Vacation Time with Essential Oils

VacationIt’s vacation time and your bags are packed and you’re ready to leave. Hopefully you’ve remembered to take along a few essential oils to make your holiday even more pleasant.

When traveling by car consider making up a mister with essential oils. In fact I make up misters to keep the car smelling fresh all the time. Fill up a small spray bottle with 90ml (3 oz) distilled water or hydrosol, then add 60 drops of your special essential oil blend. For those prone to travel sickness/nausea consider adding some peppermint to the blend. See More Summer Blends for suggestions.

When you arrive at your destination have a mister spray to freshen up your hotel bedroom. Make up as described above and add 60 drops of your favourite blend or see the blends below.

If you have traveled over time zones you might be faced with Jet lag. To counteract this you can add essential oils to your morning and evening bath. Grapefruit in the morning is a wonderful pick me up and will get you going in the morning. In the evening add roman chamomile or lavender (or a blend of the two) to your bath to help you sleep peacefully through the night.

To keep those pesky insects away you can make up a mister to spray into the air or add your blend of essential oils to carrier oil (sweet almond etc) or a body cream to use topically. If you are spraying the blend into the air you can use 60 drops of your blend in 90ml (3ozs) of distilled water and if you are applying it topically to your skin you need to dilute the blend down to 15 drops in 30ml (1oz) of carrier or 45 drops in 90ml (3 ozs). Make up your own favourite blend of insect repellent essential oils or see the Summer Blends below.

While spending all this time outside having fun I do hope that you will use lots of sunscreen, however, if you do end up suffering from sunburn, lavender hydrosol can be very helpful in soothing red, sunburned skin. Just dab on carefully over the burned areas.

Essential oils in a Basic Holiday Care Kit could include:

ChamomileBruises, bumps, digestive complaints, insect bites, jet lag, skin rashes
Eucalyptus CitriodoraMosquito repellent
Eucalyptus Globulus, Smithii or RadiataColds, fever, insect bites, swelling
GeraniumBlisters, bruises, jet lag, mosquito repellent
GrapefruitJet lag
LavenderBruises, bumps, fever, headaches, insect bites, insect repellent, jet lag, sunburn, swelling
PeppermintDigestive complaints, fever, headaches, indigestion, insect repellent, jet lag, muscular aches and pains, nausea, travel sickness
RosemaryMental fatigue, headaches, insect repellent, aids memory, muscular aches and pains
Tea TreeCuts & wounds, insect repellent, cold sores, anti-infectious, anti-funga

Summer Blends

Alert DrivingTravel SicknessHotel RefreshnerInsect Repellent
6 drops of Bergamot4 drops of Eucalyptus4 drops of Geranium4 drops of Eucalyptus Citriodora
4 drops of Lemon6 drops of Lemon6 drops of Lemon6 drops of Geranium
5 drops of Rosemary4 drops of Peppermint5 drops of Mandarin4 drops of Rosemary
Cooling BlendSunburn BlendPesky Bug BlendRelaxing Blend
2 drops of Clary Sage4 drops of Lavender2 drops of Basil2 drops of Rose
4 drops of Geranium1 drop of Peppermint2 drop of Lemongrass1 drop of Neroli
1 drop of Peppermint1 drop of R. Chamomile2 drops of Patchouli1 drop of Clary Sage
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