A few days ago, one of my clients asked me what she should take with her on a trip to support her immune system. Here are my recommendations, what I usually carry, and why:
Colds’ and Flu (Anima Mundi) or Immune Strong (Banyan Botanicals)
Both of these formulas with apparently similar functions actually act quite differently, in my experience. I like to take Immune Support on the days preceding the trip or before any stressful situation that will require intense activity of my body to maintain homeostasis (traveling, preparing a lecture, coping with a deadline that requires working until later for a few days, etc.) while Anima Mundi Colds’ and Flu is an effective formula for when we feel the first signs of the body getting off track.
Throat Soother (Banyan Botanicals)
The name says it all. I consider our throat somehow as the ‘customs’ in our body. If we pay close attention, many cold and flu episodes will start with some discomfort in our throat and by addressing that first sign on its onset may reverse a condition even before it unfolds into its full expression. Using Throat Soother or frequently gargling with warm water to which you add a tea spoon of sea salt and a pinch of turmeric are effective options to stop the symptoms before they settle.
Bronchial Support (Banyan Botanicals)
Bronchial Support is an effective syrup that will not suppress the symptoms but support the body with healthy expectoration. Formulated with ayurvedic herbs that have a specific affinity to the respiratory tract, it combines the healing qualities of Vasaka, Licorice, Tulsi, Ginger, Pippali and other medicinal herbs. It is alcohol-free and organic honey based. Great for kids over 2y and adults of all ages, this is a favorite from my family and the gift of choice when I ask about their wish lists preceding my visits.
Dolores (Anima Mundi)
This herbal formula allows to cope with pain while not exposing the body to the eventual side effects of long-term use of over-the-counter medicines.
Eucalyptus Chest Balm (Tea Tree Therapy)
Eucalyptus Chest Balm has been one of my favorites for years! A simple remedy that we can almost take for granted. I use it to reverse congestion of sinuses and chest, and also around my neck while traveling or in crowded spaces (don’t get me wrong: it’s not a charming perfume, but so effective in doing the job of getting the microbes at bay that I trust this more than a mask).
Here is something that deeply connects me to my sense of home. Propolis has well studied healing powers, and green propolis — a variety occurring only in Brazil due to the symbiotic interaction between the bees and a specific type of wild rosemary — is one of the most potent varieties. A must-have in my travel kit, this is a remedy that will support healing from things like sore throat, minor cuts, etc. For the Brazilians in my network, my brand of choice is Apis Flora.
The French homeopathic brand Boiron also offers a couple of products that are good to consider. Some of their products that I reach for when needed are: Oscillococcinum, Throat Calm, Diaralia, Gasalia.
I also carry my tongue scraper as it is a tool that helps identifying imbalances in the body even when symptoms are still not manifested. Mind that a clean diet rich in nutrients, movement, rest, and self-awareness are the main pillars sustaining wellness. During a trip, prioritizing our diets and sleep quality is often challenging. With that in mind, I recommend planning some “slow down time” before and after the event so your body can adjust this might be all you need to avoid getting sick during a trip.
Miami locals can find these products at Hridayam Apothecary, Coral Gables. For all other locations in the United States the products can be ordered online. In those in other countries where these products may not be available, the thought process behind my selection is based on the use of herbs that protects the throat and speed up healing by supporting the immune system.
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About the author: Carol Jamault is a Certified Health and Life Coach (CHC), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) with extensive training in Ayurveda and Herbalism. She focuses on supporting her clients with stress management tools and self-care routines through an integrative approach to wellness. She guides those in a quest for personal growth and better health, by providing curated information and teaching a therapeutic lifestyle that naturally allows to restore balance, improving wellness and fostering longevity. Carol has been studying alternative healing, ethnobotany, circadian medicine, Ayurveda and herbalism since 2001. She is the founder of Hridayam Bodywork & Apothecary and partners with corporations and wellness studios to provide therapeutic bodywork, private coaching, workshops, and lectures.