by Kimberly Seymour
Traveling can be fun, rewarding, adventurous, and also make one homesick. Sometimes all you need to really enjoy those extended trips is to have a bit of home comfort with you. The olfactory system, or your sniffer, is linked to memory and emotion. So it makes sense that bringing those scents that remind you of home, comfort, happiness could only make your traveling experience that much more enjoyable.
It is so nice to know that whether you are traveling by plane or road you can have your essential oils and blends with you. They will help you stay healthy, feel grounded and relaxed, or keep your mental focus going strong.
Here are six great recipes to create for your aromatherapy travel kit. They’re small enough to pass airport security guidelines, and they are so easy to make. 10 minutes of blending fun and you’re ready for your trip.
Aloe Hand Cleanser
This cleanser does not contain alcohol, instead we choose aloe vera gel and essential oils. This reduces germs and nourishes your skin at the same time.
1oz Aloe Vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
7 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
6 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
6 drops Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Blend these ingredients in a 1 oz. (30ml) PET plastic bottle—it won’t break if it gets tossed around and is safe to use with diluted essential oils. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach.
Breathe and Be Calm Inhaler
You can use this blend for some respiratory support, it help protects from colds and flu.
5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
6 drops Eucalyptus (E. globulus)
4 drops Orange, Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
7 drops Carrier Oil of your choice (Jojoba, Almond, etc.)
You will place the cotton wick from the Inhaler in a glass bowl. Drop the essential oils unto the wick, then drop the carrier oil over the essential oils. This will slow the evaporation rate of the essential oils. Your inhaler should last about 4-6 weeks. Once you are done place the wick into the inhaler and snap shut.
· A note on Eucalyptus: Globulus should only be used with healthy adults with no lung issues. For children, elderly, or those who have any lung issues Fragonia would be the safest choice.
Floral Cedar Room Spray
Aromatherapy room sprays can make any place you’re staying in feel more like home. Even though you can love staying in new places, it’s important to stay centered and grounded. I recommend making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks.
½oz Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
½oz Distilled Water
3 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini)
1 drop Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
2 drops Cedarwood Virginia (Juniperus virginiana)
Blend the above ingredients into a 1oz PET or glass spray bottle. Shake before each use.
Sweet Sleep Spray
3 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
3 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
5 drops Mandarin green (Citrus reticulata)
2 drops Jasmine sambac (Jasminum sambac)
1oz Distilled water
1oz Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
Blend the above ingredients into a 2oz PET or glass spray bottle. Shake before each use.
Mental Focus Roll-On
This is a good blend to keep you alert and focused.
10ml Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
2 drops Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
1 drop Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
1 drop Fir Siberian (Abies siberica)
2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Roll it on the back of your neck and wrists for stronger focus.
Lavender Lime & Mint Soap
While traveling you may prefer to bring your own soap over the soaps provided by the hotels you stay in. You will know exactly what’s in your bottle of foaming soap, so you will already know your skin will love it!
1 ½ oz. Castle Soap
10 drops Lime, Distilled (Citrus medica)
10 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
If you are using a 2oz foam bottle you will want to leave space at the top of the bottle for the soap pump. If you are using a flip top PET plastic bottle you can use 2oz of Castile Soap.
All you have to do is pour ½ the soap in the bottle, add the oils, add the remainder of the soap, screw on the lid, and shake gently.
Try pairing this recipe with a shower gel, just use a castile body wash base and use the same essential oils. Remember the 2 drops of Peppermint is all you need for this size, because we really don’t need much Peppermint essential oil to have a strong effect.
If you’re going somewhere exotic, you may have fun using oils that are native to the area. Rich resins (such as Frankincense and Myrrh) come from countries in Africa and the Middle East, while you are going snow skiing you might enjoy blending with conifer essential oils. It’s just one more way to connect with a new place.
The great thing about an essential oil is that it can be used in so many ways and one oil can help in many situations. Here are a few ideas for some of the oils listed above:
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
Headaches: Put 3 drops of Lavender into 10ml (1/3oz) of any carrier, lotion, or aloe vera and apply to the temples and back of neck. A travel friendly inhaler may be preassembled for inhalation in the case of a headache or insomnia. Adding 1-2 drops of Peppermint helps for stronger headaches, but not so well for sleeping.
Insomnia: A drop on a cotton ball or tissue tucked into your pillowcase; or a bath (3-6 drops in a handful of bath salts) before retiring will help ease you (or your excited children) into a natural relaxing sleep.
Minor Burns, Mosquito Bug bites: 12 drops of Lavender blended into 1oz aloe vera gel or your favorite carrier. Place this blend on the affected area.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Upset Stomach: inhaling this oil straight from the bottle seems to do the trick. You can also mix 6 drops into 1oz of carrier to use as needed. Rub 1-2 drops on the abdomen.
Congestion: If summer’s pollen cause sinus congestion, diluted Peppermint is a wonderful option for either stuffy noses or sinus headaches. Either inhale the diluted oil to begin to clear a stuffy nose, or blend with some Lavender and gently massage on the forehead, temples, nape of neck and then without using more blend you can gently rub the cheekbones to ease a sinus headache. Using 5 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Lavender.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Scrapes: After washing a scrape, consider a bit of diluted Tea Tree to help keep the abrasion germ free.
Disinfecting: Any sort of skin irritation that shows signs of perhaps becoming infected, whether they are bug bites, cuts or scrapes will benefit from Tea Tree’s antimicrobial properties.
This will provide you with a wonderful start to begin creating your ultimate travel kit, personalized to you and your travel mates. Just remember to always play safe with essential oils, no more than a 1- 2.5% dilution is all that is needed, any higher you should consult a qualified Clinical Aromatherapist to ensure you are within safety guidelines for the issue at hand.