My Favorite Natural Ways to Prevent Illness Before and During Travel
Also good for use during cold and flu season.
When I am preparing for a big vacation, like Disney World, (or even a small getaway) I always take extra precautions to try to avoid sickness or at least weaken the severity of it.
Here are some of my favorite tips on immunity defense:
Essential Oils are just so amazing providing aid in several topics naturally.
When I’m preparing to go away, about 2 weeks prior I start applying Immunity Oils to the feet and sometimes spine of my children, myself and my husband.
My favorite immunity oils are Thieves and Frankincense. I like to apply these to feet nightly, starting 2 weeks before the vacation and all throughout the duration the vacation. If we are flying, I definitely apply 2 drops to the soles of our feet and spine before arrival to the airport. Frankincense is very expensive so I only like to use that for BIG trips and if an unfortunate occurrence of getting sick during the vacation (and of course during extreme illnesses during the winter.)
Frankincense is also very good for anxiety. My other favorites for anxiety are Peace and Calming and Stress Away. Both are very good for the stress of a trip and the anxiety beforehand. You can also put a few drops of Peace and Calming and Stress away onto the soles of the feet before and during vacation. For flying anxiety apply both to wrists prior to departure. I like to make a roller with 10 drops Peace and Calming, 10 drops Stress Away and 10 drops Frankincense, filling the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil to stick in my backpack/purse for any unexpected TANTRUMS and MELTDOWNS that can happen to children or adults during trips!
For motion sickness, and congestion/allergies drop 1 drop of Peppermint to chest and 1 drop to stomach. Peppermint also has excellent anti-viral qualities and some believe a few drops on the soles of your feet will reduce fever!
For congestion apply 2 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus to the chest. If I feel a sore throat coming on, I immediately rub Thieves all over my throat when going to bed.
Heaven Forbid you get some traveler’s diarrhea, or virus, put a few drops of Peppermint onto stomach and put 3 drops of Frankincense on your spine and 2 drops of Thieves onto your feet twice a day. ** Also, if you get the full blown stomach virus, any liquids lost you should keep replenishing with Pedialyte / Smart Water / Gatorade – even if it keeps coming back up and out… trust me – it will help you fight it off faster and stop you from becoming severely dehydrated. We don’t need any trips to the ER when we are away trying to have fun!
There is a lot of debate on purity and quality when choosing to purchase from Young Living vs Bed Bath Beyond. Personally when it comes to Thieves and Frankincense I always buy directly from Young Living. Sometimes for Peppermint I just grab from Harmon’s or Walmart since its so much cheaper and more convenient. Harmon’s also has a nice brand with Calming and Good Night for sleeping at night – that my kids now cannot go to sleep without.
(BTW – I would never NOT see a DR or ER if it’s necessary – sometimes you need antibiotics to help you get better. These types of things won’t help kill off a bacterial infection – just ease symptoms – so if your gut says to see the DR please do. )
Another remedy I like to use prior to travel is having a cup of Emergen-C at night each night after dinner, up to a week before departure date. It has electrolytes and plenty of vitamins to help build you up to fight anything off. You may want to consider some of this before arriving to an airport. There also is a children’s version of this you might want to look into. You can find this at any supermarket, drug store, Harmon’s or Walmart or even on Amazon.com.
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At the onset of a sore throat, I instantly drink 2 tablespoons mixed into 8 ounce glass of water, and 1 tablespoon of honey. It is disgusting but I swear it takes the sore throat away and helps you get well faster. Most people including my husband cannot stomach it. (Please don’t try this or any of my tips unless you consult with your doctor first.
Airborne would be smart to use before your arrive to the airport for depatures in addition to the other methods mentioned above. If you take with Emergen-C I would NOT take at the same time – but maybe 12 hours apart.
Honey has so many anti-viral, feel-good properties. It has been known to help with allergies and to help fight off viruses and just improve moods. Why not start taking it a week prior to vacation and throughout the duration?
Simply being fully hydrated can help you fend just about anything off 3x’s more than not being adequately hydrated. Drink water, Smart Water is great to drink while on vacation because of having electrolytes and CALORIE FREE. I have seen Smart Water around all of the Disney Parks, so its definitely available at your finger tips. So start drinking in plenty of time before your trip and always!
Last but not least, how about good, old-fashioned hand-washing?! Wash your hands before every single time you go to eat.
Sometimes there’s just no stopping in catching some sort of cold or illness – but we can use all of the above methods to definitely try and surely lessen the severity of it, so we can still enjoy what we have worked so hard all year for!
Please don’t try any of the above tips unless you consult with your doctor first to make sure its OK for you, personally, to try.
When is your next Disney World Vacation?
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