How to Use Essential Oils for Healthy Travels

Essential oils are my magic potions.  They are my go-to remedies for anything from bug bites to cold and flu, from cleaning to a great-smelling home.  I also have my travel pack with the most essential oils that help me stay healthy while on the road.

It wasn’t always the case. During most of my international travels I have gotten sick by the time I reached a destination.  It usually happened on long flights, when I was traveling across the Atlantic, from the US to Europe.  Though I usually didn’t let it stop me, it did slow me down and on occasion. Once I even missed out on meeting up with an old friend because I was too sick to talk to anyone.

Learning About Essential Oils
A few years ago, I discovered essential oils. I am a reader so of course, the first thing I did I bought a book about them.  Although I can find any information on the web these days, I need to have a physical book for reference.
 
I learned about the oils and their uses from the book.
 
At first I only used them in a vaporizer to freshen up the smell in the house or to help me relax before bedtime.  I have a vaporizer in everyone’s bedroom. I like to use lavender in mine every night.
 
When anyone from the family shows the first signs of getting congested, I use eucalyptus oil.  It always helps. An idea to do this during travels?

 

Use an Inhaler as Decongestant during Travels

Use the eucalyptus in an inhaler.  Better yet, I found that a combination of eucalyptus and peppermint works faster.  Now I made a few for everyone and I carry one with me everywhere I go.   Flu and cold season is upon us.

To make the inhaler, add a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to the bottom of an inhaler.  I found that 4 drops of eucalyptus and 4 drops of peppermint work great. Put it together and use it any time you feel congested.  It should last about two months.

Natural Headache Remedy Using Essential Oils

I get headaches very often, especially when I travel.  Because of this, one of my main combinations, one that I use every day, is a headache remedy. It works every time, especially if I apply it as soon as I feel a headache coming on.  My friend used it once as well when we were out together and we both experienced the onset of a headache.  The culprit was a very strong smell in closed quarters at a zoo.  My remedy worked for both of us.

I made two different ones, to see which ones works better. As carrier oil, I used grapeseed oil, as usual. I mixed it all in a roller bottle (you can buy a set here).

I learned the combinations from my books: DYI Aromatherapy, published by Rockridge Press Berkeley, California, with a Foreword by Lea Harris, certified clinical aromatherapist.
 
At the onset of a headache, I roll the blend on my forehead, on the back of my head at he hairline and behind my ears.
Keep the Germs at Bay During Long Flights

During our travels, we inevitable get exposed to germs.  Especially if we fly.  I don’t remember a flight anywhere when I didn’t hear at least one person in my vicinity coughing.

But my family loves to travel, we don’t mind flying.  I usually get everyone lots of Vitamin C before air travels, to get our immune systems in top shape.  It works most of the time.

With the essential oils, I have another options.  The newest one I learned from Andrea Butje’s Aromahead blog.  She shows us how  to make an inhaler with germ-fighting essential oils, here.

I made one for my upcoming travel to Europe.  I’ll let you know how it works.

Travelers and Essential Oils – The Story of Thieves’ Oil
You know how I always say that traveling makes us smarter, teaches us a lot? Turns out that travelers were the first ones to use essential oils to fight germs with success.
 
Some of the first travelers were merchants by default.  How else would they be able to wander the world, and still be able to survive? 
 
Back in the 1400s the black plague decimated the population of Europe. The dreaded disease was killing thousands and the physicians of the day had no way to stop it.  
 
Merchants had no way to make a living. No one had the means to trade or buy goods. So they resorted to other means of living.
 
No one noticed what happend to them, or where they went. But officials noticed that a band of thieves was robbing plague victims. How did they do it? How did they not get sick? No one could figure it out. The plague was so contagious that anyone even close to a victim would get sick and die.  
 
The thieves were finally caught. Though they got sentenced to be hanged, the judge offered them a deal. They could walk free in exchange for their secret. How did they stay alive and healthy around plague victims?
 
Of course, the thieves took the deal, who wouldn’t? 
 
As it turned out, they were merchants, spice and perfume traders, who often walked the Silk Road.  By trading essential oils, they understood their properties. So they figured out a  combination that would keep them safe from the dreaded disease.  
 
Of course, they shared the recipe in exchange for their lives.  They might have shared it anyway.  Centuries later it became the base of what is today known as Thieves’ oil in aromatherapy.

 

 

Using the Thieves Oil Formula for Travel
The whole story might be fiction, or a legend, where only some of the facts are true.  
 
Whicever way it came to be, the combination known as thieves’ oil works like magic for killing all kind of germs.
 
I use the formula to make my household cleaner (it not only works better, but kills more germs that Lysol – and it smells great!). I also make a germ-fighting “magic potion” that I always rub on our feet at the first sign of us getting sick. It works. I tried it, both with my kids and myself.  If used right away, we don’t even get sick, or if I use it “too late” the flu or cold that gets us, is gone in two-three days the most.
 
But I’m talking about travel, right? I have a roller bottle I filled with a combination of Thieves’ Oil and a carrier, like grapeseed oil.  I take it everywhere we go.
 
You can buy pre-mixed Thieves oil, or you can make your own.  If you are new to essential oils, buy a pre-made mix.  I buy my essential oils from Plant Therapy, but there are many reputable companies you can use.  Do you research, we all have different preferences. 
 
If you want to make your own, you can find the formula in any aromatherapy book or on the blog of most companies. Make sure you get it from a certified aromatherapist. You’ll need clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils to make it. 

 

My Stay-Healthy Packing List for Travel

My travel packing includes a few essential oil blends.  Since I store them in bottles of 10ml or less or inhalers, I don’t have an issue with any of them when flying. Here’s my list:

  1. ten-ounce roller bottle of essential oil headache remedy
  2. one germ-fighting inhaler
  3. one decongestant inhaler
  4. ten-ounce roller bottle of antibacterial “magic potion” aka Thieves’ oil