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Festival season is upon us!
If you're headed to the desert for Coachella, you probably already have your wardrobe picked out, but have you thought about the things you'll pack to stay happy and healthy?
Don't sweat it - I've got your back! Below are my top 5 festival wellness essentials!
protect: alba botanica Sunscreen
Chances are you're going to be soaking up some sun, so you'll want to protect your body's largest organ and bring a high-quality sunscreen. Alba Botanica's Hawaiian Sunscreen is a great choice because it's made with nontoxic ingredients and offer SPF 45 coverage.
The paraben-free formula includes aloe vera, green tea, and palm kernel oil to nourish and moisturize, and is bio-degradable, gluten-free, and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
A winner, for sure.
hydrate: eos Water bottle
Overheating and heatstroke are something to take serious at music festivals (check out this article from DanceSafe.org), and staying hydrated is crucial.
I love my EOS Water Bottle - it's stainless steel, double-insulated, and keeps cold water cold for up to 24 hours. I carry mine with me everywhere!
Fuel: Epic Bars
Epic Provisions is one of my favorite food brands, and their Epic Bars are a go-to for when I'm on the go! A blend of sustainably-sourced animal protein with nuts, berries, and herbs, they offer the perfect energy boost. The Beef Apple & Bacon Epic Bar is the flavor I like to keep stocked up on.
If you're needing a caffeine boost, here's the way to do it: mix 1 pack of Four Sigmatic Stay Awake Mushroom Coffee with 1 packet of Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides with water (the EOS Water Bottle is perfect for this), and enjoy!
So, why these pairing?
Four Sigmatic Stay Awake blend combines coffee with Cordyceps and Chaga (adaptogenic mushrooms) for a sustainable energy boost without the jitters and the crashes.
Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides offer a great source of protein (9 g per packet), chock-full of gut-friendly colalgen.
ESSENTIAL OILS: Patchouli
Traditionally linked to sexual and creative energy and used for meditation and inducing trance-like states, I feel like Patchouli essential oil is a prime choice to bring to a festival. Apply to diffuser jewelry and aromatherapy pulse points and let Patchouli's musky, earthy scent take your experience to a new level!
But, as we all know, I'm not a just-pack-one essential oil kind of guy. Other must-haves I'd throw in my bag: Lavender (to soothe sun-kissed skin), Frankincense (grounding and cellular support), dōTERRA Motivate Encouraging Blend (all-natural pick-me-up), and dōTERRA Past Tense Tension Blend (perfect for winding down after non-stop fun).
From my experience, dōTERRA essential oils are the best out there.
BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT.
Don't compromise your health this festival season! You can have fun and stay wellness-minded. Let me know which of these wellness picks you'll be packing with you in the comments below, or tweet me!
MEET HAPPY HEALTHY JOE
Joseph Struhs (LA-based certified health coach) is an essential oil educator and wellness passionisto by day, marketing consultant for health pros by night! When he's not working, you can catch him fitting in a workout at the gym or getting crazy in the kitchen.