An Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit is helpful to pack on a trip because it is small and easy to use. Once you get all the items of your kit together, it can be useful for all kinds of ailments, from bug bites to insomnia. Plus, the kit is certainly handy to have at home as well! Below is a list of what to include in your Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit, along with some easy on the go recipes for various situations.
Apply aloe gel to a sunburn. Avoid on wounds. Avoid during pregnancy and with very small children; for a severe sunburn, see a Doctor. Discontinue if irritation occurs. Or, if you have a blender and some ice handy, try this quick aloe slushy recipe to apply on a burn.
This bug repelling essential oil blend should be applied more often than a commercial bug spray, but is a natural alternative that does not contain toxic DEET. The essential oils could be mixed with either a carrier oil to make a rub or witch hazel to make a spray. So pull out your Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit and give this recipe a try.
In 2 ounces of jojoba oil, add 8 drops each of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils. Shake well. Skin patch test a small area before applying all over the body. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Not for very young children or pregnant ladies. For children over 3, dilute with more carrier oil based on weight. For a 75 pound child, use the same amount of essential oil in twice as much (4 ounces) of carrier oil.
Here are a few more complex bug repelling recipes to make ahead of time and bring along for your trip:
There are a variety of things that can make us itch, like bug bites, poison ivy, and allergic reactions. Try making one of these two recipes from the items in your Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit when itching happens:
Lavender has shown in multiple research studies to help reduce insomnia and stress. For lavender aromatherapy, place 5 drops of lavender essential oil on a cloth and wave the cloth around the room. Or, put that cloth inside or near the pillow case, avoiding direct contact with skin. You could also mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 ounce of jojoba oil and make a massage oil to rub on the body. For children, dilute at a greater amount, proportional to adult body weight. Discontinue use with any topical irritation.
Also, if you happened to pack a few bags of chamomile tea in your Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit, brew some up. Chamomile has shown in multiple studies to help with insomnia! Here is how to make chamomile tea from fresh or dried chamomile.
If your travel plans include a lot of physical exercise and bag hauling that you are not used to, muscles can get achy! Try mixing 8 drops of peppermint essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 ounce of jojoba oil to make a massage blend for the sore area. Shake well. Skin patch test a small area before applying all over the body. Not for very young children or pregnant ladies. For children over 3, dilute with more carrier oil based on weight. For a 75 pound child, use the same amount of essential oil in twice as much (2 ounces) of carrier oil.
Headaches can occur for a number of reasons: stress, tension, congestion, hormones…
Does your cabin or hotel room look a little sketchy. Essential oils have shown in research to have a variety of antimicrobial potential against various pathogens. Spray down the door knobs, handles, and countertops with a blend of essential oils for synergistic effectiveness against multiple organisms. Pull out your Essential Oil and Herb Travel Kit and give this recipe a try. In a spray bottle, mix 10 drops each of your three essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint) with 2 ounces of witch hazel or vodka and two ounces of water. If handy, add a pea sized squirt of any kind of liquid soap or shampoo. Shake and spray as a general all purpose cleaner. Remember that pets and small children may be sensitive to the aromas, so offer proper ventilation and avoid spraying in their close proximity.
Decadent eating, high altitudes, illness, and too much motion can all cause indigestion. Ginger, aloe, and peppermint have been used as age old remedies to help with digestive complaints. Here are a few ideas.
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It can be troublesome to travel with congestion. Inhaling peppermint and eucalyptus aromas can help reduce respiratory complaints, although they may not be appropriate for very small children, those pregnant, and those with asthma. Here are a few ideas for reducing congestion:
Hydration is important when exercising outside and sometimes water alone isn’t enough. Some electrolyte drinks you buy at the store can be loaded with sugar. Coconut water is an excellent choice over sugared, colored electrolyte drinks, but not always easy to travel with on a plane. So, I prefer to bring my own electrolyte powders that are light, healthy, and easy to pack in my Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit. Brands can include: Zipfizz, Vega Sport, and Nuun. Just mix with water. But if you have easy access to coconut water, it is a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and phosphorus.
Nobody wants to get sick while traveling. Crowded areas and enclosed plains or busses are two places where we are especially susceptible to catching a bug. There are a variety of herbs that can help boost immunity such as garlic, elderberry, St. John’s wort, and echinacea. Proper amounts of vitamins C, D,and zinc may also help. I like to pack some powdered immunity boosts that can blend easily with water such as EmergenC.
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT