Traveling Oily

I don’t know about you guys but for us, the holidays include a long road trip every other year. Driving 17+ hours with two little ones is going to require a whole lotta Jesus, and a few oils.

Here is what I am packing and planning for this travel season…

ON THE ROAD

CAR DIFFUSER – Whether it is the clip on type that goes directly on your air vent (hello adorable YL diffuser this season) or its a cup holder mist diffuser, this is a must have! Thieves and Purification if you have a sicko in the family and you don’t want to breathe in their circulated germ air. Throw a little Lemon and Peppermint in there to keep you alert while driving. Drop a few drops of Release, Lavender, Stress Away or Peace & Calming if the kids are fighting in the back seat. Just make sure that the driver isn’t heavily affected by the sleepy properties of these oils (Starbucks run).

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HEAD TENSION RELIEF – Because, driving. Strict concentration for hours on end is bound to result in a little head tension. This is why I always pack a few tried and true oils to help out in this situation. M-Grain is the go-to in our household and we roll it on directly from the bottle onto our temples and across our forehead. Then take a big wiff of the bottle to get those good fumes directly to your brain. If you don’t have M-Grain, Peppermint and Copaiba are helpful as well.

GETTING ANTSY – Circulation is a big issue when you are sitting down for long periods of time. Grab a roller and make a blend, or put a few drops in a jar with lotion, to help get your blood flowing while driving. Cypress, Copaiba, Peppermint and Lemongrass are good oils to use. Rub your legs, ankles and feet with your roller or lotion before you start driving. It’s always recommended to take breaks to get up and walk around as well. This would be a good time to apply your oily concoction.

MOTION SICKNESS – I have always struggled with motion sickness, especially in the car. Citrus oils and Peppermint are great ones to grab when the feeling hits. Huff them straight from the bottle or make a roller to put behind your ears and on the inside of your wrists. You can also use Digize or Tummygize (Kids line) on your stomach to help tame that tummy. Rub clockwise with a little bit of carrier oil.

If you have all the following oils available, then definitely make this rock star roller ahead of time: Peppermint, Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile, Myrrh and Ylang Ylang, 15-30 drops in a 10ml glass roller bottle topped with a carrier oil.

IN THE AIR

PERSONAL DIFFUSER: Young Living has a great small portable personal diffuser that you can pack right in your carry on bag and use at your seat. Press a button and a little puff of mist comes out and disperses. This is MONEY on an airplane for lots of reasons. Airplanes and their recirculated air will getcha when half of the plane is singing the same Christmas song (Oh Snotty Night, or We Wish You a Merry Cough-mas). Put a couple drops of Thieves in your diffuser and puff out a few times every hour and you will keep your own personal air space cleansed and purified. If you have a tough time sleeping on planes, put in a few drops of Lavender, Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Valor or Cedarwood and puff puff puff. You will be lulled to sleep.

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YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION

I don’t go anywhere overnight without bringing my Young Living Diffuser. We are going to be surrounded by a whole lot of people all day for 10 days straight and are going to need all the immunity tricks we have. Overnight, I will be diffusing Raven, Frankincense, Lavender, Stress Away and Tea Tree. Not all at once, but in different combinations to boost our immune / respiratory systems, and help us sleep. During the day Thieves, Lemon, Tea Tree, Frankincense and Citrus Fresh blends will be going in the main living space to purify the air and keep everyone above the wellness line. A diffuser is a huge tool in your oily arsenal while traveling.

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I also bring a couple of my favorite everyday rollers with me and keep them in my purse. They are 15-30 drops (kid 15 – adult 30) in a 10ml glass roller bottle

WELLNESS ROLLER – Apply along the spine and on the bottoms of the feet every morning / night and before going out to large public places. Frankincense, Lavender, Tea Tree, Thieves, Copaiba & Lemon are my lineup.

HAPPY ROLLER – Because, family. We all need a little WoooSah when we are surrounded by people for long periods of time. This happy roller is a little inner peace in a bottle. Apply to your inner wrists, over your heart and on the bottle of your big toes. Stress Away, Orange, Peace & Calming, Joy, Frankincense and Release are all great oils for this bottle. Bonus! These oils smell amazing and you can low-key be wearing your WoooSah roller as a perfume. In a pinch, or at night before bed, you can apply Frankincense neat to the bottom of your big toes to help you center yourself and relax.

TIP/TRICK – If you don’t want to bring all of your EO bottles, or if it’s just a short trip, you can put up to 30 drops of an oil in a small 1ml dram (comes with your Starter Kit). There are also great oil travel case options on Amazon or directly from Young Living. They have pockets to make sure the bottles don’t roll around or tip while traveling.

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We hope that you all have a very HAPPY HOLIDAY and most importantly, TRAVEL SAFELY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carrier Oils & Dilution

What takes 22 seconds to reach your brain, 2 minutes to be found in your bloodstream, and less than 20 minutes to reach every cell in your body? That’s right, essential oils!  They are amazing compounds that can be utilized in many different ways for your overall health. The most common way people use essential oils is topically (applying to one’s skin).

Because essential oils are so very concentrated, carrier oils are used to help slow down the absorption into the skin (to reduce irritation) as well as help extend the essential oil over a large surface area.

Carrier oils are oils made mainly from fruits or vegetables and derived from the fatty portion of the plant, typically from the seeds or the nuts. They are high in essential fatty acids and can be used in many different capacities such as cooking, cleaning, beauty regimens and medicinal products to name a few.

When it comes to your choice of carrier oil, a lot of it is personal preference. Everybody’s body is different and you need to find what works best for you and your skin type.

Here is a breakdown of some of the most popular carrier oil choices that I have come across and what they are good for.

Coconut Oil / Fractionated Coconut Oil: Fractionated Coconut Oil stays in liquid form, while the extra virgin Coconut Oil hardens when it cools. It can be used for anything and everything but is especially good for dry skin. It is great at removing makeup but some people find that they break out if they use Coconut Oil because the molecules are large and sit on the surface of your skin longer. Use Fractionated Coconut for your rollers and on the spot diluting and use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in moisturizer and cream recipes. Whip up a body butter!

Grapeseed Oil Great for an everyday use for rollerballs and also a good choice for face serums. Great for balancing, toning, and smoothing the skin while being kind to skin that may break out easily.

Jojoba Oil: Since it is technically a wax, this oil has a longer shelf life than most carrier oils and is very resistant to higher temperatures. Jojoba Oil is colorless and odorless and is found in many cosmetic products as a replacement for Whale Oil. It is great for skin, hair and cuticles. I would recommend this oil for any beauty recipes, especially those for your face.

Rosehip Seed Oil: Extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush, this oil is high in essential fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3. Commonly used for face serums Rosehip Seed Oil is great for nourishing and toning your skin.

Vitamin E Oil: Vitamin E oil is rich in antioxidants and used in a lot of skincare products, especially those that claim anti-aging benefits. It is used in wound care, reducing appearance of scars, sunburn care, and treating Psoriasis symptoms.

Young Living’s V-6 Oil: A mixture of 7 different oils (Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Olive Fruit Oil) This carrier oil can be used for anything and is odorless and colorless. It is safe to use on everyone in your family, including your pets.

Mix it up and try different things to find your favorite. I pretty much exclusively use fractionated coconut oil for everything I make. However, when making beauty products for my face I lean towards Rosehip seed oil or Jojoba Oil. My next venture is to try Vitamin E oil for all my rollers because, why not?!

With all that said, I still do use some essential oils “neat” or straight out of the bottle  from time to time. This is a level of comfort that you will have to find for yourself and is totally a personal preference. Your Starter Kit makes it easy by providing you a roller top you can pop directly on a EO bottle. My favorite to do this with is Stress Away and wear it as a perfume.

Times I suggest to always use a carrier oil are when you are using an oil for the first time (to make sure that you don’t have a negative reaction to the oil) or when you are using a “hot oil” (see image below).

Hot oils can cause a warming sensation, and possible irritation if not used with a carrier. If you keep good food in your fridge, you'll eat good food.

 

**When you are using oils on children, ALWAYS DILUTE with a carrier. Dilution ratio chart below for reference:

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