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Traveling? Protect and prevent with essential oils.

by Andrea Butje on March 02, 2009

traveling with essential oilsAirline travel is a source of stress for almost everyone.  Between fear of flying, cramped seats, luggage restrictions and security lines, it’s easy to see why those terminal bars are packed with people grabbing a pre-flight cocktail.  All the same, skip the drink next time you fly--it will only make you dehydrated and cranky!

Travel stress can do a real number on your immune system, too. To top that off, airline travel exposes you to a concentrated batch of germs and bacteria.  If you take steps to ward off illness, you have a much better chance of enjoying your travels after you land. Fortunately, traveling with essential oils can keep you happy and healthy all vacation long.

Here are some tips:

  • Drink LOTS of water.  It’s worth the extra trips to the bathroom.
  • Wash your hands before you eat, a few times during the trip and as soon as you depart the plane.
  • Try to rest if you can, especially on long flights.
  • Bring an aromatherapy inhaler to help you relax and fight stress

Lastly, there are many health issues you can prevent by traveling with essential oils.

Consider using a special essential oil blend for traveling.  Andrea Butje recently formulated this one for winter travel:

15 drops Black Spruce, Picea mariana
10 drops Cedarwood, Juniperus virginiana
15 drops  Saro, Cinnamosma fragrans

Blend this in jojoba oil or another gentle carrier oil.  (This is for short-term, concentrated use, so it’s okay to blend at a higher dilution than normal.  Trust your instincts and do a skin test for irritation before you fly!)

The blend smells great—deep, complex and nourishing!  Apply to your wrists, behind your ears and on your neck to help keep your personal space healthy and germ free.

During cold and flu season, you can use this blend as a part of your "general protection" plan. Respiratory issues are only a few examples of problems you can prevent with essential oils.

Happy and safe travels!

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: cold and flu, andrea butje, Recipes and Blends, blends, prevention, recipes, travel

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