Dealing with Jet Lag

Jet lagJet Lag is defined by the Encarta Dictionary as fatigue and disorientation from long flight: an internal physical disturbance experienced by air travelers on flights across different time zones. It affects the body’s internal clock, disrupting sleeping patterns, eating schedules, and body temperature.  Anyone who has been on a flight which crosses time zones, knows exactly how this feels.

Some of the tips that have been found to be helpful when dealing with Jet Lag include:

Maintain a sensible bedtime schedule.

Don’t avoid sleeping prior to a trip in order to make yourself tired.

Consider going to bed earlier for a couple of days, prior to your trip, if you are traveling east. Go to bed later for a couple of days, if you are traveling west.

For short trips, maintain a schedule of eating and sleeping at your usual time, if possible.

Drink plenty of liquids particularly water, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.

If you exercise regularly, continue to do so at your destination. Avoid exercising late in the evening because it can keep you awake.

For important events or meetings at your destination, try to arrive early enough to have time to adjust to the time difference.

Symptoms of Jet Lag include sleep disturbance, swollen ankles, disorientation, nervous fatigue and dehydration.

Before using any essential oil do check if there are any precautions you need to be take into consideration before using the oil. Essential oils which have been recommended for Jet Lag include lavender, Roman chamomile, sweet marjoram, clary sage and mandarin to relax and calm and rosemary, bergamot, grapefruit, peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus to enliven and get one going.

Make up a mister spray bottle to mist yourself while you are traveling. 15 drops of essential oil or essential oil blend are added to 125ml distilled water. Always shake well before spraying. Essential oils you can consider for this would include lavender, lemon, rosemary, bergamot, grapefruit, peppermint and eucalyptus.

For puffy swollen ankles soak the feet in a basin of warm water for 10 minutes. Add a tablespoon of Epson salts and 5 drops of essential oil to the water. Cypress, juniper or grapefruit are all possible choices.  Remember that essential oils do not dissolve in water so add an equal number of drops of emulsifier, or if you don’t have an emulsifier add an equal number of drops of liquid soap to disperse the essential oil droplets through the water.

On arrival at your destination a nice leisurely bath with the appropriate essential oils will help to readjust your rhythms. See Ways Aromatherapy Can be Used for details on how to use the essential oils. If you need to relax and sleep use the relaxing oils and if you need to keep going add the rejuvenating ones.

Before you travel you can make up two blends, a relaxing one and an invigorating one. If you want to use the synergies topically on your body please dilute them in carrier oil before massaging then onto your body. Before going to bed massage a little relaxing blend on your chest. Or you can put a drop or two of the relaxing synergy on a cotton ball or tissue and insert this into the pillowcase. This should help you drift off at night. In the morning, after your invigorating bath you could massage a little of the invigorating blend onto your body or pop a drop or two on a tissue that you can inhale during the day for a quick pick me up.

Jet Lag Blends

Sleep Well Plane Mister Get Up and Go Alert
4 drops of Lavender 3 drops of Lavender 6 drops of Grapefruit 5 drops of Rosemary
3 drops of Roman Chamomile 5 drops of Grapefruit 3 drops of Bergamot 1 drop of Peppermint
2 drops of Sweet Marjoram 2 drops of Rosemary

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