As it’s Essential oils awareness week, I thought I’d share what oils I take with me when I go travelling to remedy some of the things that can become a nuisance during our downtime on vacation.

The oils I use most when travelling are Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Chamomile, Ginger, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Lemongrass and Citronella. Here’s what I use them for.

The Journey

Travelling is supposed to be one of life’s great pleasures. But sometimes our bodies and minds let us down. Particularly when we’re in transit! Travel sickness can sometimes make you wonder why you bothered when really it should be an exciting time full of adventure and exploration.

What I do to eliminate travel sickness is consume peppermint oil. Peppermint oil has a marvellous calming effect that can settle any uneasy traveller.

I use one drop in a cup of hot water, add a little sugar to taste and sip it slowly before setting off on my journey. In doing this, I can enjoy travelling how I should be able to enjoy it.

The Arrival

When we travel to foreign lands we come into contact with bacteria defence. Not only that, but we sleep and wash where strangers slept and washed the night before. When some of the bacteria and viruses people carry with them are so dangerous, why take any chances of picking them up? With killer diseases on the rampage, taking precautions to ensure that we remain healthy and disease free is necessary.

For example, it doesn’t take a minute to wipe the toilet seat (under as well as on top) with a tissue that has a neat drop of thyme essential oil on it. It’s definitely worth it! Don’t forget the door handle and flusher if you’re really concerned about hygiene!

If you are travelling around particularly suspect parts of the globe, you might want to use a few tissues impregnated with thyme, lavender and eucalyptus and travel without a worry about bacteria and viruses.

The Sun

It happens, everyone experiences sunburn from time to time when on vacation. The severity of sunburn may differ from time to time. It could be as severe as blistering and peeling or, it could simply be a feeling of soreness.

But a burn is still a burn and can become a nuisance for anyone and everyone who suffers from it whilst travelling. Fortunately, I found that Lavender is the best essential oil for treating sunburn. Here’s what I found worked best : Firstly, I would recommend filling a sink or bath with cold water and immersing yourself in it as soon as possible for at least ten minutes as it’s crucial to get the heat out of the skin.

Following this I would apply neat Lavender Oil to the burnt area, bearing in mind that one drop will cover quite a large area, therefore it can be easy to over do it. I’d also recommend taking it easy and staying out of the sun as much as possible in the days following your burn so that your body can recover.

Applying after sun is an integral part of anyone’s night time routine whilst on vacation. It hydrates, repairs and revitalises our skin ready for the next day. Here’s what I use and recommend as an after sun oil, feel free to give it a go:

After sun oil

Lavender 10 drops

Chamomile 5 drops

Bergamot 1 drop

Geranium 2 drops

Diluted with 70ml almond oil and 30 ml of sesame oil

*sesame seed oil is a natural sun filter

The heat

Heat exhaustion is not really likely to affect the majority of travellers, but it can so easily become an issue if you don’t take care of your body and mind.

Not drinking enough water or replacing the body salt that is lost when temperature sore into the 100s is dangerous, yet some of us, from time to time fall into this trap.

If you are feeling dizzy, faint and nauseous-and you may not even feel thirsty. But you need to drink! Retire to the shade and drink as much as you can, You should drink at least 3 litres during the day with one teaspoon of salt added to reduce the chance of heat exhaustion.

Feel that’s not enough? Trying to get rid of that headache? Apply neat lavender oil or eucalyptus to the temples back of the neck and solar plexus and breathe deeply to reduce heat exhaustion.

Tummy trouble

Diarrhoea. It gets the best of all of us from time to time. In its mild form only last up to 48 hrs, but those 48 hours can feel like an eternity and often spoil part of your vacation.

The main danger of it is dehydration, therefore you should compensate your body by drinking extra fluids. Women should also remember that diarrhoea reduces the body’s ability to absorb the birth control pill and should therefore be more careful with personal endeavours whilst suffering from a poorly stomach.

Fear not though, of course there is an oil that can help ease the suffering cause from tummy trouble. Lemon essential oil will help to purify the water that you should wash all fruit and vegetables in. After each bowel movement, drink the dehydration blend. Don’t think about cutting out sugar, it is there to promote the absorption of the salt.

Below are the ratios I’ve found help with Diarrhoea:

1 Litre of bottled water

8 teaspoons of sugar

½ teaspoon of salt

8 drops of lemon essential oils

 

The little things that bite

So you’re on holiday, you’ve dressed up to enjoy the evening with loved ones, you have no worries in the world. That is of course until you wake up in the morning covered in painful mosquito bites. Does that sound familiar? Well before going out in the evening, put on some oil based body rub to reduce the chance of getting bitten. If you are prone to be bitten, the simple solution is to prepare in advance, a vegetable oil to which you add Lavender.

30ml vegetable oil

30 drops of Lavender oil.

This amount to oil will last you the whole holiday.

Hopefully, with these oils, you’ll be able to enjoy your vacations much more and avoid all the nuisances we face when on vacation.

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