TRAVEL RECOVERY ESSENTIALS
I enjoy traveling. It makes me smile. Whether it is a completely new destination or somewhere I have been to many times before, there is something special about being in a different environment with its' unique culture and energy. Unfortunately, this time traveling meant returning with a cold.
My last trip to New York was a doozey. I happened to be there during a bitter cold spell and some monsoon like downpours. Still New York is very special and such conditions can add to its' charm. The downside of such conditions are the physical stress they can add. It was so cold even New Yorkers were not venturing out, but the thought of sheltering up in the hotel and changing/canceling plans was not an option for me, so I braved it the best I could. I ended up walking a lot in the freeeeeeezing cold, there was no way of avoiding it. It was worth it, I had a great trip and I was kind of getting the hang of it by the end. In fact, I was holding up pretty well, until the plane ride home. At least I think it was the plane, maybe it was the airport - so many people were coughing, sneezing, coughing, coughing - it made wish I had a medical mask on me. I was already exhausted, my immune system was being pushed and the recycled dehydrating airplane air did me in.
Plan Recovery went into full swing asap. It included all the items above plus large doses of coconut oil and epson bath soaks (because my skin was a total wreck) ... oh and some oil of oregano capsules I forgot to lay out.
All in all, this blend of nourishing goodies saved me from going down bad. Whew!
In case you are interested, here are the specifics:
- Aloe Vera Water - Provides wonderful hydration. I turn to it often while shooting, I am convinced it also is energizing.
- Green Juice - Full of nutrients and minerals. I aim for two a day when I'm feeling off. The ones with a touch of ginger are my favorite. My favorite one right now is greens in coconut water by Erewhon. Yummy.
- Lemon - add it to warm water and its' alkalizing properties help hydrate and soothe.
- Meditation - Stress impacts our immune system, it throws so many internal functions off - so I think of mediation as a physical, mental and emotional healing tool. I aim to meditate while traveling but truth be told, I never manage to do it. I return and slowly get back into this simple but why is it so hard to do practice. I plug in my headphones and use the headspace app and I feel so much better in just 15 minutes - especially after 5 days of consecutive practice.
- Brain Dust - Helps with brain function during a time when I barely have enough energy to function. I also take it when feeling fine and just want some help with mental clarity or creativity. Brain dust = rhodiola, astragalus, gingko, maca, shilajit and organic stevia.
- Finely Ground Oatmeal - Perfect easy exfoliator for the flakey dry skin I returned with.
- Facial Masks - One by Tata Harper and the holy grail of facial masks - the SK-II masks. I alternated between the two until my skin felt normal again. My other mention of the SK-II mask is here.
- Lip balm - My lips were so chapped when I got home they bled. It was bad! This balm once again proved to be worth the price.