Practice travel wellness this spring break

Spring break is here for a lot of students! Despite this time of uncertainty and constant change, safe travel can provide a much-needed change of scenery, release stress, and remind us to enjoy life to its fullest.

Now more than ever, it’s important to protect your health while traveling.

This post is full of natural wellness recipes for travel that can help! You’ll find tips and blends for keeping your hands clean, staying well rested (even in hotels and on planes), calming a queasy belly, and boosting your immune health (so important!)

Let’s start with one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. . .

Keep your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean plays such an important role in travel wellness, we gave it its own section apart from immune support.

Traveling exposes you to germs and microbes you wouldn’t otherwise encounter by staying home. Airports are hubs for people from all over the world. The surfaces there—like the surfaces of planes and buses—have been touched by many hands! Cleaning your hands as often as possible can help reduce your risk of illness.

Washing your hands with gentle, natural soap
and water is the best way to get rid of germs.

When you can’t get to a sink, you can keep your hands feeling fresh with an aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) based hand gel, or a moisturizing lotion with oils that help purify your skin.

Here are a few hand-care recipes to get you started!

Travel tip: For the Wild Orange Foaming Hand Soap, you can make the full-sized 250 ml bottle (perfect for kitchen and bathroom sinks), and just pour some into a 50 ml travel-sized bottle. Or you can reduce the recipe by 1/5. In that case, you’d need less than 50 ml of Castile soap, 5 drops of wild orange oil (Citrus sinensis), and 3 drops of Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris).

Stay well rested

Getting enough rest plays a HUGE role in staying healthy, even when you’re not traveling! When you are traveling, it becomes an even bigger priority . . . and one that can be tougher to achieve.

It’s not easy to sleep on long flights, and hectic travel schedules mean that you might have to get up at odd hours to make your plane. Once you arrive at your destination, jet lag might confuse your circadian rhythm and sleep schedule, so your body feels tired in the middle of the day, but too alert to sleep at night.

Lack of sleep can leave you with no energy
to enjoy your trip. It can even compromise your
immune system, making you more likely to get sick.

Not what you want for a relaxing vacation!

These aromatherapy for travel recipes can help you get enough sleep, so you feel balanced and energized. They’re made with oils like black spruce (Picea mariana), which can help you feel relaxed after a long day of stress and screen exposure, and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)—probably the most popular essential oil in the world for rest and relaxation!

Calm queasiness

Do you get an upset stomach when you travel? Maybe you get a little nervous flying, or the motion itself makes your belly feel queasy. Or maybe trying new food is tough on your digestive system.

Avoid these issues with our DIY aromatherapy recipes!

The beauty of using aromatherapy to support your belly
is that, regardless of what’s causing queasy feelings,
these recipes can help calm them.

Oils like cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) have such an affinity for the belly, some people refuse to travel without them. There’s even a simple peppermint hydrosol (Mentha × piperita) recipe you can sip on while you travel! (Just be sure to pour the hydrosol into a smaller bottle so you can take it through airport security. You’ll only need a teaspoon for the sipping recipe below!)

Support your immune health

Keeping your immune health as strong and resilient as possible is a must for a safe, fun trip!

Our three previous points actually play a role in immune health, too.

That’s because your immune system isn’t
an “isolated” system within your body.
It’s more like a holistic response.

And then there are recipes—like the ones below—that focus on strengthening immunity in a more direct way. These DIY blends purify your space and encourage your body to protect itself against health threats. They’re made with classic immune support oils like thyme ct linalool (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus).

Use these recipes for that extra boost of health you need when you’re traveling, surrounding yourself with new people and places, and shifting your schedule.

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March 10, 2022 — Karen Williams