Best Aromatherapy Tips for Travel

April 28, 2017

Best Aromatherapy Tips for Travel

Best Aromatherapy Tips for Travel

Implementing aromatherapy practices at home can be immensely beneficial to your mood and physical well-being. But did you know that there are also many ways to take aromatherapy with you on the road?

Being away from home does not mean you have to abandon your ideal, holistic approaches to well-being. Thanks to the inherently mobile nature of essential oils – they are stored in small, portable bottles, and can be applied to many different surfaces – there are a number of ways to make the most of aromatherapy while you’re away from home. Here are our favorite, practical ways to use aromatherapy while traveling.

  1. Diffuse in the car. You may already have been using an aromatherapy diffuser in your house or apartment, but did you know that you can accomplish the same thing in your car? It’s the perfect way to keep your vehicle smelling fresh during a road trip, without resorting to the synthetic chemicals found in gas station air fresheners. Add a few drops of an essential oil to a car diffuser, which simply plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter or other power receptacle.
  1. Be mindful of your carry-on. While the TSA does limit the amount of liquid per container that you can bring on a plane (3.4 ounces), it does not limit the number of containers! As long as you can fit them in one quart-size plastic bag, feel free to bring your tightly-sealed essential oils on the plane with you. Since undiluted essential oils are highly flammable, it’s not recommended to pack them in your checked bag – they may not do well with the extreme heat under the plane.
  1. Sanitize. Traveling to different places is exciting, but you don’t always know what germs you’re going to encounter. Combine four drops of a few essential oils – tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and ravensara – with three ounces of aloe vera gel or jojoba oil and voila, you have a terrific, all-natural hand sanitizer!
  1. Combat jet lag. Jet lag is something that commonly plagues all of us, but if you’re travelling overseas, you want to be sure to make the most of your time away. Depending on which time zone you’re traveling to, you’ll want to use eucalyptus or rosemary to stay awake, or lavender or chamomile to help you get some sleep.
  1. Freshen up an unfamiliar room. Whether you’re staying in a hotel, rented camper or Airbnb, there’s a big possibility that the room could use some freshening up. Place a cotton ball with a few drops of an essential oil on an air conditioner or air vent (clip it, if you have to), and the entire room will quickly start smelling fresh!
  1. Fight off motion sickness. Motion sickness in a car, plane, or boat can be severely unpleasant, and we can’t really control whether or not we experience it. Thankfully, ginger or peppermint oil are great for combatting the effects of motion sickness. Wear one of them in a diffuser necklace to consistently inhale the scent throughout the day and help your body relax.
  1. Treat sunburn and bug bites. While Vitamin D is great for your health, the sun’s rays can be extremely harmful to our skin. If you’re traveling in the sun, especially somewhere closer to the equator, be sure to always wear sunscreen while you’re outside. If you still get an unfortunate sunburn, you can provide some soothing relief by combining aloe vera or coconut oil with a few drops of lavender and rubbing it onto the affected area. Bug bites can also be treated using aromatherapy methods; simply relieve one using a drop of tea tree or lavender oil, two oils that are gentle enough to be directly applied to the skin (in small quantities, of course).
  1. Naturally repel bugs. Of course, preventing bug bites in the first place is the best way to go. Insect repellent sold in stores, however, is often loaded with toxic chemicals – they may be almost as harmful to you as they are to the bugs! Next time you’re out in nature, trade the deet for a small spray bottle of homemade aromatherapy bug repellent. Mix equal parts eucalyptus, citriodora, lemongrass, and cedarwood with a couple tablespoons of soybean oil for a great, all-natural bug repellent.

With so many different uses, we hope you’re starting to see the many benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy. They can provide wholesome, natural solutions for practical, everyday applications, and are often just as convenient to use as their synthetic counterparts.

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