Travel with Essential Oils


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We have all been there – enjoying a well-earned, restful vacation when a minor discomfort has threatened to ruin our fun. It’s disappointing to put the brakes on a good time just because of indigestion or jet lag. You can keep up and running if you have a few bottles of essential oils at hand.

When I vacation I bring travel insurance, and by that I mean my  aromatherapy survival kit. I always have lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) to reduce stress or inflammation, and tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) to banish acne or a bug bite. One whiff of ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil has settled my queasy stomach on boat trips.

Jet lag can be eased with the proper use and timing of certain essential oils. Stay awake during the day with the scent of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) or peppermint (Mentha x piperita). As evening approaches, relax with a whiff of geranium (Pelargonium graveolens). Just before bed, a warm bath with a few drops of ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) can send you off to time-zone-adjusting sleep.

Eating new and exciting foods can easily cause tummy trouble. For indigestion, rub the abdomen with a few drops of peppermint essential oil diluted in a teaspoon of lotion. Or, try peppermint tea for a stomach-settling after-dinner drink.

An uncomfortable problem is a musty, stinky hotel room. A drop of lemon (Citrus limonum) on a tissue placed in a strategic area can clear the atmosphere. I also put a drop of lavender on a cotton ball and put it in my pillow. It is not only relaxing, but it offers a pleasurable scent.

Running around in a sunny place can sometimes cause heat exhaustion. Getting into an air-conditioned location can help halt this problem. To speed things up, add eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) to a bowl of cold water and apply to the back of the neck and to wrists with a washcloth. Keep your eucalyptus around to banish flying insects.

Your kit can benefit from homeopathic arnica gel to ease muscle aches. And a mild burn or sunburn is better after applying aloe vera gel. Now that we’ve solved life’s travel ailments, go out there and enjoy your trip with your fragrant first aid kit.

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