Whether it is for business or pleasure, who wants to waste their trip adjusting to a new time zone! Jet lag can be physically and mentally exhausting and distressing for many people.
It affects your sleep patterns majorly and is more likely to leave you tired, groggy, sluggish, constipated, and dehydrated. Though you can’t avoid jet lag, the natural remedies listed below can surely help you minimize the symptoms associated with it.
Drawn from the wisdom of ayurveda, we have outlined here natural tips to help you appreciate the pleasures of travel while avoiding its many discomforts.
Rub warm sesame oil on the body close to departure, pack an inflight amenities kit that includes rose spray, sesame oil, socks and ginger tincture, stay warm in the plane, meditate during take off and landing, check your bags and minimize the stress of schlepping, connect to the earth on landing and do not get caught up with time zones and change.
Swallow repeatedly as plane takes off. Chewing gum can help counteract cabin pressure. Yawning can open up the eustachian tube to give relief. Use special ear plugs. Take a deep breath, pinch your nose, close your mouth and gently try to exhale. Avoid sleeping when the plane is descending. Blow a special balloon, its available at most pharmacies.
Melatonin supplements help the body adjust to new surroundings. Take 0.5 mg tablet once a day for three nights, an hour before bedtime. Adjust your sleeping patterns to the destination time before travelling. Try homeopathic remedies like ‘No Jet Lag’ which works for anxiety and sleep. Also Valerian herb helps prevent morning grogginess and is not addictive.
Hydrate: Drink warm water during flight. Shilajit: Helps recover from physical weakness. Ashwagandha: Helps manage stress, insomnia, and anxiety. Abhyanga: Relieves travel tiredness. Triphala: Natural bowel toner. Manjistha: Supports lymphatic flow disturbed from altitude shock. Ginger: Prevents motion sickness. Warm milk: Helps ground down and sleep.
Jet lag occurs when sleeping and waking patterns are not in sync with circadian rhythms. Studies show that those exposed to 2 ms camera-like flash lights gained 2 hrs of circadian timing as opposed to 36 mins circadian timing gained by those exposed to continuous light. The treatment exploits biology in the eye to speed up the brain’s adjustment to time changes.
For physical and mental states of imbalance due to Jet Lag which mainly result from Vata aggravation, Ayurvedic treatment of Shirodhara is a boon, where warm medicated herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘Ajna Marma‘, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. It is performed for 30-40 mins, giving you a deep peace.