Now is the time of year when people hit the road or airstrip and get away. We enjoy seeing new places and old friends, but we want to stay healthy when on the go. Fortunately, essential oils and travel go hand-in-hand. A few items or oils in a small kit will help us unwind and ensure that we return home revitalized.
One thing I always pack when I travel is a small spray bottle containing a hydrosol blend. Hydrosols, the watery by-products of essential oil distillation, are naturally diluted and easy to use. The spray can be used to keep your face hydrated during long hours in flight, to fill the air with a relaxing smell, and to add a dreamy scent to your pillow before bed. Some of my preferred hydrosols to use are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Rose (Rosa damascena), and Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
Another Aromatherapy item for travel is a roll-on to combat motion sickness. A few drops each of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oils in a carrier oil can be added to a roll-on container and dabbed under the nose or across the belly for relief. If necessary, the blend can be sniffed off of the bottle for a quicker response.
With time zone changes or long days, our energy can be zapped when we travel. A way to fix this, when napping is not an option, is to use reviving essential oils. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Spearmint (Mentha spicata), and Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) essential oils can all give us the boost we need to walk around the next tourist spot or go for a bike ride with friends. Up to 15 drops can be added to one ounce of lotion and applied to the body for a great pick-me-up.
Remember to take a few essential oils with you the next time you want to hop on a plane or traverse the country by car. They can make a vacation go smoothly.