Essential Oils and Travel
When my son was 19 years old, he decided to take a gap year before starting college and volunteer in an animal rescue in South America and Costa Rica.
His first trip was to Ecuador for a month. He had a lot of fun, and it was a great experience for him both in learning social skills and being alone independently.
Then came the stomach ache.
When he came back, after a month he had a stomach ache that would come and go. I made him a blend of the following:
- and a few more essential oils.
He added drops of the blend in a capsule twice a day and after 5 days everything was gone!
I’m so glad I didn’t give him antibiotics that would have weakened his GI and immune system and disturb the flora in his gastrointestinal tract.
You may think that travel is far off, but before you know it, we will hopefully be back in the air, driving and visiting different places. Some have to travel for business, or for an urgent family event, and I wanted to give you a heads up on essential oils and travel.
Travel is stressful at times, and could be hard on the body so it’s important to practice mindfulness and grounding by doing conscious breathing. Motion sickness, stomach aches, as well as low energy can be uplifted and invigorated by doing some stretching and moving the body around, even if it’s just a short walk and some travel yoga poses in place. To keep the immune system strong, vitamins and staying hydrated help. Here are some suggested essential oils and how they can make your travel more pleasurable.
Cheat sheet of 6 essential oil blends for travel:
Eucalyptus: Calms the mind, eases physical aches caused by inflammation, such as muscle/joint pain and headaches. Also has a cooling effect which is traditionally known to help with energy levels, boost mental clarity, and reduce fatigue. Eases travel anxiety and stress related travel issues. Breathe easier breathing when congested or having other respiratory discomforts. Antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties help with infection and to promote healing.
Black Pepper: Relaxes the body from muscle aches and tightness in joints from moving luggage around and small airline seats. Antiviral quality helps to protect against harmful bacteria. This oil has a spicy aroma which is often said to help clear congestion.
Ginger: Popular with travelers to address nausea or upset stomach caused by motion, as well as ease body aches and stimulate circulation.
Lavender: This oil is often used as a comforting scent known to soothe the mind, help with sleep, and can be used as a sleep aid on airplanes and with jet lag. Lavender Oil is said to help with skin afflicted with eczema, acne, sunburns, soreness, and inflammation.
Peppermint: Cool scent, promotes alertness, concentration, and eases the mental fog of jet lag. Supports digestive health and eases nausea due to travel motion. It has a cooling effect on the skin, muscles and joints and its fragrance is known to uplift and act as a mood booster. During demanding travel this is a great oil for winding down at the end of the day.
Sage: Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, has a cleansing effect on the skin. Great as a natural hand sanitizer, washing your hands and preventing wounds from developing infections. The scent of this oil is stimulating and can help to naturally fight drowsiness and increase focus, and is also traditionally used during meditation or other spiritual practices.
Lemon: This oil is uplifting and its scent helps to improve the mood during times of delays, loneliness, or overpacked itineraries, among various other causes for frustration, tiredness, and emotional pressure coming from travel. Also known to help sooth seasonal allergy symptoms.
LaCura Face Serum: This is a special created by the experts at LaCura. The LaCura face serum is unlike any other with its combination of ingredients. It includes rosemary, carrot seed, frankincense, lavender, geranium, lemon and jojoba oils. The high-quality essential oils of this unique serum blend are traditionally known to help minimize wrinkles, prevent skin damage, and reduce inflammation. It helps moisturize your skin and improve your complexion.
Ease of Use During Travel
Mask refresher - place a few drops of lavender in the corner of your mask to keep it fresh
Spray in a hotel room - bring a small empty spray bottle along on your trip and put drops of essential oil and water and spray into the air, and on surfaces
Room sanitizer - wipe down surfaces by mixing water and a drop of essential oil on a cloth
Drops in a bath - place two drops of essential oil into your bath and enjoy
On the skin, dab on the wrist - dab on the skin when needed for a scent that travels with you
In a diffuser - take our small easy to use diffuser on your trip and fill with water and a drops of essential oil and plug in
Ingested in capsules - order capsules with your essential oil order at LaCura and receive instructions on use
Inhaled right from the bottle - carry a small bottle of essential oil with you and inhale any time needed to feel uplifted and to breathe easier, and alleviate nausea
Traveling with essential oils is easier than you think, and the benefits are many. Many health conscious men and women go back to the fundamentals of nature when traveling and utilize the oils throughout their trip to keep them comfortable and healthy.
And remember: Make sure to stay hydrated!