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Jun 23 2010

Traveling Made Easy with Essential Oils

Does the very thought of traveling send you into a tizzy? Many people complain of stress, fatigue and sickness during flights. At times, something as minor as a car ride can make people feel queasy and drained.  A sniff of essential oils can make the whole experience of traveling brighter and more pleasurable. If you have been a frequent traveler, you would probably be familiar with problems like:
  • Motion sickness
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Respiratory infections and allergies
  • Digestive troubles like flatulence, constipation and acidity
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue and body ache
  • Sleep disturbances
Fear of the unknown, susceptibility to illness, being away from home and change in routine – the causes of travel-related stress can be many. If you are wondering why you keep falling sick every time you venture out, here are some factors that may help you zero in on the cause:
  • Prolonged periods of stress raise the level of the hormone cortisol in our blood which in turn lowers the body’s natural immunity. This makes a person vulnerable to infections and illnesses.
  • The lack of fresh air in flight cabins coupled with close proximity with other passengers puts us at risk for contacting contagious diseases.
  • Germ-infested hotel rooms and stale air can cause allergies and infections.
  • A change in diet can wreck havoc on a fragile tummy and result in discomfort and upsets.
Aromatherapy allows us to tackle these common travel woes by adopting a multi-dimensional approach. Essential oils when used individually or in combination with other oils can enhance immune functions, elevate the mood, support digestion and even calm down fussy kids! Choose essential oils that are appropriate for your problems.  Here is a selection of essential oils that should always be a part of your travel kit:
  • Eucalyptus radiata oil has strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It is a great bet for travelers who feel drained and are prone to colds and infections. Carry a vial with you and take a whiff every once in a while.
  • Tea tree oil, a potent antiseptic, makes for a great hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Rub a drop or two between your hands after using public washrooms or touching contaminated objects. It is also an effective remedy for insect bites.
  • Ravensara oil is an ideal choice for relief against pain, muscle cramps and sprains. It also helps boost natural immunity. Use it in bath water or tie a oil-infused washcloth on the showerhead.
  • Lavender oil is well known for its de-stressing and calming properties. It helps in regularizing sleep patterns and relaxes the mind. Lavender is also effective against colds and flu. Use it with a steam inhaler or put a few drops of it on a tissue and tuck it under your pillow. You may also apply an infused washcloth over your face to open up blocked sinuses.
  • Mandarin oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, digestive, antidepressant, sedative and nervous relaxant. It is a one-stop solution for people that are bogged down by nervousness and stress during travel. Its diuretic properties reduce bloating and water retention – a common complaint during travel. Inhale from a tissue that has been infused with a few drops of the oil.
  • Ginger oil is effective with  indigestion, vomiting, nausea and flatulence. It may be used in combination with massage oils or in a steam inhaler.

Traveling with kids

It can be a challenge if children get cranky and irritable during a long journey and may even fall sick due to change in climate and physical stress. Here are some essential oils that can help your kids overcome the stress of traveling:
  • Lavender oil has a calming effect on the mind and can aid a peaceful night’s sleep. Put two drops on a tissue and tuck it under pillow case.  For long flights, put a couple of drops on a tissue and have children smell from it.
  • Fennel Oil alleviates symptoms of stress and hyperactivity, it’s also a great home remedy for constipation and stomach upsets. Combine 3 drops of this oil with a teaspoon of olive oil and apply to tummy with circular movements. You can also put a few drops of the oil in warm water, soak a hand towel and apply on the stomach.
  • Sweet Orange oil possesses natural uplifting, detoxifying and rejuvenating properties.
Do you have other aroma tips you would like to share?   Related Articles Aromatherapy for Travelers My Trip to Ecuador, the Middle of the World How do Essential Oils Work in Your Body?   © 2010, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
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