How to travel light: the 5 best Essential Oils for travelers
People who love essential oils generally have several. And when I say several, I am not referring to the 6 oils of the PSK, but more like 30…
In fact, real oilers now we use essential oils over 20 times a day.
So, when it comes time to pack the whole family for a working vacation, the question is not ‘Should you take the oils’ but rather ‘Which oils would you take?’.
For people who have over 30 different essential oils at home, it becomes difficult to choose the best oils to support the whole family while away, sleep better, travel better, stay well etc…
In a nutshell, here is the ultimate list of Essential Essential oils for traveling.
Lavender is a great all-rounder with a wide range of applications, so it’s the perfect addition to the travel kit.
Lavender heals burns (including sunburn), wounds and skin irritations, including eczema and psoriasis.
Lavender improves sleep and helps calm over-excited kids. I often drop some of the girls ‘blankies’ and then lean them against the car door or their car seat to lay their heads on so they can breathe in the aroma, or put a couple of drops on their pillows, so they breathe in the calming aroma as they sleep.
Many of us also get a bit of insomnia when we sleep in new beds or rooms, and lavender helps to relieve insomnia.
Lavender is calming and relieves stress, alleviates headaches and inflammation, AND is an ideal natural perfume alternative for us ladies when mixed with our other travel faves, citrus oil or frankincense.
Frankincense is another incredible all-rounder. It helps relieve dry skin that is often associated with windburn or sunburn (mix with a carrier oil and rub into the skin). It alleviates stress, headaches, and fatigue and is great immune support. (You can place a drop under the tongue for instant focus and support).
For those of you who are imbibing in some ‘boozy behavior’ while traveling, Frankincense also helps to discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys. Yep! There are even essential oils for hangovers.
I usually work for some if not every day on my trips because I get inspired in new environments (sorry not sorry). Essential oils help me focus and stay centered on my creativity.
#3. Tea tree
What a potent powerhouse tea-tree (melaleuca) is.
Tea-tree soothes itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns, acts as a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial and acts as an effective insect repellent. For scratches, bumps, and cuts… bring out the tea-tree!
You can also use tea-tree as a hand sanitizer either neat, or mixed with water in a spray bottle.
Hola Pepp! Peppermint essential oil improves mental focus and clarity, is an excellent ‘pick-me-up’ in times of stress and when inhaled straight off a hot towel in the morning, can give you the feeling of an already-drunk long-black. (for real! I have tested this many times.
Peppermint also has other excellent jobs to do though as it is a respiratory and digestive focused oil, so can improve upset tummies and help soothe digestive issues.
And if you get the sniffles or congestion, put a few drops of peppermint and tea-tree oil in a bowl with hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the aroma. Instant relief!
Peppermint mixed with water and spritzed onto the body as a mist can also help keep the body cooler and more comfortable.
#5. Citrus oil
Any citrus oil, like wild orange, grapefruit, lemongrass or lemon is an excellent room deodorizer or ‘smelly’ room savior for smoky-smelling or musty rooms. Simply keep some in a little spray bottle and spritz when you arrive at your destination and want to get that funky smell from your digs.
You can also use it as a ‘potpourri’ by placing a couple of drops into the toilet before doing your ‘business’ or use that spray bottle again to keep the shared toilet air fresh.
At the other end of the body.. you can use a drop of citrus essential oil to ‘pimp’ any sparkling water into a tropical holiday drink OR for the adults and those feeling naughty, you can put it into your mixed drinks like a gin and tonic, or vodka and soda or tequila and forgo that disgusting sugary and preservative laden fizzy drink.
Handy Travel Tip for Making your own Blends while Traveling
Don’t forget to also pack some carrier oil and/or some pre-made roller bottle with carrier oil already inside for blending and rolling onto the skin.
You can use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, or many others. (Make it organic!).
It’s also great to have a little spray bottle at hand to make a spritz with oils.
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