• 5 Essential oils for Your Next Vacation

    This essential oil bottle will easily fit in your liquids bag

    I’ve just spent the last 5 days in the big apple not writing a thing. So, I’m recycling some content from the last newsletter. If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets both my practice newsletter as well as the blog, you get to enjoy this twice.

    Take These Oils on Vacation With You

    First, let me say something about size. I strongly suggest getting 2ml, ½ dram, or 5/8 dram bottles because they’ll easily fit into your carry-on’s liquid bag.

    Now, on to the oils. These are the most useful oils to take with you:

    • Eucalyptus radiata – Helps prevent and fight upper respiratory crud. Dilute and carefully apply to wrists, neck, or upper lip before leaving for the airport. Apply an extra drop to a piece of clothing or a tissue once you’re on the plane, especially if you’re in the vicinity of sniffling, sneezing, coughing travelers.
    • Eucalyptus dives – Helps prevent and fight lower respiratory crud. Dilute and carefully apply to wrists, neck, or upper lip. Apply an extra drop to a piece of clothing or a tissue once you’re on the plane, especially if you’re in the vicinity of sniffling, sneezing, coughing travelers.
    • Lavender – If you have trouble sleeping in strange cities or beds or if you have trouble calming down after a super busy or fun day, this can be a lifesaver. One drop on your pillow should help you drop off to sleep so much easier than usual. It can also help you stay asleep. Just make sure to only use 1 (maybe 2 drops) because if you use too much lavender, it can be stimulating instead of relaxing.
    • Peppermint – Are you going to be walking or on your feet a lot? Are you more into cute shoes than comfortable shoes? No judgement. Just be honest with yourself. If you’ve got tired tootsies at the end of long day, put a drop of peppermint in a sink full of hot water, swish it around good, and soak a hand towel or wash cloth in the water and apply to one foot until it cools. (This is the modified version of a home treatment using the limited resources available in your hotel room). Repeat with other foot. Alternatively, add a couple drops to a few inches of warm water in the tub and soak your feet for 5 minutes.
    • Tea tree – Useful if you’re going to be spending lots of time walking barefoot in moist environments like around a pool or locker room. I wouldn’t use it as a preventive, but if you start showing symptoms of athletes foot, you can apply a drop of tea tree to each foot – diluted in a handful of lotion, of course.

    If you want to pick up a few of these before your next trip might I suggest my 2 favorite sources? Z Oils and Nature’s Gift.

    Pro tip: always have a couple trusted sources for your essential oils in case one of them happens to be out, or there’s an environmental event (drought, flood, fire, etc.) that affects the crop for a year or more. If your 1st choice is sold out they may not be able to get more for a while, but your 2nd choice may still have some left.