Since January of this year, I have been incorporating essential oils into my daily life and these are the five best essential oils blends I travel with to ensure I’m at the top of my game, whether traveling for business or pleasure.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are naturally occurring, aromatic compounds found in bark, flowers, roots, seeds and in other parts of plants. Essential oils are key for plants to pollinate and assist plants in protecting against environmental threats. They are used by people for physical and emotional well-being either aromatically, topically or internally. When using essential oils, it’s important to use a pure, high-grade form. For instance, if you pick up a bottle of lemon essential oil and it states it cannot be consumed, well, it’s not a pure essential oil. Why do I know this? Because you can eat a lemon and you can consume the essential oil extracted from it. Learn more about essential oils and their uses at Essential Oils Education.
What Are Essential Oils Blends?
Essential oils blends are simply a combination of essential oils to create a blend. Some can be used aromatically, topically and internally but some can only be used aromatically or topically.
Best Essential Oils Blends I Travel With
Digestive Blend – Contains: Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander and Anise essential oils.
A digestive blend is my favorite essential oils blend I travel with. It has brought me great relief and saved me from embarrassment multiple times during my travels. I’m not particularly fond of the taste, it’s like a combination of anise and mint and a bit on the bitter side for my liking, but it does the trick when my tummy is doing flips.
I consume a drop either with about a shot glass amount of water or “straight” (meaning, I place a drop on my finger then into my mouth). Sometimes, I rub a drop on my belly, a practice other essential oils users swear by.
Protective Blend – Contains: Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.
I always travel with a protective blend because traveling can be mentally and physically exhausting. Even when staying in the same time zone, my sleep pattern is usually disrupted and I’m more active than when home because I want experience as much as is possible.
Typically, about one in three trips I end up sick with a cold. Knock wood, I haven’t gotten sick from traveling (or any other way) this year and I have to believe this essential oils blend has been doing it’s job by having a positive impact on my immune system. I carry this in beadlet and liquid form.
Airplanes are notorious for being germ breeding grounds and I pop a couple of protective blend beadlets before and after a flight. If I hear someone sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose, I’ll pop a couple more in flight. Once in my destination and feeling a cold coming on – I’ll mix a drop of the protective essential oil with a shot glass amount of water and I typically feel better within an hour.
Outdoor Blend – Contains: Ylang Ylang Flower, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Arborvitae Wood essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Tamanu Seed Oil.
An outdoor blend is an important essential oils blend I’ve added to my travels especially when knowing I’ll be exploring Mother Nature’s backyard. Whether visiting a 20-acre city park or million-acre national park, it’s important to protect yourself from pesky insects. The CDC has confirmed two mosquitoes carry the Zika virus, with a possible third species, so it’s vital to prevent these pesky insects from ruining your vacation.
Since there currently is not a vaccine for Zika virus, CDC recommends one of the things to protect yourself from mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus is to wear Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent containing an active ingredient of either DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 or Picaridin.
The outdoor blend I use contains oil of lemon eucalyptus but has not been registered by the EPA. I have field tested this insect repellent made with essential oils and I did not receive an insect bite and am confident it will protect me. Mind you, although I’m still of child-bearing age the chances of me becoming pregnant is slim to none these days so please use your best judgment when deciding on using essential oils to protect you from insect bites. I realize the Zika virus, and other mosquito-borne illnesses, can have other effects on adult health. Refer to the CDC website for additional information.
Soothing Blend – Contains: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus
Back in January I painfully injured my shoulder. I don’t specifically know what I did – it was either from carrying my 30 pounds of hand weights with one hand into a hotel so I could exercise in my room; schlepping trade show material from the car, across the parking lot, down a ramp, across a street, up a ramp, escalator then into the show floor while also pushing a dolly with a box of brochures; or, just regular wear and tear. I’m in my mid-40s and have been schlepping trade show material since I was in my late 20s so I suppose after time, something’s gotta give.
Or, the culprit could have been a ride on a Central Florida roller coaster. I’m thinking that was it because it’s so whacky and goofy and I don’t do things with grace.
Whatever the cause, it took several months before I was properly diagnosed (long story, but once the surgeon got inside, it wasn’t the injury I was diagnosed with by two other doctors) and rather than slathering on over the counter smelly pain rubs, I used a soothing blend for pain relief.
Honestly, it didn’t take away the pain 100 percent but it provided significant relief. Winter green essential oil is one of the significant oils in this blend which gives it a familiar scent and tingling sensation without being overpowering. Unlike the over the counter pain relief rubs, the soothing essential oil blend works to repair what’s causing the damage while the processed rubs work on numbing the pain source. What makes sense to you? Healing or numbing? I choose healing!
Massage Blend – Contains: Basil, Grapefruit, Cypress, Marjoram, Peppermint, and Lavender.
Okay, being a single person traveling with a massage blend may seem a little weird. Or kinky. Or sad. Truth is, travel is physically demanding on my muscles, too, and it’s a nice, pampering treat to rub in this massage blend on my shoulders after an intense day of traveling or exploring. The scent is subtle and almost like going to the spa, but easier on the wallet! It’s also nice placing a few drops in a bathtub for a relaxing soak.
These essential oil blends can be applied “straight” or, with the exception of the outdoor blend, combined with a carrier oil as fractured coconut oil. If I don’t have this oil with me (honestly, with TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, flying with liquids is kind of a pain these days. I appreciate their effort to protect our safety but there’s a necessary inconvenience for safety. I do carry my oils in small, dark drams), I’ll add a drop or two to facial lotion or body lotion. (Almost every hotel has lotion. It may not be the best solution but it’s a solution.)
Do you travel with essential oil blends? If so, what are your favorites?
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Note: I am not a medical professional and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am sharing my personal experience, because as a blogger, that’s what I do.
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