Essential Oils are growing in popularity and if you have used them yourself you will understand why.
When applied with care, they are a really safe, natural alternative to medicines and chemical-based products on the market. They can also be convenient to keep on hand whilst travelling, as each oil has different purposes and benefits for helping keep you and your kids healthy.
Keep this in mind when using Essential Oils on children:
Oils are very potent and you only need a small amount to achieve the desired effect, especially on children.
Kids skin is thinner and more sensitive than adults so it's important to dilute essential oil in a carrier oil (we use coconut oil) before applying to children.
Diffusing oils is an easy way to reap the benefits without having to worry about possible skin reactions. Diffused oils can create a calm, relaxed and healthier indoor environment for your kids!
Never allow children to use oils themselves and keep out of reach at all times.
Be informed - there are mountains of information on the safe usage of oils for kids.
Make sure you do your research and if ever in doubt speak to a healthcare professional knowledgable in the field.
Our favourite Essential Oils for travelling:
This oil is one of our absolute favourites and works on headaches, tummy troubles and will help to keep you and your little ones awake and alert. You can either inhale the oil, dab on the temples or a drop on the tongue.
You can also try diluting this oil in coconut oil to make your own peppermint rub, which will come in handy in cooler climates where coughs and colds can come into play; and even rub it on your little one’s tummy to help with indigestion.
This oil also helps promote healthy respiratory function.
It's important to stay hydrated whilst travelling, but sometimes it can be tricky getting little ones to drink enough water. Adding a few drops of lemon, grapefruit, lime and/or orange oil to water makes a refreshing, sugar-free and tasty drink that your kids will be sure to enjoy!
You can also add some sea salt to create your own hydrolysing ‘sports drink’.
Lemon oil can also be used as a non-toxic cleaner and room deodorizer on the go.
Lavender oil is great for travelling as it promotes calmness and relaxation.
It can be used on long flights for anxious travellers or to help to get little ones to sleep in the car or new environments. Add a few drops to pillows, bedding or blankies or on the bottom of your kid's feet (mixed with oil) at bedtime. It helps heal sunburns, wounds and other skin irritations,
and also acts as an insect repellent.
Tea Tree oil soothes itchy insect bites, sores and sunburns and works as an antiseptic and insect repellent. We also love using it as a natural hand sanitiser while on the go!
Our Final Tips on Travelling With Essential Oils:
When flying make sure you seal your oils in bags to prevent spills in your checked luggage.
As essential oils have potent scents that may irritate others remember not to open them while on the plane, put them on before boarding or dab a small amount on a tissue or cloth.
Keep a small kit in the glove box compartment of your car.
We like using dōTERRA therapeutic-grade Essential Oils, however have no affiliation with this product.
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Happy, Healthy Travels!
*The information in the post above is based on our personal experiences, as well as sourced from our Essential Oil supplier, Doterra. For any medical or personal health-related issues, we suggest you seek a medical opinion.