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3 Essential Oils to Naturally Help Jet Lag

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 25 comments

 3 Essential Oils to Help Jet Leg

The world is more connected than ever before, and traveling is a simple process for millions of us. While the actual coming and going is technically simple enough, the fact is that for many of us, the real challenge lies in letting our bodies adjust to the changing time zones as we circumnavigate the globe.

Jet lag is a real problem for plenty of travelers, and whether you are on the go for business or for fun it’s something that is troublesome for even the frequent flyer. There are a few steps you can take to prevent the effects on the body, but it’s worth including essential oils to the list of things you pack if you’re serious about naturally overcoming jet lag.

A Closer Look at Jet Lag

What is jet lag? Anyone who’s experienced it already knows firsthand what the basics are, it’s still a good idea to take a closer look at what it is and how it affects the body.

Jet lag is essentially a disturbance that occurs in the body’s circadian rhythm. As you travel across multiple longitudes and move through different time zones, the body’s natural clock begins to become somewhat desynchronized with the day and night time cycle. This disruption in the sleep patterns of the mind and body can make it harder for the body to properly adjust hormone levels in the body – in particular melatonin, which is regulated based on darkness and light. Hormones can also impact everything from hunger to mood to heart function.

How the Body and Mind are Affected by Jet Lag

Those with jet lag may suffer from:

  • Overwhelming feelings of tiredness
  • Mental fog
  • Trouble focusing
  • Sleep related issues
  • Problems with appetite
  • Digestive issues
  • Lowered immune system
  • And more

The biggest problem is by far the fatigue. Those on the go regularly can easily find themselves too tired to properly enjoy the day once they arrive at their destination.

 
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Using Essential Oils For Jet Lag

Coping with jet lag can be difficult. It often involves fighting the off the urge to fall asleep during the day and forcing your body to sleep in the night using things like excessive caffeine consumption and sleep medication to help reset the biological clock . Going natural is a much better option, and just as easy. By using natural remedies like essential oils, you’ll be able to avoid side effects, save money, and generally feel better no matter how far you’re traveling.

When choosing the correct essential oil it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish as to which oil is right for you. For example, some oils will help for a more restful sleep, while others are a natural pick-me-up that energize and revitalize the body and mind. Others can help balance melatonin levels as well as other hormones. Here’s a look at three oils worth considering – one for each of these factors.

  • Lemongrass – Use lemongrass to help maintain a healthy balance of hormone levels within the body. This can maintain a more finely-tuned biological clock and ensure that your body is working as it should. Proper hormone levels can help get rid of the cloudy brain fog and also eliminate the fatigue that plagues so many with jet lag.
  • Lavender – Lavender is the most popular option for people who have trouble sleeping, and for those with jet lag it’s well worth adding to a suitcase or carry-on bag. Lavender helps relax the mind and body and promotes a more restful, effective sleep. In doing so, it can help you get the deep rest that is needed to reset the body’s internal clock. It’s great for when you arrive as well as for those long flights when you can’t sleep – but need to.
  • Peppermint – This is one of the best options for when you need to give the body a burst of energy. It can help perk-up the mind, increase alertness, and cut through that brain fog that can be so problematic when experiencing jet lag.

These are not the only options, you may have other favorites but the oils mentioned above are a good starting point for using essential oils to combat jet lag. Try them out and you’ll likely find that you feel better than ever no matter how far your travels take you.

How to Use Essential Oils to Help Jet Lag

Using the oils is easy enough. Here are three great ways to use aromatherapy.

  1. Rollers – use roll-on application for quick and convenient application especially when you travel. Roll-on bottles are usually small enough to be allowed in your carry-on luggage.

  2. Nebulizing DiffusersNebulizing diffusers are very effective and release a large volume of pure essential oil that enters the body quickly.

  3. Essential Oil Jewelry – Using an essential oil necklace or bracelet is perfect and fashionable for travel. You can carry a small bottle of oil with you on the plane and add a few drops to your jewelry at your convenience.  

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25 Responses

elaine kennedy
elaine kennedy

October 07, 2017

what a wonderful way to bring fresh aromas into the house without the irritating allergy triggers.. I heartily agree this is the way of health.

Rachael DeBates
Rachael DeBates

October 02, 2017

i love diffusers and oils!

Jeanne Coulombe
Jeanne Coulombe

October 02, 2017

I would have never thought of using aroma therapy for jet lag but I will be doing it from now on . Thanks ?

Nicole Nava
Nicole Nava

October 02, 2017

Very helpful..thank you!

Cathy B
Cathy B

October 02, 2017

Lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint do work well together. I also love to combine sweet orange oil occasionally . Definitely helps!

Betsy Barnes
Betsy Barnes

October 02, 2017

Such a very informative article. Very helpful!

gloria patterson
gloria patterson

October 02, 2017

guess I have been lucky have never had this problem. Usually when I get on the plane I am asleep within a hour or less and sleep most of the way. But I do have family and friends that have this problem will pass this on to them

Kelcey
Kelcey

September 30, 2017

I’m about to get on a flight tomorrow so this was quite helpful! I use lavender and peppermint often for other reasons, but didn’t think to combine lemongrass. Genius.

Andy
Andy

September 29, 2017

Would definitely take note of these pointers so that i could share it with someone else that has the same problem as I do.

Agnes
Agnes

September 29, 2017

I always loved essential oils and more recently since i bought from organic aromas a nebulizing diffuser.A little bit pricey but so glad i did.Every night i diffuse my bedroom with relaxing essentials oils to induce my sleep. I really enjoy coming to bed with this new aromas !
I never tried yet the combination of those three oils for je t’aime lag but definitely will try on my next trip.

Julie
Julie

September 29, 2017

I don’t fly much, but the daylight savings time change every year takes me days to get over. I will have to try some of these oils to see if I recover faster! I’m thinking citrus of some sort like grapefruit and tangerine would be good “pick me ups” too.

Trish F
Trish F

September 28, 2017

Love all of those oils, they’re so versatile. I will have to try this combo. Thanks!

Mary W
Mary W

September 28, 2017

I’m going to try this on my next trip crossing time zones.

Alexis S
Alexis S

September 27, 2017

I have never experienced her lag as I’ve only flown twice.

Trish
Trish

September 27, 2017

I recently flew and having my set of 3 roller balls for headache, sleep and breathing were definitely a help.

Denise
Denise

September 27, 2017

I fly a lot and my day after I am back home is usually a drag. but when I use the Lemongrass & Lavender it gives me a day with more energy! Thanks
Scotty
Scotty

September 27, 2017

Informative as always. Now I just need to plan a trip :)

Zoe Bachemin
Zoe Bachemin

September 27, 2017

I love aroma therapy. There are special scents for almost everything that ails you and many for just helping you to feel good and relaxed.

Lynne B
Lynne B

September 27, 2017

I wouldn’t mind trying lemongrass.

Debbie Garretson
Debbie Garretson

September 26, 2017

This is really good information. I get jet lag just going to another state or if we drive to another state for cheering with my daughter. I never knew how to use oils. Thank you for the information.

sheila ressel
sheila ressel

September 26, 2017

I very seldom get the chance to fly but this information is good to know for future reference.

Tina
Tina

September 26, 2017

Wish I knew about this earlier, to reduce jetlag from my trip to Greece :)

Cory Malone
Cory Malone

September 26, 2017

I experienced this last year. We flew across three time zones in one day with zero exposure to sunlight and no sleep for almost 24 hours. I wanted to sleep for two days after we got home. Had to force myself to sit outside in the sunshine to help reset my clock. It was the strangest feeling.

Mia Lo
Mia Lo

September 26, 2017

Good to know! Will definitely take note of this the next time I travel!

Nicole
Nicole

September 25, 2017

Sharing this to my friend who just got back from USA. She can’t sleep because of the totally different timezone.

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