Travelling to a new destination is always an adventure—even if sometimes it can also be a stressful and tiring experience when we end up not feeling our best.
This can happen especially if you are travelling long distances, but a trip of any length brings some level of these feelings.
The good news? Using essential oils on the road can help you fight back and get back to enjoying your time away from home.
Our circadian rhythms are trained by our usual environment, including the light-dark cycle of night and day.
If you are passing through multiple time zones when flying, it can mess with this internal clock, and cause you to feel drowsy, tired, irritable, and maybe even disoriented, a state many know as jet lag.
To fight jet lag, make sure to stay hydrated during your flight and get enough rest before you travel.
Once you arrive at your destination, getting a full night’s sleep should help you recover quickly, but in the meantime essential oils can help you adjust a little.
Lavender is a great all-rounder with a wide range of applications so it’s the perfect addition to the travel kit.
Lavender helps support irritated skin from things such as burns (including sunburn), wounds and itchy bites.
Lavender supports sleep and helps calm over-excited kids. Many of us also get a bit of insomnia when we sleep in new beds or rooms and lavender helps to get a good night’s sleep.
Lavender is calming and helps relieves stress, alleviates head tension and achiness.
Frankincense is another incredible all rounder. It helps to relieve dry skin that is often associated with windburn or sunburn (mix with a carrier oil and rub into the skin). It alleviates stress, head tension, tiredness, jet lag and is a great immune support.
For those of you who are imbibing in some ‘boozy behaviour’ while travelling, Frankincense also helps your kidneys and liver to work efficiently. Yep! There’s even essential oils for hangovers.
#3. Tea tree
What a potent powerhouse tea-tree is.
Tea-tree soothes itchy insect bites, sores and sunburns, acts as an effective insect repellent and is one for all runners who may end up with chafing. You can also use tea-tree as a hand sanitiser either neat, or mixed with water in a spray bottle.
Peppermint essential oil helps improves mental focus and clarity, is an excellent ‘pick-me-up’ in times of stress and when inhaled straight off a hot towel in the morning, can give you the feeling of an already-drunk long-black.
Peppermint also has other excellent jobs to do though as it is a respiratory and digestive focused oil, so can improve upset tummies and help sooth digestive issues.
And if you get the sniffles or congestion, put a few drops of peppermint and tea-tree oil in a bowl with hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the aroma. Instant relief!
Peppermint mixed with water and spritzed onto the body as a mist can also help keep the body cooler and more comfortable.
As you’re traveling, we know that tiredness isn’t the only thing you may face. On the list are stomach issues. Digestzen can help ease digestive upset and get you back on track.
Add one drop to a glass of water if you’ve had a questionable meal or you’re feeling a bit iffy. You can also use for if you feel a bit nauseous while travelling by car or boat.
Apply topically to your digestive tract for when you feel your food is repeating on you, or rub on your kids’ bellies if they’ve eaten food that’s not agreed with them.
#6 On Guard
There’s nothing worse than when you’ve been excited about a trip for so long but the moment you head away you get sick.
This oil will help support your immune system and avoid the germs that come with long haul travel. There are a variety of ways you can take it, from the straight essential oil (one drop in a glass of water) to beadlets and throat drops.
You can also use this as a hand sanitiser (diluted) when you have no access to water.
#7. Citrus oil
Any citrus oil, like wild orange, grapefruit, lemongrass or lemon is an excellent room deodoriser or ‘smelly’ room saviour for smoky-smelling or musty rooms. Simply keep some in a little spray bottle and spritz when you arrive at your destination and want to get that funky smell from your digs.
You can also use it as a ‘poo-pouri’ by placing a couple of drops into the toilet before doing your ‘business’ or use that spray bottle again to keep the shared toilet air fresh.
Handy Travel Tip for Making your own Blends whilst Travelling
Don’t forget to also pack some carrier oil and/or some pre-made roller bottle with carrier oil already inside for blending and rolling onto the skin.
You can use a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. It’s also great to have a little spray bottle at hand to make a spritz with oils.
If you have your own doTERRA membership you can access these oils at wholesale prices. If you want to get these at the best price – and the best quality – please contact me and I can help you get started.