We're still celebrating travel for National Travel and Tourism Week this week (#NTTW2015) so I thought I'd talk a little bit about how to travel with essential oils.
Of course there is the obvious, don't forget to pack your toothpaste! (Yes, we use an essential oil based toothpaste!) But since we've started using essential oils on a daily basis for other things as well, we now don't leave home without them.
The first time I flew I was a bit nervous to take my oils with me, but since then I've done some investigating and here is what I've found out:
Essential Oils When Flying
Essential oils are treated just like any other other liquid when flying. Each ticketed passenger (children and adults) are allowed one quart size, clear plastic bag full of liquids in their carry-on per person. The liquids in the bag must be in 3.4 oz. (100 ml. or smaller) containers, and depending on the airport, you generally have to show this bag and/or take it out of your carry on and put it in a bin to pass through the x-ray when you go through security. Young Living oils typically come in 15 ml. or 5 ml. bottles, so several of them would easily fit into one bag.
You could also put the essential oils in your check luggage. Just be sure they are well sealed, maybe even in a plastic bag, and well protected, so they won't break or leak. For specifics check the TSA website. For padded carrying/travel cases, check out these options. This one is my favorite:
Recommended Oils for Travel
If your stomach (or your child's) turns upside down and inside out when traveling, here are some of the oils you will want to keep handy:
Some of these topical/aromatic use oils have strong scents when opened. To avoid annoying other travelers you could wear a couple of drops in a diffuser bracelet or necklace (like the one I'm giving to new Young Living customers this month! See the image below) or put a couple of drops on a tissue in your pocket so that you can smell it regularly without overpowering those nearby.
Essential Oils for Car Travel
When traveling by car you can use a car diffuser or personal necklace diffuser to help promote a calm environment and keep your lunch in place. Let's face it, car travel, especially with a large family, can be anything but calm at times. Diffusing oils can be a great help! You can also add the dietary use oils to your ice water to sip during the trip. In addition to the ones mentioned above you might try
- Peace & Calming (YL blend)
- Stress Away (YL blend)
It's also important to keep your oils from getting too warm while traveling. Extreme temperatures can alter or destroy certain constituents in the oils, decreasing their therapeutic benefits. If carrying a cooler, you might keep your oils not directly on ice, but in the top of the cooler. You can also purchase travel cases for oils that both insulate and protect the bottles, but even then, you wouldn't want to leave them in a hot car all day.
Recommended Oils for Healthy Immune System
If you don't want to travel with your large diffuser, they do make USB diffusers that plug into your laptop USB port or even a car USB charger! Very cool! And much easier to carry with you on a trip for use in your hotel room.
- YL makes a great spray for all of those places you're not really sure are clean…
- Thieves wipes (to clean off bathroom seats, hotel phones and hair dryer handles, door handles, seatbelts, armrests etc. on the plane)
- Thieves spray (a quick shot in the mouth to support a healthy immune system while breathing all of that recirculated plane air, or to spray over hotel sheets and pillows)
- Purification oil on a cotton ball tucked into the hotel AC vent can help with stale or stinky air
- Tea Tree oil will help kill fungus
- Thieves and Digize blends are a great dietary oil to use when traveling as well
Recommended Oils for Other Travel Issues
- Skin irritations: Lavender (My son's skin was very red and tender to touch after swimming in the sun all day. We used coconut oil and Lavender on him, and it was considerably better by the next morning.)
- Swelling or circulation issues: Cypress, Eucalyptus
- Stomach Problems: Valerian, Digize (YL blend), Ginger, Nutmeg, Angelica, Peppermint
- Summer night's outdoors protection: Purification (YL blend), Cedarwood, Lavender, Citronella, and Tea Tree can be used to discourage pesky critters
If you have more questions about traveling with essential oils, please message me, or leave a comment and I'll get you an answer. Want to order a Young Living Essential Oil starter kit and get started with the benefits of 11 different oils right away? I've got all the info you need to get started here.
I am not a doctor and this is not meant as medical advice. If you have a medical condition you should seek the services of a trained medical professional. What I have shared here is things we have found help our family's overall wellness when traveling, as well as practical tips for how to travel with them.
Remember, healthy travelers are happy travelers! Feliz Viaje!