Traveling better with Ayurveda
I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel the effects of air travel a lot more than I did when I was in my prime 😉 However, when I follow a few Ayurvedic travel tips I find that I am able to enjoy the journey and destination far better than if I hop on the flight without any prep work.
First of all, what are common characteristics experienced during/after air travel?
Dehydration ● Dry skin ● Feeling cold ● Constipation ● Gas ● Bloating ● Compromised immunity ● Joints stiffness and the dreaded…jet lag.
With that in mind, counter the effects of airplane travel by:
Staying warm, hydrated, well moisturized, grounded and loaded up on a good dose of vitamins and herbs.
🛫 Pre-flight - Preparation and nourishment
1. Well before your flight start hydrating with tulsi (Holy Basil) tea, an Ayurvedic herb known for boosting the immune system and supporting both the respiratory and nervous systems. Another option is good ol’ ginger tea.
2. Treat yourself to a self massage (abhyanga) with warm sesame oil within 6-12 hours prior to departure. Doing this right after a warm shower ensures better absorption by the skin and will prevent your skin from drying out while in the air.
While you are at it, coat your nasal passage with nasya oil. This will protect you from any airborne germs circulating in the plane, while also preventing sinus inflammation brought on by excess dryness. (I recommend using this as needed throughout your flight).
3. Have a warm nourishing meal such as congee, stew or khichdi with lots of ghee and warming spices like turmeric, ginger, black pepper prior to your flight.
✈️ In-flight - Hydration and warmth
1. The cold air and minimal movement can impact circulation. For many, flight travel can also disrupt digestion leading to bloating and constipation. Keep warm and support your digestion by sipping on herbal tea, especially before and after any airplane meals. (Consider carrying a thermos flask which you can refill as needed.)
Limit or avoid caffeine, carbonated drinks, cold beverages, alcohol and salted nuts/snacks - as they will only increase dehydration and dryness.
2. Not all airlines provide a blanket so packing a light scarf or jacket to stay warm and keep your neck protected is always a good idea.
3. Make sure to get up and stretch to keep your blood flowing. This will also prevent any blood clots, muscle pain and body aches.
4. Adjusting to the new time zone prior to your arrival will go a long way in managing jet lag. This can be a bit challenging but it is worth a try.
🛬 Post-flight - Rest & leisure
I hope you find these tips helpful. Let me know if you end up trying any.
🎯 Quote of the week
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style
— Maya Angelou
🎥 Remedy of the week - Docuseries
Travel may not be on the agenda for all of us this summer but if you seeking an excellent show on food & culture, then don’t miss out on Take Out with Lisa Ling
Join the award-winning journalist as she - travels from the bayous of Louisiana to Orange County’s Little Saigon, exploring the foods we love while shining a long overdue spotlight on the contributions Asian Americans have been making to the United States.