photo: Angela Tiffin, History Buff Mom

photo: Angela Tiffin, History Buff Mom

Air travel can be stressful nowadays with long lines, flight delays and cramped seating.  Add luggage, children, strollers and even pets to the mix and you have a veritable powder keg of stress.  How can you  make travel the relaxing experience it should be?  Bring along your favorite essential oils to relieve tension, settle your stomach and promote relaxation.

I never thought about incorporating essential oils into my travel routine until I attended a travel event sponsored by Organic Spa Magazine.  When the folks at Lotus Wei sprayed me with Quiet Mind, a mist of clove, citrus and geranium scents, I immediately felt a sense of calm come over me.

ProductReviewNow we all know that our olfactory perception, a.k.a. our sense of smell, can trigger memories, but did you know that it is a scientifically proven fact that aromas have an effect on relaxation.

Some stressful travel experiences come to mind, like the time I took a crowded six hour flight to San Francisco and was seated next the privy.  By the time I arrived I felt nauseous and in no mood for the romantic weekend I had planned.  Some ylang ylang or lavender mist would have come in handy on that trip.  If only I knew then, what I know now.

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils During Travel

1.  Combat Dry Cabin Air:
  Spray a few drops of Aura Cacia’s organic daytime Argan or soothing Tamanu facial oil serum on a tissue or unscented wipe to use on your face, neck, and arms to counteract the effects of stale pressurized cabin air that dries out your ski

2.  Jet Lag:  Put the plug in the bottom of the tub before you shower at your hotel and add a drop or two of Now’s organic eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint oils to help restore a feeling of balance.

3.  Neutralize Unwanted Smells:  Mist your face, kids and seat with one of Lotus Wei’s organic energy mists like Inner Peace, a blend of lavender, geranium and allspice scents.  These light mists are a combination of oils and flower essences.  They are great for small spaces because their scent won’t overpower the people sitting around you.  Spray and sit back and relax.4.  Relieve Motion Sickness:  Essential oils of ginger, nutmeg, peppermint or spearmint applied to temples, wrists and feet can be effective in counteracting the feelings of nausea.  A few drops of citrus oils like Now’s tangerine, lemon or lime scents on a tissue to sniff are also good during those first few months of pregnancy when you are extremely sensitive to smell.5.  Calm Small Children:  Pre-mix a massage oil, made with 15 drops of chamomile in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil, and massage a small amount on the child’s wrists and feet. Other oils that are good for calming include lavender, cedarwood, jasmine, and ylang ylang.

TIP:  Make several types of wipes or tissues and place them in small, zip-top bags and label them. Place all of the smaller bags in a larger zip-top bag and put in a convenient seat pocket where they can be easily accessed and are ready for any situation.

Of course essential oils are not just for air travel and can be used to relieve stress and enhance your relaxation in any travel situation.