For those of you who are constantly on the go, exploring new destinations is an exhilarating part of life. Whether it's a spontaneous city escape or an exotic getaway, travel offers endless opportunities for discovery and personal growth.
However, there's one inevitable companion that can dampen the excitement of our journeys: jet lag. The fatigue, disorientation, and disrupted sleep patterns associated with changing time zones can put a damper on even the most thrilling adventures.
But fear not, fellow wanderlusters! Let’s dive into the world of essential oils and aromatherapy and explore how they can be powerful allies in your battle against jet lag.
By harnessing the natural healing properties of aromatic plant extracts, you can restore balance to your body and mind, ensuring a seamless transition to any time zone.
Essential oils have long been cherished for their therapeutic effects and ability to promote well-being. When used strategically, they can help regulate your sleep patterns, boost energy levels, and alleviate the symptoms of jet lag. Aromatherapy, the practice of using essential oils to enhance physical and emotional health, offers a holistic approach to combating travel-induced exhaustion.
Let’s unveil the most effective essential oils and aromatherapy product to combat its symptoms. Here you’ll learn the 5 best essential oils you can use to beat jet lag and the best way to use them, so you can help your body and mind get back into gear – so you can enjoy your vacation!
Aromatherapy for Jet Lag: Here is a list of 5 of the best essential oils to help beat Jet Lag
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the common culinary herb, Peppermint. The essential oil is minty, fresh and awakening, and offers a quick jolt of alertness whenever you smell it. It’s made up of molecules that are known to be focusing for the mind, and opening to our breathing. And can keep us awake and feeling refreshed.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oilis expressed (squeezed) from the peel of the grapefruit. Its aroma is fruity, citrusy and uplifting. It helps sharpen and focus our thoughts, and disperses feelings of sluggishness and exhaustion. Energizing and joyful, grapefruit offers us a positive outlook and keeps us alert and present in the moment. It contains a molecule that is known to be clearing and cleansing, and helps disperse stagnancy.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the lavender flowers of the lavender bush-like herb. Its healing benefits are many, but one its most powerful aroma therapeutic actions is to soothe away anxiety and tension, calming both the body and mind. Its calming actions are due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to ease the mind of worry, and help the mind-body connection regain its balance and resilience.
Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil is expressed (squeezed) from the peel of the lemon fruit. It’s fresh, sweet and fruity aroma is instantly uplifting and can encourage us to feel more positive. When navigating jet lag it's important to tap into the reserves of your energy. A bright, light citrus aroma like lemon, can help us cut through the fog of exhaustion and sluggishness and encourage us to keep fresh and awake.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the common rosemary plant, and those that study the essential oil have learned that its aroma can clear foggy thinking, and focus our mind, increasing our concentration and productivity. Rosemary also helps connect our mind and breath, helping to keep us calm and present.
Let’s make a DIY essential oil inhaler to beat Jet Lag
Here are the blending tools you’ll need to make it:
- 1 personal aromatherapy inhaler, you can see what one looks like here.
- 1 tweezer
- 1 small mixing bowl, glass or stainless steel
- 1 mixing spoon, or tiny spatula - don’t use plastic!
- 1 Blank Label
- 7 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 8 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Steps to make DIY Essential Oil Inhaler for Spring Allergies:
- Add all your essential oils to your small mixing bowl and mix well with your metal spoon - don’t use plastic!!
- Once the essential oils are well blended, place your cotton insert from the inhaler into the bowl and use your spoon to make sure the cotton insert soaks up every drop of your essential oil blend.
- Using your tweezer, carefully pick up the cotton insert and place it inside the inner chamber of your personal inhaler.
- Cap the inhaler, give your inhaler a name and write your label and affix to the inhaler tube.
How to Use Aromatherapy to beat Jet Lag
The best and most effective way to use your DIY Essential Oil Inhaler, is to carry it with you throughout the day and use it whenever you feel a wave of jet lag unexpectedly catch you. At that moment, try and find a quiet place to stand or sit still, pull out your inhaler and give yourself 1 -2 minutes. All you need to do is remove the outer tube cap and hold the inhaler about an inch from your nose, close your eyes and sniff. You can do this as often as needed until you start regaining your balance.
Let us know how this DIY aromatherapy inhaler recipe is working for you!