The emotionally nurturing, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of essential oils are excellent for travelling.
Being outdoors increased the likelihood of bug bites. Lavender (along with eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass) act as a wonderful insect repellent. Here’s a recipe for an all natural insect repellent.
Soothing Scrapes, Cuts, and Bruises:
Lavender is also good for soothing any scrapes, cuts, and bruises which makes it a must have while camping! Again, simply dab the lavender on the area of concern.
A few drops of lavender mixed with 100% pure aloe is amazing for sunburn relief.
Add a drop or two of lavender to your pillows to in the event you can’t sleep.
For your dog:
Some dogs aren’t good travellers, especially in cars. Try putting a drop of lavender on your hands and slowly petting your dog back to transfer some of the essential oil.
Staying Awake on a Long Drive:
If you’re driving to your travel destination and you need to stay awake try keeping a bottle of peppermint oil close to inhale when you’re feeling fatigued. You can also rub a drop or two on your neck or wrists to stay alert. This is completely optional but you could also purchase a oil diffuser (water-less) for the car. We purchased ours from Amazon and love it!
Add 1-2oz of water and 5-6 drops of peppermint to a glass spray bottle. When you are feeling hot, mist this on your body. Peppermint has an amazing ability to help cool the body.
Add 12 drops of peppermint to a bowl of ice water, soak cloth, wring, and place on forehead or neck.
Travelling often leads to adventure and sometimes sore feet. Try adding 30 mL of epsom salt and 12 drops of peppermint to a basin of warm water…and soak away!
Have a headache? No access to a pharmacy? No problem! Try putting a drop of Frankincense on your thumb and hold it to the room of your mouth for about 30 seconds. Many have said that this helps to reduce their headaches.
Note: not all oils are made the same and not all can be ingested. If you are ingesting oils always check the bottle first to see if it is safe for dietary use. Also, I only use and recommend Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. The only ingredient on the bottle (expect in blends) should be the oil itself. It your essential oil bottle has anything other than the oil itself (i.e. synthetic fillers) then I would seriously consider switching to a new brand (regardless of if it is for topical, aromatic or internal use).
Purifying Hand Spray:
For times when hand soap isn’t available – try tea tree oil! Mix 120mL water and 48 drops of tea tree in a mister bottle.
When disinfectant is not readily available – utilize the anti-microbial properties of tea tree oil to disinfect surfaces – best part is…it’s snon-toxic!
Add 15mL of tea tree oil, 2.5mL of liquid soap in 960mL of water.
Bug Bite Salve:
If you do get bit, apply this simple salve to the bite to help stop the itch, stop the venom, and reduce the chance of infection. You can use both oils or just one of them, just make sure the total ratio of essential oils to carrier oil is 50:50.
- 1 teaspoon tea tree (and lavender *optional)
- 1 teaspoon carrier oil