The Problem: Stress
Lisa’s Solution: Reflexology
An ancient art based on the idea that a map of the body is reflected on the hands and feet, reflexology applies pressure or massages at specific points that can affect various organs and parts of the body. Not only is it fast and reduces stress, it can also bring you closer as a couple.
For example, your toes represent your head, including your brain, sinuses, eyes and ears. The ball of your foot is linked to your chest area, including your lungs, heart and liver, and your heel represents your lower body, such as your small intestines, bladder and pelvis. Find out more with these interactive reflexology maps.
The Problem: Traveler’s Constipation
Lisa’s Solution: Magnesium Citrate Powder
Whenever you or anyone in your family is constipated, especially on a trip, try magnesium citrate, which acts as a natural laxative. Magnesium relaxes intestinal muscles and brings water into the colon to soften stool and move it along more easily. While you are constipated, try a 500 mg capsule a day, or if you have trouble swallowing pills, 1 teaspoon of the powder a day. Mixing it with a glass of orange juice can help mask the taste.
The Problem: Pain
Lisa’s Solution: Comfrey Compress
Comfrey is a medicinal herb that’s been used for centuries to help heal tissue and contains allantoin, a substance that has been found to decrease inflammation and ease pain and swelling from an injury. Lisa likes to take a cheese cloth and drench it in comfrey ointment, then put it on the affected area. Make sure to not apply comfrey to broken skin or open wounds.