Summer is coming closer and our minds are already traveling to summer resorts and beaches.
If I had to choose only a few essential oils to take with me during a journey those would be: lavender, peppermint, ginger, chamomile, tea tree, eucalyptus, grapefruit and citronella.
Nausea: drip 1-2 drops of peppermint or ginger essential oil on a handkerchief and inhale. Alternatively dilute 1-2 drops in carrier oil (one teaspoon almond or olive oil) and rub on the abdomen prior to your journey.
Jet lag: if you are traveling to a country with different time zone your biological clock may be set out of synchronization and you could face problems like fatigue or insomnia. To keep alert on arrival smell a handkerchief impregnated with a few drops of grapefruit. To accommodate night sleep drip one drop of lavender oil directly on the pillow or add 3-5 drops of lavender in your shower-gel and take a warm bath.
Stomach disorders: new flavors, increased appetite, sweet indulgences, alcohol overuse and changes in water quality can cause indigestion, heart burns and swelling. Use 1-2 drops of peppermint in a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub the abdomen. For intestinal cramps and constipation, use chamomile instead of peppermint. If stomach disorders are insisting and especially if you have diarrhea (thus dehydration may occur) you should seek medical advice as a viral infection could be the cause.
Minor burns: add lavender and chamomile in carrier cream, or aloe vera gel or yogurt (4-3 drops in a tablespoon) and apply on the area. Cooling peppermint is very soothing after exposure to sun. Add a few drops of lavender and peppermint in water and spray on sunburned skin (be careful though the mixture should not contact the eyes) or make a compress.
Insect bites: to keep insects away spray the resort room with a dilution of citronella essential oil in water. You could also drip a few undiluted drops at the entrances of the room or on a handkerchief that you will carry along. To soothe and disinfect insect bites use lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus or peppermint. Lavender can be used directly on the skin while the rest have to be diluted in carrier cream or oil (1-2 drops in a teaspoon).
Congestion: the atmosphere pollen could cause symptoms of hay fever. In order to soothe them inhale lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint (directly from the bottle or drip 2-3 drops in a bowl with warm water).
Headache, migraine: dilute 1-2 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil in a teaspoon of olive oil and gently massage the forehead, nape and temples.
Muscular pain: if you have been inactive all winter the first summer activities (bicycle, swimming, walking) may strain your muscles. Relieve aching areas by massaging with a dilution of lavender and chamomile essential oils in carrier oil (5 drops in a teaspoon).
Disinfection: use tea tree oil directly on the skin or if you prefer diluted in carrier oil in order to disinfect minor cuts, wounds and scratches. If you mix tea tree and eucalyptus with water you will produce a very effective surface disinfectant for your resort rooms.
Fever: add a few drops of lavender oil in cold water and make compresses on the forehead and chest.
Please remember that if any of the above mentioned symptoms is acute or insisting you must seek medical advise and do not forget that the use of essential oils must always be carried out with extra caution, following the directions for safe use. If you have any doubt please contact a certified aromatherapist. Also keep essential oils in a dry, shady and cool place, out of reach of children.
I wish you an Enjoyable Summer!