Essential oils are the latest trend in personal care. They provide a way to use natural elements to ease ailments and make you feel better using aromas. The different plant oils have different uses including anything from calming anxiety to promoting healthy skin. Ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Romans were also fans of essential oils, especially frankincense.
After battling eczema for many years, people recommended that I check out essential oils. They’re now an item that I always pack, no matter what trip I’m going on.
What Are Essential Oils?
According to Merriam-Webster, essential oils are “an oil that comes from a plant, that smells like the plant it comes from, and that is used in perfumes and flavorings.” They come in small, concentrated bottles in dozens of different aromas including grapefruit, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and ginger.
Why Should I Pack Them? What Types Should I Buy?
Essential oils cure ailments naturally and can be an important part of your medical kit. They serve multiple purposes, including making you feel better and eliminating funky smells in hotel rooms. Do your research to find out which essential oils are best for you. The ones I have on hand are tea tree, grapefruit, lemongrass, and lavender oils.
Here are just a few of the oils that help what ails you.
- Peppermint for digestion
- Tea tree for the immune system
- Lavender for relaxation
- Ginger for nausea
- Eucalyptus for headaches
More suggestions: 50 Surprising Uses for Essential Oils That Will Blow Your Mind, Natural Living Ideas
Where to Buy Them
I’ve found a good selection on Amazon, where you can buy bottles individually or in a thematic pack. I bought a combo pack of oils that deter mosquitoes recently with three for $20 USD. GNC stores are also helpful and even Target now sells them.
Non-Travel Uses for Oils
Even when you’re at home, there’s plenty you can use your oils for. Add them to your own lotion, make your own citronella candles, or add to beeswax to make your own solid perfume! Add some to witch hazel for spray on deodorant or to coconut oil for scrubs and other bath products. Pinterest is a great place to find ways to use essential oils.
The Essential Oil Packing List
- Travel diffuser: I purchased a small diffuser the size of a coffee cup that I bring on all my trips. Simply plug it in, add water and a drop of oil that turns to a scented vapor. The white noise is soothing and there’s also a light setting.
- Storage container: Keep your essential oils in their original container if you’re only bringing one or two, throwing them into your TSA approved bag. If you’re carrying more than that, you can purchase a specific storage container for your adventures.
- Spray bottle: Included in my Pitotubes cosmetic kit was a bottle with a spray top that I’ve used to make my own essential oil concoctions. There’s an interchangeable pump top as well.
- Pillowcase: If you don’t want to travel with essential oils, spritz some on your clothes and pillowcase before you go. I’ve also purchased a special pillowcase made with tea tree oil to prevent breakouts from hotel rooms that use lots of chemicals in their detergent.
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