When traveling overseas, especially to Africa, it’s so hard to know what medicine you’re going to need. We usually end up bringing way too much of one thing and realize we need something else that we didn’t even pack with us. Essential oils have been the best way for us to prepare for getting sick and staying healthy on long flights, train rides, road trips and hitchhiking adventures alike. They’re compact and each have several uses saving valuable packing space. Shoutout to my awesome mom for getting us these three particular oils as a gift before leaving for Rwanda!
- Thieves – Supports your immune system, kills airborne bacteria and is a powerful disinfectant.
Put a few drop in a capsule and swallow it as an immune system boost if you’re getting sick or before traveling. Add it to tea if you don’t have any capsules, make sure the tea isn’t too hot so it doesn’t damage the therapeutic compounds of the blend. Add a few drops to a spray bottle and use it as a disinfectant in hotel rooms, airplane seats etc. You can also add it to a travel size diffuser to kill airborne bacteria.
- Peppermint – Gets rid of headaches, Keeps your energy up, cools you off, soothes stomach aches, anti-itch and keeps mosquitos away.
Rub a drop on your temples and forehead to get rid of a headache. Hold it under your nose and breathe it in or diffuse it when your feeling tired. Rub a drop on your stomach when you have a stomach ache. Rub a drop on the back of your neck when your feeling too hot, you can also add a drop or two to your water bottle to cool you down. Rub it on a mosquito bit to get rid of the itch. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and other beauty products to repel mosquitos.
- Lavender – Aids in sleep, reduces swelling of insect bites, gets rid of nausea and motion sickness and gets rid of cramps.
Put a few drops on your pillow at night to help you sleep. Rub on bug bites and bee stings to make the swelling go down. Diffuse or hold under your nose to get rid of motion sickness and nausea. Rub on your stomach to get rid of period cramps.
Bringing these oils instead of other medications will save you time, money and space in your bags.