Julie Elliott’s Travel Amenities
In Fiore Creatrix, Julie Elliott, takes air travel seriously and she’s got her ritual down pat for long-haul flights. Find out how she thwarts the effects of circulated air and prolonged sitting without ever having to do calisthenics in the aisles.
Hydration, hydration, hydration. Is objective #1 for maintaining good circulation on long flights. To keep my system hydrated and soothed throughout the flight, I drink copious amounts of herbal tea. Tulsi (Holy Basil) is a powerful adaptogenic (anti-stress agent) loaded with immune-supporting antioxidants. I add peppermint for stomach and bronchial support, and the occasional green tea when en route to/from Japan.
There’s nothing worse than the sensation of grittiness and dry eyes due to poor air quality. No amount of blinking will help a sister out. Plus, for me, irritated eyes only exacerbate jet lag. For prevention, here’s my trick: every two hours I clear my eyes with Similasan’s homeopathic eye drops. They contain the remedies Belladonna and Hepar sulphuris to combat dryness, redness, burning, and grittiness.
Another cornerstone of my every-two-hours regimen. This one’s a lifesaver. Xlear contains a balance of xylitol, purified water, salt, and most importantly grapefruit seed extract to keep sinuses and nasal passages clean, lubricated, and protected from airborne pathogens.
I regularly take probiotics as a preventative, and to strengthen and support my immune system. These come in capsules that don’t require refrigeration, making them perfect for taking on-the-go. Prescript-Assist is a highly potent probiotic-prebiotic with 29 strains of soil-based microorganisms in a fulvic acid complex, meaning probiotics reach more areas of your gut. My pre-flight program starts one week before: I double up on my standard dose, and I continue this during and then up to a few days after travel.
I’ve been taking this for years and keep several bottles handy within immediate and easy reach – my purse, my nightstand, on my working table. ETS is a flower essence that contains 153 patterns to balance and stabilize physical and subtle bodies. Excellent for stress and acute situations of any kind, which could just about describe a typical airplane experience these days. It’s taken orally and can also be applied topically to the skin or added to a bath for a healing luxury when you’ve reached your destination.