Creative Solutions for Travel Trouble
Now that it is summer, I find myself traveling on many family getaways (both flying and driving). I flew to Utah last week and before I left, I created a little Travel Guide for myself to help me prepare for my trip. The guide was so helpful for using natural solutions to the most common travel situations.
I put the information together in a handy guide that I am giving away to my wonderful readers as a FREEBIE! Click on the button below to get access to this Natural Living Travel Guide freebie.
This downloadable guide includes my Top 5 Oils for Travel, my Top 10 Quick Tips for Travel, and a few easy essential oil recipes specifically for traveling.
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, or by plane, car, or boat, I found that there are many little traveling problems that frequently come up. Good news is that many of these annoyances are easy to fix with the right solution. Here are 10 creative ways I am using essential oils to combat those frustrating traveling troubles:
1 Airplane air quality
The best defense is a strong offense. Plane travel can be especially susceptible to germs and sickness with the recycled air and the close quarters for long periods of time.
Thieves Spray: An immune boosting solution would be to use Thieves spray (you can make your own or buy it). I like to spray it on my scarf and then wear on the plane. When I’m snuggled in my plane seat, I can easily bunch my scarf around my face so I am breathing in the Thieves protection. (See the recipe for Thieves Throat Spray.)
Purification Oil: I also sometimes add a drop of Purification to my hands and then cup over my mouth. Bonus: this also helps keep your chatty neighbor from talking to you.
2 Staying Healthy
Let’s face it, travel is tough on our bodies. Long hours on planes, in cars, and just being in a new environment can wreak havoc on your body. In order to combat getting warn down I proactively boost my immune system.
Thieves Throat Spray: My favorite tool is Thieves Spray. Thieves spray uses oils such as Thieves and Lemon which are excellent for supporting a healthy immune system.
Thieves Throat Spray Recipe:
- 2-oz glass spray bottle (buy it here)
- and add 1 tsp vodka
- 10 drops Thieves
- 5 drops Lemon,
- fill with distilled water.
Spray in throat 2-3 times daily (or more if extra immune system support is necessary).
Mini Thieves spray recipe. I just bought 5 ml glass spray bottles off amazon. They are super adorable and perfect to keep in my purse (remember this is a liquid, so don’t forget if you are carrying-on luggage on an airline).
- 5 ml glass spray bottle (buy them here)
- 5 drops vodka
- 3 drops Thieves Oil Blend (buy this blend Here)
- 1 drops lemon,
- top with distilled water.
This can also be used to purify hands and surfaces in a pinch.
3 Motion Sickness
If you don’t suffer from this (lucky you). I am not so lucky. Cars, planes, boats, you name it, I have a weak tummy when it comes to motion sickness.
Peppermint Oil: A quick solution is rubbing a drop of peppermint oil on your palms and inhaling.
Ginger Oil: Even though it is not my favorite odor, a drop of ginger oil (mixed with a carrier such as grapeseed oil) behind the ears and on the wrists eases discomfort.
Travel Diffuser: If you have a car diffuser (yes, they make them and they are pretty freakin’ cool), I would suggest diffusing a couple drops of peppermint on road trips. Bonus, it helps you stay more alert and awake while driving!
4 Travel Tummy
This is what I like to call “tummy sticks.” You know what I’m talking about. You are not eating your normal foods at regular times and you might be frequently eating out leaving your stomach feeling blah.
Digize: That’s where Digize comes in handy. This is one of my least favorite smelling oils, but definitely one of the ones I use the most! 1 drop Digize mixed with a carrier oil rubbed over the tummy area usually calms my tummy sticks. You could also, make a roller blend (5ml glass roller bottle, 4 drops Digize, & 3 drops orange, top with carrier oil).
5 Need to Pee
Or small bladder syndrome…is that a real thing? Well, I know that it drives my husband crazy when we need to stop every hour on road trips so I can use the bathroom.
Cypress Oil: An oil that helps to numb the urge to pee too frequently is Cypress. A little rubbed over your bladder offers comfort in an uncomfortable situation. Just remember that it is not good for you to hold it in too long, but it can hopefully keep you from having to stop every hour.
6 Stale Hotel Air
Another place where stale air abounds…the hotel room.
Purification Oil: Let’s say you’re not as crazy as me and you don’t travel everywhere with your diffuser (I don’t why you wouldn’t), you can create a diffuser with a cotton ball and the air vent! Add a couple drops of Purification to a cotton ball and stick into the air vent. If you do have a diffuser (put some oils in it and use it)!
7 Mystery Bedding
Hotel bedding is…well, let’s just say questionable.
Hotel Linen Spray: Unlike my home linen spray at home that serves to just make my sheets and pillowcase smell divine, this spray is two-fold (disinfect the nasty hotel bedding and also make the sheet and pillowcases smell lovely).
Recipe for Hotel Linen Spray: 2 oz spray bottle, 1 tsp. witch hazel, 3 drops each Thieves, Purification, Tea Tree, and 10 drops Lavender. The Thieves, Purification, and Tea Tree take care of the bedding nastiness, while the lavender adds a calming aroma. Spray on sheets and especially comforter!
8 Low on energy
Traveling can take a lot out of you. Driving long hours, sitting in planes or airports for long periods of time. We could all use a little energy boost every now and again.
Peppermint: All I can say is peppermint! It helps for motion sickness, but it also helps to energize and alert. In the car, add 3 drops peppermint to a cotton ball and place over vent (make-shift) . Or get an awesome car diffuser (I use this one) and diffuse peppermint there. On the plane, place one drop peppermint in your hands and inhale.
9 Getting Sleep
Yes, I know that traveling can be challenging to sleep. strange bed (or uncomfortable bed if I’m at my Mother-in-law’s house). We need good sleep when we are traveling because we are usually on the go go go!
Diffuse: As I mentioned before I take a diffuser and I use a blend of 3 parts Lavender, to 2 parts Cedarwood, to 1 part vetiver (or Peace and Calming II) and diffuse that at night (I make it pre-blended in an old oil bottle, so it’s easy to travel with).
Sleepy-time foot roller: If you don’t have your diffuser, you could make a sleepy-time foot roller to roll onto your feet before bed.
- 10 ml roller bottle (buy cute ones HERE),
- 8 drops lavender,
- 8 drops cedar wood,
- 4 drops vetiver (or Peace & Calming II)
- top with your favorite carrier oil (I use this one).
Roll on feet 20 minutes before bed.
10 Sore/Tired Muscles
Walking, traveling, & uncomfortable beds can all lead to sore and tired muscles.
Panaway and/or Lemongrass: All I can say is PanAway & Lemongrass. Add a drop each to your favorite lotion and massage onto your achy muscles. Or make your own muscle relief cream.
Muscle Relief Rub Recipe: 1/4 cup coconut oil (I use this coconut oil), 7 drops Panaway, 7 drops Lemongrass, 7 drops peppermint, 5 copaiba, and 5 drops Vetiver. Store in a travel container (buy a plastic jar here). This recipe makes about 2 – 3 jars.
Don’t forget to download your Natural Living Travel Guide and find easy tips to travel naturally! Hope you have safe and healthy travels and use some of these tips to help make your travel more enjoyable!
Let me know in the comments if you have any other natural traveling tips to combat traveling troubles.
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