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"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
As an experienced traveller, I find my aromatherapy "lotions and potions" invaluable when I am away from home. As the world becomes a smaller place and we travel further away from home and our familiar surroundings, we look for ways to take our "home" with us in effort to make ourselves feel more at ease in an unfamiliar situation. But you don't have to travel to the other side of the world to benefit from aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can now be diffused into your car via plug-in diffusers, or simply by putting some potpourri in the ash tray, meaning your trip to the grocery store is a more pleasant affair, even if you are stuck in traffic!
Aromatherapy Blends for Travel
"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow."
Everyone likes to have their favorite things when they are traveling - this can simply be your regular skincare regime, a favorite book or even a teddy bear for the children (my youngest niece used to not be able to go anywhere without "rabbit" in tow); so taking some familiar essential oil blends with you to combat some of the more unpleasant "unfamiliars" is good advice.
Aromatherapy for travel can not only be used to help adults but children can benefit from aromatherapy with a number of common problems from travel sickness to mosquito bites. A little goes a long way, especially with children, so if you are blending essential oils for children, pay attention to the associated cautions.
Knowing which essential oils to take with you when traveling is often a matter of personal preference or those which you have "tried and tested." Don't be tempted to take essential oils or blends with you that you are unfamiliar with, or haven't used before, as the time for testing is not when you are far from home.
Essential Oils for Travel
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
These are a few of the more common essential oils that help deal with some familiar problems of traveling. They can be blended together in a base lotion such as white lotion or a massage oil. You can also inhale them directly from the essential oil bottle.
Aromatherapy Blends for Travel Sickness
Traveling is meant to be fun and an adventure, but for those of us who suffer from travel sickness, in the car, plane or boat, it can become a miserable time.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and ginger (Zingiber offinale) are two of the most common and carminative essential oils for calming the digestive system and easing sickness. Others include fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and cardomon (Elettaria cardamomum).
Aromatherapy Blends for Jet Lag
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) essential oil is helpful to combat jet lag on long haul flights. Lemon (Citrus limon) is another uplifting essential oil to help with long journeys such as flying or a long drive. It can also help to calm the digestion system, as well as helping you feel more alert on arrival. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is also a good uplifting essential oil to revive the weary when traveling.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is a useful essential oil to put your body clock in rhythm with the local time. Use before going to bed, in a blend with lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), for a good night's rest.
Aromatherapy Blends for Vacation Health Problems
If you are traveling to a hotter climate, little annoying things such as biting bugs and insects can ruin your vacation. I have found a combination of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), blended together in a lotion base, is effective - either before or after bites! It has also helped my youngest niece too!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is always a useful essential oil to have when traveling. From "calming the nerves" both before and during the journey to helping combat sun burn and nausea, lavender essential oil should an essential oil that all travelers should carry. It can also be used to help heal bites and stings and is one of the few essential oils which can be used undiluted on the skin (however, know what you are doing before trying this).
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is an excellent essential oil to help with toothache, irritability and bumps and bites. It is also a gentle essential oil to use with children.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Smithii) is a useful essential oil for travelers too as it has invigorating and virus-combating properties.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an antiseptic essential oil that helps with hand sanitization, burns, rashes, bites and coughs and colds when traveling.
Aromatherapy for Your Hotel Room
Making your home away from home couldn't be easier with the addition of aromatherapy candles or scent sprays. Take a shower or a bath with some aromatherapy bath blends and soap too! Don’t forget to take your "regular" aromatherapy products such as foot and hand lotions, shampoo and spritzer sprays for your essential every day needs…
Copyright © Sharon Falsetto 2008 All rights reserved
- Author's own experience
- Worwood, Valerie Ann, 1991, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy USA: New World Library
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Aromatherapy for Travel