I’m off on a quick trip to San Francisco this weekend to hang out with friends and do a bit of exploring. While I’m really excited to finally get out of the house (such is the life of a blogger), I’m worried about catching a cold. The weather in SoCal has been flip flopping between the low 60s and high 90s for a few weeks and frankly, I’m not sure my body can take much more! Sooner or later it’s going to catch up with me, and I’ve already dealt with one nasty cold because of fluctuating temperatures.
Since I’m only going to be gone a day or two, I want to pack light but still have the remedies I need for a strong and resilient immune system. This will of course include essential oils!
One blend that has always proved effective but is a bit lesser known is a blend called “Travel Companion”. It contains a few essential oils that really help with pretty much everything you might come across on your trip and I’d like to share with you how to make your own version.
How to Make a Travel Companion Essential Oil Blend
This blend contains:
I like to put this blend in a roll-on bottle for easy use and storage while traveling. You can dilute it with carrier oil if you like as well, just fill it to the shoulder with your carrier oil of choice after adding the essential oils.
This blend has it all! Just look at what each essential oil offers while traveling, I guarantee you won’t need more than this.
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The Essential Oils that Make Travel Companion so Amazing
Elemi Essential Oil
If you ever feel anxious while traveling elemi essential oil has your back. This resinous oil is grounding and helps clear the mind. It’s also in incredibly healing oil for the skin and was traditionally used to treat minor wounds and nerve and muscle pain.
Elemi is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Last and not least, elemi is also antiaging for the skin and is great to use for scarring, fine line, and wrinkles.
Eucalyptus has long been known to treat upper respiratory conditions by cutting through mucus but it’s also a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal which pretty much covers most of what you may encounter while traveling (Eucalyptus is powerful enough to kill 70% of airborne bacteria!). I often use eucalyptus in my salt inhaler to keep my lungs and sinuses clear and as a refresher when the air feels stale on an airplane.
Eucalyptus is also a soothing oil for sore muscles and other aches and pains; perfect to apply after all your exploring!
Geranium essential oil is surprisingly good for when you’ve had a bit too much fun on your travels as it improves blood flow, stimulates the liver and pancreas, and dilates bile ducts for better detoxification.
It is also a good oil for use in preventing or treating skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and acne, but also fungal infection like ringwork and viral infections like herpes. Geranium is also effective against hormonal imbalance, poor circulation, and PMS.
Emotionally, geranium helps lift the spirits and eases nervous tension while instilling a sense of well-being.
Sounds like a great oil to have while traveling!
Grapefruit is an excellent essential oil to use for detox and fluid retention while traveling. Its fragrance alone boosts immunity, induces relaxation, and reduces negative feelings and anxiety.
Lavender is another must have oil while traveling which makes it perfect in a blend like this. Lavender has antiseptic, antifungal, analgesic, relaxant, and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used for a wide range of issues you may come across while traveling.
I like to use lavender for respiratory infections, PMS, acne, to treat burns, and for trouble sleeping and nervous tension. It’s a very calming and relaxing oil that’s perfect for emotional support and reducing stress.
Patchouli, while not my favorite scent, has its place in this blend. Patchouli essential oil is known for its relaxant characteristics and its strong support for the digestive system. It prevents nausea, soothes digestion, and it an excellent anti-inflammatory. It’s also great for dry chapped skin and relieves fluid retention in the body.
Emotionally, patchouli helps relax and clarify the thoughts and reduces feelings of insecurity.
Peppermint is one of my favorite oils to use for motion sickness, sinus pressure, and upper respiratory conditions. It’s also pain relieving, antiparasitic (kills intestinal parasites), is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and stimulates healthy digestion.
I often use peppermint essential oil to ease respiratory infections and irritation, treat cold sores, relieve headaches, and to reduce lower back pain while traveling.
Peppermint also improves concentration, alertness, and memory which can be quite useful in a foreign country.
How to Use the Travel Companion Essential Oil Blend
This blend is perfect to use in a nasal salt inhaler during a flight or swiped on the palms and cupped around the face to clear and freshen the sinuses and kill off any germs trying to take hold in your system.
If you have trouble sleeping on the plane or at the hotel due to jetlag, apply a tiny amount to back of your neck and inhale deeply.
You can even add this blend to a tiny spray bottle like this one, and use it to spritz your pillows and sheets where you’re staying to freshen the room and keep your immunity up while you rest.
Apply directly to sore muscles, abdominal aches and pains, and anywhere you need a little extra support and healing.
I like to apply a tiny amount to acne breakouts, cold sores, dry chapped skin, and minor wounds. It’s also excellent when applied to the bottoms of the feet to boost immunity and soothe sore feet.
This blend has never let me down!
Have you ever tried the Travel Companion Essential Oil Blend?
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