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’