Happy Monday, friends!
I hope you had a lovely weekend? Despite the rainy weather, we enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing weekend at the beach. We devoured plenty of warm, comforting food and watched a handful of family movies. I even stayed in bed until 10am one morning, which for me, is unheard of.
I of course, filled a small zip-bag with essential oils to take away with me, and I thought you might be interested in hearing which ones I love to to travel with.
Here's my selection below, along with some handy tips and ideas.
A wonderful pick me up, combine a few drops of peppermint essential oil and lemon oil in your palms, rub together, then take a few deep inhalations to wake up your senses and uplift your mood. Peppermint also has a cooling effect on your mood if feeling angry or frustrated, and so I find this one handy for when the kids have cabin fever, or when we've been cooped up in the car on a long journey.
My husband also uses peppermint oil to help relieve headaches and tension in the neck, by massaging a drop or two on to pressure points - the temples, behind the ears and base of the neck.
This versatile oil also helps to relieve fevers, nausea and vomiting for those who might be feeling under the weather. Place a cup of hot water in to a bowl, add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil, then dampen a cloth in the solution. Apply to the forehead, base of the neck, or on the stomach area for gentle relief.
Best known for it's cleansing qualities, this wonderful oil is fantastic for purifying the air, promoting healthy immune systems, and is also fantastic for cooling sunburn, when you've spent a little too much time at the beach. Use topically by diluting with fractionated coconut oil, and apply to the specific area.
Tea tree is also fabulous at naturally repelling bugs. Place 15-20 drops in a spray bottle, and keep handy during balmy, summer evenings.
With it's unique, exotic aroma, Vetiver is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on the emotions, and is wonderful massaged on the feet along with lavender to promote a restful sleep.
Vetiver is also exquisite blended with lavender, frankincense and any of the citrus oils in the diffuser, or as an all-natural perfume.
LavenderLavender is a beautiful all-rounder with a wide range of applications, which is why it's most essential in my travel kit. I'll often find it hard to sleep when I'm in a new bed, and lavender helps me fall in to a more peaceful slumber. I also find it comes in handy for over-excited kids who refuse to hit the sack. I'll gently rub it on to their feet before bed, whilst they giggle away.
Lavender is also great for the skin and can help assist the healing of burns and cuts. I also find that lavender helps to reduce itchiness from insect bites eczema - I say this from personal experience with my two older children.
Frankincense is my favourite of all the oils, and I use it daily for overall emotional and physical health. This sacred oil can naturally promote feelings of calm and peace when used aromatically in a diffuser, or you could pop a few drops in to a roller blend diluted with fractionated coconut oil, and apply to your pressure points when needed. It's also known to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, and help with anti-aging, which is why I use it in my daily skincare routine - see my recipe for glowing skin serum here.
Frankincense can help also help alleviate feelings of stress, tension and fatigue and is a wonderfull for supporting your immune system. When in doubt, I'll always reach for Frank.
This powerful protective blend is my go-to essential oil for keeping our immune systems healthy, and I love to keep it on hand at all times just in case of any seasonal threats. It's also fantastic to use on the plane, to help ensure you don't catch any bugs floating around.
This harmoniously blend is both invigorating and uplifting to the mood, and smells unlike anything you've experienced before. In this little bottle of magic you'll find wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine and clementine, with a blissful hint of Vanilla. Simply inhale for a quick boost, or make up a spray bottle for the most glorious-smelling environment.
This digestive blend is designed to help support the digestion of food, soothe upset stomachs, and help reduce bloating. We'll often eat out when on holiday, and you can imagine how this one comes in handy when I've eaten something I'm not used to. It's also great for helping feelings of motion sickness. Simply massage on to the stomach or pressure points before flying, driving or going out to sea as a calming preventive.
Two last tips:
You might like to pack some extra carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil) for easy dilution before applying oils to the skin. Alternatively, you could make up pre-blended roller bottles that you can grab easily. See my guide for how to make roller blends here.
A few empty spray bottles can also come in super handy to make a spritz with your oils as needed.