If you haven’t heard about essential oils, then I’m not sure where you have been. Honestly if you think about it, most people have been using the scents of essential oils for a while. I know in my family we’re not above using peppermint tea to settle an upset stomach. My friend Deja generously offered to share the best essential oils for traveling in this guest post. I am thrilled to have her recommendations because while my family does use them, I’m not as well versed as she is.
A little about her…Deja Cronley is a Registered Nurse turned Blogger. She fell in love with natural living four years ago and has dedicated herself to educating others about organics. She loves Crossfit, the beach, and playing with her kids. Read more about organic, non-toxic living at DejaVuOrganics.com. What I like about Deja is that she welcomes anyone who is trying to do their best in natural living for their family without judgement! She’s okay if I’m only organic when it’s on sale. 🙂 I’m on a budget.
Four Best Essential Oils for Traveling
As a kid, I loved road trips. They were an adventure and meant snacks, snacks, and more snacks. They were also a great way to break out of the day to day routine. I didn’t have a care in the world when my family and I were on vacation (especially when we were at Disney World!).
My parents loved our trips too but I never realized how much planning and coordination was required of them during our trips. Of course, once I had kids, I quickly realized vacations are not all fun and games for the adults.
There are a ton of logistics involved and, of course, things don’t always go as planned. Cranky or sick kids, stressed parents, and over-indulgence are all part of the package. And this applies whether traveling is for fun or education (or both).
Knowing what I know now, I make sure to always have certain essential oils on hand.
Of course, while traveling you want to pack as light as possible so you will only want to bring the oils you will be most likely to use: peppermint, lavender, citronella, and tea tree.
Each oil listed has many uses but this list is about how they can benefit you the most while traveling.
Best Essential Oils for Traveling: Peppermint
Peppermint is an oil known for it’s versatility and in this case, it’s great for soothing an upset stomach and sore muscles. I don’t know about you, but sore muscles seem to be inevitable after exploring all day.
Always keep in mind it is best to dilute peppermint unless you’re just using a couple of drops for a headache or a small burn. Otherwise, you will want to dilute about 7-9 drops in 10 mls of a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil.
Best Essential Oils for Traveling: Lavender
Lavender is a great oil to use for stress and to soothe aches and pains. It helps promote a good night’s sleep, and it’s safe to use on little ones (once diluted in a carrier oil) for almost any ailment you can think of. You can even diffuse it in the car to help every one relax but make sure whoever is driving is nice and alert.
Combining lavender with peppermint can also reduce the symptoms of allergies (when inhaled or diffused), a sunburn, or to lessen headache pain.
Best Essential Oils for Traveling: Citronella
Citronella does exactly what you think it does- it’s a great bug repellent. If you’re anything like me and bugs love to feast on you for dinner, this is a great way to keep little pests away.
You can use the same dilution as mentioned for peppermint oil above and apply to the skin to help keep bugs away.
Best Essential Oils for Traveling: Tea Tree Oil
We all like souvenirs but one souvenir we’re all okay with leaving at the parks are other people’s germs. Tea tree is a great oil for boosting the immune system. Starting about a week before you travel, rub this oil on the soles of your feet daily (then put socks on) to help build your defenses and stay well enough to enjoy traveling.
It’s a given that stress tends to come along with traveling. Keeping these oils on hand can give you the peace of mind knowing that you have a natural way to handle (almost) anything unexpected that may come up.