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6 Ways to Travel Well and Stay Well (Especially With Kids!)

6 WAYS TO TRAVEL WELL AND STAY WELL (ESPECIALLY WITH KIDS!)

Along with fun and excitement, traveling also brings a measure of stress on a body’s health and well being. It takes a toll with later nights, strange beds, hectic (yet fun!) schedules, and exposure to more people and places and thus more germs. There is nothing worse than being out of town and sick, except being out of town, sick and without your favorite supplies. It’s doubly awful if the ones who succumb are young children!6 WAYS TO TRAVEL WELL AND STAY WELL (ESPECIALLY WITH KIDS!)

Our family had a stomach bug catch us several years ago on the tail end of a long trip for my husband’s job. Having Tummy Tuneup, Activated Charcoal, Essential Oils, and Vitamin D on hand helped kept me from getting sick too, and we were able to get home quickly and recover.

Here are the strategies and items that I consider absolutely crucial in my family’s travel arsenal.

  1. When I get to our hotel room, I immediately plug in our diffuser. Optimally, I can add Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Bandito Blend into the Breeze and then we can go out for a couple of hours, giving the essential oils time to do their disinfecting jobs. But, since I have littles, I will usually turn instead to a child-friendly combination of Lemon, Spearmint, Tangerine and Thyme to diffuse. Those oils are less irritating to their little systems but still are effective at going after bacteria.
  2. I always bring a small travel size spray bottle. When I arrive, I add several drops of Spearmint, Thyme and Tangerine Essential Oils and then fill with water. I use this to wash down all the surfaces in the hotel. You can also pull down the beds and spray the mattresses, if necessary; just spray lightly and then allow to air dry. That, combined with diffusing into the air, will cleanse the room of the majority of potential threats.
  3. Before we go out in crowds, we prevent, prevent, prevent! If it’s summer, I usually skip the Vitamin D. But if it’s winter or we already seem a bit unwell, we dose up with Cod Liver Oil for extra Vitamin A and D. A dose of an elderberry syrup is next. And finally, we never travel without our probiotics! Our choice is usually Tummy Tuneup because it is easy to dose the little ones, and it’s shelf-stable so I don’t have to worry about keeping it refrigerated.
  4. In case our tummies go sour, we keep extra Tummy Tuneup, Activated Charcoal, and essential oils on hand. Our favorites are Spearmint (for anyone under 10), Peppermint, and Oregano, each well diluted in a carrier oil and massaged on the feet, lightly on the abdomen, and down the spine. We open a capsule and put Tummy Tuneup powder under the tongue. I use Charcoal to both treat and prevent the spread of upset stomachs; it’s highly absorbent and can quickly bind to toxins and move them out of the digestive system.
  5. If a nose is running, we dose up with our Berry Well and Vitamin D [LINK] and then keep a paper towel handy with a few drops of either Spearmint or Peppermint to assist in breathing. (I use Spearmint for children under ten and Peppermint for ten and over.) We also brew a big cup of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea to sip. All you need is your hotel room’s coffee maker and you are all set with hot water to make enough tea for everyone.
  6. Cuts and bruises! Busy travel days in unfamiliar environments can lead to more accidents and injuries than normal. I clean well with soapy water and then slather on some Miracle Skin Salve. For stings, bites, and sunburns, I bring along a baggie of dried Plantain (at home we often use the fresh leaves, but in urban areas it can be scarce or there is a possibility of pesticides). For fresh plantain, just chewing it up a bit and applying the crushed leaf to the sting or bites brings almost immediate relief. You do that with dried plantain as well, or you can make a poultice with hot water and the dried leaves.

While these items don’t chase away every chance of sickness, they do make any downtimes on trips a lot less stressful. Have we missed any of your favorite tips or products? We would love to hear your travel tips!

Stay Healthy With Elderberries

Stay healthy with elderberries from Beeyoutiful

It sometimes seems that the best things come in the smallest packages. That’s certainly true of the elderberry, a tiny, tart berry that packs an outsized punch when it comes to supporting immune health.

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used medicinally for centuries in Europe and North America, and is also well known in Chinese medicine. Many claims have been made about elderberry’s health benefits and the jury’s still out on many of them. However, modern scientific studies have confirmed the validity of what might formerly have been brushed aside as simply old wives’ tales, demonstrating that elderberry indeed has a measurable effect in treating the flu, alleviating allergies, and supporting overall immunity.

Stay healthy with elderberries from Beeyoutiful

Elderberries contain very high amounts of the polyphenol anthocyanin, an antioxidant which contributes to the berry’s dark blue color and protects them from fading in even sustained periods of bright sunlight. Amazingly, these antioxidant elements carry through to anyone consuming the berry, and anthocyanins have been shown to boost the human immune system. Some elderberry syrups and lozenges have been studied for their effectiveness against cold and flu viruses, and results indicate that symptoms were reduced in both severity and duration.

Elderberry has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of over 14,000, much higher than many other berries and fruit, making it a powerful antioxidant tool and a concentrated source of immune boosters.  In addition to its antioxidant properties, elderberry also contains Vitamin C (surprisingly, more than oranges!) along with valuable trace minerals.

Because they are often found growing wild, elderberries are an easily-accessible and inexpensive resource for many to support health during flu season with homemade elderberry tincture or syrup.   If you’re less inclined to scramble through the woods in search of your own elderberries, you can get them here in dried form, or go straight to the ready-to-use syrups and lozenges.

Whether you choose ready-made remedies or the do-it-yourself variety, don’t overlook this tiny berry that can give your immune system a major boost.

*Because elderberry is widely regarded as an immune stimulant, persons with uncontrolled autoimmune diseases may choose to avoid using elderberry to stimulate an immune response that could cause a flareup of disease symptoms. Please consult an experienced healthcare practitioner for recommendations to fit your specific health conditions. 

Beeyoutiful’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

We have never had a product so loved as Berry Well®! Its simple yet incredibly effective ingredients have made it the stuff of legend among our Beeyoutiful families and customers. It is by far one of the most convenient and effective ways to utilize the incredible properties of a variety of ingredients that work together synergistically.

Make your own elderberry syrup with Beeyoutiful's kit

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Beeyoutiful® is now offering a way for you to create your own homemade elderberry syrup so that you have an affordable and effective recourse should Berry Well be unavailable, or if you have a large family and stocking up on Berry Well in sufficient quantities isn’t an option for your budget.

It is more work to create your own elderberry syrup, and it doesn’t taste exactly like Berry Well, but we have saved you some steps and made it as convenient as possible by combining most of the must-have ingredients into one discounted package. You also get the satisfaction of knowing you have created an amazing health-supporting product for you and those you love with your own two hands.

IMG_9524Each Elderberry Syrup Starter Kit contains enough supplements and primary ingredients to make a minimum of 4 quarts of homemade syrup (with some ingredients left over). Feel free to tweak the recipe below based on your individual family’s needs and taste preferences.

Each of Beeyoutiful®’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Starter Kits contains 1 box of Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Tea, 1 bottle of Bee Immune™, 1 bottle of Gentle C, and 1/2 lb. of dried organic Elderberries. You will need to source raw unfiltered honey (preferably from a local apiary) and raw apple cider vinegar to round out the ingredients list.

Beeyoutiful’s Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Makes 1 Quart
Purchase most of the ingredients in our discounted kit, or through the individual links below. 
 You will need:
1 cup boiling water
4 Echinacea teabags
6 capsules of Beeyoutiful’s Bee Immune (Bee Propolis)
1 cup Unfiltered Local Raw Honey
1/2 cup dried elderberries
2 cups water
4 Tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
6 capsules of Beeyoutiful’s Gentle C
Step 1:  Add 4 teabags to 1 cup of boiling water and cover. Allow to steep until slightly warm, 30 minutes or more.IMG_9530
Step 2: While teabags are steeping, place 2 cups of water and dried elderberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower temperature and cover so that it remains at a gentle simmer. Allow it to simmer together for at least 30 minutes. Berries should be soft and easily mashed.IMG_9537

Step 3: Remove tea bags, squeeze and set strong tea aside.

Step 4: Once berries have finished simmering, remove from heat and allow to cool. After cooling, pour juice through a fine mesh strainer into a wide mouthed quart jar. Use a spatula to move berry pulp around, making sure every last bit of the juice is extracted.IMG_9573

Step 5: Open capsules of Bee Immune and Gentle C into the still-warm echinacea tea and use a whisk to blend in.IMG_9548

Step 6: Add tea mixture to quart jar of elderberry juice. Add cup of honey (gently warmed to make pourable, if necessary) and then 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Cap tightly and shake well to mix all ingredients.IMG_9583

Shake well before serving. Syrup can be stored in repurposed Berry Well bottles for easier serving or kept in larger quart jar; it will stay good refrigerated for up to 6 months. Feel free  to substitute any ingredients or customize in any way that is best suited to your particular needs.IMG_9611
Store in refrigerator. Do not serve to babies less than a year old.
Adults: take 1 tablespoon as often as needed.
Children 4 years old and older: 1 tsp. as often as needed
For children 1 to 4 yrs old: 1/2 tsp
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