Archive for August, 2010

Travel Tips

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Summer time is travel time. Whether you’re traveling to visit family, go on a retreat, or have an adventurer, the experience can have a stress factor. Sometimes the symptoms can manifest as jet lag, motion sickness, or sleepless nights.

Having traveled the globe, these are remedies I recommend:

 

For jet lag I suggest taking melatonin supplements if you’re moving though three or more time zones. Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcohol, which has a tendency to be dehydrating. Moisturize your skin. Exercise your wrists and ankles with a rotating movement.

 

For motion sickness I recommend ginger. Whether it be drinking ginger tea or eating it crystallized, ginger can sooth a queasy stomach.

 

For sleepless nights I recommend the homeopathic remedy “calms forte.” Herbal tinctures that help promote sleep are hops, valerian root, and passionflower. Follow the directions on the bottle. Lavender essential oil sprinkled on your pillow can also support peaceful dreams. A few drops in your bathwater can also help you relax. Or a few drops in sesame oil massaged into your skin before bedtime can promote a goodnight’s rest.

 

Drinking a cup of chamomile tea can be soothing or taking the flower essence of dill can help if you feel over-stimulated by new experiences.