Aromatherapy has many applications in healing and wellness: skin care, respiratory support, stress relief, management of sore muscles and cosmetic purposes just to name a few. But how do essential oils (commonly abbreviated to EOs for those in the field) fare on the road? Aromatherapy is useful for the following travel conditions:
- jet lag
e.g. Inhale invigorating grapefruit in the morning and calming lavender at night to help get your body used to the time zone of your destination.
e.g. See previous post entitled Keep Calm & Spray On.
- motion sickness
e.g. Ginger or peppermint, either inhaled or ingested, are great for helping deal with nausea.
- first aid
e.g. Though not aromatic, arnica and aloe vera have their use as plant-based ‘medicine’. Arnica is used topically for pain relief, insect bites and bruising while aloe vera is good on burns and mild cuts.
- a very mild insect deterrent
e.g. Ants don’t like peppermint, certain insects are put-off by geranium and mosquitoes are said to dislike citronella (lemongrass and lemon eucalyptus can be used too). Combine these oils in a spray bottle with some water and spritz your bed and clothing for a pleasantly scented warning sign to these bugs.