The Travel Diary

Month: November 2014

Best Travel Remedies…

With the holiday season upon us, many will be traveling through the remainder of the 2014 calendar year. Thus, it’s important to keep a strong immune system to help block any and all unfriendly bacteria and viruses during your journeys to and fro. Since my schedule tends to include a great deal of travel throughout the year, I was led to locate the best mix of ingredients to protect myself from colds, and other air-born illnesses. Germs lurk in both the open and hidden places; in airports, planes, rental cars, hotels and all stops inbetween! Mass amounts of people = tons of germs. YUCK!!! After much trial and error, I’ve found the items listed below incredibly helpful in the fight against travel bugs, and wanted very much to share with all of you.

Without further delay, here are my top 5 travel remedies!

1. Astragalus- My go to herb of choice! It’s sold in multiple forms; whole root, liquid, pill/capsule, powder and tea. It’s an herb that helps support and strengthen the immune system. The healthier your system, the easier it is to ward off colds and flu. You can’t go wrong with this powerful remedy. An absolute MUST!!!

2. Flu Busting Smoothie- This is the most superb smoothie to help rid, or keep the sniffles away. I absolutely love it! It’s not only delicious, but full of the earth’s healing goodness too. You’ll need 1 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of raw honey, 1 piece of ginger (or powder form,) 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, 1/2 cup of chopped pineapple, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, and 1 tsp of peppermint oil-(which I have left out before when I didn’t have any peppermint oil, yet still experienced the same benefits.) I’d also recommend use of organic products of the aforementioned, if at all possible. You can purchase a mini travel blender to pack while on the road, and pick up the items upon arrival to your destination, or prepare ahead of time for a quick liquid meal for your road trip or pre-flight! This smoothie is the real deal!!!

3. Honey, cinnamon, and ginger — This may sound simple, but it’s a fantastic, quick and easy option at any time, and especially before a trip. I’m sure you noticed all of the items here are listed in the flu busting smoothie above. Why?… Because all of these goodies have amazing health benefits. I recommend raw honey if you’re able to purchase from a farmer’s market, but if not, get the purest form that you can find- at least one that reads 100% pure, or a Grade A quality, to get the most out of the mixture. Again, raw honey is best! Just place some honey on a spoon, along with a good shake of cinnamon, and ground or a very small piece of grated ginger root. This blend of ingredients works, and well! You’re sure to feel spectacular!!!

4. Garlic water- Yep, it’s not the most pleasant smell, but it works! Drop a few cloves of this super-food into a 1-2 quart pot (depends on if you use the entire bulb, or just a few cloves; more garlic = more water) boil, strain, let cool, and sip! Not only will this help ward off germs, but just about every bacterial and respiratory infection. There are so many positives that I’d need an entire page. Garlic is golden!!!  This one is all thanks to my late Grandma!!

5. Oil of Oregano- A best kept secret. Most haven’t heard of this one, but it is an unbelievable remedy. In liquid form, it has an unsettling taste, so you will need to use in accordance to what you can handle. Test it out on your initial use, and work it into your health plan as needed. It can be used in juice to lessen the harshness of the taste, and you don’t want to overuse. BUT… once you get the hang of this rare gem, it will knock out a sore throat, cold or any number of other ailments in record time! A definite for the medicine cabinet, AND luggage!!! I won’t go into a ton of detail here, but if you use alot of this, you will need to do so in conjunction with a probiotic to ensure you don’t do away with too much of the good bacteria in your body. (I’d need to do a piece on herbs to explain.) The benefits are endless, but do your homework, and monitor your use.

Of course there are many herbs and remedies on the market, but these are 5 of my favorites! They work, and for those of us constantly on the road and/or in the air, it’s important that we keep a healthy immune system. The various climates and environments can certainly take a toll on any system. My top 5 are all very easy to pack or easy to make. Make them a part of your regular travel itinerary. Try them out and let me know what you think! Safe travels, and stay healthy.

Til next time my faithful travel friends~

Great Autumn Travel Snacks…

It’s the most vibrant and beautiful time of the year. As many approach the heavy travel season, I thought it’d be an awesome idea to highlight some yummy, and healthy travel snacks to carry along on your next journey. I have basically lived out of a suitcase for the past 15mos, so I’ve learned creative ways to make my travel, “food,” road and air experience, a pleasant one! Though most foods are available throughout the year, there are always those signature, seasonal finds, that make each quarter exciting! It’s Harvest season, as I like to call it… but also more commonly referred to, as Autumn and Fall…hence the title. Soooo, I’m going to share some quick and easy travel snacks for your next getaway, family vacay, or business trip.

1. It’s PUMPKIN season! This means you probably have left over (Halloween…or Harvest to some of us) pumpkins, that you still have no idea what to do with. Before you toss them, consider scooping out all of those delicious pumpkin seeds, and roasting them. They’re healthy, tasty and easy to pack for a short flight or drive. You can’t go wrong with pumpkin seeds!!! I have fond, childhood memories of carving pumpkins and digging for gold (seeds,) amidst the goo inside. Dig on!!

2. Did anybody say, pumpkin?!?! Ha! Here’s another suggestion for a great snack, and a super way to make good use of this fantastic, season favorite item. Muffins! There are so many options for creating the perfect muffin, from standard recipes, to vegan friendly ones. If you like something more traditional, a box, white or yellow cake mix will do. Just add the pumpkin guts, after tossing in the food processor, or here’s a can even use canned pumpkin if you’d prefer less work, and it’ll work just fine! For something more animal friendly, replace the box cake ingredients, and oil and eggs, with healthier items like; bananas, apple sauce or apple juice, almond milk, almond flour, silken tofu or flax powder, and of course include cinnamon and nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder, vanilla and/or almond extract, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and raisins. Delicious vegan or non-vegan muffins make for a great, sweet, breakfast treat for your morning trip…and they are healthier than your typical muffin you’d pick up while on the go~ I won’t name any favorite breakfast or coffee shops;)

3. I call this next one, “A cup of yumminess..on the go!” Select the apple of your choice, carve out all the inner parts, and fill with homemade granola, dried or fresh berries, pecans, a few sprinkles of cinnamon and/or nutmeg, and even some dark chocolate for an extra pop. This is the perfect, healthy snack to grab and go, and most of all you get to slide in an apple, and a pretty amazing granola snack too! Side note- keep the granola mix in a separate container/bag until you’re situated in your car, or on your flight, then dump in your hollow apple to avoid spillage, which can occur during the mad dash to the finish line.

4. My next suggestion is, “Figs in a blanket” This is a play on fig newtons, but better! Swap out traditional fig cookie batter for golden flax seed and gluten free oats, or applesauce, coconut milk, brown rice flour and grapeseed oil, alongside the deliciousness of items like hazelnuts, vanilla, chia seeds and of course…FIGS! There are many fantastic recipes out there, so adjust to your likeness. They’re easy to carry and make for a wonderful travel snack!!! Fig-a-licious~

Consider one of these 4 treats before your next trip. I’ll be gearing up to leave again soon, and I’m so looking forward to enjoying these Fall favorites before the next season. Healthy eats, and happy travels my friends. Until next time!


A basketful of delicious apples, ready for scooping…and granola filling~

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