Summer is officially upon us! For some, this means more travel plans than normal which can affect our daily routines and even impact our immune systems.
Traveling is supposed to be about trying new things, spending time with friends and family, and most importantly, relaxing. Getting sick or feeling under the weather (hello change in diet) is never a welcome part of the itinerary. But life happens and unplanned events arise. Personally, I like to take a proactive approach and eliminate the risk of feeling below the wellness line while I am away from the comforts and normalcy of home. Which leads me to talking about my top five essential oils for travel.
Thieves is hands down my “go with me everywhere year round” oil. Nobody ever wants to get sick, especially while on vacation. I religiously use Thieves on the bottom of my feet every morning year round to support my immune system and ward off any unwanted germs, including while on vacation.
Peppermint is an absolute must for any and all digestive problems! If we’re being honest here, stomachs have a bad habit of acting up while traveling as a result of changes in our normal routines and eating foods our bodies aren’t used to. Peppermint can be rubbed on the stomach to relieve discomfort and the scent can calm the potential side effects of motion sickness. Peppermint can also cool you down in the heat if applied to the back of the neck or when put in a spray bottle with water for the beach. Bonus: peppermint can be used to freshen your breath on the go!
Lavender is considered the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because it can do just about everything, including providing relief from seasonal discomfort, supporting overall healthy skin function, and promoting relaxation and sleep, to name a few. Lavender is also a great oil to provide soothing relief when your skin is accidentally overexposed to the sun. This is a staple oil that I always have on me because you never know when you might need it.
Let’s face it, unless you’re heading to the beach where you plan on adopting the beach bum lifestyle for a week, your vacation will likely include more walking than you do in a normal week, which is great news for your Fitbit, but often means discomfort and soreness for your body. Whether its muscle cramps, headaches, joint pain, bruises, or stiffness, Panaway can help take the edge off.
5. Stress Away
I think we can all agree that travel, especially by public transportation, can be stressful. My key to getting through it and keeping any anxious feelings at bay? Stress Away essential oil! This essential oil promotes feelings of peace and calmness, helps reduce nervous tension and induce relaxation, and helps reduce stressors, both while traveling and in our everyday lives. Bonus: because Stress Away promotes calm, restful, Zen like feelings, it’s the perfect blend to diffuse at night, either on its own or mixed with Lavender essential oil.
For someone just starting out with oils, five seems to be a great number for travel. Personally, the list of essential oils for my next trip (hello Europe!) is currently around ten oils long (and growing!), but I’ll also be gone for two weeks and like to be prepared.
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils and how they can not only make your vacations more enjoyable, but also aid in your everyday wellness, I’d love to chat.
Happy summer and happy, healthy travels!