Stay Health with 5 Travel Must Haves


On the eve of embarking on a trip to Guatemala I smile to myself as I think of how my style of traveling has changed over the years. When I was in college, I studied in Italy for a year and seemed to be able to travel at the drop of a hat. Give me a toothbrush and an extra pair of underwear and socks and I was ready to go. Now, I check and recheck my quart sized bag of 3 oz. bottles of anti-bacterial essential oils, homeopathic remedies and probiotics. I couldn't imagine every traveling without them. I like to think I've gotten wiser over the years and now "know better" rather than believing I have become a germaphobe. The parasitology courses I took for my naturopathic degree could have something to do with my need to wipe down handles and remote controls in hotel rooms.  I wanted to share with you my 5 favorite traveling buddies. 


Here are my 5 traveling must haves:


1. Organic lavender essential oil. A potent anti-bacterial that can be swabbed in your nasal passages before entering an aircraft to protect you from the germs in the recycled air on the flight. Reapply every 2 hours while in flight. 

 The water in the lavatories on planes have been found to be polluted. Instead of washing your hands in the lavatory, rub a few drops of lavender into your hands to cleanse. 

Wipe down all door knobs and locks, remote controls, light switches, etc in your hotel room with a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue to cleanse those surfaces the public touches the most. 


2. Quad Parasite Tincture. An herbal blend of black walnut hull, quassia, wormwood and cloves designed by Dr. Hulda Clark, a parasitologist. Dr. Clark found a series of different parasites, fungus', and bacteria usually correlated to specific illnesses. Read her books', 'A Cure for all Diseases', for more information. I take 4 ml of this tincture 2 times a day while traveling to prevent food poisoning or picking up any other bug that may cause constipation, diarrhea or any other digestive distress. 

 3. Lugol's iodine. Taking 4 drops of lugol's in a 1/4 cup of water 4 times a day for 4 days affective with E. coli, a bacteria naturally in the body though drinking from an unclean water source may create an overgrowth problem. Avoid if you have a shellfish allergy since most iodine is usually made from sea vegetables. Check your source. 

 4. Neti Pot. Once I arrive at my destination I will put 3 drops of lavender essential oil in saline water and pass it through my nose with a neti pot. That usually boosts my energy and prevents me from feeling traveling fatigue.

 5. Still point inducer.  I don't leave home without mine. Great for headaches, tight neck muscles, and to remedy a poor night's sleep in an uncomfortable hotel bed. Lay on it for 15 minutes and feel relief quickly. 


I wish you safe and healthy travels. 

What do you love to travel with? 


Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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