Many essential oils used in aromatherapy can form the basis of an essential oil "first aid" kit for travel which can help with some of the familiar - and some unfamilar - problems which arise on vacations and holidays. Here's a few common travel problems which aromatherapy can help with and a couple of suggested essential oils to take with you:
- travel sickness -peppermint and ginger essential oils
- jet lag - grapefruit, lemon and geranium essential oils
- mosquito bites and repellent - tea tree and geranium essential oils.
As always, blend all essential oils in a lotion or carrier oil base before using, and reduce quantities for use with young children.
I also find that when I am traveling that it is useful to take along familiar lotions and potions such as my shampoo, soap and scent sprays which I make with essential oils. Hotels often have "standard" soaps and lotions which may be irritating to the skin. If you have room, it is also nice to take along some aromatherapy candles which set a pleasant ambience in a hotel room - or are useful insect repellents when camping (if you choose the right essential oil based candle!).
Based on my experience of traveling, I put together some basic aromatherapy lotions for the Sedona Aromatherapie store, with some aromatherapy travel kits - and travel sized aromatherapy candles. Visit the travel section in the Sedona Aromatherapie web store to learn more.
In the meantime, happy traveling! And watch for more aromatherapy travel tips throughout the summer, as I come across them!