Melatonin has become a welcome eye opener for weary travelers. Melatonin gets right to the issue of jet lag. There are many protocols for using melatonin to prepare for flying. Take 5 mg. before sleep (around 10 p.m.) three days before you fly. Then, during the flight or in the airport, take it when it will be 10 p.m. at your destination.
In addition to being a sleep regulator, melatonin might have anti-aging effects because it enhances the immune system, is an antioxidant against the free radical hydroxyl, and relaxes, rejuvenates and rebuilds the body while you sleep, according to recent research.
Other tips include drinking an abundance of fluids and avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which dehydrate. To keep circulation moving and reduce leg swelling, walk the aisles.
Calming herbs that help reduce anxiety and encourage relaxation include valerian,hops, passionflower, chamomile, hyssop, lavender, St. John’s wort and skullcap. Wake-up and stimulating herbs include peppermint, wormwood and mugwort.
Take a Scentimental Journey
Aromatherapy can help relax or stimulate a jet-lagged nervous system, whichever you need. Spray some of these essential oils on your pulse points to help reduce these common flying ailments.
• Anxiety: Bergamot, chamomile, cypress, geranium, jasmine, lavender, melissa, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang.
• Insomnia: Basil, camphor, chamomile, lavender, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang.
• Mental fatigue: Basil, cardamom, peppermint, rosemary.
• Nausea: Basil, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, lavender, melissa, peppermint, rose, sandalwood.
• Rejuvenation: Frankincense, jasmine, lavender, melissa, myrrh, patchouli, rose.
Try all the above tips for jet lag free travel. Wish you happy journey!