Boost Your Immunity before Vacation

It’s summer vacation season! Who’s as excited as I am? Prepping your immune system for the travel ahead is just as important as finding the perfect walking shoes, planning your itinerary and getting recommendations for all the must-see and dos! Traveling, even when it is for fun in the sun, is super tough on your immune system.

I’m here to help you save the day with some great ideas for things to do before your trip to boost your immunity and some special recipes to keep you healthy and strong—and making memories all trip long!

Technically, traveling doesn’t make you sick, but it does increase the stress on your immune system. If your immune system is compromised it will struggle to fight off those unfamiliar toxins and unhealthy bugs you will be exposed to in the air or on the road. So, a little boosting of your immunity BEFORE your vacation is just what Dr. ME ordered! Here are my favorite immune-boosting activities:

Laugh

It’s true! Belly laughter has been shown to help improve the lymphatic system’s circulation (the cleansing system of the body) 10 to 15 times its normal rate to flush out toxins faster. So, to get that belly laugh going, tune into funny videos on YouTube for a couple of minutes each day.

Exercise

Be sure you keep up a regular exercise routine before traveling. Even taking an evening walk is beneficial. Move that beautiful body of yours to help it be in the best condition it can be prior to travel.

Sleep

To keep your immune system in tip-top condition, you need to be catching an adequate number of ZZZZs (7 to 9 hours for most of us). Sleep challenges are a chronic condition in America, and might increase as vacation time approaches and you frantically try to prepare your work and home life to be away. To help you on your sleep journey, please check out some of my favorite recipes for better sleep.

Immune Boost

I use my Immune Boost recipe before I leave home for a trip, but I also pack it in my bag to give my immune system all the help I can as it battles with the germs of travel. Here’s how you make it:

In a 5mL roller bottle add:

10 drops Melaleuca

10 drops OnGuard Protective Blend

10 drops Lavender

5 drops Arborvitae

5 drops Melissa

Just top off the bottle with fractionated coconut oil and apply this mix to the bottom of your feet daily.

While Traveling

As you embark on your adventure, do your best to stay hydrated (I know, it means more bathroom breaks), make healthy food choices, WASH YOUR HANDS constantly and get adequate sleep.

Since you’ll be out of your normal routine, your body might respond in not normal ways as well. From tummy troubles to motion sickness, new concerns can pop up when you are away from home.  

 

Relief for Tummy Trouble

Despite your best efforts at eating healthy, you might experience some tummy trouble while on your trip. We typically select food for ease and convenience when we’re on the road, not necessarily what is best for our nutrition. And, we eat out more which means gargantuan portions! So, to make sure I have a happy belly, I take a digestive enzyme complex from doTerra called TerraZyme and rub DigestZen over my belly after eating. I also have citrus essential oils in my drinking water to help boost digestion.  

 

Road Trip Roller Bottle Recipe

In addition to my Immune Boost roller bottle, I love to mix up some of my Road Trip essential oils in a 5mL roller bottle to help minimize motion sickness that can occur in the air or on the road. It also helps calm nerves that can get heightened when dealing with delays, being lost or other travel snafus:

Just add to a roller bottle:

10 drops Citrus Bliss

10 drops Lavender

5 drops Vetiver

 

And top off with fractionated coconut oil. Then, I just roll it on behind my ears or on my neck before traveling.

Sun Protection

The beauty of vacation is that you’re out and about enjoying the sun and the great outdoors! BUT, that means it’s super important that you take proper care of your skin. In addition to a toxin-free sunscreen, here are my favorite recipes:

Seaside Skin Protection

When you’re in the sunshine, you can spray Seaside Skin Protection on to keep your skin cool, protected and healthy.

In an 8-oz spray bottle, add

20 drops Lavender

15 drops Helichrysm

15 drops Peppermint

And top the bottle off with fractionated coconut oil.

Bug Off Spray

And, being outdoors in the summer also means you get unwanted visitors of the buggy variety. To help them move on and keep them away, try my Bug Off Spray.

In a 2-ounce glass spray bottle add:

10 drops Peppermint or Cedarwood essential oil (avoid Peppermint if you will be applying on littles)

5 drops Cassia essential oil

Fractionated coconut oil

Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake to mix the blend completely, and every time before spraying. Apply to clothes, shoes, ankles and hair to avoid pesky bugs. (Avoid the eyes and flush with vegetable or carrier oil to dilute if contact is made.)

With these tips to boost your immunity and some of my favorite travel recipes you can download for free, I wish you a bon voyage and healthy, happy summer adventures.

Tell us all about your summer adventures. Where are you going this year?

Melissa Esguerra