Saturday 19 May, 2018.
Do YOU know which essential oils to travel with?
Travel has become a necessary part of our lives. Whether it is for business, seeing family who are spread all over the globe, or for the pleasure of seeing new places and revisiting old favourites – We Travel!
But, as positive as all this moving around might be, we do face hazards that could cause discomfort and even major upset…
We eat food that we are not used to…
We sit at airports and share toilet facilities with strangers…
Foreign insects have a nibble on us…
Travel sickness hits us…
But, with your mobile aromatherapy pharmacy packed in your luggage you can be prepared to deal with stress that comes with travelling.
Because of the current regulations regarding liquids in hand luggage, make sure that your bottles are securely packed in your check-in luggage and take only the allowed amount in your hand luggage.
Maybe you only need one or two bottles to deal with the anticipated upsets…
Decide which are the most appropriate oils for you and for the destination.
My suggestions for a Travel Kit to cover all eventualities are the following…
* Lavender * Peppermint * Geranium * Chamomile * Ginger * Eucalyptus * * Thyme * Citronella or Lemongrass
I like to keep my 8 bottles in a plastic airtight container that I secure with an elastic band…Always ready for a trip!
On this page I will give you some ideas of how to use the oils in your Essential Oil Travel Kit. And then include a simple list of basic uses.
Essential Oils stimulate the olfactory system and have a powerful effect on both your physical and emotional states.
Remember to have fun as you make your own blends.
I have covered some of the uses of these oils in my recipe section but would love to share some more ideas with you…
So, here goes…
Peppermint oil has a marvelously calming effect on the stomach and is an essential for queasy travelers. It is very strong so use a drop in a cup of hot water – with sugar or honey if you want to. Sip slowly before setting off on your journey.
Peppermint is also great to help you focus. If you are feeling tired and need to concentrate on where to go and what to do next, rub a few drops on each temple. You might feel a heat sensation, don’t worry, BUT be careful not to get it into your eyes!
Ginger is excellent for alleviating seasickness and other types of travel sickness.
If any of you has been seasick, as I have, you will never want to be without your essential oil remedy!…
Two drops of ginger on a handkerchief and inhale!
Or, a drop in a little vegetable oil and rub on the abdomen.
If you suffer from “travel nerves” put a drop of Lavender and a drop of Geranium on a tissue and keep in a plastic bag in your pocket. Take a deep sniff when you need to relax!
Don’t you just hate the feeling of feet double their size?…
Lavender is great for treating swollen feet and ankles. You will need to wet a piece of cotton – use a handkerchief – make it damp and add 5 drops of lavender. Keep it in a small plastic bag. When your ankles swell during or after the journey, apply the compress to your feet and massage in an upward direction for a few minutes.
If you are bothered by cramps when travelling, make a compress as above but add Geranium oil. Hold the compress over the cramping area – usually the calf or foot.
15 drops of Chamomile in 30ml of light vegetable oil has a calming and settling effect when massaged into legs and feet.
JET LAG! How many of you have missed two or three days of holiday because of a body clock that is out of sync?
Using essential oils for travel seems to bring the wheels of time together in our bodies in a gentle way…a good blend of oils for this is Peppermint and Eucalyptus for the morning and Lavender and Geranium for the evening.
Before you travel – bath in two drops each of Peppermint and Eucalyptus. After you arrive – stay awake until local bedtime and then bath in two drops Lavender and Geranium. If you prefer to shower, put a small amount of nut or vegetable oil in your hand, add the essential oils and rub into your body.
Another good combination for travelers is Peppermint and Geranium. Use this combination when your trip is over, you have to get back into routine and DO NOT look forward to it. A couple of drops of Peppermint and Geranium will help you get over the shock of reality!
When we travel we come into contact with bacteria and viruses which are foreign to us. These can make us feel sick!!
Even if facilities look clean, it doesn’t hurt to take further precautions.
Make sure you have Thyme, Lavender and Eucalyptus in your travel kit…together they provide a powerful bactericide. Put a few drops of each on a tissue and wipe toilet seats, handles, taps and whatever else you feel needs a disinfectant.
I like to always sprinkle a few drops of Lavender on a bed before I go to sleep…You can also add Thyme and Citronella to the recipe.
Even though we all know the extreme risk of all kinds of skin damage, we still seem to over-expose ourselves to the SUN. Myself included!!
Sunburn can be as mild as skin feeling tight and sore or it can be as severe as blistering. The most effective treatment is my favorite oil – Lavender! The most important thing is to reduce the heat in the skin, so fill a sink or bath with cold water and immerse the affected part for at least ten minutes. Then apply neat Lavender oil to the area. Remember, a drop goes a long way. And then stay out of the sun for a few days!
Together with Sun comes Heat! Heat stress is very uncomfortable and can spoil your travels. Remember to drink enough water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Apply neat Lavender or Eucalyptus to the temples, back of the neck and upper abdomen, and BREATHE DEEPLY!
Heat stroke is a very serious matter! Try to immerse the body in cold water to which you have added four drops each of Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oil.
Diarrhea is a common travel ailment! The main danger is dehydration…so make up this “dehydration blend” and drink after each bowel movement.
1 liter bottled water
8 teaspoons sugar (do not leave out)
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 drops lemon essential oil
Drink one glass at a time.
Some Basic Travel Kit Emergency Uses
BURNS – Lavender
BRUISES – Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender
COLDS – Eucalyptus, Ginger, Thyme
CONSTIPATION – Peppermint, Thyme
DIARRHOEA – Ginger, Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint
EXHAUSTION – Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint, Geranium
FEVER – Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender
HEADACHES – Peppermint, Lavender
HEAT STROKE – Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Chamomile
INSECT BITES – lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Thyme
INDIGESTION – Peppermint, Ginger
INSECT REPELLENT – Citronella, Thyme, Lavender, Peppermint
JET LAG – Lavender, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Peppermint, Citronella
RASHES – Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus
SLEEPLESSNESS – Chamomile, Lavender
SPRAINS – Ginger, Thyme, Lavender, Chamomile
SUNBURN – Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Chamomile
TOOTHACHE – Peppermint, Chamomile
TRAVEL SICKNESS – Ginger, Peppermint
VOMITING – Peppermint, Lavender, Ginger
WOUNDS – Lavender, Chamomile
Make up a Essential Oil Travel Kit as a gift for some one who travels frequently!
Take the stress out of travelling!…Make sure you have natural remedies on hand for any upset!