Keep a bottle of lemon or thieves essential oil close at hand. Lemon and thieves (which contains lemon oil) are both antimicrobial and antibacterial, so you can use a drop or two on your hands when soap and a sink may be difficult to find.
Add a few drops of lemon oil to water to create a handy on-the-go cleaning solution wherever you are. I use it to clean tray tables on the airplane.
I always carry lavender in my purse for minor cuts, burns, rashes, scrapes or just to shift my mood immediately. It's like an entire first-aid kit in one little bottle.
Hydrate & alkalize
Stay hydrated! This is especially when sunbathing, flying, or traveling to a place where clean water is not as easily accessible.
Add 1 to 2 drops of lemon to a glass bottle or cup (lemon dissolves items made from petrochemicals and styrofoam) to enhance flavor and alkalize water, which makes tap water safe to drink.
If spring break takes you outdoors, you can make your own natural insect repellent with essential oils. Make an insect repellent blend by combining 6 drops of peppermint, 6 drops of Tea Tree, and 9 drops of Citronella essential oils. Combine the essential oil blend with a carrier oil and apply topically. Eucalyptus is also known to be a particularly strong insect repellent, especially against mosquitoes.
Nausea & motion sickness
Another helpful blend for anyone affected by motion sickness while traveling — or if you're headed to an amusement park— is a blend made up of tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise and patchouli. Many of these oils are known for aiding with digestion and Patchouli is helpful to prevent nausea.
To prevent motion sickness or aid in digestion, apply a few drops directly to your stomach (may be diluted with a carrier oil though carry on restrictions may prevent that for air travel). You can also inhale directly from the bottle to experience quick relief from motion sickness symptoms.
Travel safe this spring and be sure to pack a few of these essential oils before you leave home!
Please leave a comment below with any essential oil questions, and be sure to share how you use your favorite essential oil!
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