Even though the sun is coming out in the UK at last, the school summer holiday season will be here before we know it. Are you looking forward to a family holiday away to relax, have fun, and spend time together?  If you are, then why not consider taking some summertime essential oils with you, for things such as stomach upsets, cuts and burns, pain relief, insect bites etc?

Why take essential oils away on holiday?

As you probably know, many essential oils have powerful healing properties so they’re ideal to make up a small, portable travel first aid kit.  And as they come in very small bottles, they’re luggage friendly too, even if you’re only taking cabin bags. However, it’s still worth considering which are the most useful ones to take on holiday.

My essential oils to take on holiday

Holiday tips

Before we look at which essential oils I’d recommend taking away with you, here are a few travel tips for when you’re away from home, especially overseas:

  • Be very mindful of what you eat and drink.
  • Use purified water for brushing teeth.
  • NEVER drink the tap water and check ice cubes and fruit juices are made with purified water.
  • Make sure food is freshly prepared, cooked thoroughly, and only eat fruit that you can peel or wash with purified water.
  • ALWAYS sanitise your hands before eating – we love doTERRA’s On Guard foaming hand wash and also make up a spray bottle of On Guard oil and water for times when running water isn’t available (such as on bus trips).

My “must have” essential oils travel and first aid kit

Because many essential oils need to be diluted when using topically, the first item in any kit should be a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

As well as being a carrier oil, it’s brilliant for soothing dry skin and chapped lips, so a really useful multi-purpose holiday product.

My essential oils to take on holiday

Next, here are a few of my go-to essential oil singles:

  • Clove (for pain relief, insect repellent)
  • Frankincense (for calming, headaches, inflammation and healing)
  • Geranium (for insect repellent, skin healing, and perfume!)
  • Ginger (for travel sickness and digestion)
  • Helichrysum (for bruising and rapid healing)
  • Lavender (for insect bites, burns, skin irritations and sleeping)
  • Melaleuca/Tea Tree ( insect bites and wounds)
  • Peppermint (for cooling, reducing fever, stomach upsets)

And here are some of my favourite essential oil blends:

  • AromaTouch® Massage Blend (for aches and pains)
  • Breathe® Respiratory Blend (for respiratory support and stuffy noses)
  • Balance® Grounding Blend (for calming)
  • Deep Blue® Soothing Blend (for sore muscles)
  • DigestZen Digestive Blend (for digestive issues and stomach upsets)
  • On Guard® Protective Blend (for boosting immunity)
  • PastTense® Tension Blend (for head tension and sore muscles)
  • TerraShield® Outdoor Blend (for insects)

My essential oils to take on holiday

As well as all of the above, I’d like to share my Top Ten of tried and tested natural first aid travel tips that my family has used while we’ve been travelling over the years:

  1. Insect repellent: biting bugs do not like Geranium, Melaleuca / Tea Tree or Lavender. Terrashield is also a great repellent!
  2. Insect bites: if we did get bitten by the occasional insect, then a drop of Lavender and Melaleuca took away any swelling and itching within minutes.
  3. Stomach upsets: Digestzen works wonders for most stomach upsets.
  4. Burns: Lavender oil for burns, including sunburn, as well as for dry lips. We dilute it with Fractionated Coconut Oil, or you could just add it to your aftersun lotion.
  5. Wounds: a mix of the following for their particular benefits – Clove oil for pain relief, Helichrysum for reducing bleeding and bruising, Melaleuca to prevent infection, Lavender to promote healing.
  6. Antibacterial hand wash: 10 drops of On Guard blend mixed with water in a small spray bottle and a pinch of epsom salts.
  7. Aches and pains: Deep Blue Rub and the essential oil blends of Deep Blue and AromaTouch.
  8. Head Tension: we use the blends of Past Tense and Deep Blue, and single oils of Lavender, Frankincense and Peppermint.
  9. Travel sickness: both Peppermint and Ginger are excellent at reducing nauseous feelings – especially Peppermint beadlets which are easy to suck.
  10. Breathing difficulties: airplane air is often so stuffy but the Breathe blend is wonderful at clearing sinuses and airways.

My ultimate holiday essential oil

If you only take one essential oil on holiday, then it has to be Lavender.

My essential oils to take on holiday

Why? Well, it’s like the Swiss Army knife of essential oils! It’s antiseptic so ideal for first aid, it works on burns so it’s great for skincare, it helps repel insects, and its calming properties help with travel sickness. And of course, it’s lovely to sprinkle a little in your bedrooms to help you get to sleep in a strange bed.

Final thoughts

Travelling with essential oils gives me peace of mind that we have effective first aid solutions if and when needed. But what do you think? Have you used essential oils while travelling abroad? If you have, which single oils and/or blends did you try? Which would you recommend and which would you like to try now?

We’ve used most of the above singles and blends every time we’ve gone away on holiday and I wouldn’t even think about going away without taking these wonderful, beneficial, and natural remedies with us now.