People who suffer from travel sickness while feel unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, retching and vomiting, often accompanied by sudden onset of a cold sweat and drop in blood pressure that represent a considerable problem to them.
Motion sickness occurs when a system of balance located in the inner ear receives different stimuli from other receptors, primarily visual. This happens because of the constant changes of movement in terms of swinging, bouncing, acceleration and deceleration. For example, to a person who is closed in ship’s cabin, the center of gravity responds to the ship’s swinging, although the eyes cannot see it. People who suffer from kinetosis should take certain measures in order to avoid problems: try to match the direction of the traveling with the direction of your views and avoid reading or similar activities that distract the view from the window. Odors and heavy food should be also avoided before and during the journey.
In addition to these general measures, the appearance of the symptoms of motion sickness can be prevented by taking medication before the trip.
Fortunately, for those who for any reason do not want to consume drugs, aromatherapy can help. Unpleasant symptoms of kinetosis can be alleviated or completely prevented with dry inhalation with essential oil of peppermint (Mentha piperita).
Put 1-2 drops of essential oil of peppermint on a tissue and inhale deeply for half an hour before starting the journey. The same is repeated, if necessary, and while driving. Peppermint acts spasmolytic on smooth muscles of the digestive system and is one of the most effective oil to relieve symptoms such as nausea. Due to its positive effects on the central nervous system, it relieves mental fatigue and acts stimulating and invigorating.
Finally it should be noted that the use of essential oils of peppermint because of the high content of alcohol menthol (28- 46%) in the chemical composition, is not recommended for people suffering from high blood pressure, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children up to sixth year of age.