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Traveling for the Holidays – How Essential Oils Can Help

Going back home to visit family for Thanksgiving is something that people simultaneously look forward to and dread. Seeing loved ones is always fun, and Thanksgiving is a great holiday. However, travel is stressful, especially around major holidays when airports and train stations are crowded and busy.

Being away from home is disruptive, and as much as you miss your siblings and your favorite aunt, there is always that one stressful distant relative that dislikes your life choices or questions why you don't have a boyfriend yet. Who can be bothered to deal with all that?

If you're away from home and staying with your relatives, you won't have all that much privacy or the chance to let off steam in the way you might when you're at home. Finding a way to sit down and relax for a minute or two is always useful, and could be the difference between making some nice memories over Thanksgiving, or falling out with some people that actually, you really care about.

Essential oils can be a nice way of unwinding and calming nerves or stress. They can also give you a bit of a 'pick me up' which can be useful if you are trying to shake off a cold or some other bug after traveling on public transport. Some great essential oils to have in your travel toolkit include:

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This is a soothing, warming essential oil with good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 1 Black Pepper is great for applying topically, so if you have some aches and pains after a long flight, why not give it a try.


Sage oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It has a pleasing scent, and it's also antimicrobial so it's useful for staving off infections. What makes it so useful for travel is that it is especially refreshing. It can wake you up if you're drowsy after Thanksgiving dinner, and it can help to fight off jetlag as well. So if you've just got off the plane and you're dreading being chased around by little nieces and nephews, a quick spritz of sage could be just what you need to give you a little more energy. Sage can also be a mood booster, with some research suggesting it can even help with depression. 2

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Peppermint oil is useful for treating stuffy noses and can be helpful for fighting cravings as well. 3 So if you're tempted to over-indulge in dessert after Thanksgiving dinner, a sniff of peppermint oil could help you to say “just a small slice, please”. Peppermint oil is also good for settling your stomach.


Lemon is incredibly versatile. It can soothe sore throats, fight indigestion, and help to combat seasonal allergies as well. If you're constantly sneezing at this time of year, then using lemon in a room diffuser could help you. If you've got a sore throat, then sipping a drink made with hot water, lemon and honey is a nice way to take the edge off the pain. The honey coats your throat, and the antioxidants and antibacterial agents in the lemon can help with healing. Lemon can even help with concentration and focus, 4 which is handy for paying attention when you're catching up with all your relatives.

traveling for holidays Rose

You might think of rose as being more of a summer scent, but that's part of the reason why it's so nice to have it at this time of year. When the nights are getting colder and darker it's good to have something a little brighter and more aromatic to warm things up a bit. Rose is a great oil for stress relief, as well as having other medicinal uses. 5 When you're all peopled out and want to relax, then you just need to sit down and breathe in a soothing blend including some rose oil to feel better and find yourself getting back your inner peace.


Bergamot is a distinctive essential oil that gives Earl Grey tea its flavor. It is a good pick-me-up and it is also useful for promoting quality sleep, and for leveling your mood. As an added bonus, it is good for your heart too, reducing your blood lipid levels. 6 Just adding a couple of drops to your tea will bring the benefits, or using it in a room diffuser, either by itself or as a part of an overall blend.

Coconut traveling for holidays

Coconut oil is something that has been getting a lot of attention lately, from people making coconut flat white coffees or using coconut oil as a special oil for cooking keto recipes, to its use as a topical oil, or as a carrier oil. It's the versatility of the oil that makes it worthy of a recommendation here. If you're making your own essential oil blends, then coconut is a nice mild carrier oil that you can use as a base to add more aromatic oils too. It's gentle and soothing, and it has a pleasing aroma to it.

You can also use it as an antimicrobial oil, 7 a makeup remover, and to treat scrapes and bumps, and as a replacement for chapstick. Why waste money on cosmetic products that contain nasty chemicals when something natural like coconut oil can do the job just as well.


Citronella is an essential oil that you are probably rather familiar with because it is used in so many sprays, incense products, and air fresheners. It is a food flavoring, and it is actually classed as a non-toxic form of pesticide. It's unlikely that you're going to have to worry about the effectiveness of citronella for warding off mosquitos on the average Thanksgiving holiday but it's still handy to know that it can.

Citronella makes a nice deodorant too. So if you're taking the greyhound home and you don't want to irritate your traveling partners by spraying deodorant everywhere it is a good idea to use something milder instead, and Citronella certainly qualifies. The scent is pleasingly warming as well which can be a nice touch at this time of year. Since it's a scent that is used in so many products, it is well recognized, and most people do not find it particularly objectionable. Think of it as a lot like patchouli , only far more modern and therefore better loved!

There are many other essential oils to choose from, and you may have some that remind you of family gatherings or recipes or ones that always cheer you up or calm your nerves. The beauty of essential oils is that you can experiment with them to find the perfect blends, and there are no right or wrong choices. Whether you need something to soothe a hangover, stop a cold, from getting worse, help you sleep or help you wake up, there's a high chance that you will find an essential oil that will do the job. And who knows, maybe you can share your essential oils with your family and be the hero of the day after everyone's done partying.

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