When I travel, I have a few I always bring along. I use them for both their aromatherapy and medicinal properties.
I LOVE essential oils. I love how they smell, the aromatherapy properties they have, and also their medicinal properties. I got hooked when I wrote a paper about them in massage school. (a long long time ago...)
These staples come in handy for a variety of situations between feeling anxiety and stress about air travel and jet lag to using them for minor cuts, bruises, and inflammation of muscles that come from day long hikes and more extravagant eating habits than when at home.
Here are my favorite essential oils for travel:
Lavender Oil: This is good for anxiety, minor cuts, blisters, bruises, dry itchy scalp and skin irritations, and sore muscles. Lavender is generally safe to put directly on the skin and scalp, but please test with a drop on your ankle to be sure your skin isn't sensitive.
Peppermint Oil: Excellent for jet lag, nausea, tired and sore feet, and it helps with any water retention in your ankles and feet (barring any heart related edema) when you travel. For water retention, just put a bit on a cotton ball and rub on your feet upwards towards your ankles. For jet lag and minor headaches related to travel, put a bit on a cotton ball and use on your temples and wrists. Inhaling it's aroma will also help with headaches and nausea.
Geranium Oil: Great for general tiredness, physical exhaustion and even dry skin. In aromatherapy it is used to uplift your spirit and balance your entire being to one of feeling more joyful. Always mix this oils with a carrier oil such as almond, coconut, or even olive oil before putting on your skin as it can be an irritant.
If you're getting ready to travel, I say grab these. If using them on the plane, I suggest putting a few drops on a tissue and keeping it in a baggie until needed. This keeps the scent from being overpowering to others on the flight, and also makes security checks a bit easier.
Any way, what's important is to enjoy whatever essential oils you pick, and remember they are for external use only. If you have a serious injury on route, please have it properly looked at by a doctor before applying any oils.
Lisa Kai is a bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.