Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils; whether breathed in or applied directly to the skin, the extracts can be used to address all manner of everyday ailments, including travel-related stressors from jet lag to digestive trouble. Below you will find some tips based on the principles of Ayurveda that will bring something special to your travels.
Jet lag: To help keep jet lag at bay, bring along some peppermint or lavender essential oil or a combination of both to inhale prior to, during and after your flight, train ride or boat ride. Its natural and works wonderfully. You’ll be amazed.
Stress: Running late for a flight, missed a flight or run into another type of travel snag? The essential oil Ylang, Ylang slows down the heart rate and helps to alleviate anxiety, nervousness, tension, anger and fear. Putting a drop or two of this essential oil on a tissue and waving the tissue under your nose to breathe it in, will assist in calming you down.
Sleep: Falling asleep in a strange place is rarely easy. To quiet the mind and get the body ready for bed, try massaging your feet with warm sesame oil after you have added a few drops of chamomile, marjoram and lavender essential oil, all of which are helpful in preparing the body for a good night’s rest.
Energy: To wake up in the morning and for a continued boost throughout the day, a combination of lemongrass with rosemary will be stimulating and energizing. Breathe in the scent, then apply the oil to your pulse points and temples.
Digestion: Fennel or ginger essential oils rubbed right onto the stomach and abdomen work wonders. Fennel is used for indigestion, gas and abdominal spasms and stimulates digestion and ginger is used for nausea as well as assisting with the digestive process as well.
And now you have the secret to making your travels flawless and effortless even when they aren’t.
Rochele M. Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS