Peppermint relieves symptoms of travel sickness

Kinetosis, or motion sickness, is also called travel sickness or seasickness, and the name is derived from the Greek word China, which means turning, spinning. People who suffer from kinetosis experience uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting and vomiting, often accompanied by the sudden onset of cold sweat and a drop in blood pressure, which are quite a problem.

These symptoms occur when traveling by boat, car, bus, plane, train. Some people can feel the symptoms of kinetosis in only one type of vehicle, such as a car, while they do not feel it in other vehicles.

Motion sickness occurs when the balance system located in the inner ear receives different stimuli from other receptors, primarily visible. This happens during constant changes of motion in terms of rocking, bouncing, accelerating and decelerating, which cannot be seen but can only be felt.


For example, in a person enclosed in a cabin, the balance center responds to the rocking of the ship and the impact of the waves, even though the eyes do not see it. The central nervous system responds to such a mismatch in sensory information by activating the nausea center and vomiting in the brain.

Persons suffering from kinetosis should take some precautionary measures to avoid ailments: try to coordinate the direction of movement with the view, avoid reading, or similar activities that distract the view from the window.

They should avoid strong odors and heavy food before and during travel, and improve ventilation. In addition to these general measures, the onset of symptoms of motion sickness can also be prevented by taking medication before the trip.


Fortunately, aromatherapy can be helpful for anyone who doesn't want to take medication for any reason. Adverse symptoms of kinetosis can be alleviated or completely prevented by dry inhalation of quality peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita).

Drop 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil on a tissue paper and inhale deeply for half an hour before traveling. Repeat the same as needed while driving.

Peppermint has spasmolytic effects on the smooth muscles of the digestive system and is one of the most effective oils for relieving nausea such as nausea. Due to its positive effect on the central nervous system, it relieves mental fatigue and has a stimulating and tonic effect. It raises blood pressure.


Simple and effective.

Finally, it should be noted that the use of peppermint essential oil due to the high alcohol content of menthol (28- 46%) and ketone ketone (16-36%) in the chemical composition, is not recommended for people suffering from high pressure, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children up to six years of age.

Author: Gordana Gorinšek, B.Sc. agr. and aromatherapist Photo: Olga Miltsova / Shutterstock

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