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Wellness with Janina Church
October 23rd, 2013 by Janina

Travel survival kit

 

Traveling can be fun
yet sometimes taxing…
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With the holidays around the corner, some of us might be gearing up for a bit of  traveling.
Here are a few items I like to bring on my adventures to help
me stay healthy and sane.
  1. Food – It can be hard to find fresh healthy food on the road. Indigestion can ruin even the most luxurious vacation. When on a road trip, I often fill a cooler with lunch makings and pull into a rest stop or park and enjoy my meal. If staying in a hotel I make sure to pack instant oatmeal, smoothie makings, and my hand blender. Traveling by plane, I always have snacks in my purse-usually fruit, nuts and a few of my favorite tea bags to help tide me over until I reach my destination. When I get to my destination, I look for a grocery store and stock up on healthy snacks.
  2. Insulated canteen or cup – Staying hydrated is key to feeling good. I like my insulated Kleen Kanteen because I can put hot or cold drinks in it. Sipping on warm water helps digestion and settle high air elements in our bodies that travel sometimes creates.
  3. Sesame massage oil – Being in a new city, sleeping in an unfamiliar bed and stepping out of our routines are some elements that can interrupt our sleep. Rub a little unscented sesame oil on your feet and place a few drops in your nose before bed to help soothe your nerves for a better nights sleep.
  4. Rose water – If feeling overheated or fatigued, pour some rose water in a spray bottle and spritz your body. I refer to my rose water as my Tantrum Tamer. Spray mist your upset child to help them chillax. For a cooling drink, place about 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water.
  5. Fennel seeds – Chew on a few fennel seeds for unsettled digestion. If traveling with children, you can buy candy coated fennel seeds at most indian supermarkets which they are more than happy to take if need be.
  6. Essential oils – If traveling to a warm weather climate, try rubbing a cooling oil like rose, lavender, or sandalwood on your wrists or place a few drops in a bath.
  7. Triphala – This is an ayurvedic herb that works wonders on irregularity…if you know what I mean:) A capsule or two with warm water right before bed does the job.
  8. Tiger balm – Rubbing a small amount on your temples can help soothe the meanest of headaches.

 

Happy Trails!

Janina