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Essential Travel Oils to Combat Jet Lag, Travel Bugs & More

A Qantas 747 ...  its back-up batteries do not last long.Are you an Australian who loves to travel? Jet lag, travel bugs & first aid situations are often a consideration whether you’re off on a business trip or headed for an exotic vacation spot. Being jet lagged or sick (maybe due to food poisoning) while you’re travelling can significantly affect your daily functions, enjoyment of your trip, and work performance or ability to participate in all your fun holiday activities.

The good news is there are some easy tricks to help combat jet lag and its accompanying effects on the immune system. Sunlight is a key regulator of body rhythms and spending time with your bare feet on the earth, but we can also turn to essential oils as the safest and most natural remedies. Essential oils are also powerful in supporting the immune system to rid your system of germs and bugs that you’ve been exposed to on the aircraft, eating new foods, breathing air pollution, and cuts and scrapes etc.

The Essential Oils You Need When Travelling

I think most of us have come down with a cold or flu after travelling on aircraft or bus tours. Accidents like cuts, scrapes and falls are quite common too. There are a number of key essential oils to take away with you as part of your first aid kit to help you stay healthy and energised.

Fear of flying. Do you get anxious whenever you’re about to board a plane? Believe it or not this is actually quite common, even for people who fly regularly. In order to help you face your fears and anxiety during your flight, try dabbing 2 – 4 drops of Valor blend onto the soles of your feet, your neck and on your chest. Other oils to help you reduce tension and feel more relaxed and calm include: Stress Away, White Angelica, Tranquil roll on, and Peace & Calming.

“One the 2nd leg of my journey, we ended up sitting in the plane for 4 hours BEFORE taking off! Everyone was restless after the 1st time we went back to the terminal, including the 2 & 4 year olds sitting in front of me. I was so grateful to have my oils with me!

I used Valor for calming, grounding and balancing myself, since I was a bit antsy.

I followed with applying Peace & Calming and White Angelica. Within a few minutes, I noticed that the kids had settled down, and so had I!”

Sandy Rakowitz

Motion sickness, nausea and food poisoning. Motion sickness and nausea is unpleasant at the best of times, but especially if you’re in a confined space like an aircraft or boat. The key essential oils to either smell or apply behind each ear (mastoids) and over the navel include: ginger, lavender, peppermint, Valor, Tranquil roll on and Peace & Calming. Peppermint is especially good and very versatile for other things like mental focus and scrapes and sprains too.

If you feel like you’ve had food poisoning, essential oils can also be the ideal remedy for you. The best oils to try will be peppermint, ginger, patchouli, roman chamomile, Thieves blend (kills 99.9% bacteria, viruses, parasites etc) and Valor. When you feel you can finally keep food and liquids down a little better, make sure you drink lots of clean water to replenish your body’s hydration.

“My granddaughter Marielle is prone to carsickness on long drives. A few months ago, during a long drive, she complained of feeling sick and said she felt like she was going to throw up. My daughter grabbed a bottle of peppermint oil, and we gave the bottle to Marielle to sniff. She held the bottle under her nose and inhaled. Just by inhaling the peppermint aroma, her nausea felt much better, and she was able to continue riding in the car without problem.

The peppermint aroma filled the car, and helped to energize us all and reduce the fatigue we were feeling.”

Carole Milligan

Jetlag & insomnia. Once you actually get to your destination or when you get back home, it can be difficult to get back to your normal sleeping habits. You may find yourself getting sleepy in the afternoon or not feeling sleepy enough in the evening. The most natural remedy is sunlight and walking with your bare feet on the earth. However, inhaling or rubbing a drop on your wrists, soles of your feet or pillow of the following essential oils may also work wonders: lavender, cedarwood, roman chamomile, Peace & Calming, Valor, Gentle Baby, Tranquil, Stress Away.

“A friend and I took a weekend class. About half way through the first day we were tired and a bit foggy. The next morning before we headed off to learn some more I made up a couple of ‘smelling salts’ with lemon YLEO. Many times throughout the day we would take a deep inhalation of the lemon and it cleared our heads and kept us awake and alert. It was like night and day compared to the day before. I love going to workshops to learn new things but will never go to one again without my lemon ‘smelling salts’.”

Maureen Birchfield

Headaches. These often occur when you feel dehydrated, so it’s always a good idea to increase your fluid intake. Other than increasing your water intake, a drop of peppermint essential oil on your tongue or massaged on your temples with carrier oil can also help alleviate headaches caused by either stress or sinus problems. Other oils to support headaches due to colds, muscle strain or being tired include: Stress Away, lavender, Valor, Frankincense, Peace & Calming, Deep Relief, PanAway and M-Grain.

“I’m still new to using oils, but today my allergies are extremely bad and thus a severe sinus headache that rendered me non-functional. I had already taken Allegra, Tylenol, 2 homeopathic sinus and allergy remedies and was still in extreme pain. I tried one drop of Purification. It did not work.

After about 20 minutes, I tried diffusing some peppermint oil. Still not doing great. About 5 minutes later, I took the bottle, tilted it to get a drop on my finger, rubbed one drop on my temple, one on my forehead, and one drop on each nostril. Ahhh… finally got relief! It was within one to two minutes that I felt it start to clear. 15-20 minutes later, I feel almost normal again after feeling horrible all day. Thanks Young Living for this awesome oil!”

Diana Swartz

Travel germs. Thieves blend is my miracle worker for boosting immunity and helping to kill bacteria and viruses etc. It can be diffused in your hotel room for 15-30 minutes to get rid of airborne bacteria. If you’re more concerned about ensuring surfaces are clean, use the Thieves Spray or wipes to disinfect. Thieves spray will also knock sore throats on the head fast. Thieves can be taken orally (neat or in capsules) or applied to the vitaflex points on your hands and feet. I’d recommend applying a drop to the soles of your feet each night before you go to bed as a preventative measure.

Inner Defense capsules are also a great way to help fight off germs when your immune system may be suffering from the stress of travel.
If it’s your breathing that’s problematic, the Breathe Again Roll-On is the ideal eucalyptus and peppermint-infused blend that can help alleviate breathing problems. Simply roll on your chest and neck to get the maximum benefit.

“Whenever I travel overseas on planes I end up with a flu virus. Since using Thieves spray regularly in the mouth and putting a few drops of Thieves oil on my feet, on a tissue and breathing in I have remained healthy. Use oils on the plane and keep away from skin when inhaling. Brilliant!”

Annie Cilento 

Cuts & scrapes. Cuts and scrapes can be quite common when travelling, especially if you’re doing something adventurous or know you’re a bit clumsy. If you happen to get a minor wound, you can disinfect it with the antiseptic lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus or Thieves, Purification or Breathe Again blends. These oils may cause skin sensitivity so it’s best to apply them with a carrier oil or around the edge of the wound. Frankincense and lavender are wonderful in helping skin to heal.

“Whenever I get a new cut I put lavender oil right on it. This allows for cleaning and a quick healing process, so I don’t have to worry about it getting any worse. I am a new mom, so I don’t always have time for myself! I keep a bottle of Young Living lavender oil in my diaper bag.”

Katie Kastrup 

Sprains & strains. Sprains can be caused by lifting heavy luggage, sitting in an awkward position for hours, walking on uneven or loose surfaces or doing activities you haven’t done for a while. If you do sprain your ankle or strain a muscle, Deep Relief, peppermint and PanAway essential oils will be your new best friends. Ortho Sport massage oil, Relieve It, Valor, wintergreen, copaiba and vetiver are also very handy oils to have with you for helping to reduce pain and inflammation and speed up your recovery.

“I recently tripped on an uneven pavement and fell, but had sprained my ankle. After rubbing on Deep Relief roll-on over it, I was able to walk on it for the next 3 hours [around 5 miles] with little pain.

I did reapply a couple of times during this period, but noticed every time a big improvement.

After that it took only 3 days for the pain to fully subside. I am always carrying Deep Relief with me where ever I go, just in case it may be needed.”

Susan Mcdonald

As you know, when you travel overseas it’s not always easy to find a pharmacy or perhaps know how to ask for something if you don’t speak the language, so it’s important to take a first aid kit with you to get you by. I recommend the following 9 oils for your essential travel kit: peppermint, lavender, Thieves, Valor roll on, Deep Relief roll on, PanAway, Breathe Again roll on, Stress Away roll on and Peace & Calming. Wishing you safe and happy travels!

Here are some other articles you may find interesting:

Essential Oils for Travel

Aromatherapy and Travel Ailments


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