Our day in day out routine sometimes takes it toll on us mentally, physically and emotionally. Travelling has become accepted as a way to break the monotony of life. Whether it’s a simple walk in the park, driving to the next town or going overseas to explore a new culture.
But when going to somewhere new, we would always want to make sure that we are physically ready so that we are truly able to enjoy that break. Boosting our immune system is key. This is probably one of the best preparations one can do before travelling.
Essential oils have a natural way of boosting our body in a lot of ways. The plant sources are have medicinal effects. Essential oils are not just helpful but also quite easy and compact to bring along too. Read further to know what essential oils you can take along travelling.
Essential Oils for Traveling
Lavender – Traveling is tiring. After all the walking, this can be of great help to relax and reduce stress. It can also be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations as it is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Peppermint – This a favorite and common essential oil used during travels. It can give a good energy boost, help ease motion sickness and also lessen muscle pains especially during long trips. Your back will definitely feel less tense after a few drops of this essential oil. Remember how this is commonly used as an ingredient in massage oils? It also has microbial properties which can be used to fight infections and freshen breath.
Lemon – Citrus blends are instant energy and mood boosters. Lemon essential oil can also help relieve nausea. It also has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which could help boost immunity and and fight respiratory conditions. Just put 2-3 drops into coconut oil and rub around your neck area. This oil is also good for relieving gassiness and constipation.
Frankincense – It can be considered as one of those all around oils. It can alleviate stress, headaches and fatigue. Wind burns and sunburns during travelling can be relieved by this essential oil too.
DigestZen – A mix of different oils that can help ease your tummy discomfort, motion sickness and indigestion. It has Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander and also Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway which also aids in having a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Just add one to two drops to your preferred carrier oil like coconut oil to lessen chances of sensitivity.
Tea Tree – Traveling means sleeping on a bed that you’re not familiar with. Sometimes we worry about the quality of the room we would retreat to for the night. Tea tree would be of great help in repelling those insects away, at the same time providing relief for any bites. It can also be a hand sanitizer.
Reminders for travelling with Essential Oils
It is possible to take your oils with you as carry on baggage inside a plane as 15ml. is below the TSA limit of 3oz. However make sure to bring only what can fit in a quart size bag (per person). Make sure to seal them too. Be cautious about opening your bottles during the flight as the scents may be too strong and irritate other passengers. If you need to use some, place them before boarding.
If traveling by land, place the most used oils in a bag where it’s easy to access and in ready to use containers/ rollers.
Also as a general rule for traveling, always do your research prior to heading out. Know what the weather would be in that location, what insects normally come out, if any, the type of food you could have, do they have a lot of spicy food, is it easy to access drinking water, what kind of clothing do you need to bring, etc. Make a checklist as necessary and arrange transportation and lodging ahead of time.
Knowing what lies ahead can ultimately affect how your adventure would be. Of course anyone should be ready to explore and have a great time. With all the information you have at hand, nothing should stop you from unwinding and finally have that break you deserve. Happy travels!