2014-06-22 15.47.41On a scale of one to ten, I would put my desire to get on an airplane at about a minus 23. While I like the fact that an airplane allows me to avoid days of car travel, I would still rather stay home.

Yes, I’m a homebody. I love the comfort and familiarity of home and family. I love hearing William’s little feet thumping down the stairs in the morning. I like sleeping on my own pillow, using my own coffee cup, and drying off with my own fluffy towels. In a perfect world, I would almost never leave our two little acres by the lake.

But, this is not a perfect world and travel is sometimes inevitable. We now have grandchildren living out of state. James and I also have had occasional opportunities to speak at conventions around the nation. On top of this, our growing essential oil business has given us more reasons to travel, often in the form of free trips…the last trip being Hawaii! So, in order to enjoy these sometimes once in a lifetime events, air travel has become a bit of a dreaded necessity.

However, essential oils make the whole experience less daunting! They can be very useful before flying, while on board the aircraft, and after arrival. Here are a few of my favorite essential travel tips:

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Scott – one of the friendliest flight attendants we have ever had! And, he really enjoyed our peppermint!

Before I leave the house, I make sure to apply the oil blend Valor to my temples. Valor helps to support my embarrassingly intense need for courage! Did I mention I hate flying? It also helps give me a boost of energy and alertness, which is important for me, since James likes to book obscenely early morning flights.

Be sure to plan ahead if you want to take your oils on board. TSA regulations allow you to bring a small amount of liquid (up to 100ml – six 15ml plus two 5 ml bottles is fine) on board an aircraft, as long as it is enclosed in a one quart sized Ziploc bag. This bag should be removed from your carry on bag and scanned separately.

Be sure to pack oils you may need while in the air. Peppermint works great for me for headaches, pressure, ear pain, upset stomach, congestion, jet lag etc. If the oils you want to bring along exceed the limit, you can always pack them in your checked baggage.

After boarding, the first thing we do is pull out our bottle of Thieves. James puts a few drops on his fingers and reaches up to open the air vent. Of course, the oil gets “accidentally” applied to the vent! Before you know it, the aroma of Thieves is purifying the air around us. It’s always amusing to hear nearby travellers asking each other what that wonderful aroma is!

Peace and Calming is another great oil to have on hand, especially if you are traveling with children. You might even be able to use this oil to help a distraught mother dealing with an inconsolable little one. Or a grumpy husband who really needs a nap while travelling. ;-)

Purification is also a good one to bring along for purifying the air, especially when you arrive at your hotel. Don’t forget your diffuser! I usually diffuse either lemon, Purification, or Thieves while in our hotel room.

Also, lemon is a wonderful oil to add to your water while cruising along at 30,000 feet, or even on the ground! It helps with acid indigestion and it tastes great!

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By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.