- Last week I was in Las Vegas.
- I regularly use Doterra wild orange essential oil to help me alleviate some of the effects of my depression.
- This week I made my first 'Sorting Hat' cake
The first two facts above are related to todays post; the third is just something I'm still smiling about, so I thought I'd share it!
I wanted to tell you about the fact I have finally found a way to help me with my jet lag, and also pass my tips on to you - not only to help with the symptoms of time travel(!), but also to help in every day life when you need a helping hand to sleep or stay awake.
When I travel to the West Coast of America I always take a few days to sync with the time difference, and as I travel there annually I am always looking for ways to hep with this.
A couple of my tips are:
- Get as much fresh air as possible within the first 24 hours of landing.
- Try to alleviate a couple of hours of the jet lag in advance if you can. Change your watch by a couple of hours a couple of days before you go, and this helps to start to shift your body clock - if you do this please remember that your flight time will still be on UK time!
- Get some exercise in the mornings of your first couple of days away. It may seem like a pain, even more so than usual - but I promise it makes a HUGE difference!
- Finally, I had a new addition to my arsenal this year - and that is a couple of bottles of essential oils.
The first was Lavender.
Lavender essential oil is traditionally used for balancing the body, and for helping with insomnia. Therefore it is fantastic for when you need to wind down, even when your mind doesn't seem to want to. Just a drop rubbed onto the soles of the feet when you need to sleep can work wonders. As can adding the oil to a diffuser or burning it in an oil burner (note, obviously care needs to be used when using flames at bedtime or leaving them unattended). You can add a drop to your pillow for the same effect, or to your bath for a natural way to unwind while you soak.
The second was Peppermint.
Peppermint essential oil is purifying and stimulating to the senses, and can help with mental performance. Just one drop rubbed between your fingers and then dabbed on the temples is all that is needed, but once again a diffuser to a burner are great. Another reason it is great while you are away is that a drop rubbed onto your tummy can be great for occasional digestive discomfort (perfect if you are prone to feeling a bit bloated at the end of a flight, after all the carbs they have fed you to try and keep you slumped in your seat!). Peppermint can even be drunk in water (one or two drops in a litre) to help increase exercise endurance.
How I used them.
This year the clocks had just changed in The States but not done so at home, so we only had a 7 hour time difference to contend with. That's still enough to throw you off course though, especially if you have had a drink or two on the flight.
When we arrived in Las Vegas I unpacked my trusty oil burner and I burned a couple of drops of peppermint as we unpacked. I then swapped this for lavender when we were getting ready for bed. I also rubbed a drop of lavender on the soles of my feet and slept soundly through the night.
Another test was as we started to make our way home. We had a night flight that left Las Vegas at 5.35pm and landed at 3.30am - or 10.30am UK time. On our day of departure as we got on the plane I got settled and waited for our meal. As soon as I had finished I put some Lavender on my feet and a drop on my travel pillow and slept even though it was only 7.30pm. When I woke 7 hours later I pulled out the peppermint (as they are only 15ml bottles you can take them on with your hand luggage, which is really such a blessing) and by the time we had landed we were fairly human.
I wanted to share this with you all, as it is a natural, and affordable way to help when you want to sleep or need a pick me up. When you spend so much money on a holiday it always seems such a waste to have the first few days pass in a haze.
There are many essential oils out there, and the reason I use dōTERRA is because every oil is tested using the CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) quality protocol, so no nasties are added, and no cheaper oils are used to bulk out the more valuable ones. This means they are superior quality, and less is needed than with many other oils - Each 15ml bottle contains approx 250 drops, meaning they really do last.
If you are interested in these oils, you can purchase them here.
I hope you have found this interesting - I will be posting more about the oils as I use them myself and discover how they help, so if there are any you would like to know about do let me know and I will check them out for you!
Oh, and here's the Sorting Hat cake... Just in case you hadn't seen it!
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