The versatility of tea tree oil makes it a great travel companion. It can be used in so many situations and is like an all in one first aid kit.
Tea tree oil is anti bacterial and antiseptic making it a perfect substance to have on hand for cleaning small cuts and wounds. A possible life-saver especially if you are an off-the-beaten path style traveller. Hospitals or even basic medical care or clean water are quite often, out of reach luxuries in many travel locations.
Finding a clean washroom while traveling can also often be a challenge. Tea tree oil can be used to disinfect surfaces or clean your hands in almost any situation.
I always travel with a small bottle of tea tree oil…so many possible uses and so much better than packing a bunch of chemicals.
Lemongrass has a great scent and is used in a lot of beautiful cooking around the world. It also has many healing properties when used as an essential oil.
Perhaps the most interesting property of lemongrass is that it is a sedative of the central nervous system. This makes it particularily great for dealing with headaches, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions.
Lemongrass is also thought to be beneficial for the immune system and may aid the body fight infectious disease and fevers. It is also believed to aid muscular pain, poor circulation and poor muscle tone. As well, lemongrass is an antidepressant, antiseptic and overall body tonic. What a great package of benefits!
Certain individuals may experience irritation and/or sensitization to this oil. Try a small patch test before using more extensively.
Lavender is probably the most well known of the essential oils and for good reason. It has so many varied and important healing properties.
Lavender has been used to treat depression, headache, insomnia, nervous tension, muscle aches, flu, nausea, abdominal cramps, acne, insect bites, inflammation and more.
Even just smelling lavender essential oil from the bottle is often enough to start feeling better, more relaxed after a long day.
If you are just starting to explore the wonderful world of essential oil, lavender would be a good bottle to acquire. It is so versatile and one of the least expensive of the oils. Perfect to build a collection around!
A simple mixture of coconut oil or olive oil blended with essential oils is what I use whenever my skin becomes dry and irritated.
In a small jar (like empty baby food), fill with either olive oil or coconut oil and add 10-20 drops of essential oils. Mix together, then apply to your skin like a body cream. You should only have to use it sparingly as the coconut/olive oils are quite concentrated and better for your skin than pretty much anything you can buy at the pharmacy.
* Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you may need to gently heat it up in a warm water bath before you mix it with the essential oil*
**Keep the oils away from clothing as they can stain**
Some of the best essentials oils for this condition are:
Sandalwood (very expensive, but beautiful)
If you continually get dry skin, also please check to make sure you are hydrated and drinking enough water. Stay healthy!
Ever since my sister gave me a copy of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless some twenty years ago, I have been fascinated by essential oils.
I loved the fact that you could change your mood with a natural oil, change a bad day into good, warm yourself up, cool yourself down…the possibilities were endless. All with a few drops of great smelling oil that just happened to be crafted from natural substances.
If you haven’t tried a bath with essentials oils, I highly recommend that you do. Some of the essential oils that I always keep stocked as favourites are:
What are some of your favourites?