Essential Oil Must for Vacations…

Always bring lavender essential oil on vacation.

I just got back from vacation and I’ve been dieing to get to the computer to write this post!  I go on and on about essential oils and all they can do, right?  Well, hang on to your pants, this post is going to convince you of the power of these little bottles!

Picture this, I’m rush, rush rushing out the door so we can get to the lake before lunch.  Kids are in the car, husbands in the car, dogs in the car and I’m still in the house panicking over what I might be forgetting.  Oh the woes of a mother.  Anyway, normally I would have packed a little bag of essential oils but for some reason I just didn’t.  I guess I was in the mode of packing super light due to my youngest not needing tons of baby equipment anymore.  So as I was flying around the house, I see my bottle of lavender next to the diffuser.  I grab it.  Call it mother’s intuition, call it whatever but thank God I did.

We get to the lake, get settled in for the girl’s naps and my oldest starts to sob from ear pain.  Mind you, she’s never had an ear ache.  My youngest has and thanks to Camp Wander I had my “world’s best ear ache blend”  all made up and sitting next to the coffee maker, at home… Insert terrified smiley face.  Knowing that the mix contained basil, lavender and tea tree, I grabbed my lavender, rubbed it in and around her ear and hoped for the best.  She continued to cry on and off for another hour, but once the nap was over she was gearing to go.  Not one complaint of an ear ache from that point on.  LAVENDER!

Fast forward to 3am that same night/day.  I wake up with one eye gooped shut.  Uh……?????   According to my husband’s phone (cause I couldn’t see) I had pink eye.  I have never had pink eye and therefore never knew of an oil protocol.  According to the hubs phone, lavender and tea tree were what I needed.  Well, once again, lavender would have to do.  I applied lavender to the bones around my eye socket and went back to sleep.  The next morning my eye was glued shut even more!  Once I washed it out, I was horrified at how swollen and red it looked.  I looked certifiably insane!  Like wheel me off to the sanitarium ASAP, insane!  I added more lavender once I washed my face and hoped my sunglasses would cover the ridiculousness that was my eye.

I kid you not-within 2 hours-my eye was back to normal.  Pink eye was outta here!

So the moral of this story is-never go on vacay without your bottle of lavender.  It seriously saved our vacation.  We would have had to go  back home if Sofie had had an ear infection and/or I (and anyone who came in contact with me) would have had to suffer through the grossness that is pink eye for the whole trip.

Lavender worked on pink eye because it is anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and an anti inflammatory.  Pink Eye can be a viral or a bacterial infection and can also be caused by allergies. I have used lavender on my youngest daughter when she had a blocked tear duct.  I found that because lavender will encourage draining, it can unblock tear ducts and save a baby from going through tear duct surgery.  It worked wonders on Heidi and it worked wonders on my eye.

Lavender comes in handy for many other issues that can arise while away from home.  Many times all it takes is a swipe of lavender to get you back on your feet again.  I always say “when in doubt, use the lavender”.

lavender essential oil

One little bottle of lavender can fix:

  • Poison Ivy
  • Sunburn
  • Cuts/bruises
  • Fever
  • Stomach aches/nausea
  • Ear aches
  • Nose bleeds
  • Insect bites
  • Yeast infections
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Cold sores
  • Allergies
  • Sleeplessness
  • Head aches
  • Cramps
  • Stress

Find my favorite lavender HERE.

**Since this post, I have switched essential oil companies and now prefer to use Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils.  They are unadulterated and organic, not to mention extremely affordable.  Go HERE to check them out.  I still stand behind the quality of Spark Naturals essential oils but find MRH’s commitment to quality and sustainability to be the company I prefer to use.  

xx, Jenni


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  1. Carol
    June 16, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    That is amazing!!! And also entertaining! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Bethany
    June 17, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Running to put my EOs in our vacation bag- leaving in 2 days! Thanks!

  3. Steph
    June 18, 2014 / 9:11 am

    Love this! I am just now getting on the EO band-waggon, and the first 2 I bought were Lavendar and Lemon…. My son has had a little nagging cough at bedtime and in the morning that prevented him from going to sleep…instead of giving him night-time cough medicine to help him sleep, I put about 30 drops of Lavendar in our humidifier 2 nights ago and let it run all night and no more coughing and he was able to sleep soundly! I was so excited that this worked!

    • June 18, 2014 / 12:45 pm

      Steph! That’s awesome! It’s so rewarding to be able to soothe your kiddos with something so natural! I love essential oil victories!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Andrea Winbigler
    June 18, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    I keep a bottle of lavender in my purse. It came in handy when we went on an overnight trip recently. My son decided to roll through the grass and ended up all itchy. When the chlorine from the indoor pool was too much for his lungs I rubbed my lavender, lemon and peppermint roll on all over his chest to stop the coughing. It definitely pays to think ahead and have a few oils in your bag just in case.

  5. Maria
    February 13, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Hi, I love using essential oils in the diffuser but haven’t really used them medicinally. I’m keen to get started and just wondering is is safe to apply the lavender neat to the skin without diluting in oil? Especially interested to use this with my children’s colds, soar ears etc! Thanks 😉

    • February 17, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Maria-Hi! I do. You might try it on a small area first but lavender is pretty gentle. If your kiddos start to complain that it burns, I would have an oil close by ready to layer on top of it. That will dilute it enough to take the sting out but you will still get the benefit of the essential oil!

  6. Lauren
    February 26, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Hey! I’m still new to essential oils (got my young living starter kit in Dec) and still hesitant sometimes to use them around my baby, but I’m anxious to hear about lavender to relieve a blocked tear duct! My daughter is 6 months old and we’ve been dealing with hers since she was born! We’ve tried massaging, warm compresses, & breastmilk with no success! Thanks!!

    • February 27, 2015 / 8:57 am

      Hi Lauren! Not sure if I explained it properly in this post-Lavender is really so good for a clogged anything! In case you need direction, apply maybe 2-3 drops on your fingers and press them into the skin between the eyebrows and down the bridge of the nose. Do this daily until the eye stops watering. Be careful to avoid getting lavender too close to the eye-the aroma from it will sting your babies eyes-it won’t cause damage but it will cause some crying! If you are brave you might press around the sinus area below the eyes, I believe that might be were most clogs are. I say brave because I was worried of the eye sting, but I did it anyway and we saw fast relief. Also, if you are nervous, feel free to dilute the lavender with a little coconut oil. My baby enjoyed the face massage and she had no discomfort at all. You can also apply it straight and then if your baby acts uncomfortable or you can tell it hurts the skin, then you can apply a bit of coconut oil on top to dilute. I hope this makes sense. Feel free to contact me or respond to this if you have any questions! Good luck and keep me posted!

  7. Tiffany
    October 22, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    How did you apply the lavender for the blocked tear duct? My daughter is almost 1. Thank you!!!

    • October 23, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      Tiffany-I would rub it in between her brows and down her nose and on each side of her nose. I would massage it in. The aroma could burn her eyes kind of like an onion smell would so you might have to dilute with coconut oil-I didn’t though-she didn’t mind.

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