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Jet Lag, Traveling and Staying Alert

by Penny Keay

Summer is here! And if you are like Al and I you have so much you want to do and things you want to see when on vacation, the last thing we want is to not be awake and alert.

Whether you are driving or flying (or maybe even a cruise) you donít want to have problems being alert when you need to be alert, and then of course sleep when you need to sleep.

Traveling can be very fun, but can be very stressful too.

Disrupting your sleep patterns can turn what is supposed to be a fun vacation into nothing but misery. You're tired when you should be awake and awake when you want to be asleep.

If you have traveled between time zones your body has to adjust one full day for every hour of change.

In other words, if you went from Central time to Eastern time it will take your body 1 full day to recover from the tiredness from just a 1 hour change.

And should you jump two or more time zones it will add a day for each of those time zones before you will feel back to normal. Then of course, once you return from your trip Ė you have to adjust all over again.

To help ease these transitions in time, there are several essential oils to help you to relax and fall asleep more easily. Lavender will definitely be welcome when it comes to the time of day you want to drift off to sleep.

Adding a few drops of Roman Chamomile or Geranium to a hot bath prior to retiring should also help. You can use Ylang-Ylang and Bergamot too.

Try Bedtime Bliss or Sweet Dreams Blend if you need to add the sedative powers of Valerian. Do smell these prior to your trip as these blends are very powerful not to mention strong smelling.

Now to boost your energy and help you be more alert you might want to try Basil, Grapefruit, Juniper berry, Peppermint and Rosemary during the daytime. All of these are great to help with energy and mental alertness even when you are not traveling.


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Any blend that has one or more of the above oils should help with the dragging feeling you might experience.

Just remember you still need to get some rest. Take a 20 minute nap and then inhale a few of these oils.

You want to be awake and alert during the trip. And stop using any energizing essential oils 6 hours prior to your bedtime.

If you don't have time to find a recipe to blend you might want to try some of our Revitalizing blend or Take Five blend to help rejuvenate you. Also our Concentration blend can help you feel more mentally alert.

Try this blend in the morning to help get you moving. If possible have someone rub on your back, chest, legs, neck and shoulders.

Fatigue Relief massage blend

Peppermint - 6 drops
Rosemary - 5 drops
Grapefruit- 4 drops
Sunflower oil - 1 tablespoon

Blend all in a small PET bottle for use while traveling.

If you are trying to keep yourself alert especially while driving is of utmost importance you may find any of the following essential oils will immensely help.

Besides those listed above some other essential oils that work well include:

Spearmint, Eucalyptus radiata, Bergamot, Lemon, Lime and other citrus. And still other oils that may help include: Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon leaf, Petitgrain, Black Pepper, Coriander, and Juniper berry.

And you might also want to give this a try

Alertness blend

Juniper berry - 14 drops
Pine needle - 8 drops
Rosemary - 8 drops

Blend all in a glass bottle. Place several drops in any diffuser. If you are using this blend in your car while traveling apply about 5-6 drops on your car diffusers pad. Insert into plug in.

Diffuse for no longer than 20 minutes in the car. You can diffuse this blend in your hotel room or guest room too.

Terra Cotta Disc are easy to use in most of these rooms. They take up very little space in your luggage.

Surprising Alertness Blend

Grapefruit - 5 drops
Lime - 5 drops
Black Pepper - 2 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops

Blend all in a small glass bottle. Then diffuse or if you prefer place in a Personal inhaler and take several inhalations as often as needed.

One suggestion when traveling, especially by air, is to use the plastic disposable nasal inhalers instead of the more elegant personal nasal inhalers. Just in case you would lose it or have security issues.

As summer travel comes to an end, fall and winter wonít be too far behind. Get prepared now so your next trip can be a memorable one!

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© 2012, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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