Unfortunately, delayed flights and lost luggage aren’t the only things you’ll need to worry about. A weak immune system can drain the fun out of any vacation – or sabotage your plans entirely.
Here’s the good news: you can stay healthy while traveling. The secret? Using herbal medicine and self-care practices to boost your immune system from the root.
When your immunity is strong and in balance, you’ll not only steer clear of allergies and seasonal illnesses. You’ll also feel more energized, sleep better and be ready to take on the day – no matter what adventure you have ahead of you.
To help you travel healthy this season, we’re sharing our favorite tips and products to support your immunity and promote overall well-being.
Ahh, spring. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the noses are running.
Not only can spring be a miserable time for allergy sufferers, but it can also bring a surge in respiratory illnesses like the cold or flu.
Spring may be allergy season, but the truth is, we are constantly exposed to viruses, bacteria, and allergens that can weaken our defenses and leave us feeling under the weather. Beyond sniffles and coughs, a weak immune system can also lead to low energy and even chronic illness. That’s why every season is a good season to boost your immunity!
This spring, we’re focusing on how we can use natural ways to keep the immune system strong all year. And one of the best ways to build immunity is with the help of Chinese herbs.
Head to our latest blog to learn more about our top herbs and go-to tinctures to help you put up your best defense.Read the Blog
Acupressure offers a simple and accessible way to boost immunity and manage your symptoms naturally. The 3 points below are known to improve the body’s defense system, boost Qi, alleviate allergy symptoms, reduce inflammation, and promote respiratory health. And the best part is that each point is easy-to-access from anywhere, whether you’re jet-setting, road-tripping, or enjoying a local staycation.
Large Intestine 4
LI 4 is one of the best acupressure points to learn because it has a wide range of health benefits. Pressing this point regularly improves Qi flow throughout the body and strengthens the immune system. It also helps alleviate symptoms such as rhinitis, sinus headaches, fever, sore throat, cough and other respiratory issues.
Find LI 4 on the hand, in the web between the thumb and index finger.
LU 1 is one of the main points used to address respiratory conditions. It can help with symptoms such as coughing and asthma, as well as pain in the chest and upper back. It may also improve immune function and help with anxiety and stress.
LU 1 is located on the upper chest, just below the collarbone and beside the breastbone. To locate the exact point, place your index and middle fingers on the depression or hollow area just below the collarbone, at the outer edge of the first rib. If you are feeling under the weather or regularly struggle with respiratory conditions, this point will likely be quite tender.
If a cold or allergies leave you with sinus pressure and a stuffed nose, try pressing on acupoint, Bitong. Bitong helps move stagnated Qi to relieve congestion, pain, inflammation and swelling. It is particularly useful for symptom relief for allergies, sinusitis and the common cold.
Bitong is located at the highest point of the nasolabial groove, just above the top of the nostril towards the nasal bone. Press deeply for 30 seconds, release, and repeat until nasal congestion or pressure clears.
Want to enjoy all your spring and summer travel plans to the fullest? Add our immune support tinctures to your packing list.
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts that are made by soaking herbs in alcohol or vinegar. The alcohol or vinegar extracts the active compounds in the herbs, creating a potent and easy-to-absorb form of herbal medicine.
Beyond offering potent herbal support, one of the main benefits of a tincture is how easy it is to incorporate into your daily routine. Simply mix 3 ml (or 1/2 tsp) into a glass of water and drink 2-3 times daily, or as directed by your healthcare provider.
Plus, these tinctures are travel-friendly! The 2oz bottles are small enough to travel through airport security in your carry-on, or secure enough to tuck away in your checked bag.
These two immune support tinctures are perfect for unpredictable spring weather, changing climates and general immune health:
Nei Wei Qi (Basic Immune Support)
This tincture supports the immune system by calming inflammation and boosting “Wei Qi” – the Qi that activates and strengthens your immune response. It’s a great travel companion, especially if you plan to explore areas with different climates or pollen types.Learn More
CytoSupport is the herbal tincture you want on hand if you do catch a viral infection (like a cold or flu) during your travels. This tincture works to prevent viruses from inhabiting your healthy host cells and replicating, while also quelling the cytokine storm that causes inflammation and severe symptoms.Learn More
Nothing says “I’m on vacation” like relaxing with a refreshing beverage in hand. With this recipe, we skip the refined sugar and alcohol (which can damage your immune system) and replace them with healthy ingredients and immune-boosting herbs. The result is not just a delicious way to unwind, but a medicinal mocktail that helps you stay healthy while traveling.
Adapted from SustainableCooks.com.
1. Place mint leaves and lime juice in a glass and muddle them together for 1 minute.
2. Add the honey simple syrup.
3. Add sparkling water to fill your glass.
4. Garnish with lime slices, a sprig of mint, and/or fresh fruit.Find more herbal recipes
Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner (MSAOM, NCCAOM, Dipl.OM) and wellness writer. Through her educational content for Plum Dragon Herbs, Kate hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.
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