The benefits of lavender essential oil are countless especially on vacation. In my opinion, lavender essential oil is the handiest oil to take while on a trip due to the many tricky situations it can remedy! Read on to find how I use lavender 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? The truth is, essential oils for travel might just save your entire trip, much less the day!
Hang on to your pants, this post is going to convince you of the power of these little bottles, especially on vacation!
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 my miracle earache blend we get through that pain within hours, no antibiotics required. I had a bottle all made up and sitting next to the coffee maker, at home… Insert terrified smiley face emoji.
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.
Fast forward to 3am that same night/day. I wake up with one eye gooped shut. Uh……?????
According to my husband’s phone-because I couldn’t see, 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. I haven’t had pink eye since I was young and therefore never knew of an oil protocol.
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 added more lavender around my eye socket bone 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 travel 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.
Lavender essential oil 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. It worked wonders on Heidi and it worked wonders on my eye.
Lavender essential oil 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”.
Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil for Travel:
- Poison Ivy
- Stomach aches/nausea
- Ear aches
- Nose bleeds
- Insect bites
- Yeast infections
- Cold sores
- Head aches
From the list above, you can see-lavender can remedy a number of vacation related ailments. Ideally, essential oils for travel should include peppermint, Thieves blend and tea tree but lavender is the absolute must!! It’s the Swiss army knife of being a mom!
Better yet, I always keep a roll on that contains lavender and tea tree. I use it from everything to tick bites to blemishes.
Babies & Lavender Oil:
Lavender is a gentle oil and wonderful to use on babies over 3 mos. old. In fact, studies have shown that lavender can even help with colic. Lavender also can be helpful when it comes to sleep. Add lavender to to your babies bath or even lotion before bedtime. Pat down your babies pjs for aromatic effects.
If your baby has an open wound, you might consider diluting the lavender before applying to baby skin. You can use any oil to do this. Because I’m an avid oil user, I always have face oil, body oil even my oil cleanser has been used!
Where to get the Best Lavender Essential Oil:
When using essential oils, high quality, organic oils are a must. I typically get my essential oils from Plant Therapy. I love that they offer organic oils that are affordable. Plus they offer fast and free shipping. You can use my code JENNIRAINCLOUD to get 10% off your order! Find my favorite certified organic lavender essential oil HERE.
Moral of the story-don’t leave home without the lavender. The benefits of lavender essential oil are endless and lavender is a gentle, kid friendly oil that can be used in a plethora of emergencies.