Aromatherapy

Wellness Wednesday – In sickness and in travel

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.

~President James Madison

Travelling in different environments with a myriad of people and germs can result in you catching a cold. There are certain natural home remedies that travel well and can help support your immune system. Here are some of my go-tos:

  • Aromatherapy oils can be used in a topical blend or steam inhalation. I use a combination of clove, oregano, thyme, tea tree, Manuka and eucalyptus in a carrier oil base and apply to the chest and lymph nodes in my neck. For steam inhalation, I put a couple of drops of eucalyptus and lavender in a bowl of hot water. My head is fully covered by a towel as I lean over the bowl with eyes closed and breathe in the aromatherapeutic fumes.
  • Getting rest is tricky when travelling through different time zones but rest is crucial for the immune system to do its job effectively. Though not the most comfortable time to do so, use that long bus ride or flight to rest. If you have the opportunity, spend a lazy day at the beach. To help you rest easier, try some lavender and thyme essential oils.
  • Food can be medicine. Consume food that contains cayenne, ginger and garlic, preferably raw, and drink lots of water.
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