HERBS FOR THE ROAD

Amazing Wellness - - NATURAL GLOW -

Go­ing on va­ca­tion is some­thing we usu­ally look for­ward to, but travel can present its own chal­lenges, and un­fa­mil­iar ac­tiv­i­ties can leave you sore, achy, tired, or even sick. Luck­ily, there are some sim­ple ways to treat most com­mon trav­el­re­lated com­plaints. A nat­u­ral medicine chest filled with just a few herbs can help you en­joy the trip. GIN­GER has been used for cen­turies to treat stom­ach prob­lems in gen­eral, and in the past 25 years, sci­ence has doc­u­mented its ben­e­fits for mo­tion sick­ness specif­i­cally. One study tested the herb on 80 naval cadets who were un­ac­cus­tomed to sail­ing the high seas. Com­pared to a dummy pill, 1 gram of gin­ger was effective in re­duc­ing nau­sea, cold sweats, vom­it­ing, and dizzi­ness. Gin­ger is avail­able in pills, tinc­tures, teas, and chew­able forms. Pep­per­mint ex­tract or tea is an­other tra­di­tional mo­tion­sick­ness rem­edy. Jet lag can be mit­i­gated with en­er­giz­ing herbs if you need a lit­tle boost to stay awake, or calm­ing herbs if you need to re­lax and get some sleep.

FEVERFEW, com­monly used for mi­graines, con­tains the sleep-reg­u­lat­ing hor­mone mela­tonin—in smaller quan­ti­ties than those found in mela­tonin sup­ple­ments— and is in­cluded in some herbal jet-lag for­mu­las. GIN­SENG sup­ports the adrenal glands, which in turn help to stim­u­late the nat­u­ral pro­duc­tion of mela­tonin at night and re­store sleep pat­terns. CHAMOMILE is a gen­tle, re­lax­ing seda­tive that’s safe even for chil­dren. It en­hances rest­ful sleep and helps with di­ges­tion, which is of­ten dis­rupted by odd sched­ules and strange foods when trav­el­ing. Hik­ing, bik­ing, climb­ing, or even long rides in the car can leave you sore. For joints, CUR­CUMIN is a strong an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory herb that works quickly to re­duce pain, es­pe­cially in a form that is de­signed to be quickly ab­sorbed, such as Ther­acur­min, avail­able in a va­ri­ety of brands.

For sore mus­cles, ARNICA GEL, rubbed on be­fore in­tense ac­tiv­ity such as a long bike ride, can pre­vent sore­ness. After­ward, arnica gel can re­lieve sore­ness and help mus­cles heal. Arnica gel is not de­signed to be used on bro­ken skin. Mishaps can oc­cur dur­ing va­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties—fall­ing off a bike, trip­ping on a trail, or los­ing con­trol of un­fa­mil­iar equip­ment such as a jet ski or dune buggy. If in doubt as to the sever­ity of the in­jury, always get med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

To treat mi­nor in­juries your­self, ARNICA can be taken in­ter­nally as a home­o­pathic rem­edy. It re­duces swelling and bruis­ing and de­creases the ef­fects of trauma, which helps the body heal. To speed re­cov­ery fur­ther, ap­ply arnica gel on sore or bruised ar­eas (but not on open wounds). To heal skin abra­sions, use a CAL­EN­DULA CREAM or oint­ment on the in­jured area. ALOE VERA GEL is a tried and tested rem­edy for sun­burn and other types of skin ir­ri­ta­tion, in­clud­ing itch­ing from in­sect bites and rashes from poi­son ivy. Gen­tly wash­ing ir­ri­tated skin with CHAMOMILE TEA, brewed and then cooled, is an­other sooth­ing treat­ment.

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