Here in Maine we welcomed spring yesterday with 14″ of beautiful snow. It is a final (hopefully) gift of the winter season. As I sit here looking out my AromaCottage window it is beautiful, but I am looking forward to getting on the road tomorrow and heading south with my husband, Ron, and Brooklyn, our newly adopted doxie girl! Here is a picture of Brooklyn having fun in the snow!
When I pack for a trip, planning which essential oils, sprays, base oils, lotions and such I will bring is a major part of my preparation. My body items are important because I am so sensitive to those fragranced chemical laden products found in hotel bathrooms. My anti germicidal sprays are invaluable to have in my purse and hotel room and even the car gets equipped with aromatherapy! So here is a list of what I will be making and bringing with me on our road trip-
For the Car
I use essential oils that will invigorate and clear a foggy mind when the driving makes me droopy, such as rosemary, peppermint, lemon or pine. A few drops can simply be added to a paper towel or cotton ball and placed by the vent in the car. You can pick up the towel or cotton ball and inhale for a quick pick me up. I make a spray with about 10 drops total of essential oils to each ounce of water (remember to add a bit of alcohol to mix the oils and water together) and spray the car interior, my hand to inhale from, and around my head to stimulate my attention to the road. Always be careful when using sprays to avoid your eyes.
For road stops and the hotel
It’s a germy world out there and there’s nothing worse than getting sick while traveling. Many essential oils have anti viral, anti bacterial, anti fungal properties such as tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender or thyme. As soon as I arrive in the room I mist the TV controller, doorknobs, counter tops, vents, and anything else I think needs a shot of spray. I also repeat this every day after the maid cleans the room which helps to dispel the usually overpowering fragranced cleaning smell that’s been left behind. You can also use a damp paper towel or cloth with about 5 drops of essential oil on them to wipe everything down.
I bring a smaller containers of what I usually use at home. I make all my own body oils, lotions, soaps and shampoos with essential oils specific to my needs and base oils such as sweet almond or jojoba. If you are especially sensitive to what the hotels offer in their bathrooms like I am don’t leave home without what works for you! I also bring a towel and washcloth to use if the towels in the room have been washed with fragranced laundry detergent!
This all takes some effort in preparing and gathering my supplies for a trip, but it is well worth it to have it all along!
Oh, and since we are going to Florida, I’d better bring some of my essential oil bug spray!