Do the holidays seem more stressful than joyful sometimes? For most of us, the holidays are a busy time characterized by extra activities, over-eating and travel. To keep the holidays joyful, we’ve put together a Holiday Stress and Emergency Pack that you can keep handy. Its contents will keep everyone feeling healthy and well.
Japanese Ume Plum Tar: For stomach upset, diarrhea or nausea. This can be found in your local health food store or online. A tiny amount of Ume Plum Tar will almost immediately improve the state of your digestive system and alleviate feelings of nausea.
Ginger: For nausea. Ginger in tincture form can be found in your local health food store. If nauseous or motion sick, take 2 to 4 drops orally or in tea to alleviate symptoms.
Vitamin C: For supporting the immune system. Vitamin C can be found in your local grocery or health food store in tablet, chewable or powder form. Take as directed.
Digestive Enzymes: For improving digestion and metabolism, and relieving symptoms of upset stomach as a result of over eating. Taking 2 to 4 enzymes with each meal supports the body in dealing with after-meal drowsiness and indigestion. Taking up to 5 enzymes between meals cleans the blood and increases the metabolism. Note: if you have ulcers, sprinkle the enzymes on food and do not take enzymes between meals.
Probiotics: For supporting the immune system, preventing the onset of colds and flus, and improving digestion. Did you know that acidophilus is Nature’s antibiotic? If you feel you are about to catch a cold or flu, take 6 to 8 acidophilus with spring water, then take 2 every 2 hours thereafter. You can also increase fermented foods in your diet to get more of these good bacteria working for your digestive system and immune system.
Rescue Remedy: For acute stress. This wonderful Bach flower remedy can be found at your local health food store. Take 4 drops orally or put 4 drops in spring water and sip on it all day. Rescue Remedy relieves acute stress of all types – mental, emotional and physical. This is a handy remedy to keep with you at all times.
Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils: For headaches. Essential oils of lavender or peppermint work great to relieve headache pain. You can use lavender oil for aromatherapy and inhale the scent, rub on pressure points inside your wrists and under your nose, or rub it on your temples. It also has the added benefits of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is great for cleaning dirty surfaces that might have germs. You can also get lavender tea to help in relaxing. Peppermint oil can be applied on the temple, behind ears, or on feet to help with headache pain.
AFA Blue Green Algae: For a steady source nutrients to fuel the body for energy and immune support. While sugar and caffeine provide temporary sources of energy, neither are permanent and both can cause you to “crash.” AFA blue green algae, scientifically proven to support your immune system, provides the whole food nutrition the body needs for a steady source of high energy and mental clarity to help make the holiday season more enjoyable.
Antioxidants: For detoxifying the body. Stress and over eating are 2 of the major contributors of toxins to our body, which cause us to feel tired and unwell. Antioxidants can help rid the body of these toxins and help repair the damage to cells caused by free radicals. The best food sources for antioxidants are brightly colored fruits and vegetables. If you don’t get enough of these in your diet, you can also supplement it with wholefood nutrition such as found in this supplement with a variety of sprouted foods or this one that contains the antioxidant ubiquinol (a form of CoEnzyme Q10 the body can easily use).
Make this your best holiday season ever by being prepared to combat the stress and discomforts of travel, family, and large holiday meals. Having some of these quick fix support tips can help keep you feeling your best to enjoy all the fun that comes with the holidays.
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