Ever been packing up your bag to go travel and thought, “Hey I’m ready to bring along some natural remedies, I wonder what a good basic starter kit would look like?” Awesome, me too! As a massage therapist for many years, I have come to utilize and adore certain oils for their multi-functional uses. Without further adieu, here are some fun ideas for your next trip.
There are so many ways that you can utilize coconut oil that impact you beneficially health-wise, both externally and internally. I love coconut oil! Let me tell you my favorite reasons why:
After Shower: Apply coconut oil to your skin after you jump out of the shower. Because it is solid at room temperature, it’s optimal to rub it on when your skin is warm. Wonderfully hydrating and moisturizing for the skin! My favorite part: it’s an edible oil, so you feel good about applying it your skin knowing it is so natural.
Sunscreen: If you are looking for some natural sun protection, regardless of whether you are fair or darker skinned, put on coconut oil. It actually has a natural SPF, will protect your skin superbly and is a natural, chemical free sunscreen alternative. I have fair skin, and absolutely love using it as a daily sun protectant.
When I’m in a tropical environment, like Hawaii, and I know I’ll be outdoors a whole lot more, I apply it all over on areas that will be exposed to my skin and THEN I put on sunscreen. Putting on coconut oil first helps with smoother and faster application of sunscreen.
Face: I love applying coconut oil on my face before bedtime, especially when traveling. I apply it on my forehead, cheeks and under my eyes.
Bugs: A couple drops of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils into a 3 oz. bottle of coconut oil to make a natural and very effective insect repellent. No need to bring anything with deet in it to your next tropical destination. (sigh of relief!)
Teeth: The Ayurvedic technique called oil pulling keeps your teeth and gums healthy. Swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes first thing in the morning, or really, any time of the day, is fantastic for the health of your teeth. The antibiotic properties of coconut oil destroy the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
For double the benefit, add in a couple drops of peppermint essential oil to create a natural mouth wash. I discovered oil-pulling about a year ago and have been pleasantly surprised how dramatically this practice has benefited my teeth and gums.
It was a bonus when the practice was confirmed for me by my dental hygienist during my last teeth cleaning, when he said, “Your teeth look great!”
Regularity: Ingest a tablespoon in the morning or at bedtime, especially when traveling. This helps keep the bowels moving; a lot of people swear by it! Let’s face it, not all foods agree with us equally. Hehe
I would also consider bringing these essential oils: Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon and Eucalyptus.
Lavender’s scent is a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean and calm. Breathing in lavender and applying to your temples or the bottoms of your feet at night will mellow you out; helping you get ready for bed.
Peppermint is a cross between spearmint and watermint and is native to Europe. It is a natural aid to digestion. Try putting a couple of drops in a glass of water after a meal and discover its beneficial digestive properties. This essential oil increases blood circulation, thus I suggest inhaling it in the morning to rouse yourself and wake up. As a booster for mental acuity, do the same when deplaning from a long flight since the need to pay attention and get to your next destination is imperative.
As a way to cheer yourself up, I highly recommend the use of lemon essential oil. It has a clean, invigorating and fresh citrus aroma and is known for its purifying properties. Keep one in your day pack, unscrew the tincture bottle, bring it to your nose and inhale for five seconds. When traveling with others, pass the tincture bottle around encouraging your traveling companions to do the same. If you add a drop of the oil to water (use a ratio of 1 drop for every 4 oz. water), this helps with seasonal respiratory discomfort and is a natural body cleanser.
Eucalyptus oil comes from the dried leaves of the eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus globulus is the variety that receives the most attention from botanist/chemists and, therefore, is the variety most available as an essential oil. It’s been labeled a natural insecticide by the United States since 1948. Thus, I recommend mixing it with lavender to create a natural bug repellant that can be applied to clothes or skin.
As mentioned earlier in this article, mix eucalyptus, lavender and coconut oil for skin application. When applying to clothes, spritz a mixture of eucalyptus, lavender and water. Lastly, eucalyptus is moisturizing to the skin, so add a drop of it to the coconut oil you rub on yourself post-shower!
If you are traveling carry-on to the airplane, find a small container that is 3 oz. or less to transport each of your oils. If you want a tad more coconut oil and are checking your bag, I find that 16 oz. containers are absolutely worth it. Whether you are preparing for a trip from the country you call home, or are in the middle of an extended travel experience, all of the oils in this article ought to be easy to find wherever you are traveling. Most likely you will find them at local pharmacies, or herb shops.
Have fun experimenting and creating your healing kit. I hope this article and your subsequent use of essential oils becomes an integral part of your life on the road, I can attest they have made so many experiences better by being able to grab a bottle out of my bag. Happy Spring Travels!