As much as you plan, I’ll bet that occasionally something doesn’t go as expected when you’re on vacation. Whether you’re dealing with uncomfortable beds, insect swarms, jet lag, or something else, here are 5 essential oils that will help you deal with almost any vacation mishap.
1. Lavender -If you can only take one oil with you, take lavender. It’s one of the most versatile and is one of only a handful of oils that can safely be applied directly to the skin, without diluting. In most cases, 1-2 drops is all you should need at a time.
*Apply directly to minor burns to soothe them and help heal them faster.
*Apply directly to small scrapes and cuts to help them heal faster and to keep infection at bay (don’t forget to wash them thoroughly with soap and water first).
*Put a couple drops on your pillowcase to help you sleep at night – it is very calming and sedative
*Apply to sprains and strains to ease the pain.
*Apply to spasming muscles to relax them.
*Wear on your pulse points to keep insects at bay (hint: share drops by placing a drop on your wrist and rubbing on the inner elbow of the opposite arm, same with ankle and back of knee area)
*Diffuse through your hotel room to keep your room insect free
*Breathe in the scent to raise your spirits if you’re feeling down
*Breathe in the scent to calm you down when you’re feeling angry
*Apply to eczema or acne to help heal and soothe the area
2. Roman Chamomile – One caveat with this one: Do not use Roman Chamomile if you’re allergic to ragweed, because it’s in the same botanical family and can cause an allergic reaction in you. Like lavender it may be applied to the body with out dilution. In most cases, 1-2 drops is all you should need at a time.
*Breathe in the scent to ease anger, anxiety, fear, and tension
*Apply to dull muscle aches to ease the pain
*Put a few drops on your pillowcase to help you sleep at night – it is very calming and sedative
*Apply to back of neck &/or base of skull for tension headaches
*Apply to the abdomen for intestinal “issues” such as diarrhea, flatulence, and irritable bowel.
*Apply to areas of inflammation to reduce the pain and swelling (psssttt… this is one of the reasons it works against intestinal “issues” and headaches)
3. Tea Tree – This is a great all around disinfectant; it’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It’s greatest trait is helping the immune system fight off infections. Caution: may irritate sensitive skin. If your skin tends to be easily irritated, dilute with an unscented lotion before applying to skin.
*Put a couple drops on the flip flops you wear in the pool locker rooms to help prevent athletes foot or plantar warts
*Apply to pimples to help clear them up sooner
*Diffuse through your hotel room if either you or your traveling companion starts to come down with a cold or other respiratory ailment. (works even better when paired with eucalyptus)
*Apply to cold sores to help them heal faster. Be careful to not get any in your mouth (it tastes awful). Essential oils should NEVER be ingested without guidance from someone properly trained in oral use of essential oils.
*Apply to insect bites to help relieve itching (& use lavender to minimize the number of bites)
*Apply to minor cuts and scrapes to keep them infection-free
4. Peppermint – This is the second oil you should pack in your bag, despite the fact that I listed it in the #4 postition. It’s somewhat unique in it’s ability to both cool and warm so it’s excellent in any season. It’s also very irritating to mucus membranes and sensitive areas like eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals so wash your hands extra carefully if you get peppermint oil on your hands. If you forget, take heart… you’ll only forget once… I promise.
*Breathe in the scent when you’re fatigued or feeling down, to get a quick pick-me-up
*Rub a drop on the base of your skull to relieve a tension headache
*Rub a drop between both index fingers and then rub on your temples to help relieve a headache that makes your temples pound. Keep at least 2 finger widths away from the eye!!
*Put 5 drops in either a warm or cool foot bath to revive tired feet
*A great insect repellent, but not so great undiluted on the skin. Mix 40 drops of peppermint essential oil into one ounce of water or alcohol and spray the perimeter. Many bugs won’t cross the mint line.
*Breathe in the scent first thing in the morning to wake you up. This is especially handy if you’re dealing with jet lag.
5. Eucalyptus – Keep this oil off the skin unless it’s highly diluted, because it’s extremely irritating. It’s benefits are derived mainly from inhalation of the scent. Do not use if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy.
*Place a few drops on your pillow case if your nose is stuffy due to allergies, a cold, or other respiratory ailment. It will help open up your airways so you can breathe better.
*Diffuse through your hotel room if either you or your traveling companion starts to come down with a cold or other respiratory ailment. (works even better when paired with Tea Tree)
*Breathe in the scent to clear the head and aid concentration
Remember: when it comes to essential oils, less is more; especially if you apply an oil to your skin without diluting it. Some oils actually have the opposite effect if you use too much.
Have you ever taken essential oils with you on vacation? Which ones and why? Please share your stories, I love to hear them! If you found this information helpful, please spread the love and share widely via the social media buttons below ↓↓↓↓ From email, just click on the title to be whisked away to the webpage where this post resides and share to your hearts content, or just hit forward to share with your friends and family, but only if you think they will REALLY be interested… spamming friends and family is decidedly uncool.
Enjoy your next vacation!!