Traveling This Holiday? Avoid Getting Sick With These Simple Tips!

Considering the amount of people that pass through buses, trains, and planes they are often considered to be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Surfaces such as armrests, handles, and head cushions are ridden with germs, and airborne germs are never far. Not to mention, your risk of catching a flu is increased in the winter season.
If you're one of the many people who are spending the holidays out of town, make sure to keep your immune system up, steer clear of germs, and remain healthy while you travel with these simple tips!  

Stay Sippin' - Pack Some Immune-Boosting Herbal Tea With You!

This year, pack a few tea bags of your favorite immune-boosting tea with you when you travel. In the case of flying, you can easily ask your flight attendant for a cup of hot water, and in the case of a bus or train ride - bring a thermos of it with you in your bag. Drinking a few cups of Ashwagandha or Echinacea tea will strengthen your body's immune system and prevent illness in a multitude of ways:
  • Both of these herbs are rich in antioxidants that protect your body from harmful free radicals and illnesses.
  • Both of these herbs can increase not only your white blood cell count, but also your killer cell count, which fight infection in the body and support healthy immune function. 
  • Ashwagandha is a known adaptogen, meaning it promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Excessive stress - which many people undergo while traveling or preparing for the holidays - has been found to have a negative affect on the immune system, making us vulnerable to sickness.

Read more about the health benefits of Ashwagandha and Echinacea here!

Supplement Your Travels With Oregano

Carrying a little bottle of oregano extract can make a big difference for you during your holiday travels. Oregano is is great for building up your immune system and killing harmful germs because it has antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. Simply add a few drops of the extract to your desired drink each day. Herbs of Light offers a great Oregano Extract:

Avoid Touching Your Face

We use our hands for pretty much every task, so it should be no surprise to hear that we pick up more and more germs with every surface and object we touch - especially in public places. With that being said, avoid touching your face while traveling!

Germs from the hands can easily make their way into the body when you wipe your mouth, eyes, or nose, so it's best to use a clean tissue. If you absolutely have to touch your face, make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water beforehand.

Stay Well Rested

Our bodies rely on sleep to keep our immune systems working at their full potential. When we are sleep deprived, our immune system is suppressed and tends to have an inflammatory response, which can be potentially harmful and lead to problems like diabetes or heart disease.

Take advantage of the downtime you have during your flight or bus ride by taking a nap  - you'll recharge so that you have enough energy for any holiday activities, and your immune system will thank you!

Going Through Security? Wear Socks With Your Shoes

If you're going to be flying or traveling in any other way where you have to go through security, make sure to wear socks with your shoes! Many times you are asked to remove your shoes when passing through a security scanner, and you don't want to end up walking across a dirty airport floor with bare feet. If your feet are sweaty, you're especially vulnerable to picking up a bacterial or fungal infection, so plan ahead and make sure that yours will be covered!

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