A Traveler’s Guide to Essential Oils

With summer upon us, the traveling adventures are beginning. However, being away from home can make our regular essential oil use a little more difficult. But does travel really get in the way? Here at AromaTools, we are dedicated to making your essential oil use more convenient and effective—even when traveling! So here’s what you need to know when traveling with essential oils.

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Must-Have Essential Oils for Traveling:

1. Soothing Blend
Traveling usually involves cramped spaces for long periods of time or more strenuous activity than our bodies are used to. For this reason, the Soothing Blend is an important asset to your travel kit. By having it with you, you can easily apply it to sore muscles, cramps, sore feet, and so on. There’s no need to be in pain when you can find relief.
2. Peppermint
Traveling can be hard on our bodies, and that’s why you need peppermint oil. Peppermint essential oil may assist with digestive troubles, motion sickness, and headaches. You should never leave home without this versatile essential oil.
3. Lavender
If you experience difficulty with adjusting to new time zones, or sleeping in a new bed, this oil is a must for all your travels. Lavender essential oil is not only great for relaxation, but it can also soothe sunburns, bug bites, and allergies.
4. Protective Blend
Since it’s impossible to control sanitary conditions while away from home, bringing this essential oil with you on your travels is super important. You can build your immune system with this blend prior to traveling and continue to use it throughout your trip. This blend is great for fighting colds, sore throats, the flu, and infections.

Essential Oil Travel Tips:

1. Fighting Jet Lag
There’s nothing worse than starting off your travels on the wrong foot. When traveling, we want to be our best self, and that means being awake and alert. To avoid jet lag, the most important thing you can do is stay very well hydrated, but avoid alcohol and caffeine while flying. Next, it’s important to set your internal clock to the location you will be traveling to at the beginning of your flight. That means sleep when it’s night there, and stay awake when it’s day. You can take small naps—no more than 45 minutes—in order to keep your body refreshed. If you arrive in the daytime, you should keep your body active until a reasonable time to retire to bed. Now that you know some general tips, let’s get down to the essential oils.

Use invigorating essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus in the morning and calming essential oils such as lavender and geranium at night. Consider making a sleep blend in a small spray bottle to mist on your pillow when you are having trouble sleeping. You can also add lemon, peppermint, or orange essential oils to your water as an energy and immune booster. You can learn more about using essential oils for jet lag in Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

2. Packing Your Oils
If your travel plans include airplanes, you may want to take special care of your oils. If you’re taking your oils in your carry-on luggage, remember that TSA regulations require all liquids to be under 3.4 oz. (100 ml), and placed in a clear plastic zip-top bag or vanity bag, when carried through security. And you can only have 1 quart-sized plastic bag of liquids. This means you can only take the oils that you absolutely need, so you will need to consider what oils are most important to you while traveling. Keep in mind that the x-ray scanners in airport security will not damage your oils.
If you would like to avoid this potential hassle, you may alternatively pack your oils into your checked bag. We suggest that you still place your oils in a plastic bag in case of leaking caused by pressure changes, and remember to secure the lids tightly. If you have further questions about TSA regulations, click here.

Products to Enhance Your Travel Experience:

Diffusers:
Leaving home without a diffuser is no longer necessary if you have a personal diffuser! Now you can still get the aromatic benefits of essential oils while traveling without bothering those around you. We carry many different options for you to choose from. There are perfect diffusers that will fit in your car ports or USB ports in a hotel room, or personal diffusers that don’t require any power so that you can enjoy your oils anytime.

Carrying Cases:
In order to take your oils with you when you travel, you will need a proper carrying case for the bottles so they don’t get damaged. We carry all sorts of cases for whatever size of bottles you would like to take with you. Keep the airplane travel tips in mind if you are flying, but if you are taking a road trip, any size of carrying case will work depending on your specific needs.

We hope you find these tips useful as you embark on your next journey! Below we have linked a few more blog posts that can help you with all your travel needs.

Essential Oils for Car Travel
10 Diffuser Blends for the Road
See Modern Essentials: Outdoor Travel Tips

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to share your experience of traveling with your essential oils. We would love to read them! Safe travels!

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

Better Focus Diffuser Blend

If you need to focus better at work or school, try diffusing this focus diffuser blend that includes petitgrain essential oil:

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Bites with Coconut Oil

If you are one of the many people who make a resolution to eat healthier this new year, then you should give this recipe a try! Even though these cookie bites are so delicious, they are also packed with protein and a variety of nutrients to give you a little burst of energy. Just pop one in your mouth when you need a snack or when you have a craving for something sweet!
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Healthy No-Bake Cookie Bites with Coconut Oil

  • Servings: 20–24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (158 g) oats (quick or rolled)
  • 1/3 cup (54 g) chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) cocoa or cacao powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup (139 g) cooked quinoa*
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2–5 drops peppermint essential oil (you could also use orange, cinnamon, or cardamom essential oil, but you may want to start with less)

Instructions:

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, cocoa or cacao powder, and sea salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and coconut oil. Mix well, and then add cooked quinoa. Stir until well combined.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together, and mix well. You may need to use your hands to mix.
  4. Stir in a drop of peppermint essential oil. Taste; then add another drop if needed. Repeat until you like the flavor.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or in a silicone mold.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until firm.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Note: To cook quinoa, place 1/4 cup (43 g) quinoa and 1/2 cup (120 ml) water in a small pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. You can also cook the quinoa in a rice cooker as you would cook regular white rice.

Peppermint Candy Soap

Bring the fun of the winter holidays into your home with peppermint soap. The aroma and splash of color will make hand washing seem festive!

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Black Bean Burgers

burger2Enjoy this delicious vegetarian alternative during grilling season. Essential oils give these burgers a healthy, flavorful kick!

 

 

Black Bean Burgers

  • Servings: 5–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (14.5 oz./411 g each) seasoned black beans
  • 1 cup (120 g) seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) grated white onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 5-8 slices of cheese
  • Hamburger buns or rolls
  • Other desired toppings (mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Drain black beans, and pour half of them (1 can) into a blender.
  2. Add breadcrumbs, onion, egg, spices, and essential oils. Pulse until combined and relatively smooth.
  3. Scrape mixture into a bowl, and add the other can of beans, stirring everything together.
  4. Divide and shape the mixture into patties.
  5. Heat some olive oil in a pan, and grill patties for 6 minutes on each side. Take care when flipping them—they are delicate.
  6. Melt cheese of choice on top, and serve on toasted buns with desired toppings.

Enjoy with a dash of hot sauce and some veggie sticks or chips and salsa on the side!

Homemade Mayonnaise

Making your own condiments can be cheaper and healthier. It also allows you to customize the flavor to your preference. Try this mayonnaise with an added essential oil flavor such as basil, rosemary, lemon, or black pepper!
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Asian Lemongrass Chicken Marinade

Need a chicken marinade this summer that works well on the grill? This marinade uses essential oil flavors that are often used in Asian cooking to create a new and exciting dish for your family this summer!

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Asian Lemongrass Chicken Marinade

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. (about 1 kg) chicken pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops lime essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) shallots, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) sriracha sauce, optional
  • 2 tsp. (6–10 g) kosher salt
  • Lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Pour the olive oil in a glass bowl, and mix in the essential oils.
  2. Add the shallots, garlic, honey, fish sauce, sriracha sauce, and salt to the oil mixture, and mix to combine ingredients.
  3. Massage this mixture over the chicken pieces, and place in a glass dish. Cover and refrigerate for 1–24 hours before cooking.
  4. Grill, bake, broil, or slow cook as desired until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165° F. (74° C.).
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through, drizzle lime juice over the chicken pieces, and serve immediately.

Men’s Essential Oil Body Wash

bodywash2This sudsy body wash smells great and leaves men’s skin feeling healthy and moisturized! This makes a great DIY Father’s Day gift!

 

Men's EO Body Wash

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Measure all ingredients, stir them together, and pour the mixture into the bottle. (Note: There will be a little too much to fit in one 8 oz. bottle. You can either use the extra right away or pour it into another bottle.)
  2. Shake up the bottle to ensure ingredients are mixed thoroughly before each use.
  3. Use in the shower with a wash cloth or loofah.

We liked this essential oil blend, but have fun experimenting with other ones as well!

Toothbrush Cleaner with Essential Oils

Toothbrushes often get neglected when it comes to cleaning. Since we put them in our mouths everyday, we may want to make sure they get cleaned regularly. Here is an easy and all-natural way to clean your toothbrush with just a few simple ingredients.
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Toothbrush Cleaner

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Shot Glass or small glass bowl
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 drop antibacterial essential oil (some good oils to use include Protective Blend, melaleuca, or lemon)

Instructions:

  1. Fill the shot glass 3/4 full with hydrogen peroxide (enough to cover the toothbrush head). Add 1 drop of essential oil or blend.
  2. Stir the mixture with your toothbrush, and allow to sit for 8 hours (overnight works great!).
  3. After 8 hours, rinse your toothbrush off with running water, and enjoy the feeling of a clean toothbrush!

Produce Cleaning Spray

Are you concerned about the chemicals and wax found on produce that you purchase from the grocery store? Many people just quickly rinse their produce with water, but that doesn’t necessarily clean the fruit or vegetable. This produce cleaning spray can not only help you get your produce clean, but may also help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables. As an additional bonus, your fruits and vegetables will already be washed when you need to grab a snack quickly, so it will be more convenient to eat something healthy!

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Produce Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5–8 drops lemon or lime essential oil
  • 8 oz. spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into the 8 oz. spray bottle. You can use a funnel if needed to avoid spills. Screw the lid on and shake to combine.
  2. To use, shake the bottle, then thoroughly spray your fruits and vegetables. Allow to sit 5–10 minutes before rinsing, drying, and eating.

Note: If you want to bulk wash your produce, you can do so by mixing the solution in a bowl. Make sure you have 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water, and at least 10 drops of oil for every 2 cups of wash. Once your solution is ready in a bowl, dip your produce in and rub a little with your fingers. Continue dipping until all produce has been cleaned. Allow to sit 5–10 minutes before rinsing, drying, and putting away.