Do you use essential oils when you travel?
Traveling is probably my only luxury. I save a portion of my salary every month to go to different adventures either alone, with my friends or my family. Whenever I go to a new city, I do research on what to do, where to go and what to eat. Sometimes, I revisit cities I’ve been through before but find a different route. I usually go for what locals would do, but of course, that depends on the place I’m going to.
When traveling, having an emergency kit of medicine is a must for me since I get migraines out of nowhere. After thorough research, I found out that the medicine I’ve been taking can cause severe damage to my kidneys. Good thing I found out that there are essential oils for traveling.am
Here are the essential oils I packed for my latest adventure:
- Peppermint Essential Oil
One of the things I don’t really like about traveling is when I get car sick. You might think after all these years of traveling and seeing places in a car that I’m already used to it. Nope. Sorry to disappoint you (mostly myself, really). I’m still not used to it! What helps me get through the nausea is having peppermint essential oil in an inhaler. A little sniff helps me see and explore other cities without having to use the B(arf) bag.Peppermint essential oil is a proven remedy for nausea. It has properties that help soothe stomach muscles and digest fats. For a quick fix, rub 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil behind your ears. You’ll instantly feel a little pick me up during that car ride.
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil Unfortunately, not all hotel or hostel rooms are created equal. Some just have that funky smell you can’t seem to get rid off even when all the windows are open. A citrus essential oil like sweet orange can help you with this problem. Before leaving your home, you can put some in a spray bottle with water. When you find yourself in an unpleasant smelling room, just spray it around.Sweet orange essential oil does not only keep your room smelling good, but it also keeps it clean. It has antibacterial properties that help you healthy through your stay. Research even says that this essential oil works better than other chemicals used to clean rooms. You can get yours here.
- Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend When you find yourself waiting for your connecting flight several hours later, it can be stressful and tiring. The busy airport can be overwhelming, and the world seems like it’s spinning. This is the perfect time to get your Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend out. It inspires to have a peaceful and quiet mind amidst the chaos that surrounds you.Our Peace & Quiet blend is a mix of citrus and sensual notes that will help you relax and uplift your soul. You can find subtle hints of sweet orange, frankincense, cedarwood and lime in the blend. It is truly relaxing and perfect after a busy day.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil Of all the essential oils available in the market today, tea tree is one of the most popular ones. That is for a very good reason. Tea tree essential oil is versatile. It can be used to fight colds and treat cuts. Cold sores and insect bites can also be addressed with this excellent essential oil. After a long day in the sun, tea tree can be applied to the skin to relieve sunburn. Make sure it is diluted!
- Lavender Essential Oil Like tea tree, lavender is widely known in the essential oil world. It is also versatile and can be used from top to toe. Flying in an airplane can cause swollen feet and ankles. That makes it painful to walk around. When you have your lavender essential oil with you, add 2 drops to your handkerchief. As you begin to feel your feet become swollen, get it damp and gently compress it on your feet. Massage your calf in an upward motion to stimulate the blood circulation.Lavender essential oil can also help you sleep better at night. When you’re sleeping in a different room and have different pillows, falling asleep can be a problem. You can add a drop or two on your pillow or blanket. This also helps children settle down easier in an unfamiliar place.
- Geranium Essential Oil If you’ve been following our blog, you will know that geranium is a great essential oil for the skin. Did you know that it is also a pain reliever and helps soothe inflammations? It also has antibacterial properties to keep you away from the bad germs. Yes, you read that right. It should be part of your traveling essential oil kit.When you travel through different climates, the chances of your skin getting dry is high. It becomes itchy and even prickly in some areas! That’s not good when you’re trying to have fun and take great selfies to show how awesome your vacation is. Geranium oil can be made into a soothing sun spray with coconut oil! You can read the rest of the recipe here.
- Bergamot Essential Oil If you have asthma like me, having bergamot essential oil is a must. It is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve a cough and asthma. This wonderful essential oil also helps improve the mood and even make you mentally alert. Psoriasis and eczema patients can also benefit from this essential oil.To help relieve asthma, inhaling the bergamot essential oil can be done. Drop 1-2 on a handkerchief and inhale. Just make sure to ask your physician if that is okay. For patients with eczema or psoriasis, you can apply this essential oil topically. Just make sure to dilute it properly to avoid skin irritations.
- Amyris Essential Oil Amyris oil may not be the most popular but it sure has a ton of benefits. It can be used for chest congestion and to relieve restlessness. Some even use it to improve their skin. Just like bergamot and lavender, amyris essential oils also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling around the body. It works well with lavender and sweet orange essential oils too.
How to Travel with Essential Oils
When you travel, your luggage does not get the royal treatment. They get tossed and thrown a lot, especially if you’re traveling by air. If they were people, they’d be black and blue by the time they get to their destination. Here are some tips on how you can safely travel with your essential oils.
- Get a good carrying case. They don’t need to be expensive. Find a size that fits right in your carry-on bag. You can bring them with you on a flight but be sure check with TSA’s rules on how much liquids you can carry.
- Have a roll-on version. Some brands have a smaller roll-on version of the big bottle and those are easier to travel with. They’ll fit perfectly in your toiletry bag too.
- Diffuse or no? Well, it depends. If you’re staying for a long time, bringing your Simply Earth Diffuser is a good idea. But if you’re only staying for a night or two, the better option is to leave it at home.
- Don’t forget to bring a carrier oil. Some essential oils are too harsh to put on topically on the skin and diluting them is a must. If you have a big bottle, you can get small bottles from the store and put them there.
Clean as One Can Be Travel Wipes
Acquiring infection from traveling is almost inevitable but it can be avoided. Getting sick is not an option when you’re on vacation that’s why wiping down everything you sit or touch is very important. It may seem too much but hey, the risk of getting a bad virus is way worse. Here’s a great wipe recipe you can make before leaving.
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
4 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Ginger Essential Oil
Have around 10 dampened tissues and place them in a resealable bag. Add the essential oils in. You can use the wipes in the train, in the plane and even in the hotel room.
Sweet Dreams Massage Oil
Sleeping in a new environment can be a problem. It takes at least two nights to get used to the room, the bed, and the pillows. Children can get restless especially during flights. To help them sleep better, you can dilute the lavender essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice. You can use that to massage your child’s feet.
10 mL of any carrier oil (Coconut, Sweet Almond, Jojoba)
2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil or Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend
15 mL of any carrier oil
6 drops of Lavender Essential Oil or Peace & Quiet Essential Oil Blend
After Sun Oil
Staying under the sun for a long time, your skin suffers the most. Having fun makes you forget about the heat and you end up with a bad sunburn. That’s why it’s important to “return” the moisture to your skin. You can do this by making this simple yet very helpful after sun oil with only natural ingredients.
60 mL Sweet Almond Oil
40 mL Jojoba Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Geranium Essential Oil
5 drops Amyris Essential Oil
All you need to do is put all the ingredients in a bottle and mix them together. Gently massage it all over your body after you shower. You’ll feel your skin feel nourished and smooth.
Essential oils are great travel companions. Not only are they small and handy, but they are also versatile. One oil isn’t just for one use. You can use them for different things. They’re way better than the store bought products as these are all natural with no chemicals added. With essential oils, you’ll know you’re on the safe side.
Word of caution:
Always seek your physician’s advice before using any essential oil. If you are allergic to citrus fruits, using the sweet orange essential oil and the Peace & Quiet blend might not be for you. Pregnant, nursing women and those under medication should also exercise caution before using the oils as they are potent and can interact with the medicine.