Remedies and Preventatives for Jet Lag


What is Jet Lag?

Jet lag is a physiological upset that interferes with the body’s circadian rhythms. Traveling through supersonic travel across time zones creates desynchronosis, or jet lag. Typical symptoms are fatigue, some functional issues, irritability, and fluctuations in body temperature. Our body’s circadian rhythm will return to normal when the internal biological clock synchs up. The older a person is, the longer it will take for the body to re-balance to its normal functioning.

When crossing a number of time zones, daylight and darkness are altered from our normal pattern and our sleep cycles are interrupted. Jet lag occurs when an east-to-west, or west-to-east trip occurs at high speeds. If traveling through time zones is added to northern-to-southern, or southern-to-northern hemisphere travel, the effects are compounded.

Not only have time changes impacted bodily routines, but opposite seasonal changes affect the body’s immune system, oxygenation of the brain, air pressure changes and lethargy which also increase effects of jet lag. More severe symptoms can be headache, insomnia, attention deficit, slight confusion, mild depression, gastrointestinal disturbance, and loss of appetite.

How to reduce symptoms:

If you start remedies 24-hours before traveling, you can avoid the major effects of jet lag. The best practical treatment for jet lag is essential oils. Used together with hydrating foods before a trip, you can reduce all symptoms. What are hydrating foods? All foods that add water and sodium and potassium electrolytes into the body. Cucumbers, chicken noodle soup, applesauce, popsicles, yogurt, mangoes, oranges, melons, and watermelon are best examples. Adding lemon essential oil to your water will also assist in adding hydration to your system.

The best essential oils to take along on your trip are blends. They include several oils to address different symptoms and protect from infection and viruses. A great pre-flight essential oil is “Present Time“.

This blend of three essential oils includes:

  • Ylang Ylang – to increase relaxation
  • Spruce Essential oil – with anti-inflammatory properties to combat infection
  • Neroli Absolute – has sedative properties, plus anti-depressant, anti-viral and anti-infectious components

If you want to try out essential oils use the coupon code “tryspark10” for 10% off.

Preparation Tips:

The night before the trip, bathe in lavender, then spray it on your pillow and rub it into the bottoms of your feet. Bring a travel diffuser so you can continue using these oils during your trip.

Bring these oils and maybe add “Brain Power” Essential Oil Blend. It has seven oils in one so you won’t have to bring dozens of little bottles on the trip. But this blend can reduce the risk of illness and symptoms of jet lag while stimulating your brain to alertness. Also stimulates mental focus and concentration while energizing the body.

Using some of these blends will help you to enjoy your trip and get the most out of the time you spend away from home.

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Michael is an avid traveler and has visited many countries throughout the world. He loves sharing his experiences with others. He also currently writes for and

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