Tinctures: Our Secret to Healthy Travel


People who know me know I swear by immune boosting tinctures. And if you’re anything like most people, you’re probably asking yourself “what in the heck are tinctures??”

The short answer:
A magical elixir more powerful and precious than unicorn tears

The longer answer:
A concoction of natural herbs, berries, and extracts, usually suspended in an alcohol base and comes in a small brown bottle with a dropper. When taken properly, tinctures deliver a seriously swift kick in the butt to any germy intruders in your body either by a naturally occurring anti-bacterial or anti-fungal property or by cranking up your immune system’s capabilities (like boosting blood cell production).

The bottom line:
If you’re traveling a lot, exposing yourself to new and different germs, people, food, water, climates, pollens, stresses, and fatigue, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor by carrying a bottle of this mighty potion. Our favorites are Kick-Ass Immune Activator by Wish Gardens and Insure Immune Support by Zand.

“Okay, I’m sold. How do I find these magical drops that scoff in the face of sorcerers and wizards?” you may be asking. And you should be, really. The good news is, immune boosting tinctures are relatively easy to find in the US. Any natural foods store, most large grocery stores, and some pharmacies will carry them. When you’re abroad, they can be a little harder to find. But don’t fret. You can still arm yourself with a combination of other things that will help to ward off the troublesome travel sicknesses.

  • Echinacea Tea
  • Fresh ginger tea with propolis, lemon juice, and cayenne
  • Vitamin C + Zinc tablets
  • Probiotics

All of these items can pack easily into your toiletry bag or can be picked up wherever you arrive. They’re great as part of a travel-day essentials kit.

It can be a scary to be sick when you are so far away from home or any of the health care systems you understand. When Mike was bitten by a tick in Mexico and then coincidently had a fever a few days later, we were pretty worried. Our friend kept saying “Dengue! Dengue!” But we knew it wasn’t. And when I had the Guatemalan fever + gut rot for 10 days, at times I imagined dying dramatically, shouting passionate nonsense in Spanglish, and then fading away. Of course, I was nowhere near dying. I’m just imaginative… Either way, it’s best to skip all of that by not getting sick in the first place.

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