Who loves to travel? Travel is an adventure!
Our family loves to travel and experience new places! If there is one thing I don’t leave home without, it’s my essential oil travel kit!!
For instance, did you know that peppermint essential oil will knock out motion sickness? It’s an essential oil that I definitely never leave home without! It’s also a wonderful oil to help you get over jet lag and any head tension you may have gotten from your journey along the way.
In this blog post I will share with you my favorite essential oils to bring with you, a few of my favorite travel recipes, as well as share the rules and regulations of taking your essential oils on-board your plane, and a few super cute essential oil travel bags you are going to want!
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds that are found in plants. These are produced naturally by plants to protect them from bacteria, fungi, detour predators and slow decay. Each plant can have 100’s of compounds and each compound has a different medicinal effect.
Essential oils are true gifts from the earth!
Essential oils are a natural way to support the body in a number of different ways. Essential oils are perfect to bring along while you are traveling because they can support your travel needs in a number of different ways.
My Favorite Essential Oils For Traveling!
Peppermint – I never leave home without my peppermint! Your can use peppermint for so many things: ease feeling of motion sickness, alleviate occasional stomach upset, ease muscle and joint tension, and give you a boost of energy if your feeling tired (a must for long car trips). If you are feeling tired in the morning, put a few drops on a wet washcloth and place in your shower, let the steam and aroma do the work.
Lavender – This is my favorite oil and another one with so many uses. This oil is renowned for its calming and relaxing qualities. It’s great for after spending time in the sun and soothing occasional skin irritations. Place a few drops on the back of your neck to reduce stress. I always place a few drops on my boy’s pillows (and mine :-)) to promote a restful sleep.
DigestZen – This is a blend of the essential oils ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise. This blend is a must-have for digestive support! It’s great for occasional nausea, occasional heartburn, or when the digestive system is moving a bit too slow (or too fast!). Simply rub a drop or two on the area of concern, or take a drop or two internally.
This came to the rescue recently while traveling home from San Diego. For a few minutes I was panicking thinking I was not going to make it onto that plane! I put one drop of digestzen blend in about 4 oz of water and had almost instant relief! Thank goodness!! Yikes! We don’t leave home without this blend.
Breathe – This is a blend is a blend of the essential oils from laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara. This is a handy blend to bring along in case of any stuffy nose, or other kind of respiratory support. You can rub 1-2 drops over the lungs, sinuses, feet, back of the neck, or diffuse.
TerraShield – This comes in a handy spray bottle and helps to prevent bug bites. It has the essential oils of of skimmia laureola, catnip plant, amyris bark, african sandalwood, cabrueva balsam, wild orange peel, white fir needle, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus leaf/stem, hawaiian sandalwood, genet absolute, and rose flower. Spray directly on the skin to help keep the mosquitoes and other bugs away.
Deep Blue – This is a blend of the essential oils wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, german chamomile, helichrysum and osmanthus. To quickly soothe sore muscle, simply rub a drop or two directly on the area of concern.
OnGuard – This blend is great for boosting immunity and protecting yourself while traveling. This is a blend of the essential oils wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. To use, simply rub a drop or two on the feet 2x a day or on the base of the neck.
I like to bring along an empty glass spray bottle. I mix 3-5 drops of OnGuard with water in the spray bottle and use it as a cleansing spray to clean and disinfect surface.
Travel Kit Recipes
Here are a few of my favorite travel oils/blends/recipes. So if you have some time this weekend, why not go ahead and create your very own travel kit! That way, when you arrive at your destination, you can run a hot bath and add your favorite relaxing oils, like lavender, and relax!:)
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil (find at your health food store:)
6 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
5 drops wild orange essential oil
Calming Lavender Linen/Room Spray
After a long car ride or travel time with my family (are we there yet?) I’m ready to unpack and the first thing I do is reach for the Lavender Room spray!
I like to spray this lavender linen spray in a hotel room soon after I arrive. Lavender essential oil is calming and soothing after a trip. You can also spray pillows and bed sheets. It’s so easy to make!
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons witch hazel (helps the essential oils disperse better into the air)
15 drops Pure Lavender essential oil
Add ingredients to a small spray bottle. Shake before each use.
This after-sun oil will come in handy if you are in a sunny location. We live in Florida so this is something we use almost year round!
10 drops Lavender
5 drops Chamomile (german)
2 drops Geranium
Dilute the oils in 4 tablespoons of carrier oil, like sweet almond oil or our fractionated coconut oil. And apply to red areas. If you only have Lavender, that will do nicely on it’s own. The other oils will also help repair the damaged skin.
On Board Travel Wipes Blend
2 drops Lavender
2 drops ginger
4 drops Thyme
To make wipes add 2-3 drops of this blend to dampened tissues, and seal them in a resealable bag.
Prepare these protective wipes and use to wipe anything you are likely to touch while traveling. Wipe armrests, tables, remote controls.
Beat The Jet-Lag
Make this handy roller bottle blend to help with any jet lag you may have.
7 drops grapefruit
8 drops peppermint
Fractionated coconut oil
10 ml roller bottle
Add the essential oils drop by drop to the roller bottle. Top with fractionated coconut oil. To use, roll onto the stomach, back of neck, behind ears, shoulders and wrists.
Motion Potion Roller Bottle Blend
Do you tend to get a bit queasy on planes (as well as in cars) like me? This roller bottle will help you out. Or even easier just smell some peppermint oil.
8 drops Peppermint
7 drops Ginger
4 drops Wild Orange
Top with Fractionated Coconut Oil
Put oils in roller bottle and top off with coconut oil. Apply behind the ears and on wrists. Then inhale.
Traveling Bed Bug Spray
7 drops TerraShield essential oil blend
7 drops Arborvitae essential oil
7 drops Purify essential oil blend
3 oz water
Mix together in a glass spray bottle.
Guidelines for flying with your oils
If you’re only bringing a carry-on bag, you can still take your oils with you (15 ml is way below the TSA limit of 3 oz.).
You can only bring as many with you as will fit in one quart-size bag, however. (Remember, this is one quart-size bag per person.)
Of course, you can bring whatever oils you would like in your checked luggage, but be sure to still seal them in baggies to protect against spills.
Cute as can be essential oil travel bags
Check out Etsy, where you can find some cute essential oil travel bags.
Something Essential About Essential Oils
When using essential oils therapeutically, please make sure they are pure and unadulterated.
Many companies add fake synthetics to their oils to save money. If you are using these oils you will only end up with a headache. Please do your research!
Personally, I only use oils that have been tested by GC/MS testing. This process is when a chemist tests the particular batch of oil and can tell exactly what components make up the oil, and if there are any synthetic ingredients that have been added.
Here are the oils that we use that are put through GC/MS testing.
One last thought! Don’t forget to treat your tired legs and feet to the cooling and refreshing treat of peppermint oil! Add a drop or two to your unscented lotion or coconut oil and rub all over for fresh feeling “new” legs and feet!
Reply back and tell me your favorite oils to travel with!