The use of essential oils is an ancient tradition implemented to enhance a person’s emotional, physical, and spiritual state of well being. Because these oils are extracted from plants, they bare the aromatic and chemical essence of the plant in a highly concentrated form, and they offer a variety of uses. If you’re interested in harnessing the power of essential oils during your next RVing adventure, check out these top essential oils to have on the road!
Stay Alert and Focused
When you spend long hours behind the wheel you can get mentally and physically exhausted, but you can harness the power of essential oils to overcome your fatigue to stay focused and alert as you drive. Peppermint, rosemary, and wild orange are all effective at keeping you awake and energized. Put a drop on your temples or blend a mixture into a mini spray bottle and mist the interior of your car. Vitality dietary citrus essential oils can be used as a pick-me-up by placing a few drops in your water for drinking as you drive.
Car Sickness Remedy
For those prone to motion sickness, road trips can be a nightmare! Luckily, essential oils are here to help! Peppermint can help combat car sickness, and can be consumed on a sugar cube or some other diluent to help minimize the intensity of the taste. Ginger is another essential oil that works well to thwart motion sickness. Putting a drop behind each ear can help, or you can use the essential oil to make ginger chews which taste delicious and actually help remedy nausea. A digestive blend such as DigestZen can also be a potent force against car-ride queasiness. So the next time your itinerary has you traveling through mountains to set up camp in an amazing setting, consider bringing along one of these helpful EOs (and keep it handy!).
Calm Cranky Campers
For many, the longer they stay cooped up in the car, the more irritable they become. This is especially true when traveling with young kids or pets. No matter who’s throwing a tantrum mid travel, essential oils can come to the rescue! Lavender is a common go-to oil for when tempers start to flare. Although it is commonly used to relieve sunburn, lavender is most notably recognized for its soothing smell and calming properties. Rose and chamomile are also effective for enhancing moods so you don’t have to be trapped in a vehicle with peeved passengers. Car diffusers, which typically plug into the USB or cigarette lighter receptacle in your vehicle, can be a simple way to spread the tranquil scent throughout the car.
Other Must-Have Essential Oils
- Citronella EO - Ideal for dusky nights at the campsite, use citronella essential oil to keep the bugs at bay. Make sure to apply to the kids, too, if they're out playing games, such as Monsters in the Dark.
- Frankincense EO- When your travels leave you drained, Frankincense can give your immune system the boosting response it needs to stave off sickness.
- Thieves EO - When you’re in the confined space of a small car, the smells can get interesting. Use thieves oil to eliminate airborne bacteria and odors.
Whether you want to support concentration as you drive, remedy roadway nausea, or pacify grouchy passengers, you’ll want to consider packing a few essential oils along for the journey. What essential oils do you travel with? Let us know in the comments!