This is an impression of my first big trip travelling with more than just a bottle of tea tree oil, in the Fall of 2015, when I travelled from Canada to Asia.
It’s quite the jump to going from one bottle, to about sixty. But that big jump has multiple reasons. Like wanting to be able to give and send samples to others, and offer classes, or make roller ball blends. As with anything, some times some pepper and salt will do the trick, at times you need that lemongrass for specific flavouring.
I didn’t realize how much I was using, and would be using, my collection of oils, until I reached Northern Thailand and unpacked my belongings into the studio I am staying at. As my diffuser isn’t super big, I packed it along on the trip, and it has been so lovely to be able to purify the air in this room, diffuse a motivating or immune supporting blend, and find some ease to slide into a deep sleep when I needed some extra help.
You might know I am a big fan of the emotional and energetic benefits of essential oils, and use some of the mood blends regularly to help me when I deal with feelings of anxiety or depression, but the benefits are also strong in regards to our bodily systems. Whether it comes to the respiratory system, muscles and bones, or my digestion – to name a few – I couldn’t have brought a better first aid kit. From (seasonal) allergies, upset tummies, my friend’s bed bug bites, to the heat rash I experienced after a bout of fever; I’ve got an oil for that. Instead of freaking out or scratching myself red, I just applied fractionated coconut oil, lavender (for its soothing properties) and peppermint (for its cooling effect) essential oils. Both essential oils are also anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and aromatically I find they bring a nice balance between relaxation and a pick-me-up.
Another great benefit I found, and a reason I will not travel without essential oils again, is the immense grounding effect of some of the oils. Especially tree oils – just think about this for a moment, trees root deep down, so it makes sense that an extraction of its bark or root will help you root down as well – have been hugely beneficial. I frequently applied a grounding blend during my flight from Vancouver to Bangkok, as well as immediately upon arrival and over the next couple of days. This really helped my body to understand better where it was in time and space, and I barely struggled with a jetlag. Win!
I did not know that the studio I was renting was located close to a bar or cafe that would play loud music – and have people singing along to it – until late in the night. I thought I had checked out the area pretty well for any loud noises, but this one caught me off guard. The music usually starts around the time I intend to go to bed, and stops around 2 to 3 hours after I desire to find my rest. Especially during my first nights here that was quite exhausting, and it threw me into a bit of a funky rhythm. Luckily I brought my bottle of vetiver oil, which is basically a sleep coma inducer. Just a drop on my inner wrists help me relax and let go of any tension and agitation. As I often fall asleep with my arms folded under my head, I am constantly exposed to the oil until I fall asleep.
Just like finding that one great shampoo that really does amazing things for your hair, like the one I put in re-fill-able bottles so I’d be sure I wouldn’t end up with a pile of straw or greasy locks on my head (as long as I remember to wash my hair kind of frequently), I am so grateful I’ve added some absolute favourites to my daily routine over the past period of time. I wouldn’t want to go without my frankincense-y face blend (also know as the anti-aging blend, but that sure sounds less sexy), which also keeps my mood steady and focused. Or the amazing rub that I use whenever I overdo it at yoga or the gym, or make a funky move and end up with a sprain. Or the female blend, to help keep my hormones balanced while flying from continent to continent, season to season. And what to think about the digestive blend? It’s my first go-to in case of troubled tummy, a must-have when being on the road. Though it works wonders at home as well, I sure wouldn’t want to visit a holiday dinner without. And then there are oregano and tea tree oil (which worked wonders to relieve an upcoming ear ache, when placed behind my ear – never put EO’s inside your ears, please!), both of which are must-haves for my upcoming journey to India next month, as well as the mosquito-repellent blend, that I diluted and put into a roller-ball bottle for easy use.
The more I research and educate myself, the more I follow my intuition and connect with and to plant essence, the more answers I find within. Within myself, within these oils. It is great to feel this empowered when it comes to (preventative) self-care, and to have so many great tools at hand.
What oils do you pack when you go on a journey? Are you inspired to try a certain one?