From the perspective of Ayurveda, travel increases the vata dosha. Vata is the air and ether elements in the body.  When there is too much Vata we feel ungrounded and sometimes a bit scattered. Excess Vata leads to dryness in the body. This is why a lot of people become constipated or bloated when they travel.

  • Stay Hydrated – sip warm water throughout the flight/drive to hydrate your body.
  • Liquorice tea is great to help soothe the stomach and ginger tea is great for nausea.
  • Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb recommended for preventing constipation. (Contraindications include pregnancy and if you are on blood thinning medication).
  • Use sesame oil in ear lobes and nostrils to prevent dryness.
  • Pack a soft scarf – use it to keep you warm, to cover your eyes and ears, to use as a pillow.
  • Essential oils are great for refreshing the mind and relaxing the body. Try peppermint, eucalyptus or citrus aromas.
  • Use an organic rose water to hydrate your skin on a flight.
  • Eat small portions and eat slowly.
  • When you arrive at your destination take off your shoes and pop your legs up the wall for 5-20 minutes to promote blood flow through the body.
  • Use alternative nostril breathing (Nadi Shodana pranayama) to help with sleeping and jet lag.