Spring is in the air— time to pack your bags and make the most of the spring travel season. Getting away from your familiar home routine and seeing other places can change your perspective in transformative ways. But being out of your element can bring a host of health challenges. Travel by bus, train, or airplane can expose you to what’s going around. New foods can cause digestive difficulties. And being more active than usual can cause sore muscles. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can put together an herbal travel kit to help you glide over any bumps in the road.
Herbal Support Before You Travel
Make sure your immune system is functioning optimally before you leave. Take an everyday immune-building product, such as Whole Body Defense®, for at least two to four weeks prior to your departure.* This formula contains Echinacea, Astragalus, and Maitake mushroom extracts, which are all known to support daily immune wellness.*
Black Elderberry Capsules are also a great choice and a traveler’s best friend for on-the-go immune support.* Like our best-selling syrup, our Black Elderberry capsules are just as concentrated and are made with organic Black Elderberry extract plus an Acerola fruit extract for additional antioxidant support.
Tackling Common Concerns While Traveling
SOOTHING AN UPSET STOMACH
Foods that are foreign to your system — whether oily, spicy, or gas-forming — can cause digestive upsets. Reflux Relief® may help. It combines the neutralizers calcium and sodium bicarbonate, which maintain stomach acid balance, plus Aloe, Chamomile, Licorice, Marshmallow, and Spearmint to provide support for occasional stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion.*
TRAVEL WORRIES AND ANXIOUSNESS
Certain moments in life can feel more stressful than others. For some people, traveling can be a trigger causing circumstantial stress. Embrace serenity with Calm A.S.A.P.™, which was formulated to promote feelings of tranquility.* Made with a harmonious blend of Passionflower, Chamomile, Blue Vervain, English Lavender, Holy Basil and Gaia-grown™ Skullcap — all calming herbs traditionally used to provide relief from occasional anxiousness. This a great product to take before boarding an airplane, train, or heading to that crowded museum.
EASING ACHES AND PAINS
Whether you’re biking around a new city or hiking up a mountain, it can be easy to overdo it on vacation. You may also nap in less-than-ideal positions on the plane, or sleep on an uncomfortable bed that leaves you with a stiff neck or back. Turmeric Supreme Pain P.M. can help reduce occasional inflammation due to normal daily wear and tear to help you get the good night’s sleep you need to recover.* Feverfew, Jamaican Dogwood, and Wild Lettuce have been traditionally used to promote comfort for occasional aches and pains, while Valerian Root and Kava Kava are known to have a calming and relaxing effect on the body.*
FOR FEELING BETTER WHILE ON THE GO
The best laid plans do sometimes go awry, so it’s good to tuck into your suitcase an array of products that can help you feel better quickly if something goes wrong.
- Be prepared with Oil of Oregano, which supports a healthy immune response.* Gaia Herbs Oil of Oregano is made with Oregano leaf extract and provides antioxidant support. It is traditionally used to sustain overall well-being to help you keep on keeping on with your day.*
- Throat Shield Spray and Throat Shield Lozenges combine Sage, Aloe, Peppermint, and Cinnamon to support your immune system, while soothing and hydrating your throat.*
- Echinacea Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray is a customer favorite that provides added immune support when it’s needed most, plus a little TLC for a dry, irritated throat.*
- Bronchial Wellness Herbal Syrup is a travel essential. It provides soothing support to the respiratory tract with Eucalyptus, Grindelia, Plantain, and Helichrysum.*
FOR OVERSEAS TRAVEL
A healthy gut microbiota is key to digestive comfort, but being in a new environment can upset your microbial balance. If you travel to a less-developed country, you need to be extra careful about the water you drink and remember to avoid any produce that may have been washed in tap water. If your efforts don’t pay off, Wormwood Black Walnut Supreme has long been used for maintaining a healthy GI tract.*
We at Gaia Herbs wish you a happy and healthy spring and comfortable travels this season. Wherever life takes you, enjoy the journey!