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Essential Herbs & Remedies For Every Traveler: Yoga Retreat Must-Haves

February 5, 2016

Since getting sick while on a vacation or a yoga retreat is every traveler’s worst nightmare, we discovered this list of essential herbs that’ll have you feeling good no matter where your journeys may take you.

“I’ve personally researched, tested, and hand-selected this list of the most effective and useful plants and natural products that will keep you in an optimal state of health during your travels,” wrote  for NuMundo.

Take a look at his herbs & remedies:

Ashwagandha: This ancient ayurvedic herb and adaptogen is known to have around 80 alkaloids -active chemicals- within it. Its uses are many, but its primary application is for dealing with stress and lowering cortisol levels (see glossary). I generally use Ashwagandha at the end of a very long day, after a long bus ride, a serious trek, or navigating a hectic street market. This herb is all about deep relaxation on the cellular level, and a secret ingredient to getting the best sleep ever!

Schisandra: A full-power red berry packed with medicinal goodness! In my opinion one of the most amazing plants of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shisandra is a potent adaptogen, used to help the body adjust to stress by acting as a subtle stimulant. It is also full of antioxidants, is antiviral, and immunogenic (builds your immune system). If you need to gear up for an action-packed day, or just need that next level of alertness, schisandra is essential. I take it every day! Recommended in the morning.

Eleuthero: The “original adaptogen,” eleuthero, also known as “Siberian Ginseng,” has been used traditionally in parts of Russia and China for millennia. This power-plant gives you a foundation of stamina & energy. It is anti-inflammatory, helps with memory, and has shown anti-depressant qualities in some studies with mice. Do not take for more than 3 months at a time. Recommended in the morning, together with other energizing herbs.

Rhodiola: Similar to schizandra and eleuthero, rhodiola is an adaptogenic plant used as an adrenal tonic, and in TCM. It’s full of antioxidants and other helpful phytochemicals. If you’ve been going on little sleep, this plant can really help you make it through. Rhodiola has very strong and fiery energy, so don’t overdo it. It also is said to help oxygenate the blood. Use sparingly. Recommended in the morning.

Check out NuMundo to see the complete list of herbs & remedies… 

Weigh-in below. Do you have a natural remedy to either cure or fight illness while traveling?

Fascinated with ancient cultures and global music from a young age, Simon Yugler is on a lifelong journey to bring people together through celebrating the wisdom and beauty of world cultures. With an academic background in anthropology and religion, Simon has found himself studying the didgeridoo with a tribe of Aboriginal Australians, living on the banks of the Southern Nile, traveling East Africa overland, participating in Zimbabwean ancestral ceremonies, and learning from indigenous shamans in Peru. He currently writes about transformational travel for his blog, Travel Alchemy, and when not abroad, can be found enjoying life in Oregon.


My mission is to facilitate initiatory transformation through cross-cultural experiences, and to live a life that inspires wonder and catalyzes change. I believe that in connecting with the diversity of human cultures, the beauty of the natural world, and with our deepest selves, lies the surest path to finding meaning in our lives.

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