Guest blog by Sharee James
I sincerely believe that travelling and getting out of our comfort zones and regular routines is wonderful for our wellbeing.
However, when we travel abroad we can be exposed to some potential health risks and so I have put together a list of indispensible natural remedies to pack on your next yoga retreat!
1. Pre-Travel: Boost Your Immune System
Long haul flights, lack of sleep, new climates and time zones and different food can wreak havoc with your immune system.
So before any trip, take some echinacea and probiotics for a couple of weeks before you leave (and during the trip). Its available as pills or as tea.
Echinacea increases white blood cells, the soldiers of your immune system that fight colds and flus. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that improve gut immunity and digestion, lessening the likelihood of experiencing food poisoning or indigestion with new foods.
2. Re-set your sleep cycles on arrival with Melatonin
If you are flying long distance and crossing time zones, your body’s natural circadian rhythms can get out of whack, and you may find yourself falling asleep during the day and feeling wide awake at midnight.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that our brain releases at night to help us sleep and to regulate our sleep cycles. Homoeopathic preparations of melatonin can be taken to help restore a natural sleep pattern once you are in a new time zone.
Take some for the first few days you are in your new destination to help your body adjust.
3. No more muscle soreness after yoga!
Most of us do a lot more yoga on a retreat than at home, and we can feel a bit ouchy the day after an intensive class.
One of the best remedies for post-yoga muscle soreness is magnesium.
Magnesium is a mineral that muscles require to loosen and relax. The powdered form is the most easily absorbed by the body, but if tablets are more practical try to find either a citrate, orotate or chelated form of magnesium.
4. De-stress with Rescue Remedy
Catching planes, missing home, meeting new people and being in a new place can be overwhelming for a lot of us.
Also, intensive yoga practice can sometimes bring up a bit of emotional ‘stuff’ as we purify our energetic being. For these reasons, I recommend packing a bottle of rescue remedy in your hand luggage.
Made from vibrational flower remedies, this formula is designed to help with feelings of overwhelm, shock, stress and anxiety. You can get it drops, an oral spray or yummy blackcurrant flavoured pastilles.
5. Don’t leave home without…papaya ointment!
Last but not least, papaya ointment is a staple in my purse when travelling. It’s a great lip balm, it can be used on insect bites, sunburn, cuts, abrasions, blisters, chafing and calluses.
So as you can see, by taking care of your health with these natural remedies, you can get the most out of your next life-changing yoga retreat!
Sharee James is the director of Ashima Journeys, a boutique tour company specializing in wellness retreats, yoga holidays and spiritual journeys in some of the world’s most beautiful and sacred locations.
A qualified naturopath, yoga teacher and self-confessed travel junkie, Sharee takes great pleasure in creating unique tours and retreats that integrate local healing and spiritual traditions with an authentic and exciting travel experience. For new tours and updates, sign up to her newsletter here.
Check out her upcoming Nepal Retreat:
Healing Yoga Retreat in the Himalayas, October 2014!