When I travel I carry a handy travel case of essential oils. In the past, especially when traveling overseas, I have gotten sick or had an impossible time adjusting to the time change. From getting ulcers in my eye in Italy and horrible sunburns from surfing in Hawaii, to searching for anything to calm food poisoning in Ireland, I have sustained quite the list of crazy illnesses and injuries while traveling. Now that I've discovered pure essential oils, however, I feel much more prepared when I hit the road or skies!
I use DoTerra essential oils because their oils are put through a testing protocol to ensure they are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils. No chemicals make it into their oils. DoTerra oils come from the countries where the plants grow the best naturally, which also offers the opportunity to support economies all over the world by creating well-paying jobs where the plants are farmed.
When I travel I carry two handy keychain-bags with 8 mini bottles of the following essential oils in each.
On Guard Blend: I don't go anywhere without On Guard. I use it to boost my immune system before, during, and after travel (pretty much as soon as I hear anyone close to me cough) and as a hand sanitizer while traveling. I put this on the bottom of my feet or in an essential oil necklace (great to wear on the plane if someone is coughing next to you). I take On Guard beadlets and gel caps with me too. This blend is made up of Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary leaf.
Serenity Blend: I have a really hard time sleeping on planes as well as when I arrive at my destination. I find myself awake in the middle of the night because of the time difference. This blend calms me and supports my sleeping cycle. It consists of Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Vanilla Bean, and Hawaiian Sandalwood.
DigestZen: This blend is a MUST for travel because it soothes any kind of stomach unhappiness, from being too full from an awesome meal to soothing the tummy when something doesn't sit well. This blend is made up of Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway Seed, Coriander, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed.
Balance Blend: After being on a plane, I tend to feel like my feet haven't quite touched the ground for several days, which is a bit discombobulating. I put a drop of this blend on my feet the day I land at my destination and it makes me feel grounded right away. This blend is made up Spruce Needle, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Coconut Oil.
TerraShield: I use TerraShield on my skin while hiking and exploring outdoors to help prevent bugs from biting, and I think it smells fabulous. This blend is made up of Ylang Ylang, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Arborvitae, and Coconut Oil.
Zendocrine: Zendocrine is useful to support the body's natural detoxification system. Let's be honest: while traveling we all tend to over-indulge in super delicious food and beverages. This blend is made up of Tangerine Peel, Rosemary Leaf, Geranium, Juniper Berry, and Cilantro.
Breathe: Breathe supports my respiratory system if I feel like I'm having a hard time breathing. I use it to support my system in clearing out any congestion and opening the airways. I'll put it on chest, feet, or just inhale it. I like to have it with me at all times, especially when hiking. This blend contains Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, and Cardamom Seed Oil.
Purify: I use this blend to keep my clothes smelling clean if I'm traveling for a long time. I'll put a few drops on a tissue in my suitcase or backpack, and low and behold, even if I've already worn the clothes, they come out of my case smelling lemony fresh. I also use it to relieve the itch of bug bites. This blend has Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca Leaf, and Cilantro.
Basil: I use Basil oil when I am exhausted, especially the day after flying overseas. Basil supports the adrenals, so it is great when you are feeling the stress and exhaustion of travel. I apply it on my upper abdomen when feeling exhausted.
Frankincense: I use Frankincense mixed with Peppermint and Lavender if any part of my body is sore from travel.(Sleeping in strange beds and carrying my backpack takes a toll.) It is also useful for putting on cuts and bruises. Frankincense is an immune system supporter, as well.
Ginger: Ginger is a fabulous calmer for motion sickness. While in Iceland, we were on curvy roads and little boats and I was expecting to be miserable, but I would just dab some Ginger on my wrist, a drop in my water to drink, and I felt great!!! It supports the digestive system if you are feeling icky.
Juniper Berry: I used to have some painful urinary issues (I know TMI), but now I use Juniper Berry because it supports healthy kidney and urinary function. I bring this oil with me when I travel and apply on my feet or low abdomen.
Lavender: Lavender is a lot like Frankincense because it has so many uses. I use it to soothe skin irritations, and as a red head I have particularly sensitive skin. I put this on rashes and sunburns as soon as my skin gets irritated.
Melaleuca: Another great immune system booster, Melaleuca can support your system when the body is fighting pathogens. I use a drop of Melaleuca in water to gargle a couple times a day when I have a sore throat.
Oregano: This one is very strong, so I use it on the bottom of my feet if I want to support my immune system. Oregano helps support your body when fighting icky germs. Airplanes and airports always feel like they are filled with germs.
Peppermint: I know I said that many of these oils are must-haves, but peppermint is my biggest MUST-HAVE-WITH-ME-AT-ALL-TIMES oil. I use it for many reasons; on my neck to cool me down as soon as I get too warm, to freshen my breath, to help me wake up and focus in the mornings when I'm tired from travel, and on my neck if I'm feeling icky from one too many drinks the night before.
Essential oils have an effect on us from simply smelling them, but also from topical use and ingesting the oil. There are different arguments out there about ingesting essential oil because they are so potent and some brands have chemicals in them. But DoTerra oils are tested to be safe. Even so I rarely ingest them because they are so potent (50 lemons are used to make one 15 mL bottle of Lemon oil). I feel best using them topically, especially on the bottoms of the feet where the pores are the biggest.
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*This article is based on my experiences with the oils. I make no promises for a specific outcome when using essential oils. I am not liable if you try an oil and it does not work for you or you have a negative reaction to it.