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The Six Must-Haves in My Travel Bag

February 4, 2015
Photos By Ryan Walsh

I’ve been known to pack for two weeks in a carry-on and carry all my beauty essentials in a one-quart bag. I’ve made this work because I swear by these six essential oils. The multiple uses make them the MVPs of my travel bag!

OnGuard: Not only does this offer immune support, it also smells amazing, doubling as an evening scent (it definitely came in handy in Uganda!). The combination of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils means it lifts your spirits while keeping you healthy.

Lemon: I use this for bites or stings, digestion, dry throat, cleaning, exhaustion, and so many other things (I put a few drops in hot water in the morning). You will find tons of different ways to use this when you travel. I also love a drop or two on my toothbrush, too.

Oregano: When I’m in Europe, Central America, or Africa, it’s normally long days of walking, sometimes through interesting terrain. So having a bit of oregano oil to help with calluses, muscle aches, and inflammation is great. I also use it as a natural alternative to antibiotics whenever possible. I hate the taste, so I use veggie caps and add four to five drops.

Melaleuca: Most people know this as tea tree oil. This is my magic skin potion. I have combination skin, and this is the best toner ever. I also get red blotches from time to time, so I have this on hand for relief. It’s also great for sunburns, cuts, and burns.

Peppermint: This is awesome for headaches, jet lag, a sore throat, and muscle aches. I also put a few drops in hot water and make my own peppermint tea before bed. If my asthma is flaring up, I also diffuse it at night.

Lavender: While you can use lavender oil for burns, dry hair and skin, and as a natural mosquito repellant, I use it for my seasonal allergies. I mix a veggie cap with lemon, lavender, and peppermint for immediate relief.

If you want more info on using essential oils, check out the Modern Essentials Usage Guide: A Quick Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. It’s been super-helpful for me, as I’ve been on this journey to be more healthy in every way.

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