Safe Summer Essential Travel Kit!
Whether you’re setting out on a road trip or far-off location by plane, here are three common issues summer travelers face, along with which essential oils can help:
1. Staying Alert While Driving
If you’re planning a road trip this summer and you start feeling drowsy, roll the window down for fresh air and take a whiff of an invigorating essential oil. Other ways to get an essential oil energy fix include the use of a car essential oil diffuser or a few drops of the following oils in a water bottle to mist in the vehicle as needed:
Fresh, cooling and invigorating, peppermint is a great essential oil for focus. peppermint essential oil increased mental clarity and accuracy in the students subjects.
This essential oil is versatile, stimulating and helpful for alertness. Its camphor-like scent is fresh. Rosemary essential oil produced a significant enhancement of performance for overall memory and focus quality. Be warned: not all essential oils are appropriate for driving; the same researchers found that lavender oil is sedative and impairs alertness.
2. Fear of Flying Essential Oils
For many, flying is an unpleasant experience. Dealing with crowds, lugging baggage and long periods in small spaces is stressful. For others, plane travel itself creates anxiety. Here are three essential oils and blends that can help combat fear of flying and stress:
- Orange and Lavender
Researchers have found that diffusing these two essential oils together reduces fear and anxiety in patients at the dental office. When flying, try smelling the combination during moments that trigger stress.
Frankincense has an earthy, sweet aroma that’s relaxing without sedating you. It stimulates the limbic part of the brain, helping the mind overcome stress and fear.
- Roman Chamomile
The essential oil is crisp and sweet. It has a calming effect on the nerves.
If you’re afraid of flying, add a couple of drops of your favorite fear-busting essential oils to a handkerchief and inhale as needed to relax. Or try a reflexology-style approach by applying and massaging essential oils diluted in a carrier oil to three body points associated with fear:
- The inner wrists
- The bottom of the feet in the center just below the toes’ foot pad
- The ears
3. Canned Airplane Air and Germs
Canned air is a term used for the fact that most airplanes recirculate cabin air. Concerns that we’re all exposed to germs and bacteria from other passengers is unfounded. Most newer-model airplanes use HEPA filters during air recirculation, which capture 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in an airplane’s cabin. The air cabin environment is not conducive to the spread of most infectious diseases through air recirculation.
Essential oils do, in fact, have antibacterial properties. The top performing germ-fighting essential oils and blends in her study were:
- Tea tree oil
When flying, the best way to create a natural airborne filtration system for your body is to place a drop of essential oil under your nose and around your nostrils. You’ll enjoy the aromatherapy effect of smelling the oil while it kills germs before they enter your respiratory system.
- Concentrated essential oils like cinnamon may be too strong for some people with sensitive skin. Always test an oil on a small spot of your forearm for sensitivity. If you are sensitive to certain oils, dilute them in a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil before applying to your skin.