Traveling is supposed to be about experiencing life from a different perspective, trying new things, spending time with people you love, and relaxing. Getting sick or feeling crappy is never part of the itinerary. But, of course, life happens. Trips never go as planned, and that’s part of the package (and make for the best stories later on!). Still, I like to eliminate any potential health problems as much as possible. So I always bring these four essential oils with me when I travel.
Thieves is my top ‘must go with me on every trip’ oil. Nobody wants to get sick on a vacation. I normally start using Thieves on my feet the week before a trip to support my immune system and ward off any bug. Then I bring it along to keep doing the same. Also, Thieves s a quick healer of canker sores. When I was in New Hampshire over Thanksgiving, I started developing a canker sore after I bit my lip. I began putting Thieves directly on the sore, and it was completely gone within 48 hours.
Peppermint is a must for any and all digestive problems – and let’s be honest, stomachs like to misbehave when traveling. It’s like they know you don’t have your own bathroom! When we eat foods we aren’t used to (even when traveling within the US) our digestive tracts can do bizarre things. I will rub peppermint on my stomach for any ailments. The scent also calms nausea from motion sickness (or, let’s be honest, hangover!).
Lavender is the wonder oil – it can do just about everything. This is why I always have it with me. I use it to help me sleep (sometimes a difficult thing to do in a new bed), but it’s also a great way to soothe bug bites (as is Thieves!!). I mix Peppermint with Lavender whenever I’m having allergy problems. I put the combo on my feet and my chest to combat allergy symptoms. I have HEARD that Lavender is great for soothing sunburns, but haven’t tried it myself. However, I’m expecting I might get the chance next week in Costa Rica!
Being in pain is a sucky way to travel. But if you’re doing a lot of new fun things, sometimes your body gets sore. Whether it’s muscle cramps, headache, joint pain, bruises, or stiffness, Panaway can help take edge off. I was so skeptical of this oil when I first read about it. But it works for me. Every. Single. Time. I know if I walk around all day in a new city and have sore feet or cramped calves, Panaway will save the day.
Four seems to be a great number for my travel bag. These four oils have multiple uses, so I don’t feel the need to take up more space with any extra. I keep them in a tiny, padded cosmetic pouch and typically pack them within my clothes for extra cushion.
Do you like to bring any other essential oils with you when you travel? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy, healthy travels!