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.


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:

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!

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

10 Diffuser Blends for the Road

Whether you are off on a road trip or just wanting something to diffuse as you commute to work, these diffusing tips and diffuser blends are great for wherever you are headed!

Car Diffusing Tips:

  • Cars are such small spaces, so make sure to use only a couple drops and turn the diffuser off every now and then to give your olfactory system a break.
  • Try to keep the air circulating by running the air or leaving a window cracked.
  • Make sure the oils you use are suitable for all passengers. Keep allergies, cautions, and preferences in mind when selecting your oil or blend. For example, peppermint essential oil should not be diffused with young children (0–6) in the car. Rosemary and wintergreen essential oils should not be diffused with pregnant women in the car. And even a single drop of cinnamon essential oil is too strong to diffuse in such a small space.
  • Avoid oils that may make the driver drowsy, such as lavender, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, and other relaxing oils.
  • If you find you don’t like the oil or blend you used, roll down the windows to let the car air out before trying something new.
  • If the driver needs something additional to keep him or her alert, try putting a drop or two of peppermint or rosemary on a tissue and placing it near the driver’s nose.

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Essential Oils for Car Travel

Traveling by car for an extended period of time can become exhausting for everyone, especially during the heat of the summer. We have compiled some tips we have learned for using essential oils to make car travel a more enjoyable experience.
Essential Oils for Car Travel

Taking Aromatherapy with You in the Car

Since space is limited, and things can easily become lost under a seat or in the clutter that inevitably happens during long car trips (especially on trips with small children), a little organization and planning can help keep your essential oil necessities accessible and ready to use the moment they are needed. To keep them handy, you can try some of the following:

Homemade Car Diffuser

Staying Alert

Keeping the constant vigilance needed to safely drive and arrive at your destination requires an alert mind. According to the book Modern Essentials, peppermint, ylang ylang, lemon, basil, and rosemary essential oils applied to the temples and bottoms of feet may help with alertness. Diffusing invigorating oils such as these in the car can also help. Carol Schiller and David Schiller also recommend in their book, 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy, using small 4 oz. spray bottles with an invigorating blend of essential oils (such as 110 drops peppermint, 35 drops cinnamon, 35 drops lime, and 20 drops patchouli in 4 oz. of water) to mist in the car to help keep the driver alert (being careful not to spray this mixture around the eyes) (p. 86). If the driver is feeling very tired, he or she should stop driving and take a break.

Car Sickness

In order to help alleviate the motion sickness that many people experience during car trips, Kurt Schnaubelt recommends using a drop of peppermint oil placed on a sugar cube and then eaten. He also recommends scenting the air in the car with a few drops of peppermint to lengthen the stomach-calming effect of the peppermint oil (Advanced Aromatherapy, p. 104). It can also help to keep looking outside, to open a window to get fresh air into the car, or to close your eyes until the feelings of sickness subside. Oils that help with car sickness are peppermint, Digestive Blend, and ginger.

Staying Cool and Refreshed

While traveling during the summer months, especially when the car has been parked in the hot sun for a while, even a good air conditioner in the car doesn’t always work fast enough to keep you cool. Several essential oils that have a cooling effect include peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lavender, Roman chamomile, and citrus oils (Modern Essentials). Diffuse these oils in the car, place a few drops in a small spray bottle filled with water to spray in the car (being careful not to spray close to people’s eyes), or create your own cooling wipes to use on the skin. You can also try adding a drop of peppermint to a glass or metal water bottle filled with water and drink slowly. If you don’t have a glass or metal water bottle, try putting a drop of peppermint or a peppermint beadlet in your mouth; then as the oil fills your mouth, drink it down with water. Because some oils can break down plastic materials, especially thin plastics often used in making disposable water bottles, it is best to avoid putting oils in plastic water bottles.

Woman Traveling With Dog

Keeping Children Busy and Calm

Those who have traveled with young children know that it can be challenging keeping their attention focused on things other than how long and boring it is sitting in the same position for so long. Books, travel games, and portable video players are often used to help alleviate this boredom; but activities such as these that keep eyes focused on one spot inside the car can often lead to feelings of car sickness in many people. Click here for some car games that can help keep young eyes focused outside the car and thinking about other things.

If children are having a hard time calming down in the car, some essential oils that may help include lavender, bergamot, myrrh, ylang ylang, rose, Roman chamomile, and Calming Blend. These oils can be used in a massage oil, a wipe, or in a personal inhaler.

Additional Tips & Testimonials

  • “I live in Southern California, and traffic jams are pretty common here. Citrus oils in the car help take the edge off the frustration and anxiety I feel when I’m sitting in traffic and puts me in a better mood.” – Chryssa Jones (Moreno Valley, CA)
  • “Peppermint, wild orange, & frankincense….diffused is AWESOME for staying alert and awake on long drives! Also, great in a handy little inhaler. Perfect for all night drives or even just a pick me up.” – Mindy Hoggan
  • “I’m in Las Vegas, and our summer heat can get pretty brutal! I have a thermal tote embroidered with “oil junkie” in the front that I keep my oil carrying case in. I always add a small ice pack in these 110–115 temps!” – Desiree Deittrick Perdichizzi
  • “We keep peppermint and lavender handy in the car for dealing with motion sickness. We also use peppermint to cool us down when we get too hot. (TX can be brutal!) And the lavender works great when the children get too rowdy! We also keep wild orange handy to add to the peppermint when the driver starts feeling tired!” – Melissa Hall Loughney (Beeville, TX)
  • “I put ginger behind the ears of myself and the kids who suffer from motion sickness, and it works great.” – Marnie Ellis
  • A car diffuser is a must for road trips! Change the scent pads with oils in your keychain set. ;)” – Nicole Sternad (Billings, MT)
  • “If you need a mood shift on a long road trip, put a drop or two of lemon or wild orange on a cotton ball and place on the front windshield vents. Works for our 2 and 4 1/2 year olds every time!” – Toni Kuo Weijola (Appleton, WI)
  • “Lavender goes on my daughter. She HATES the car seat and will cry the whole trip unless I put a little lavender on her and she instantly mellows out.” – Kayla Leib (Spokane, WA)

If you have a tip or experience you would like to share, please comment below!