Thanks again for the weigh-in on my snap chat! Based on your feedback the other night, I am sharing which essential oils I ALWAYS travel with & why.
Long story short, I began using essential oils in 2014 to heal my asthma naturally. I was tired of using an inhaler & putting chemicals into my body. Today, I am asthma free & I no longer use a breathing machine or rely on a rescue inhaler! Eucalyptus Oil helped me reclaim my breath. Someday I'll share the good, the bad & the awesome journey I took to improve my health forever.
So, here's a quick list of the oils I never leave home without:
- Peppermint Oil - I use peppermint oil weekly. Peppermint oil is anti-microbial, which makes it very useful for soothing an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea and cramping. If you're traveling outside of the country or to places where you'll be trying new foods, pack peppermint oil. When my fiancé & traveled to Egypt in 2014, he decided to try pigeon at this little spot in Luxor and needless to say, it had his stomach in knots. I placed a drop of peppermint oil above his navel & behind his ears to alleviate the cramping & nausea. I also added a drop to our water bottles, which was effective in cooling us down in the desert heat. Since peppermint oil has anti-microbial properties, it freshens breath caused by bacteria. If you're traveling someplace hot, drop it in your water to combat the heat, spruce your breath and tend to the tummy. You can also place peppermint oil on the back of your neck & behind your ears for a cooling effect. This oil is a natural bug repellent, proven to be effective with mosquitos & spiders. I have never used peppermint oil on my skin to repel mosquitos, but if you try it, remember to apply often, for whatever you put on your skin becomes absorbed. This is a good reason NOT to use toxic bug repellent, for it will be absorbed by your body just as anything else you put on it. However, when the seasons change, I diffuse peppermint oil throughout my home to eliminate spiders & other outside crawlers from entering. This is completely effective & I will be doing this here soon when fall arrives. Peppermint is a very powerful plant. Always wash your hands after using it & do not touch your eyes. For those that are sensitive, use a carrier oil when applying directly to your skin. I prefer coconut oil or rose hip oil (which I always travel with as well).
- Thieves Oil - I LOVE thieves oil. It is a blend of clove oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil and it is POWERFUL. Thieves oil is anti-viral & anti-bacterial, which is supportive of immune health and an amazing travel companion. I spray down airport bathroom stalls, hotel rooms (doorknobs, toilet seats, remotes, chairs, things that don't get sanitized in the cleaning routine), the trays on planes, the bottom of my shoes before I enter my hotel room (and leave your shoes at the door!), the bottom of my carry-on since I always set it down and the list goes on. I use thieves oil as throat spray or drop oil into tea if I feel a sickness approaching. If I am desperate not to get sick, I fill the hotel sink (or the bath if the room is large) with steamy hot water and add thieves oil to diffuse & steam throughout the air. Relax & inhale. Since I travel so often, staying healthy is extremely important to me. I want to make the most out of my time on the road, so getting a cold or a fever is never an option. Thieves oil goes everywhere with me.
- Lavender Oil - I travel with lavender because I love the smell & find it calming. On long flights, I will inhale it straight from the bottle (and it improves the smell of my personal space if someone has violated it!). I also rub lavender oil on my temples to relax & alleviate a headache (paired with peppermint oil). Lavender oil has powerful antiseptic properties and can be used on wounds to accelerate healing and soothe minor burns, like sunburns.
These are the three oils I bring with me everywhere. From weekend adventure in Ohio to 10 day work assignments in Mexico, I will always carry peppermint oil, thieves oil & lavender oil with me. When I first began researching essential oils, I purchased my oils from Whole Foods. They worked great and I still shop there from time to time. Through some research on purity, Young Living caught my attention & I now purchase my oils through them with a membership discount. I've also has great experiences with Plant Therapy.
Please remember that what I wrote works for me & may not necessarily work for you. If you have skin sensitivities, use a carrier oil when applying any essential oil and always wash your hands after use. If you're interested in learning more about essential oils, here are the books that have helped to educate me:
I want to hear what oils you all travel with & how you use them! Comment below with any travel tips you have, including how you stay healthy on the road. When I was snap chatting with everyone about what to write on next, my friend & awesome lady fox Rae Reed made mention that her oils spill when she travels. I keep mine in my carry-on, so I'm able to minimize the motion, but let her know of any resolution you may have!
Thanks for reading. May your adventures arrive in abundance!