How to Make a Natural Travel Kit with Essential Oils
edited: Wednesday, April 06, 2011
By Candice L Collins
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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011
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Aromatherapy can be a very helpful companion when embarking upon a long journey, or even just a short trip, and may even effectively replace some other traditional medicines for those that are looking for a natural alternative. While traveling may be a part of our work and our play, for those that suffer from travel-troubles it can be a nightmare. If you suffer from travel sickness, headaches or migraines, queasiness, fear of flying, jet lag, insect bites and sun burns, here you will find essential oil remedies to help with those maladies. I've also included a recipe for a massage blend to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay, as well.
Important Notes for Using Essential Oils; Dilutions and Usage of Essential Oils:
Always dilute essential oils, as they are very potent and too concentrated to use undiluted on the skin. To use essential oils in a massage, use the following dilutions:
For most people ages 12-65 add no more than 20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oils. For those aged 4-6 or those over age 65, do not use more than 10 drops per ounce of carrier, and those aged 1-4, no more than 5 drops per ounce of carrier. For pregnant women or babies, only minute quantities of essential oils should be used. For instance, only 1-4 drops of essential oils should be used per ounce of carrier. And remember that only Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile 3%, Dill, and Mandarin (be careful of phototoxicity with citrus oils), as well as Eucalyptus Smithii (the mildest of all the Eucalyptus') are safe for children and the elderly, and are the only essential oils that should be used on pregnant women, or children under 4 years old.
Here's how to make your own natural travel kit with essential oils:
First, gather ingredients. Here's a list of essential oils and items you'll need;
- Peppermint essential oil (peppermint supreme is best),
- Lavender (French Lavender is best),
- Ginger Root essential oil,
- Eucalyptus Globulus (or Eucalyptus Smithii if using on children) essential oil,
- Geranium essential oil,
- Cypress essential oil (French Cypress is best),
- Chamomile (Roman Chamomile 3% is best as it is less expensive than pure and is already diluted),
- Grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, fractionated coconut, olive, sunflower, or mixture of carrier oils),
- Aloe Vera liquid or gel (for insect bite relief roll-on)
- Aromatherapy Inhalers (empty inhalers you can fill yourself),
- 3.4 oz. (100ml) spray bottle (for sunburn relief spray), and
- 3.4 oz. (100ml) plastic disc top bottle (for massage blend).
- Small roll-on bottle for insect bite relief blend. I found a package of 12 roll-on bottles in 5ml size on amazon here.
The blank aromatherapy inhalers can be found on the net, I found some at Amazon.com, see them here .
Both types of empty bottles (spray bottles and massage blend bottles) can be purchased at Walmart or Dollar Tree, and Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place for essential oils and carriers . An easy way to label the aromatherapy inhalers is to write the title on a small piece of paper (about 1/2 in. by 1.5 in. will fit most inhalers), and cover the label with clear tape to prevent water ruining the label. Then attach the label to the inhaler with more clear tape. I use clear shipping tape, as it is wide enough to cover the label and reach over the edges, so it sticks to the label and the inhaler. Same goes for the massage bottle label, except for the size of the paper.
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