Travel Necessities From the Zizia Collections
Zizia's herbal product line was born out of my love for travel, adventure, and finding herbal remedies that are effective, potent, and multipurpose in their uses so as to keep the travel bag light. I've spent years building and creating various custom herbal kits to travel with for the car, the plane, the wilderness, and the boat. I thought I'd take a moment to share with you a list of my favorite formulas from Zizia for summertime travel. No matter where you are, I believe herbs can always be of support, and I've found great comfort in packing them along on my travels to help me along the way. Often when they're with you, you use them, you turn to them, you share them with those around you, and you feel their effects at helping heal and soothe you and the ones you love through the move.*
I love sealing every travel bag with a quart sized baggie filled with herbal remedies and natural skincare products for the trip whether it's for a long weekend or several weeks. Truth is, in my list is a lot of Zizia and that's because I live by and use these very formulas I share with you, everyday. Designed, conceptualized, utilized, worn, taken, and formulated from my years of practice, research, and from sharing them with friends, family, and people I've met on the road.*
Here are my don't leave home without favorite herbal travel necessities right now. These are also wonderful for the home medicine cabinet for the summer months and beyond.*
1. Cactus Hibiscus Powder
I can't get enough of this in the summertime, it's so refreshing and soothing especially from the ultra-hot days when you feel hot, dry, and sometimes even irritated from the heat. For the days you're out working in the yard, exercising outside in the heat, camping, hiking, or taking a break inside without A/C, sweating in front of the box fan. Pack a quart jar with ice, add 4 tsp. of powder, top with cool water or sparkling water, stir and enjoy. This formula is stacked with my favorite demulcent herbs that work to keep your mucosa (both inside and out) soothed, smooth, and feeling hydrated. Demulcents may help to reduce inflammation and ease dryness, they have a slippery slimy consistency (but not too slimy!) and when they make contact with the mucosa (skin or internally) they can offer some noticeable relief. Another way I use this formula is for minor respiratory infections, it's wonderful for singers, and on all occasions may offer relief for sore throats. This is a 2-1 formula, you can take it safely internally and also apply it topically. You can mix this into yogurt or honey and make a poultice to apply to itchy skin and bug bites. You can also turn this into a moisturizing face mask by mixing equal parts powder to plain yogurt or honey, apply to the face, leave on 15-20 minutes, and rinse. Follow with the Dirt Cleansing Toner, 5 Flowers Face Mist, and Face Serum.*
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2. Nerve Tincture
Sometimes travel can be stressful, nerve-wracking, and stir up emotions as we reflect and move through new places, spaces, and revisit the ones we love. This formula is my cushion, always. Every trip I take a bottle of this, taking it twice daily and in larger amounts (up to 5ml) as needed for restlessness and when I feel overwhelmed and stressed. If I had to recommend one Zizia formula for people to take for the times we live in, it's this one. I see it work over and over and over again. It's made with some of my favorite nervine herbs including Milky Oats, Tulsi, Skullcap, and Chamomile. These all work to tone and nourish the nervous system, when taken over time they may have an accumulative effect at soothing the edges of a tense and overworked nervous system. Imagine feeling less stress, anxious, and overwhelmed? Nice, right. This formula is not a cure-all for all our 21st-century mental problems BUT it certainly helps! What happens for some people who take this formula after a week or two or months is they begin to notice how their nervous system can better handle stress and emotional reactions/situations. Suddenly when a curveball gets thrown into the day plans or work project, they react more calmly and are able to stay grounded and manage the stress a bit easier than before. Take 2ml twice daily and up to 5ml as needed throughout the day for in the moment angst.*
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3. Relax Tincture
For airplane angst, social anxiety, sleep, and to chill out, this is my absolute fave. It's Zizia's best selling formula and it's incredibly multipurpose making it ideal for the travel bag when you have to be smart about what to take and what to leave behind because you only have so much space. Kava Kava is the primary herb in this formula that does the relaxing, but it's delivered to you in a bed of sweet rose petals which are another superior and elegant herb for nourishing and supporting the nervous system. Together these two can get you through a lot. Take it as needed, if it's your first time taking Kava, I recommend doing it at the end of the day before bed and see how you like it. You can start with 1ml and take up to 5ml. For those looking to cup back on smoking and drinking, mix up a Kava mocktail by adding 5ml of this to a glass of iced sparkling water with a squeeze of citrus.*
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4. Liver Tincture
When we travel often our digestion can get way out of whack, we eat foods that aren't normally in our daily routine, sometimes healthy, sometimes fun and fried, and if a drinker, it's easy to indulge in the fountain of cool wine. I almost always end up eating crap and fewer vegetables when I travel, paired with drinking chilled wine or a cold beer in the summertime, I love having a bottle of this to soothe my digestion through the celebration. It doubles as your digestive bitters and hangover/liver/digestion remedy. Take it before meals, or when your digestion is feeling sluggish, and/or take it right before bed after a night of drinking. For using it as digestive bitters take 1ml before meals. For sluggish digestion take 3-5ml in the moment. For a hangover remedy take 5ml before bed. For liver detox (aka support) take 2ml twice a day until the bottle is empty. This one also functions nicely to take at the end of the trip, as you settle back into your routine.*
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5. Dirt Cleansing Toner
I've been using this for 5 years, alongside the Dirt Face Serum and with hydrosols like the 5 Flowers Face Mist. I love this for travel, whether you are camping or traveling for work, you'll need it. Sometimes we're just too exhausted to do the whole skincare routine before bed, so I reach for this to cleanse and tone the skin before bed when I'm too tired and/or lazy to get up and rinse. Apply this to a cotton round and use it to cleanse the face and neck. It's also lovely midday when it feels like you've accumulated a load of dirt and you can feel the blemishes brewing up, I've found this can halt the big ones in right their track. No joke. This doubles as your second cleanser and your toner all in one, so after you use your cleansing method of choice, apply this, then the 5 Flowers Face Mist, Face Serum, and sunscreen.*
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6. Dirt 5 Flowers Face Mist
My favorite refreshing and hydrating summer/all year long face mist. This formula is made with a blend of hydrosols that work to hydrate, reduce redness, fend off breakouts, and leave the skin with a natural dewy glow. Plus, each spritz is a dose of aromatherapy, the flowers in this formula may offer a refreshing and mood-lifting effect. Stick this in your gym bag or the fridge for an anytime of day refreshing and hydrating spritz to the face and neck. It may also come in handy for itchy skin elsewhere on the body, give it a try for this too. In Zizia's skincare routine, use this after the Cleansing Toner and Face Serum, and then again after your serum to top it off.*
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7. Dirt Face Serum
I've been using this Face Serum for 5 years alongside hydrosols and the Cleansing Toner, and I love it. I notice a mega difference in my skin when I use this and even bigger difference when I stop or fall off the wagon of my daily skincare routine. I find it helps speed up the healing time of blemishes, fend off breakouts, improves moisture, and is light enough that my pores don't get clogged thus creating more blemishes! It's light with a soft earthy rose smell. Also, it's essential oil free, so for those of you with sensitive skin, this is really lovely. You can use it under the eyes, around the mouth, and all over that beautiful face of yours (plus neck and chest). It's infused with medicinal plants like Gotu Kola and Calendula that soothe and nourish the health of the skin, reducing redness, offering a mild antimicrobial action, and increasing moisture.*
Buy Zizia's Dirt Face Serum
8. Activated Charcoal
I recommend buying the powder and then filling a small 2oz jar to travel with. You can add it to a plastic baggie but often they end up tearing and it makes a huge mess. It's actually kind of a nightmare when this happens because your entire bag is covered in charcoal including products, just jar it up, you'll thank me later. Take 1tsp. stirred into 8oz of water for food poisoning, hangovers, nausea, and stomach aches when nothing else works. Take up to 2 tsp. a day, not more than 5 days. Keep in mind if you are taking medications, this may interfere with absorption, so check in with your physician before using and always space 2-3 hours away from taking your meds. For topical use, mix a pinch of powder with a splash of water and form into a paste, apply this to the affected area and cover with gauze and Coban or a band-aid. Repeat a few times a day.*
Pick up a bottle of this at your local health food store. Apply to minor cuts and scrapes, blisters, and minor infections for relief and to speed up the healing time and prevent infection. It's antimicrobial and has a tacky quality that is nice for coating the skin. Apply it in layers as needed and cover with a band-aid.*
10. Herbal Teas
Every bag comes stuffed with another baggie full of teas. I pick these depending on the time of the year. Some of my summer favorites are Linden, Nettles, Red Raspberry Leaf, Organic India Tulsi w/Sweet Rose, Earl Grey, and Genmaicha.*
11. My favorite bug spray, I've tried a lot. It's Badger's Anti-Bug Shake & Spray, very easy to find at most health food stores and online.
If you're wondering or feeling concerned about flying with herbs, I have a lot of experience. I've never had any issues flying or crossing borders with herbs. My method: stuff as many liquid products as you can in a quart size plastic baggie (sometimes I then toss this in a gallon freezer bag just in case something leaks). I've taken bags full of herbs to Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Traveling with 4oz tincture bottles in my carry on has never been an issue so long as it's stuffed in that little quart-sized baggie.*
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