After a long overseas flight, you’re bound to get hit by jet lag. What is it? According to the Mayo Clinic, jet lag (also called jet lag disorder) is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones: «Jet lag occurs because your body’s clock is still synced to your original time zone, instead of to the time zone where you’ve traveled. The more time zones crossed, the more likely you are to experience jet lag.»
Jet lag can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, including daytime fatigue, moodiness, difficulty staying alert, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and just a feeling of being unwell. The good news is that jet lag is temporary; it usually takes about a day to recover for each time zone crossed.
So what can you do to minimize your jet lag or recover more quickly? After a recent flight to Germany, I discovered what I’m calling the «German Jet Lag Cure.» I shared how I was feeling with the wait staff at our hotel, and they brought me a steaming mug of fresh cut ginger and mint leaf tea with organic lemon and honey that they swear helps with jet lag (and a variety of other maladies). Here’s why:
After drinking this tea, I felt so much better! Here’s how you make it:
Let your brew steep about three minutes (the longer you steep it, the stronger it gets!), then sip and enjoy.
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