Making plans to travel can be inspiring but also a little nerve-wracking.
Some people love the experience of hopping on airplanes, while others find it to be stressful or uncomfortable. Depending on where you’re travelling and the length of your trip, sometimes travel anxiety is hard to avoid.
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, there are a few essential oils that can come in handy to make your trip a little smoother. Essential oils help reduce tension, settle your stomach, overcome jet lag, and enhance your overall travel experience. Here are some of our favorites! Your list may be a little different to accommodate you and your family, which is OK. Use this list as a jumping-off point and bring what YOU need!
1. Lavender Oil
A very fine green floral, sweet herbaceous Organic Lavender Oil- penetrating, clear and fresh. Renowned for its calming, balancing effects on the body and mind; great for skin care preparations. Lavender oil can benefit the skin in numerous ways. The comforting scent of this oil is reputed to have a soothing effect on the body and the mind, helping to encourage rest and quality sleep, especially in hard-to-sleep places, such as airplane seats.
2. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint essential oil can be extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and is used for a variety of purposes. It has a sharp odor that's cool and refreshing, and the taste is similar. Peppermint Oil can help to ease discomfort in the muscles and joints and comfortably reduce the body temperature, making it ideal for use after a tiring day in the heat. Its fragrance is also known to have an uplifting and boosting effect on the mood, especially during tense and demanding experiences.
3. Lemon Oil
Organic Lemon oil is extracted from the skin of the lemon. The essential oil can be diluted and applied directly to the skin or diffused into the air and inhaled. Lemon oil has a fresh and elegant lemon aroma, as well as clear pinene and terpinene aromas. The vibrant scent of lemon oil has even been shown to improve productivity in factory work environments. That being said, it may help you stay productive and alert during exhausting days of travel.
4. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense essential oil is an oil made from resin that comes from the Boswellia tree. It gets its name from the French phrase “franc encens”, which means “high-quality incense”. Organic Frankincense Oil is also commonly used to help relieve nausea or an upset stomach. Great to boost the immunity system, and promote relaxation.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Organic Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. Extremely versatile and great to use for insect bites in tropical regions, The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties. In fact, some people use tea tree oil as a natural hand sanitizer because it has been shown to kill viruses such as the flu, E. coli, and more.
6. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus is a tree that is native to Australia. Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of the tree. The cooling quality of this Essential Oil has a calming effect on the mind as well as on physical aches caused by inflammation, including headaches. The cooling effect is also reputed to boost energy levels, ease pain, and reduce the feeling of fatigue as well as negative sentiments that may be caused by the anxiety of new and prolonged stressful travel-related stressors.
How to Use Essential Oils in Travelling?
Using essential oils for travel seems to bring the wheels of time together in our bodies in a gentle way. Essential oils are especially beneficial to those who suffer from the claustrophobic conditions of public transportation; an overwhelming or frequent conflict between travel companions, unfamiliar stimulus in the immediate surroundings; and panic caused by financial or safety concerns.
Before you travel – add two drops each of Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oil to your bath water. After you arrive at your destination, add two drops of Lavender and Frankincense essential oil to your bath water. If you prefer to shower, put a small amount of nut or vegetable oil in your hand, add the essential oils and rub them into your body.
While traveling can be enjoyable and exciting for some people, it is a common source of stress for others (especially during a global pandemic). The physical and mental effects of travel-related stress may be tough to avoid, but they are manageable.
With the help of these 6 essential oils, you can prepare for a pleasant experience the next time you travel. If you’ve already tried essential oils, share your thoughts with us in the ‘Submit your recipe’ section. We’d love to hear them.