Essential Oils For Your Holiday Travel
One of the great things about aromatherapy is that you can use essential oils for many of the problems that come up at holiday time when you are travelling.
And the good news is that they take up far less room in your suitcase than regular medications.
So if you or a family member is likely to suffer from travel sickness, jet lag, stomach upsets, sun burn, or insect bites, you might find the following oils and tips really useful. Wherever you are traveling this summer, make sure you don’t leave home without your essential oil travel kit!
Holidays are a time that we all look forward to, a time when we can relax and unwind from the stresses of our everyday lives. However, holidays usually involve some form of travel which often raises the chances of health issues. Minor health problems can be helped by aromatherapy because several essential oils have therapeutic properties that can help to relieve the symptoms of various everyday travel ailments. Common travel problems such as sickness, insect bites and sun burn can all be effectively treated with the use of the correct oils.
Essential oils for jet lag
Jet lag is a modern day travel inconvenience that normally occurs after a long haul flight. Your body clock becomes unsynchronized because of traveling across various time zones, so you need to try to re-synchronize your body clock after arriving at your destination. Grapefruit essential oil is useful oil to have in your baggage to do this since it can help you maintain your focus and stay alert while adjusting to the different time zone.
You can also use lavender and geranium oils to help you to relax and unwind before going to bed. The normalizing action of geranium essential oil helps to restore the body’s natural sleep pattern, and blended together with ginger, ylang ylang or grapefruit in a relaxing bath makes a very effective synergy for jet lag.
If your hotel room doesn’t have a bath simply use your essential oils in the shower, make a footbath, or vaporize them instead. You can also blend these oils in a base lotion to take with you to your destination, and simply apply before going to bed. Be sure to include peppermint essential oil in your travel kit so that you can use it in the morning to help you to wake up and stimulate your mind once again!
Essential oils for travel sickness
Travel sickness is a common complaint for many and it can be experienced in cars, boats, planes or any other form of transport that involves motion! Peppermint and ginger oils are the favorites for helping to relieve the symptoms of travel sickness. Use ginger to help relieve the symptoms of sea sickness and nausea. Recent research has proven that ginger essential oil was effective for relieving post-operative nausea, reaffirming what aromatherapists have been saying all along.
The best way to use these oils is to inhale them from a tissue. Place 3 drops of ginger and 1 drop of peppermint on a tissue and slowly inhale to help clear your head and settle your tummy. Ginger is without doubt the best essential oil for any form of travel sickness, and together with peppermint it makes a really effective remedy for this miserable condition.
You could also blend these essential oils in a carrier oil or carrier lotion base before leaving home, and whichever you choose can be massaged onto the abdomen area for quick relief.
Essential oils for stomach upsets
Due to the different foods and a change in the drinking water some people occasionally suffer from a stomach upset whilst on holiday. Although these upsets are usually not serious, check with a local doctor if the symptoms do not improve within a couple of days.
Once again you can use your peppermint or ginger oils to relieve the symptoms of this type of stomach upset. Just add the essential oil of your choice to a carrier lotion base or carrier oil and massage over the abdomen area in a clockwise direction.
Essential oils for insect bites
Insect bites tend to occur the most in tropical and sub-tropical countries, and the biggest offender is usually the mosquito. However, even non-tropical places can have annoying gnats and flies that bite too. Choose insect-repelling oils such as citronella, cedarwood atlas, catnip, lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora), lemongrass, or pine to prevent insect bites and keep the little critters at a distance. Add any of these essential oils to a carrier oil or to a simple water-based spray. You can read more about citronella essential oil in our profile here.
If you need to soothe an insect bite, chamomile roman, lavender and tea tree oils can help. Lavender can be used both as an insect repellant or an after-bite soother. One drop of neat lavender or tea tree oil on the bite will bring relief and speed up the healing, or in the case of bee or wasp stings, remove the sting and apply a cold compress of roman chamomile oil. Repeat the compress several times until the pain subsides.
Only ever use a couple of drops of roman chamomile, lavender or tea tree essential oils neat on the skin in an emergency, and for continuing relief combine one or more of these essential oils in an aloe vera gel base since this amazing plant has its own healing and soothing properties. Alternatively you can add the oils to a carrier lotion base and massage over the affected area.
Essential oils for sunburn and burns
If you travel to somewhere hot and sunny for your holidays, you will most likely, at some point during the holiday, suffer from too much sun. Sunburn inflames the skin and causes redness and soreness, and it not only can look unsightly but it can be very painful too. Even if you take the right precautions and protect yourself against intense heat and sun with sunscreen products, you can still get caught out, if you are not used to spending a lot of time in the hot sun. See our article about how to avoid sun-damaged skin for more about this.
Soothe mild sunburn in a cool bath containing 5 drops of lavender essential oil and just 1 drop of peppermint, since this will help to soothe and cool your skin down. Then make a blend of lavender, roman chamomile, and peppermint oils added to an aloe vera gel or carrier lotion base. Nothing beats the soothing power of aloe vera on sunburned skin, and the added essential oils really can cool, soothe, and heal at the same time. Simply massage a small amount of your blend gently into the affected areas.
An aloe vera gel containing essential oils can also be used to help accidental burns from campfires etc. Lavender and roman chamomile have always been the go-to oils, but many people successfully use frankincense essential oil for burns too. Don’t be tempted to use peppermint oil on burns though, since the oil can irritate already broken/damaged skin.
Hand luggage restrictions
Ensure you check with your airline as to the specific allowances for carrying liquids in hand luggage before checking in, otherwise you might need to pack your essential oils and aromatherapy blends into your checked-in luggage.
Just make sure you have essential oils handy to enjoy your holiday, free from minor ailments!
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2015. Written by Geoff Lyth