Vacation time has begun and many of us depend on air travel to get to the desired destinations. For me, spending any length of time on an air plane always seems to result in a cold – especially after the 12-hour plane ride home to Germany. Confined to a small space with a large number of people, breathing re-circulated air for hours, you may leave the plane with more than just your carry-on bag!
To strengthen your immune system and avoid upper respiratory infections, bring Echinacea with your on your next trip!
In a 2009/2010 double blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in Australia, researchers found that Echinacea may have a protective effect against the development of respiratory symptoms during the period of travel.
One hundred seventy five participants in the study (18 -65 and in good health) travelled economy class for a period of 1-5 weeks from Australia to America, Europe or Africa and back to Australia on flights of 15 to 25 hours with stopovers of less than 12 hours. Participants in the experimental group took Echinacea tablets before, during and after their travels, while the control group received a placebo tablet.
When researchers reviewed the participants’ surveys, it showed that the incident of respiratory illness in the Echinacea group was significant less than in the Placebo group.
Echinacea has been studied for prevention and as treatment for the common cold because of its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immunomodulating effects. So before you plan your next plane trip, make sure Echinacea travels with you!
Source : American Botanical Council, herb clip HC021231-443,Â www.herbalgram.org