Downtown Naperville, IL

Traveling With a Cold

During those unfortunate times when you might have to make a trip - whether for business or pleasure - when you have come down with a cold, it helps to pack the following items in your carry-on luggage:

- 1 or 2 Travel Size packages of facial tissues (I prefer Puffs or Kleenex) 
- Vitamins (especially chewable Vitamin C tablets)
- Hand sanitizer
- Pure Essential Oils of -
  • Frankincense - it rejuvenates and heals with natural cold-fighting abilities.
  • Eucalyptus - great external oil to ease breathing and reduce coughing.
  • Peppermint - helps with fatigue, treats congestion, stuffy noses, and relieves body aches and pains.
  • Oregano - a powerful antiviral and antimicrobial essential oil. It dramatically reduces symptoms of upper respiratory ailments including coughs and sore throats.
  • Sandalwood - a calming, healing oil that's astringent, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties making it an ideal essential oil for relief of colds and flu.
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree) - disinfectant that kills germs in the air and on surfaces. Also reduces coughs, congestion, and sore throats.
  • Lemon - an energizing essential oil to reduce a fever and treat the flu.
  • Lavender - provides pain-relief, helps you sleep, reduces anxiety, and alleviates breathing problems caused by phlegm in nose, throat, and lungs.
  • Lemongrass - eases stomach pains, reduces fever, and relieves headaches, colds.
Cold-EEZE (Zinc lozenges)
Make sure to drink lots of non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day.  If you are flying on a commercial airline, please ensure your overhead air vent is closed.  You want to protect your hard-working immune system from being exposed to different germs blowing directly on your face and head. 

Once you check-in to your destination, give yourself time to rest after traveling.  Rest can include a nap; warm, relaxing bath, meditation, or quietly sitting.  

Taking care of yourself while traveling should reduce the duration and cold symptoms so you can enjoy your time while traveling.