Reduce Jet Lag

It’s that time again when we are trying to decide which destination to choose for our holidays. If you decide on faraway lands then you may need some guidance to prevent, treat and reduce jet lag.

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The primary cause of jet lag is crossing time zones which affects your body‘s in built clock.

Frequent flyers report that traveling east seems to be worse than traveling west.

These tips will help to make your flight more pleasurable and your recovery faster.


Pre Flight

Ensure that your body is hydrated, get a good night’s sleep and take a little exercise the day before traveling. If your body is over tired, hung over or nervous you are setting yourself up for a dose of jet lag. Three to four days before traveling shift your sleep and eating times to coincide with those of your destination.


Drinking fluids

The dry air in the aircraft causes dehydration. Drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids will counteract this. Dryness of the air on board can cause headaches, dry nasal passages, dry skin and throat issues. If this happens the body’s immunity can be weakened, thus causing an increased risk of colds, flu, sore throats and dry coughs.



Walking up and down the aisles of the plane, doing some twisting and stretching will help to prevent swelling in the legs and feet (reducing the risk of blood clots). Removing your shoes will ease pressure on your feet and ankles.

Get off the plane at stop overs and take the opportunity to exercise. If you have the opportunity to take a shower during stop overs, take it as it freshens you, tones the muscles and gets the blood circulating.


Sleeping Aids

Blindfolds, ear plugs, travel socks, neck rest and blow up pillows are of great benefit to help you get quality sleep during your flight.


Noise reduction headphones

Some airlines provide noise reduction headphones. A large numbers of long haul fliers use these and find they sleep better, as these headphones block out the engine noises especially when the aircraft is at cruising altitude.



The impact of alcohol on the body is 2 to 3 times more potent when you are flying. One glass of wine has the effect of 2 to 3 glasses on the ground.

Be very aware of the intake of alcohol before and during you flight .


Life energy foods

Powering your body with life energy foods 2 to 3 days before you travel will ensure better energy levels and faster recovery.

Avoiding caffeine 3 to 4 days before traveling will ensure a more restful sleep on board and faster jet lag recovery.


Travel Essence

The Bush Flower travel essence is a homeopathic blend that eases the effects of flying and aids faster jet lag recovery

Recovering from jet lag depends on the number of time zones crossed while traveling. In general, the body will adjust to the new time zone at the rate of one or two time zones per day.

Enjoy your holidays, keep safe and well !


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