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Ways to use Essential Oils While Travelling by Land, Air or Sea.

Essential oils are considered to be little miracles in bottles and are helpful in many situations. They lend themselves well to helping with travel aches and pains.

Essential Oils and Traveling by Airplane

When traveling by airplane remember to pack a basic kit of essential oils in the checked luggage. Oils to consider are Eucalyptus essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Ginger essential oil, Peppermint essential oil, Rosemary essential oil and lavender hydrosol. If airline rules allow, keep a small bottle of eucalyptus essential oil and lavender hydrosol in carry on luggage. Current rules allow non-flammable materials of less than 3 ounces.

Preventing Ear and Sinus Discomfort

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Inc., “ear problems are the most common medical complaint of airplane travelers, and while they are usually simple, minor annoyances, they occasionally result in temporary pain and hearing loss.” To avoid or reduce the discomfort associated with ear problems when traveling, deeply inhale Eucalyptus essential oil before take-off and again when landing. The decongestant properties of eucalyptus essential oil will help to ease popping ears and sinus discomfort.

Refreshing with Lavender Hydrosol

Lavender hydrosol is wonderfully refreshing, particularly after a long, hot flight. Use it to freshen up your face and for removing make-up. It may be used undiluted in a compress on the neck, shoulders and forehead to help reduce headaches, tension and stress. Hydrosol is safe to use on children so use it to wipe their sticky hands and faces.

Reducing the Risk of Infection with Lavender and Eucalyptus

The air system on airplanes tends to circulate everyone”s germs leading to increased risk of infection. Because Lavender essential oil is anti-viral, use it and Eucalyptus essential oil (which is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial) to boost the immune system. Make sure to drink lots of water while flying and avoid diuretics and stimulants.

Combating Nausea with Ginger and Peppermint Essential Oil

When traveling by car, train, boat or bus, nausea and the resulting headache are often part of the journey. Make sure to have some Ginger essential oil at hand. Apply several drops to a tissue or cotton ball and inhale regularly. If a headache comes along following the nausea, apply peppermint to a tissue and inhale.

Aromatherapy and Travel Fatigue

Arriving in airports after hours of flying and waiting around can be exhausting and overwhelming. Rosemary essential oil is considered a brain stimulant and will help to clear a foggy mind. Apply some to a tissue and inhale deeply. Staying healthy before and during your travels will help to minimize travel fatigue. Ensure enough sleep is attained to heal the body, keep the immune system fighting and feel refreshed.

Whether traveling by plane, train, boat, bus or car, a variety of ailments are sure to afflict the weary traveler. Be prepared by carrying a well-stocked aromatherapy first aid kit on every journey.

This article was first published at Suite 101 on August 26, 2009 and is republished here as per the terms of our agreement with Suite 101. Visit Suite 101 to read all of our articles.


*This is educational information and any opinions expressed here-in do not replace professional medical advice. If you are ill, see a suitably qualified medical practitioner.*

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