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.

“Car Charms” Car Diffusers

"Car Charms" Car Diffuser

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Materials Needed:

  • Battery Operated Diffuser Refill Pads
  • Paper Clips
  • Scissors or Small Die-Cut Dies and Punches
  • Wire (Needs to be fairly bendable. You can use paper clips for this part too.)
  • Pliers (Used to bend the wire.)
  • Push Pin or Small Hole Punch

Instructions:

  1. Use the scissors, dies, or paper punches to cut small shapes from the Battery Operated Diffuser Pads.
  2. Punch a small hole near the top of the shape you created with a push pin or small hole punch.
  3. Create a small loop (about 1/4″–1/3″ in diameter) out of the wire or a small piece of one of the paper clips. Be sure that the ends of the loop overlap slightly. Spread the ends of the loop apart slightly, and thread the shape onto the loop. Push the ends of the loop back together so the shape can’t slide off.
  4. Thread the loop holding the shape onto a paper clip so that the loop is on the side of the paper clip that only has one curve.
  5. Place a few drops of your desired essential oil or oil blend onto the shape (start with 2–3 drops; then add more if you desire a stronger scent). Note: Do not over-saturate the pad, as this can allow the oils to drip or smear onto your car’s interior. Certain oils such as cinnamon and some citrus oils can damage certain types of plastics and vinyls, so care should be taken to ensure these oils do not come in contact with the interior surfaces of the car.
  6. Clip the paper clip attached to the shape onto the fins of one of the air vents inside your car. The shape should now be hanging away from the vent on the end of the paper clip.

As you drive, the air from the vent will blow around and through the pad, diffusing your oils throughout the car. If the scent starts to fade, recharge the pad with a few more drops of oil as desired.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use two (or more) pads to create multi-level car diffusers as the one in the picture above. Use natural dies or markers to color your diffuser as desired.
  • Make a variety of small shapes and string several of them onto a loop of wire for your own ‘charm bracelet’ or ‘charm necklace’ car diffuser.