Any travel is always an adventure. It can also be a stressful and tiring experience, making you not feel your best upon arrival at the destination. This is especially true when traveling long distances by airplane. However, road trips can also produce stress; but, there is good news! Essential oils can help you get back to enjoying time on the road and have a productive trip or relaxing vacation.
Circadian rhythms – our internal “biological clock” that determines sleeping and eating patterns – are accustomed to our usual environment. When traveling to a different zone, it can mess with our internal clock. Our body says it’s time to sleep in the middle of the afternoon, or we don’t feel sleepy at midnight. We call this disoriented state “jet lag.”
Travel with Essential Oils
You can fight jet lag by staying hydrated during the trip. It is also best to drink plenty of water and get enough rest before you travel. Once you arrive at your destination, get a full night’s sleep will help you recover. Essential oils can also help you adjust. Make a personal blend of favorite, refreshing oils before the trip can help. Here’s a good blend to try:
Revitalizing Spray Ingredients
- 8 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil
- 8 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
- Place the essential oils in a two-ounce glass spray bottle.
- Add water to create the desired dilution.
You can also create a 10-mL roller bottle of this same blend by switching out the water for Fractionated Coconut Oil.
To use, close your eyes and spray on your face. You can also spray in your hands, rub your palms together, then cup over your nose and mouth. Breathe in deeply.
Tips for Traveling with Essential Oils
We know you want to take your oils with you when you travel. Here are some travel tips for whatever mode of transportation you use.
Guidelines for Air Travel
- If you’re traveling with only a carry-on bag, you can still take your oils with you (15 mL is way below the TSA limit of 3 oz.). However, you can only bring as many as will fit in a quart-size bag. You can pack as many of your oils as you like in your checked luggage. To be safe, place the bottles in sealed plastic baggies to avoid spills.
- Be a courteous traveler and do not open your essential oils while on the airplane. Essential oils have potent scents that some may find irritating. Apply essential oils before boarding your plane. If you are a nervous traveler, apply your calming oils (Lavender, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile and such) in the restroom before going to the gate. You can also put a small amount on a tissue or a terracotta pendant.
Travel by Car with Essential Oils
Place a small carrying case in the car with your most-used oils in 5/8-dram vials (sample-size bottles) in the glove compartment, or in a seat pocket. This makes it easy access to your most-used oils while you’re on the road and convenient to carry everywhere.
- When you feel sleepy, put some Peppermint on a cotton ball and put by the car’s air vents (use a clothespin to hold in place). For an extra boost, pull off the road and place a drop of Wild Orange and a drop of Peppermint in your palm. Rub your hands together and place them over your nose and inhale deeply. Get out of the car and stretch for 5-minutes. Have the riders in the car do the same with the oils and stretching. Anytime the driver begins feeling tired it is always a good idea to stop driving and take a break.
- For the occasional motion sickness, try using DigestZen, Ginger, or Peppermint to calm the stomach.
General Travel Tips
Here is our basic list of essential oils and blends every traveler should carry with them for general comfort and little emergencies that may occur while on the road.
- DigestZen is an important oil to keep your digestive system on track while traveling.
- Balance is perfect for stressful travel moments, such as getting on the airport and through security on time. It can also help for when someone in the back seat asks, “Are we there yet?”
- On Guard helps support the immune system and keep it strong while traveling.
- On Guard Sanitizing Mist cleans hands by eliminating bacteria and other germs on the skin.
- Deep Blue is great for sore muscles after a long car or plane ride.
- Lavender will help you relax and get to sleep in a strange bed in a different city.
- Melaleuca to help with any of the bumps and scrapes you may get while on the road.
- TerraShield for those vacations (or business trips) that take you to places where insects bite.