Jet lag can be a literal pain both in the physical and mental sense. Jet lag is a common temporary disorder experienced by air travelers, most often those who cross more than one time zone or have long flights (six hours or longer) such as intercontinental flights. The symptoms of jet lag can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the person, and not all passengers will experience all symptoms. While there are many ways in which to combat the effects of jet lag, more and more people are turning to natural or homeopathic remedies. There are numerous homeopathic treatments aimed at fighting the symptoms of jet lag, but there are some that seem to be universally effective at treating it. These plant derivatives are:
- Daisy (Bellis Perennis)
- Wild Chamomile (Chamomilla)
- Ipecac (Ipecacuanha)
- Leopard’s Bane (Arnica Montana)
- Clubmoss (Lycopodium)
It is important to realize that large doses of any of these will make for a very uncomfortable flight and likely make jet lag even worse.
Homeopathic Solutions for Jet Lag?
The whole point behind using homeopathic remedies for jet lag is to get the body back on track by bringing jet lag on sooner, but in low levels over time. The body’s internal clock becomes out of sync when crossing multiple time zones, and this has an effect on both the mind as well as body. The body needs time to adjust in order to get back in sync. This disorientation and adjustment period is what jet lag is all about.
The theory behind homeopathic remedies as a fix for jet lag is by using small doses of the derivatives listed above, the symptoms will come on in a light way, and the body will begin adjusting sooner, thus decreasing the severity of jet lag and the recovery time needed. A person who does not get jet lag or only gets a mild case of it might not benefit from these remedies, but a person who is prone to jet lag could see a benefit if the remedies are taken in very small amounts.
Homeopathic Jet Lag Solutions
Here are the plant derivatives mentioned above again, but with greater detail.
- Wild Chamomile (Chamomilla)- Extracts from the chamomile plant are most often used to make tea. It has properties which allow for a better night’s sleep and aids in drowsiness so one can get to sleep faster. For homeopathic purposes, chamomile is dried and powdered, added to fight insomnia and reduce stress.
- Ipecac (Ipecacuanha)- Ipecac, when used homeopathically, comes across as an expectorant, which causes coughing. If used in a larger dose, it would cause nausea and vomiting.
- Leopard’s Bane (Arnica Montana)- This plant, when used as a homeopathic remedy, can promote faster healing of tissues and cells. Used externally, it promotes a faster healing time of bruises. It can also be used to combat fatigue and other mental and emotional ailments, which are a part of jet lag. Internally, Leopard’s Bane is poisonous, but in a small enough dose, can be beneficial.
- Club Moss (Lycopodium)- This can be used for a variety of things, but mostly gastrointestinal issues. The Chinese variety of this plant has been used for stress and anxiety.
- Daisy (Bellis Perennis)- The flower known as the daisy has been a favorite among homeopaths for mild sleeping problems, but mostly used as a treatment for wounds, much the same with Leopard’s Bane. In fact, these two are often used together.
Jet Lag- What it Is
Jet lag is a term given to a number of physical, mental, and emotional side effects that come from air travel either due to duration but mostly from time zone changes that throw the body’s internal clock rhythms out of sync.
Homeopathy- What it Is
Homeopathy is a medical treatment style that uses remedies in smaller doses, which is found effective as a remedy. However, if taken in larger doses, these same substances can cause the symptoms they would alleviate in the smaller, homeopathic dose.