Whether I’m going down the street or halfway around the world, here are three essential oils to never leave home without and how they benefit your travels.
I started using essential oils over a decade ago as a non-prescription, non-ER way of successfully managing the migraines I’ve battled most of my life. A few drops of either lavender or peppermint essential oil at the onset has worked ever since and is a welcome alternative to expensive prescriptions and urgent care injections. From there, I started incorporating more and more essential oils into everyday life, from beauty regimens to cleaning supplies.
Here are three essential oils to never leave home without:
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Distilled from the flowers of the lavender plant, this essential oil is the queen of all essential oils. It’s been used for medicinal purposes for more than 2,500 years, and if you can only have one oil on hand, this is the one!
Ways to use lavender essential oil when traveling:
- Reduce stress or anxiety. Flight canceled? Highway at a standstill? Just inhale lavender essential oil or apply a few drops to your temples or wrists and immediately feel a calm wash over you.
- Battle insomnia or jet lag. If you are too excited to sleep or are struggling to adjust to the local timezone, lavender essential can help. Simply inhale or apply to your temples or wrists as above.
- Heal minor burns. A drop of lavender essential oil on a minor burn minimizes pain, reduces redness, and helps the burn heal.
- Clean and heal cuts. In addition to its healing properties, lavender has antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Apply a drop of lavender essential oil to the cut to help stop the bleeding, clean and disinfect the wound, and speed up healing.
- Battle nausea or motion sickness. New foods, different time zones, planes, trains, and automobiles — travel can bring nausea and motion sickness. Fight back with a drop of lavender essential oil behind the ears or by your navel.
- Soothe aching muscles. Did you walk a marathon exploring your destination? Hike longer or higher than usual? Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a bath and soak the soreness away.
- Strike back at headaches. And, of course, lavender essential oil can help with headaches, from the garden variety to a debilitating migraine.
Pro Tip: Provided you follow the current TSA rules regarding liquids, you are allowed to carry your essential oils on an airplane. Look for a padded carrier to safely store your most essential of essential oils in your purse, backpack, or another carry-on. This is the one that’s worked like a champ for me for nearly four years: padded essential oil carrying case.
2. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is made from the rind of the fruit. Its fresh scent helps brighten spirits on a dreary day, soothes sore throats, fights allergies, and is my go to remedy for insect bites.
Ways to use lemon essential oil when traveling:
- Address acid indigestion and heartburn. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of water and drink to help your tummy troubles disappear.
- Comfort a sore throat. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to hot water and honey and sip to reduce sore throat pain.
- Attack allergies and hayfever. Exciting, new destinations can also mean new plants, animals, and allergens. Inhaling lemon essential oil or applying it to the soles of the feet helps with seasonal allergies, asthma, and related respiratory issues.
- Bid farewell to bugs and their bites. Mosquitos, fleas, and other bugs hate the smell of lemon essential oil, but if you are bitten, one drop on the bite immediately removes the itchiness. Important note: don’t apply lemon essential oil to open skin. If the bug bite has already been scratched raw or is bleeding, a drop of lemon oil will burn. Apply a drop of lavender essential oil instead.
3. “World Traveler” (AKA “Hot Damn!” or Thieves)
This is my name for a Thieves essential oil inspired blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, and other essential oils that always reminds me of Christmas. While on an international business trip a few years ago, one of my co-workers dubbed the oil “Hot Damn!” because the cinnamon oil in the blend reminded her of DeKuyper’s cinnamon schnapps.
Ways to use “world traveler” essential oil when traveling:
- For good juju against germs. About 30 minutes before boarding my flight, I apply a drop of “World Traveler” behind each ear. For longer flights, I reapply about every two hours.
- To make your own hand sanitizer. This essential oil blend rounds out the oils needed to make the hand sanitizer I keep in my purse. It’s great to have readily available for times that you feel you need to clean your hands, but regular soap and water isn’t available.
Pro Tip: While it doesn’t bother me, some of the oils in the “World Traveler” blend can be a bit “hot” meaning that applying them directly to the skin can cause a burning sensation for children or others with sensitive skin. To avoid this, dilute the essential oil blend with a carrier oil (like food grade olive oil, jojoba oil, or fractionated coconut oil). You can also apply the essential oil to the soles of your feet where the skin is much less sensitive.
What do you think? Do you travel with essential oils? Which ones? Share in the Comments section below.