Managing jet lag with a pill!


imageNo-Jet-Lag is a New Zealand made tablet that sells itself as ‘homeopathic jet lag prevention’. I had never heard of it before so grabbed my most recent long haul travel opportunity and tested them out.

The ingredients, according to the leaflet inside, are:

  • Arnica Montana (leopards bane)
  • Bellis Perennis (daisy)
  • Chamomilla (wild chamomile)
  • Ipecacuanha (Ipecac)
  • Lycopodium (clubmoss)

So, why those? Here’s what the research says.

ARNICA

Known for its mind and body healing properties, the herb Arnica has been harvested for centuries from the mountain pastures and lowland marshes of Europe and North America. The perennial plant with orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers has a pleasant spicy smell and is renowned for its curative and restorative powers. The flowers and rootstocks are dried, the most valuable part being the flowers. This amazing herb, sometimes brewed as a tea, but often made into a lotion and infused with oil or cream for injuries such as falls, is a known homeopathic cure for stress, impotence, sleeping problems, baldness and emotional shock and trauma caused by past incidents.

Bellis Perennis

Bellis perennis, also known as English daisy, is an herbal remedy for the treatment of many illnesses. These include treatment for heavy menstrual periods, migraine or disabling headache, and catarrh—a condition characterized by excessive production of mucus due to the inflammation of the mucous membranes. Joint pains, arthritis or joint inflammation, liver disorders and kidney disorders may also be treated with an infusion made from the flower and leaf extracts of Bellis perennis.

The properties of Bellis perennis have been recorded in herbal literature and have been used as a herbal remedy since the 16th century. It is said to behave in a similar way to arnica. This plant is widely found in the meadows of northern, central and western parts of the European continent. There are many other related plants called daisy, but Bellis perennis is the one regarded as the most common species.

Chamomilla

The term Chamomile actually refers to a range of different daisy-like plants, which are a member of the Asteraceae family. There are many different species of chamomile, the two most commonly being German chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). They have been used since Ancient times for their calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and each offer their own additional health benefits.

Chamomile has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an anti-inflammatory, to name only a few therapeutic uses. Chamomile may be used internally or externally. Extensive scientific research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant’s therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity.

Ipecacuanha

This drug has a long history of use as an emetic, for emptying the stomach in cases of poisoning. It has also been used as a nauseant, expectorant, and diaphoretic, and was prescribed for conditions such as bronchitis. The most common and familiar preparation is syrup of ipecac, which was commonly recommended as an emergency treatment for accidental poisoning until the final years of the 20th century.

Lycopodium

Lycopodium, or Lycopodium clavatum, is an herb known by many names, including club moss, running pine, ground pine, lamb’s tail, fox tail, and vegetable sulphur. The lycopodium plant has been used medicinally since the Middle Ages, and lycopodium in homeopathy is still widely administered for a wide range of physical, mental and emotional ailments. Among the many uses of lycopodium in homeopathy are the treatment of nausea, constipation, emotional problems, breathing problems and headaches.

Thoughts?

So, it seems that they have combined some natural remedies that deal with the tiredness as well as digestion issues that also come with jetlag. Very clever.

Did they work?

YES! Definitely! It’s a packet of 32 and you are supposed to take one every two hours from the start of the journey. So I started taking them when my plane departed Auckland, because that is when I start to change time zones. I carried on taking them every two hours or as close as possible, till I arrived.

The evening that I landed, I was really tired, and it was a struggle to stay awake till 10pm. I woke briefly at 3am but otherwise slept fine.

Of the second and third days I have felt fine, and night no2 I slept through till 5:30am, it was the sunlight through the thin curtains in my room that woke me.

Would I recommend them?

Absolutely. I have travelled inter continentally many many times, and I feel absolutely fine, which I can tell you is not normal for day 2 in an opposite time zone!

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