Herbs for Jet Lag – Part 1
Some herbs to cure jet lag are best taken before a flight, while others are more suitable once you have landed. Learn how to use herbal remedies to your best advantage.
- Siberian Ginseng – Siberian ginseng is an excellent tonic to negate the effects of travel. A tincture or decoction of the dried rhizome of this shrub will fortify the adrenal glands to combat the physical effects of distributed biorhythms. Ginseng also increases stamina, helping the body to cope with the exhaustion brought on by travelling.
- Oats – Oats, either as porridge or a decoction of oat straw, are an excellent fortifying pre-flight food. Oats contain saponins, alkaloids, sterols and vitamins, which raise stamina. Take them to combat exhaustion and as a tonic for restful sleep. Fortifying oats are best taken before a flight.
- Passion Flower – The gentle sedative properties of Passion flower will help to restore natural sleep patterns distributed by air travel. The herb is also pain relieving for flight induced headache and anxiety. Passion flower’s leaves and flowers are used in tinctures and infusions.
- Wu Wei Zi – Increase your zest and energy after a long haul flight with this traditional Chinese herbal preparation. A decoction made form the dried berries of this woody vine will help to strengthen and tone your body, as well as aiding restful sleep. Wu Wei Zi, or schisandra, has long been renewed for its restorative and regulatory functions.
- St John’s Wort – Preparations made from the aerial parts of this golden flowered herb are regarded as a herbal panacea. An adaptogenic, take it regularly 2-3 weeks before travel to regulate body functions and enhance stamina. An infusion or tincture can be prepared from the dried flower tops. The herb’s euphoric effects can also help you overcome fears about flying and travelling.