Traveling the Essential Oils way
It seems like every time I turn around lately I’m stepping on a plane to go teach classes or for continuing education. Essential Oils have made travel a lot easier for me so I thought I’d share some travel tips…
Here is what I carry :
- Peppermint beadlets: Perfect when you are on the go and you want onions or garlic in your meal or you are worried about bad breath.
- On Guard Protective Blend beadlets: I put one of these in my mouth before the plane takes off. I repeat for each time I switch planes to keep healthy. That circulated air is just filled with nasty bugs. Since I’ve started doing this I haven’t gotten sick and I used to, every time I traveled.
- On Guard Protective throat drops or Respiratory drops: Rather than chew gum for take off and landing these help keep the pressure from getting to my ears. Plus I love the flavor. Having Protective Blend to protect is an added bonus.
- Digestzen Digestive Blend (Ginger also works): I reach for this the moment the captain says that we’ll be hitting turbulence. I’m not one that thinks roller coasters are fun. As soon as the plane starts doing the funky chicken my tummy does too. A drop on my tongue helps stop it before it starts. It is also super handy to take before meals. When I travel my food choices aren’t always what I’d prefer to eat and sometimes I have to eat something that doesn’t quite agree with me. Bread and sugar isn’t my friend but when you are looking at a vending machine and have a choice between a Snickers bar, a pop tart and starving, I reach for Digestive Blend.
- Cinnamon in FCO: I mix ¼ Cinnamon and fill a small roller ball with FCO. It is super handy to have on hand if flying backs you up. Just roll on your tummy. I’ll reach for it too if it is going to be too long between meals to help keep my blood sugar stable.
- Balance Grounding Blend: I always carry Grounding Blend with me where ever I go. You never know if your cab gets a flat and you are going to be late to teach a class, your rental car clerk tells you that they’ve run out of cars or your plane can’t land.
- Serenity Restful Blend: This is my secret weapon for babies on planes. Most moms will let you put a drop on the bottom of their feet to help calm. Occasionally, I’ve been known to put a drop on my palms and vigorously rub together to deal with them when they aren’t within speaking distance. Calming Blend’s scent doesn’t scare people like lavender can since so many people are allergic to synthetic lavender.
- Lavender: I struggle to sleep well away from home. A drop on the bottom of my feet just like at home puts my mind into a place where I can sleep. I keep it by my bed so when every little strange noise wakes me up I can reapply. It is also handy to soothe cuts, bruises, burns and other things that crop up.
- Wild Orange: I admit I’d addicted to this oil and use it with Frankincense every day. It calms and puts my mind in a good place. I call it my reset button. It is uplifting yet warming all at the same time. I use it before every single class I teach.
- Frankincense: Along with my wild orange combo, it always comes in handy if I need a boost to my immune system, a little push with the Soothing Blend or a host of other things. I’m never far from my Frankincense.
- Deep Blue Rub Soothing Blend packets: While my volleyball ‘career’ is over years of competitive league co-ed volleyball have taken their toll on my knees. I 5’3” my most effective role on the court was setter and digging up balls for all those tall guys. My Ortho says new knees are in my future but I’m too young and I’m going to hold out as long as I can. When I know I’m going to be really pushing it with a hike or just dragging 40 lbs of luggage to, from and through an airport I put Soothing Blend on before I leave to comfort and soothe so at the end of the day I’m not having quality time with an ice pack.
- Aromatouch Massage Blend: I could write a whole blog on my opinion of hotel pillows and how every hotel should have two flat pillows and two fluffy pillows. Hotels seem to thing bigger is better. For a slide sleeper a big fluffy pillow is a recipe for disaster. I often have to resort to a towel or some other make shift pillow which results in a sore neck and sometimes a trip to my beloved Chiropractor. Someday I’ll find that perfect travel pillow but until then, I put Massage Blend on my neck along the spine before bed and when I get up to keep from getting stiff.
- Basil: Especially when we travel to areas where we’ll swim or snorkel, I like to have Basil along. I put it on the outside of my ear before and after I get into the water. Sometimes the water has microscopic nasties in it that can cause infection or pain. Since I started doing that, no more issues. The key is to use it before.
- Melaleuca: With its amazing properties it is a must for your skin. It is great for skin irritations and environmental threats. It also substitutes nicely for Basil if you don’t have it or are trying to limit the number of oils you take.
- Lemon: I admit it, I’m completely spoiled and in my Alaskan home we have a whole house filter so when we travel, some of that hotel water tastes so bad I can hardly handle it. I know it can’t be good for me. At the last convention I went to, the water was sold out in every vending machine in every floor. I carry a lightweight metal water bottle and just add lemon. It cuts through that taste so I can drink it and helps with cleansing.
- Breathe Respiratory Blend: Maintaining clear airways and easy breathing is a challenge for me and, I can’t live without this oil. For those who haven’t been to Ketchikan, we have to take a ferry across the channel to the airport. This means dragging your luggage down a ramp which fluctuates with the tides and can get quite steep then up again when you get to the other side. Two suitcases that weigh 49.9 lbs plus a carry one and laptop make it a real work out. Add super cold air and for me it means I need some help keeping my airways clear so I can breathe comfortably. I put Respiratory Blend on my chest before I get out of the car so I can avoid that less than fun experience in my race to the plane.
- Purify Cleansing Blend: A drop on a sliver will pull it out overnight. I also have a little tiny spray bottle I can put it in to spritz my clothes and the room in case I get stuck in a smoking room or the airline loses my luggage.
- Cedarwood: Despite researching on the bed bug registry I still check my bed and will spray along the sides of the mattress. It might be an irrational fear but bedbugs terrify me. Cedarbark kills, bugs, eggs, and nits and it gives me piece of mind. I learned my lesson the one time I bought one of those name your rate and you don’t find out which hotel and we don’t care if they have bedbugs.
- Terrashield Repellant Blend: This is the best insect repellent ever. If you travel to Alaska or Hawaii you’ll want it. It also repels other things like negativity and toxicity for those that are more sensitive or empathetic. Comes in quite handy when you are stuck next to someone in a plane who complains about everything or worse wants to talk about politics or worse finds out what your husband does for a living and thinks that industry should be shut down.
- Immortelle Blend: Hiccups are something I struggle with frequently and find quite embarrassing. I run it all the way down my esophagus to my diaphragm to speed up their departure. I also like it for bruises and sprains.
- Helichrysum: I keep this handy in case I have a cut that is bleeding heavily. It is also great if you have a cut that might scar.
- Past Tense Tension Blend: Must have for head and neck tension. You start to get that feeling, you might get one and run your finger across the roller ball and apply to your temples and forehead and rub in.
- Peppermint: I used this a lot in Disneyland where it was too hot for my Alaskan blood. A drop on the back of my neck was super cooling. Others put it in water and spray it or add to a damp towel. Plus it can eliminate odors quickly handy for the hotel.
- FCO (in an empty oil bottle): Just in case you need to dilute an oil.
Yes it all fits in a quart sized Ziploc to make the airlines happy. You can also just use the keychain with sample sized bottles too (although I have to have two of them).
- On Guard Protective Blend Toothpaste Packets: Must have. I carry them with me in case the airlines loses my luggage plus they are lightweight and I’m constantly trying to lower my luggage weight. In a pinch you can use these without a toothbrush and they are safe so you don’t have to spit it out if you can’t.
Photo courtesy David Horsey/Seattle PI