Tips for air travel

Jet lag and travel sickness are due to a Vata imbalance caused by excess movement and can be reduced or avoided by following the recommendations below:

Before you fly:

  • Ensure adequate rest and a good nights sleep the night before travel.
  • Exercise, practice yoga, pranayama and meditation on the morning before travel.
  • Take ginger pickle before main meals in the week preceding travel.
  • Avoid cabbage, Brussels spouts and beans for 24 hrs before you travel.
  • Massage sesame oil into the nostrils immediately before the flight.
  • Apply lavender or sandalwood essential oil to temples, ears and forehead.

During the flight:

  • Sip hot water with ginger and lemon or peppermint.
  • Meditate soon after take off and then again after every two hours flight time.
  • Apply lavender oil to handkerchief and sniff periodically.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic and cold drinks before and during travel.
  • Read a light novel rather than work-related or hard-to-follow literature.
  • Listen to soothing music.
  • Take ‘No Jet Lag’ tablets and ‘Jet Ease’ tablets (www.garden.co.uk).

After the flight:

  • Walk in nature and undertake some light exercise.
  • Practice yoga, balanced breathing (pranayama) and meditate in the early evening.
  • Have an early night.

During the holiday:

  • Drink  hot water (with lemon or fennel seeds) to maintain healthy, balanced digestion.
  • Practice yoga, pranayama and meditation each morning and evening.
  • Be sensible with the amount of time spent in the sun (cover up between 11am and 3pm).
  • Apply coconut oil to enhance your tan, prevent burning and keep the skin moisturised.
  • Aloe Vera (or ghee) with a little lavender oil for sunburn.

Before the return flight:  See ‘before you fly’

Stress free vacations

  • Plan well ahead to avoid panicking and rushing about arranging last minute details.
     
  • Consciously make an effort to enjoy the journey to your chosen destination and take pride in the preparations – preparations are a chance to find out about new places and new ways to travel while delays during travel are opportunities to meet new people and catch up on some reading.
     
  • Leave yourself time to wind down from work before you go away – take time to pack and relax for a few days before you depart.
     
  • Once you leave work, put the phone on answer, delegate and trust other people to make decisions and advance things on your behalf and, above all, don’t be tempted to phone in to check on how things are going.  Tell work colleagues not to ring you at home or on holiday – it’s your rest and re-cooperation time.
     
  • Make sure you’ve got enough foreign currency – get it before you go to avoid rushing about at the airport or trying to find somewhere to exchange money at your destination.  Have your money, credit cards, passport, travel ticket, accommodation details and other crucial paperwork and telephone numbers somewhere together where you won’t forget them.
     
  • Rest, relax, exercise, eat healthily and meditate regularly during the week before you go away.  You’ll be able to settle into the vacation and enjoy it all the more if you’re already rested and fully prepared before you go.
     
  • ·Make sure your diet is as healthy as possible in the weeks before you go away – this ensures maximum immunity, settled digestion and loads of energy and vitality stored up to allow your holiday to be fully enjoyed.  The most important thing is to avoid any processed or refined foods (very few nutrients and lots of toxins for the body to deal with).  Avoid refined sugar (in most processed/refined/packaged foods), reduce salt (except Vata types), avoid white/brown bread and white pasta/rice (except basmati), avoid margarine (stick to butter, ghee or olive oil) and cut down on red meat and cold milk.
     
  • Favour organic produce for maximum nutrition and energy (you’ll eat less and they’ll be more tasty).  Favour fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains (rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, quinoa etc), homemade fruit/veg juices and small tasty salads.  Reduce tea/coffee and alcohol and favour herbal teas and hot water with lemon or ginger.
     
  • Maximize the use of ‘superfoods’ such as wheatgrass (fresh or powdered), spiralina, chlorella, kelp, milk thistle, ginseng, ground sunflower/ pumpkin/linseed and almonds.
     
  • Set off for the airport with loads of time to spare.  Take plenty of reading material to occupy your time if you are delayed in airports etc.  Enjoy the delays and don’t get angry or frustrated – use the time to your benefit – read, talk, eat early etc.
     
  • Once on holiday drink plenty of water (not ice-cold as this destroys your power of digestion and can lead to stomach upsets).  Eat only when hungry and avoid eating past the feeling of comfort – put less on your plate and wait five minutes before taking seconds – usually you don’t need any after that.
     
  • Pitta types should avoid too much sun and keep cool – plenty of water and a good sun cream.  Coconut oil or ghee/aloe vera with lavender oil helps soothe and re-moisturise the skin.