The body’s natural circadian rhythm (also known as the internal clock) can become disrupted when traveling across various time zones, throwing natural sleep processes out of order. When arriving home from a trip, nothing is more frustrating than having your entire schedule thrown off-kilter, especially when you have a work schedule to maintain or children to keep on track as well.
Jet lag can cause insomnia due to the body’s confusion about what exactly the current (bed) time is. Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is commonly used to induce relaxation and assist sleep patterns, as it has powerful relaxing properties that act on both emotional and physical levels (affecting both brain and muscles). It impacts the nervous system to combat restlessness and can help anyone struggling with jet lag induced insomnia to better maintain restful sleep patterns.
How to use lavender oil to ease jet lag:
At appropriate bedtime (within the current time zone), apply 1-2 drops to key points on the body, such as the temples, back of the neck, chest, shoulders, inside of the wrists, in the armpits, and on the reflex points of the feet (particularly the bottom of the big toe).
When combined with massage, lavender oil can be extremely effective for relaxation. Place 1-2 drops of lavender oil in 1 teaspoon carrier oil or unscented lotion and massage onto back, shoulders, neck, and arms.
Add a few drops to a warm bath or shower, utilizing the natural heat and steam to absorb the scent.
Add 5-10 drops to a small spray bottle of water and spray onto pillows and sheets before bedtime. For children, this mist can also be used on stuffed animals and blankets.
For an effective quick fix, rub a drop of this soothing oil on the base of the neck to immediately induce feelings of calm.
Room diffusers that produce a vapor mist are also an easy way to disperse lavender oil. Add 3-5 drops, sit back, and inhale.
You can also create your own vapor treatment by boiling a few cups of water and adding 3-5 drops of lavender oil. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam concentrated around your face, bend (carefully!) over the pot and slowly inhale.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.