FHT Expert Adviser, Christine Fisk has contributed to a Q&A section in the October edition of consumer magazine Your Healthy Living.
Q: “I’ve been offered a really exciting job but it involves a lot of travelling and I suffer from travel sickness. Are there any natural approaches that could help?”
A: “Travel sickness is a common problem that affects many travellers. The NHS states that this condition is thought to occur when there is a conflict between what your eyes see and what your inner ears, which help with balance, sense. Your brain receives a jumble of contrasting information, which is thought to bring on the symptoms of motion sickness’. Whether travelling by train. car or boat. there are lots of ways in which travel sickness can be reduced or avoided altogether, for example: keeping your eyes on the horizon or a fixed point; avoiding reading and alcohol; and eating light rather than heavy meals. Motion sickness wrist bands can often prove to be very effective at combating nausea. There are two main types – the first stimulates acupressure points, the other uses electrical stimulation. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oils are reputed to be excellent natural alternatives and can be used discreetly by simply putting two drops of either onto a piece of tissue and inhaling throughout the journey. Peppermint tea is another way in which motion sickness can be reduced, while ginger sweets are said to be excellent for combating land, sea and air travel sickness.”