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.  Remember that essential oils do not dissolve in water so add an equal number of drops of emulsifier, or if you don’t have an emulsifier add an equal number of drops of liquid soap to disperse the essential oil droplets through the water.

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:

Chamomile Bruises, bumps, digestive complaints, insect bites, jet lag, skin rashes
Eucalyptus Citriodora Mosquito repellent
Eucalyptus Globulus, Smithii or Radiata Colds, fever, insect bites, swelling
Geranium Blisters, bruises, jet lag, mosquito repellent
Grapefruit Jet lag
Lavender Bruises, bumps, fever, headaches, insect bites, insect repellent, jet lag, sunburn, swelling
Peppermint Digestive complaints, fever, headaches, indigestion, insect repellent, jet lag, muscular aches and pains, nausea, travel sickness
Rosemary Mental fatigue, headaches, insect repellent, aids memory, muscular aches and pains
Tea Tree Cuts & wounds, insect repellent, cold sores, anti-infectious, anti-fungal

Summer Blends

Alert Driving Travel Sickness Hotel Refreshner Insect Repellent
6 drops of Bergamot 4 drops of Eucalyptus 4 drops of Geranium 4 drops of Eucalyptus Citriodora
4 drops of Lemon 6 drops of Lemon 6 drops of Lemon 6 drops of Geranium
5 drops of Rosemary 4 drops of Peppermint 5 drops of Mandarin 4 drops of Rosemary
Cooling Blend Sunburn Blend Pesky Bug Blend Relaxing Blend
2 drops of Clary Sage 4 drops of Lavender 2 drops of Basil 2 drops of Rose
4 drops of Geranium 1 drop of Peppermint 2 drop of Lemongrass 1 drop of Neroli
1 drop of Peppermint 1 drop of R. Chamomile 2 drops of Patchouli 1 drop of Clary Sage