3 Essential Oils to Naturally Help Jet Lag

3 Essential Oils to Naturally Help Jet Lag

 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.  

55 thoughts on “3 Essential Oils to Naturally Help Jet Lag

  1. Лилия says:

    Большое спасибо за статью! Арома кулон, это то, что нужно, когда диффузором нет возможности воспользоваться!

  2. Лилия says:

    Большое спасибо за статью! Арома кулон, это то, что нужно, когда диффузором нет возможности воспользоваться!

  3. Olivia Morris says:

    Hey, Nice blog. I love to use essential oils, I recently purchased aromatherapy jewelry from blissfullyserene.com. The smell of essential oils really makes me relax.

  4. Olivia Morris says:

    Hey, Nice blog. I love to use essential oils, I recently purchased aromatherapy jewelry from blissfullyserene.com. The smell of essential oils really makes me relax.

  5. elaine kennedy says:

    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.

  6. elaine kennedy says:

    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.

  7. Cathy B says:

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

  8. Cathy B says:

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

  9. gloria patterson says:

    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

  10. gloria patterson says:

    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

  11. Kelcey says:

    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.

  12. Kelcey says:

    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.

  13. Agnes says:

    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.

  14. Agnes says:

    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.

  15. Julie says:

    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.

  16. Julie says:

    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.

  17. Denise says:

    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

  18. Denise says:

    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

  19. Zoe Bachemin says:

    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.

  20. Zoe Bachemin says:

    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.

  21. Debbie Garretson says:

    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.

  22. Debbie Garretson says:

    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.

  23. Cory Malone says:

    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.

  24. Cory Malone says:

    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.

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