Contributed by Aura Cacia
If you’re travelling for business, you’ve packed essentials like your laptop, presentation and professional wardrobe. But have you considered what you can bring along to help maintain your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing on the road?
On the other hand, if you’re travelling for vacation, you’re making sure to schlep all of the snacks, reading materials, clothing, and toiletries, but what about a first aid kit of helpful DIY essential oil applications that will help make your travel as safe and enjoyable as possible?
What to Pack
1. Include bottles of protecting, purifying, and cleansing essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon and sweet orange.
2. Next, include bottles of calming, relaxing, and comforting essential oils such as lavender, geranium and rose otto.
3. Portable roll-on perfume made with skincare oil and essential oil.
4. Essential oil-based face and body spray to help cope, refresh and revitalize your travel-worn mind, body and spirit (see below for a balancing lavender and chamomile DIY face mist recipe!)
How to Pack Your Essential Oil Travel Kit
1. Wrap anything breakable in a cushioned sleeve, but not so securely that you can’t easily access it.
2. Place liquid items in a sturdy resealable plastic bag and place it in a protected area of your luggage or car.
3. Label everything.
Quick Tip: To freshen car or hotel carpets, simply sprinkle several drops of purifying lemon, tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil onto them.
Face Mist with Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oils
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
¼ cup water
1. In mist bottle, combine essential oils.
2. Top off with water, replace lid and shake until well blended.
3. To use, shake bottle and mist face, avoiding eyes.
Here are some potential benefits of essential oils for travel:
- Aromatherapy benefits: Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that are believed to have various therapeutic properties. Some essential oils, such as lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, are known for their calming, relaxing, and soothing effects, which can be helpful during travel. Essential oils can be used in a diffuser or applied topically to provide aromatherapy benefits.
- Personal care: Essential oils can also be used for personal care during travel. For example, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that can help prevent infections, and peppermint oil can help relieve headaches and nausea. Essential oils can make natural remedies, such as hand sanitizer, insect repellent, or natural pain reliever.
- Convenient and compact: Essential oils are highly concentrated, meaning a small bottle can go a long way. They are also lightweight.