Essential oils are great to take when you travel; small, light, effective, and versatile. Remedies for many of the minor situations you’ll be likely to come across. Here are some you could consider taking with you if you are planning a trip.
Lavender is probably the first choice because of its versatility. It is great to soothe the skin after insect bites or overexposure to the sun, and can be used directly on the skin. It will help to settle you down after travel, helps sleep to come, and gives hotel sheets a feeling of luxury freshness and familiarity.
Camomile is great for its soothing and healing qualities. I would choose German Camomile as the king of the anti-inflammatories, which is safe to use on the skin, soothes sore muscles and joints, and has liver regenerating properties…
Citronella is number one choice as an insect repellant, and you’ll find it’s great to keep mosquitoes away. You could also use Spike Lavender: a few drops in water and splash it onto areas of exposed skin to keep midges and ‘no-see-ums’ away.
Lemon would be an oil of choice as an antimicrobial agent, to wash down any surfaces that perhaps you are not sure of. It energises and lifts the spirits when you are tired too. Remember that it is phototoxic, so should not be used directly on the skin prior to exposure to sunlight.
Ginger is a digestive stimulant and brilliant for anyone who suffers from travel sickness. A few drops on a tissue, and inhale.
Peppermint is a nice, safe and effective pain reliever. Use it for muscle pain, bruises, insect bites. It helps digestion too, and can cool you if the temperature gets too much. Gargle with a blend of peppermint, lemon and lavender and cypress to keep sore throats at bay. It is also good for nausea, car sickness and headaches.