These aro­matic blends can ease jet lag, al­le­vi­ate mo­tion sick­ness, and re­fresh the road-weary trav­eler

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Cheryl Cromer

Aro­mather­apy Travel Kit Pack these aro­matic blends on your sum­mer va­cay for an in­stant boost.

Whether you are jump­ing in the car for a week­end road trip or cruis­ing the high seas on a luxury va­ca­tion, don’t leave home with­out it—aro­mather­apy, that is! Pack your bags with an aro­matic travel kit of es­sen­tial oils that will en­sure your get­away is as re­lax­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing as you an­tic­i­pated.

Aro­mather­apy can be eas­ily in­cor­po­rated into your trav­els with some plan­ning. Pack es­sen­tial oils in checked bag­gage, sealed tightly in plas­tic food stor­age bags to avoid spills. In­clude sev­eral empty one-ounce plas­tic spray bot­tles that you can fill with bot­tled wa­ter and es­sen­tial oils for blend­ing on the fly.

Be­fore you take off , cre­ate a fa­cial mist for easy ac­cess that in­cor­po­rates bal­anc­ing

GERA­NIUM ( Pe­largo­nium grave­olens), up­lift­ing GRAPE

FRUIT ( Citrus par­a­disii), and calm­ing LAVEN­DER ( La­van­dula an­gus­ti­fo­lia or o cinale)— key es­sen­tial oils that will pro­tect skin from air­borne germs and stale air­plane air. Grape­fruit will also help lessen puff-ness from de­hy­dra­tion caused by air con­di­tion­ing. Mist your face reg­u­larly to soothe dry, taut skin.

If you hate to fly or get a lit­tle claus­tro­pho­bic from close quar­ters, laven­der can al­lay those jit­tery nerves. Reach for it when­ever you feel a lit­tle over­whelmed. Breathe deeply for sev­eral min­utes to thwart panic. Laven­der will also com­fort sun­burned skin: Add a few drops to a cool bath and soak for 10 min­utes.

TEA TREE ( Me­laleuca al­terni­fo­lia) is an all-star an­tisep­tic and a go-to for your aro­mather­apy first aid kit. Treat scrapes or cuts (even in­sect bites) by ap­ply­ing a drop to the af­fected area to nix in­fec­tion and has­ten heal­ing.

Use tea tree and laven­der to bust bac­te­ria. Add a few drops of each on a tis­sue and dis­in­fect re­stroom taps and toi­let han­dles and seats be­fore us­ing. Tea tree is also a nat­u­ral cleanser, so mix a few drops in spring wa­ter with skin-bal­ancer laven­der to daub your face and body when­ever you feel a lit­tle gritty from travel.

Com­bat travel sick­ness with es­sen­tial oils of PEP­PER­MINT ( Men­tha piperita) and GIN­GER ( Zin­giber o cinale). Even just a few whiffs of pep­per­mint can calm a queasy stom­ach and com­bined with laven­der, ease an achy head. Add two drops of each oil to any lo­tion you have on hand and dot on your tem­ples for quick re­lief. Once you’ve ar­rived at your desti­na­tion, cre­ate a cool­ing pep­per­mint spray that will do won­ders as a re­fresh­ing body mist and act as a minty air freshener for stale ho­tel rooms.

Gin­ger es­sen­tial oil is an ex­cel­lent rem­edy for mo­tion sick­ness. Add a few drops to a tis­sue and tuck into a pocket for quick ac­cess when you’re feeling a lit­tle un­steady. In­hal­ing ev­ery minute or so while trav­el­ing will help al­le­vi­ate nau­sea.

Gera­nium re­lieves ex­haus­tion due to the stress of trav­el­ing be­tween time zones, and when com­bined with laven­der is ef­fec­tive in eas­ing jet lag by nat­u­rally bal­anc­ing hor­mones.

Healthy tip: One of the best in­ven­tions for en­joy­ing aro­mather­apy on the go is the por­ta­ble aro­mather­apy in­haler. These nifty con­tain­ers are per­fect for tak­ing your fa­vorite es­sen­tial oils with you with­out hav­ing to pack the en­tire bot­tle. (And they’re spill­proof, too!)

Feeling a lit­tle out of sync due to a time change? Treat jet lag with es­sen­tial oils of lemon, eu­ca­lyp­tus, gera­nium, and laven­der. Toss a few drops of up­lift­ing LEMON ( Citrus limonum) and in­vig­o­rat­ing

EU­CA­LYP­TUS ( Eu­ca­lyp­tus glob­u­lus) on the floor of your ho­tel shower stall to rev you up for a day of sight­see­ing and to elim­i­nate lin­ger­ing germs or odors.

And keep that fa­cial mist nearby dur­ing your trip: gera­nium re­lieves ex­haus­tion due to the stress of trav­el­ing be­tween time zones, and when com­bined with laven­der is e ef­fec­tive in eas­ing jet lag by nat­u­rally bal­anc­ing hor­mones and re­set­ting the bi­o­log­i­cal clock to “me time.”

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