#Travel140: Aromatherapy for the Traveler

#Travel140 #TravelTip: Trouble relaxing while you #travel? Pack lavender or mint sprays to reduce stress & more!

Aromatherapy is one of the easiest ways to soothe frazzled nerves. In particular, the smell of lavender helps most people relax, and peppermint oil can also help soothe a headache, freshen your breath, cool your feet, control odors, and even repel some insects!

Lavender has been used for centuries to soothe frazzled nerves.

Lavender has been used for centuries to soothe frazzled nerves.

For simplicity, you can purchase small herbal sprays in many bath and health stores, and sometimes in the health & beauty section of grocers or drug stores. If you’re a DIYer, you can make a simple spray with essential oils and distilled water in an inexpensive spray bottle. You will find the oils in many drug and health stores, and some grocers like Whole Foods, and small, TSA-sized spray bottles can be found in the travel section of many stores. Mix the ingredients right in the bottle, then spritz your neck pillow, scarf, or pillowcase and enjoy the soothing aroma.

For a Lavender spray, mix 5 tablespoons of water with two tablespoons of witchhazel and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. That will give you just about 3 ounces of spray. Peppermint Essential Oil has many uses, and the strength of your spray will vary based on you use. However, we have found a mixture similar to the Lavender spray but with about half as much oil (about five drops) works well as a refreshing spray. We’ve also had good results without the witchhazel.

For more on the many uses of Peppermint oils, check out The Paleo Mama’s 20 Miracle Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil.

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Have you used aromatherapy in your travels, or other methods to stay relaxed and stress free? Let us know about it in the comments!

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