what you love, then Melissa, also called lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is another great option. The scent resembles a mixture of lemon and lemongrass, and it is uplifting. Melissa can aid insomnia, anxiety, promotes calmness and is especially helpful during grieving. I often use this oil when experiencing anxiety.

A third and affordable option is grapefruit (Citrus paradise). This oil is uplifting, cleansing, and can reduce tension and depression. You can count on this oil when you need a pick me up. 

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There are many other oils to help during times of trouble, such as jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), green mandarin(Citrus reticulata), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and more. I suggest researching each individual oil and finding which one resonates with you. In my opinion, it is important during tough times to personally identify with the scent of the oil. Many oils belong to the same chemical families and are able to provide similar results. For example, I love bergamot mint (Mentha citrata). This oil can bring balance and can be helpful during times of anxiety and depression. I personally resonate with Green Mandarin essential oil because I associate positive memories to its scent. Every time I open a bottle of this oil I can instantly remember the happy feeling I experienced at my cabin when I diffused the oil during a fall retreat.

Now that I have introduced you to these oils to help during tough times, we can begin to blend a few recipes.

Calming Grief Recipe

6 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops of rose absolute essential oil
8 drops of lavender essential oil
1 ounce carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba

Directions: Add all ingredients to a 10ml roller bottle.
Use: Roll over wrist and temples.

Happy Thoughts Recipe

10 drops grapefruit essential oil
2 drop jasmin absolute essential oil
3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
1 ounce carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba

Directions: Add all ingredients to a 10ml roller bottle.
Use: Roll over wrist and temples.

Anxiety Free Recipe

3 drops Melissa essential oil
10 drops green mandarin essential oil
2 drops sandalwood essential oil
1 ounce carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba

Directions: Add all ingredients to a 10ml roller bottle.
Use: Roll over wrist and temples.

You can find more blending ideas through the Aromahead website. We recommend visiting their site for more information regarding the proper use of essential oils.

Queren was inspired to write this blog post during her time enrolled in Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Certification program. She is a photographer and Digital Content Assistant for Mother Earth Living. You can follow her journey @kingfarmhouse

Rooibos: Much More Than Tea

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), also known as red bush, is a bushy plant in the legume family that is indigenous to the shrubland of South Africa’s Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces, specifically the small mountainous region of Cederberg. The needle-like leaves, from which the herb yields its characteristic rust color and earthy, slightly sweet flavor, are harvested and fermented much in the same way as black tea (Camellia sinensis). While rooibos has been a staple in Africa for centuries, it has only become popular in the U.S. in the last decade. Because the plant is naturally caffeine-free, it’s an appealing alternative to those who want a robust and full-bodied tea but without stimulating effects. Rooibos tea also has fewer tannins than black and green teas, making it easier on the sensitive stomach.

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Cooking with Rooibos

Like true tea, rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is typically prepared as an infusion, served hot or iced with honey and lemon. But the herb also has culinary value. For example, the loose leaf can be combined with prepared mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and other herbs and spices, and used as a marinade for baked chicken or poached salmon. This mixture is also interesting when stirred into cubed potatoes before roasting. A simple syrup made from rooibos tea may be used to flavor panna cotta, ice cream, puddings and a variety of beverages, from chai-spiced latte to mojitos and other cocktails. Red bush tea alone adds vibrant color and flavor to soups and stews.

Natural Beauty from Roobios

Used as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning, rooibos tea adds shine and softness to your hair. If dandruff is of concern, mix a bit of apple cider vinegar into the tea before rinsing hair. The vinegar will also add softness, while helping to restore the proper pH to your scalp. Final rinse means just that—you don’t wash it out.

A simple hand and facial lotion can be made from infusing two or three rooibos tea bags in a cup of hot milk. Let steep for 15 minutes, then strain and reserve the liquid. To this add 1/4 cup raw, organic honey and, if you wish, the contents of one vitamin E capsule. Stir well to combine and store in a clean, glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Drink to Your Health

Rooibos offers a number of benefits for the body. Rich in polyphenols, drinking generous amounts of the tea can help to prevent dehydration and premature aging of the skin. The plant also contains several antioxidant flavonoids, such as quercetin, luteolin and aspalathin. Studies have shown that rooibos compounds combat oxidative stress in a number of ways – by inhibiting lipid peroxidation, decreasing the presence of stress-related metabolites, regulating glutathione metabolism and by preventing the degradation of certain proteins.1 It should also be noted that consumption of the green, unfermented form of rooibos, which imparts a malt-like flavor, has been found to exert significant liver-protecting activity over its red counterpart.2 Among rooibos flavonoids, aspalathin is of particular interest as an anti-diabetic agent that may reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes and the risk of heart disease associated with it.3 Aspalathin is unique to rooibos and does not occur in any other plant on earth.

Sensible Cautions

Rooibos is vulnerable to salmonella contamination during processing, so be sure to purchase rooibos tea from a reputable supplier that uses ozone treatments or other deterrents. Also, be sure to prepare rooibos tea with boiling water to eliminate potential pathogens.

Drinking large amounts of rooibos tea may increase the effects of diuretic medications. It may also increase the production of liver enzymes. Some of the compounds in rooibos tea may promote estrogenic activity, so you might want to avoid this herb if you have a history of a hormone-driven cancer.

How to Brew Roobios Tea

For each cup of boiling water, steep one heaping teaspoon of cut and sifted rooibos (if using loose tea). Otherwise, one tea bag of rooibos will do nicely. Bring the water and tea together in a cup or pot, cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve. The tea is already on the sweet side, but a bit of honey or tiny pinch of stevia can be added after steeping, if desired.

Increase the amounts according to make a pitcher of iced tea. Some lovely flavor-enhancing garnishments for iced rooibos tea include fresh mint leaves and slices of lemon or orange. Try it iced with a splash of bourbon and a drop or two of vanilla extract!

Rooibos Simple Syrup

• 1 cup filtered water
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 6 rooibos tea bags
• 1 tablespoons raw, organic honey
• 1 one-inch cinnamon stick
• 4 black peppercorns
• 1 whole star anise
• 3 whole, green cardamom pods lightly crushed
• 1 vanilla pod, sliced length-ways with seeds removed (reserve seeds for another use, like vanilla-infused sugar)

Combine ingredients in a heavy saucepan and gently heat over a flow flame until the sugar is completely dissolved, stirring often. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil for 15 minutes; stirring often. Strain and let cool before using. Keep refrigerated, and use within two weeks.

References

1. Hong IS, Lee HY, HP Kim. "Anti-Oxidative Effects of Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis) on Immobilization-Induced Oxidative Stress in Rat Brain." PLoS One. 2014; 9(1). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3897768/

2. BD Canda, OO Oguntibeju, JL Marnewick. "Effects of Consumption of Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) and a Rooibos-Derived Commercial Supplement on Hepatic Tissue Injury by tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide in Wistar Rats." Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2014; 2014. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3967803/

3. PV Dludla,E Joubert, CJF Muller, et al. "Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress and heart disease-cardioprotective effects of rooibos flavonoids and phenylpyruvic acid-2-O-β-D-glucoside." Nutr Metab (Lond). 2017; 14: 45. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504778/

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Life can just get too busy. No matter what age you are, not enough of us take the time out for ourselves. It is very important to be able to take some time out, switch off for a while, recharge the batteries, helping you to think and see clearer. Self-care is any activity we do, on purpose, to take care of our mental, physical, and emotional health. Pick a day in the week where you will set aside some time for yourself to try some of the following.

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Bubble Bath

Just before bed light some candles, turn on some nice music, bring your favourite book, a cup of tea and RELAX. Remember that you deserve it!

Face Mask

Apply a mask once or twice a week to help deep cleanse and clear your skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Lay down with some music on or soak your feet in a big bowl of warm water while you do it for the ultimate relaxation time.

Healthy Food

Making healthy food choices when possible is one of the best things you can do for your body. Taking the time to prepare meals and snacks ahead of time prevents making poor food choices, which not only affect our body but our mood. Healthy food = good mood!

Exercise

Moving around is a great way to release any tension in the body and mind. As a bonus it increases the serotonin in our brain (the feel-good factor). Find an exercise you like to do, pick a few days in the week to do it and you will feel and see the benefits.

General Appearance

Making that tiny bit of effort in the mornings makes a difference to how you feel. Spraying your favourite perfume, applying some lipstick, polishing your nails. These small things can add to your mood and when you feel good, you look good. Set your alarm a few minutes earlier in the morning to give yourself enough time for those things.

Meditation

Sitting alone, quietly, wherever you are most comfortable for a few minutes in the day is great to clear your head. Taking some deep breathes and focusing on your breathing. Meditation is something that takes time to get into, but everyone should give it a go. There is a very good app you can get on your phone called CALM. It is a guided meditation session and helps you to focus on the moment. The clearer your mind, the clearer you can think.

Beauty Sleep

Try to get as much sleep as possible as our bodies regenerate as we sleep. I really believe that sleep is a healer and you can see it in someone when they have not slept enough. Bring a book to bed with you instead of all the apps on your phone (unless they are meditation apps). Reading or meditating are the best things you can do before sleeping to ensure you get the best quality of sleep.

Ayurveda in Pregnancy: Take Care of Yourself During Those 10 Months

In my Ayurveda practice, I often get questions from my clients asking if there are any tips from Ayurveda during pregnancy. I would say, Ayurveda is a life science. Its not just tips for pregnancy, but it has some real advice which can do wonders for mom and child.  

Ayurveda says, "If a pregnant woman is taken care of, as advised, she will give birth to a child who does not have any diseases—a healthy, physically strong, radiant and well-nourished baby."

Pregnancy is not merely a physiological process, it is a great responsibility to father and mother. The mental and physical status of the mother is important for a healthy pregnancy. There are certain general rules from inception to delivery which include regimen and diet.

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Ayurveda Pregnancy Tips

• Always try to be in a happy mood
• Be clean, neat and well dressed, always wear simple comfortable clothes
• Have proper sleep, go to bed early and avoid sleep during morning hours
• Engage in peaceful and benedictory activities like listening to music, reading, craft works etc
• Not indulge in anger, fright, or agitating emotions
• Travelling in rough roads, long distances should be avoided
• Oil bath is advised
• Beholding natural urges should be avoided

Ayurveda Diet for Pregnancy

Ayurveda gives a detailed explanation of the diet that should be followed in each trimester. As a general rule, greater care should be taken during the first three months of pregnancy and after the completion of seventh month. 

During the first trimester, stress is laid on stabilizing the pregnancy and nurturing the uterine bed through rasa and raktha dhatus (blood tissues). The embryo gets nourishment directly by percolation, hence more liquid substances like juicy fruits, coconut water, and milk should be advocated.

In first month sipping cold milk and maintaining a light diet is good, whereas during the second month the intake of milk is indicated with certain herbs like pueraria, asparagus, liquorice (sweet wood), Bacopa, etc. 

By the end of third month, the body parts of the fetus become differentiated, sensory perceptions and motor reactions start developing. The heart starts beating and is said to express the desires through the mother's blood. This the period when women crave certain foods/flavors. The needs of the mother and developing baby are identical. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends that her cravings be fulfilled as far as possible. If not contraindicated, Bacopa helps in calming the nerves and sustaining the pregnancy.

From the fourth to seventh month, drugs which strengthen the uterine muscles and nourish the embryo are advised like winter cherry (withania somnifera) or Indian tinospora should be used. Also fruits like oranges, mangoes, apples, carrots, Indian gooseberry, and leafy vegetables help in providing nourishment to the uterine tissues.

During the seventh month, there is a chance of itching and irritation in the abdominal region due to stretching of abdominal muscles. This should be treated with taking sips of an infusion of berries or butter medicated with Indian madder. External application of neem and basil oil are also effective.

From the seventh month on wards there should be less fat and salt in the diet. It is advisable to take thin gruel, green gram, etc.

In short, fully cooked, easily digestible food with proteins and vitamins are ideal throughout the pregnancy period. A proper diet and regimen will help the mother to have a happy pregnancy and the baby to lead a healthy life in future.

 

7 Ayurvedic Tips for Healthier Summer Travel

Summer is here and everybody will be planning for a vacation. Traveling is amazing if you're healthy, but too much traveling can be stressful and can affect your overall health and well-being.  Is it possible to embrace health and keep your mind, body and spirit in working while traveling? My answer is YES!!

I would suggest some simple steps to stay healthy and happy while traveling with these tips that are inspired by Ayurveda.

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Sleep Well

The aspects of happiness, nourishment, strength, virility, knowledge, and long life are attained by sound and timely sleep. Sleep is the time for rebuilding and reconstruction. It is an anabolic event and is held to be as best as the divine elixir. If sleep is lost, all the doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha will be vitiated as per Ayurveda.

Do you know how much you should sleep while traveling? Listen to your body's demands and decide based on that. Traveling can be harsh to the body and your body needs adequate rest. So, plan well, giving enough time to rest. Don’t overdo while roaming and be sure to give yourself enough time for little breaks.

Practice Mindful Eating

You should be sure to take the right quantity of food, since it is quantity which helps maintain proper digestive power. Avoid raw salads and uncooked food while traveling since it aggravates Vata dosha. Have simple, warm, and grounding meals. Do not skip your breakfast, thinking you will have a scrumptious meal at noon.

Stay Hydrated

Carry a water bottle throughout your trip. If possible use a thermos, and drink warm to hot water. The hot water will help open up the channels and reduces the formation of toxins in the body. Hot water is carminative, digestive, desirable to throat, light, and it cleanses the bladder as per Ayurveda. It also helps in pacifying the aggravated Vata and Kapha.

Don’t Forget Your Routine

Wake up, eat, sleep, and exercise at the same times daily, like you would regularly. It is always better to watch on your destination time zone right from the beginning of travel for your body to get adjusted with the time change. By doing so, your circadian rhythm will not be hampered and the effects of jet lag will also be reduced.

Pamper Your Skin

Carry some coconut oil, and apply at bed time. This will nourish your skin and keep it lustrous even after sun exposure.

Take Triphala

Triphala is a herbal compound that contains three fruits, one being Amalaki (Indian gooseberry), which contains loads of vitamin C and antioxidants. This will help support the immune system to help fight off any bugs you may pick up on your journey. Also, taking Triphala at bedtime (1 tsp powder with 1/2 cup warm water) ensures proper bowel movement and kindles the digestive fire.

Cut Down on Sugars and Alcoholic Drinks

Sugar and alcoholic beverages will make you tired and disturbs your sleep. You might enjoy the drink, but won’t be able to enjoy the trip.

Above all, always indulge in yourself while traveling. Breath in the beauty of air, delight in the presence of your loved ones, and travel with all your heart and soul.