This healthy travels roll on essential oil recipe is just what you need to ward off illness when you are traveling. Traveling can be hard on your system and leave you open to catching whatever is going around, especially if you are cooped up in an airplane, on a cruise, or in a train car in close proximity to other passengers.
For a while every time we went on a plane one of us got sick. Once we went to Phoenix for a 3 day weekend. We could see the Grand Canyon as we flew over. But we didn’t get to visit it. We were both fine getting off the plane, after a 3-hour flight from Vancouver. But that evening Mr. Joybilee didn’t feel well. He spent the next 2 days moving between our hotel bed to the bathroom and back to the bed. Not the most fun vacation. The Norwalk virus was going around and it just took a few hours for us to catch it and ruin our trip.
Take Preventative Measures When You Travel
There are a few things we do now every time we fly. One is to carry hand sanitizing wipes. I use these ones. I wipe the seat back, the tray, the armrests — pretty much anything that my hands will come in contact with. Handwashing is the number 1 thing you can do to prevent illness from spreading.
Another preventative precaution we take is to carry this roller of prediluted essential oils. Breathing in essential oils can help you stay healthy when those around you may be sick, especially on a plane where the air is recirculated for hours. Essential oils are antimicrobial, antiviral, and also effective your mood. This healthy travel rollerball can be used discreetly on a flight, without triggering those around you who might be sensitive to scent.
About Essential Oils for Travel
Essential oils are concentrated plant essences. They are different than infused oils because they contain only the volatile oil portion of the plant. When purchasing essential oils it’s best to choose certified organic essential oils. The name brand isn’t as important as organic certification. Because essential oils are so concentrated, any pesticides used on the plant will be concentrated in the essential oils. You don’t want pesticides in your medicine cabinet.
Essential oil concentration is important. Once you have your essential oils you want to dilute them as we do in this roller stick recipe. You don’t want to use the essential oil without diluting it first. Don’t just apply a drop of essential oil to the inside of your wrist for perfume. You can end up burning your skin. They are that concentrated.
For most applications, you will dilute your essential oils to 1% to 3% concentration. That’s 2 drops to 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil. For perspective, the average 5 ml bottle of essential oil contains 100 drops of essential oil, so a small bottle of essential oil goes a long way. In this recipe, the grapeseed oil is the carrier oil that dilutes the essential oil.
Adult and teenager dilution: This recipe has a 3% dilution of essential oil to carrier oil. This is the dilution of essential oil to use for acute issues.
For a child 5 and under: reduce the essential oils by half – using 8 drops total for this recipe,- so for a child 5 and under, I’d reduce each by half and add more citrus than tea tree.
Children under 1 year of age: It’s best not to use essential oils on children under 1 year of age.
Healthy Flight Roll On Recipe
Time to make: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 x 10 ml bottle
- One 10ml roller ball bottle
- 5 drops Frankincense Serrata
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 drop rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- organic cold-pressed grapeseed oil
- Clean and sanitize a glass roller bottle. Make sure it is completely dry before using.
- Drop the essential oils into the empty glass bottle.
- Fill the bottle with organic cold-pressed grapeseed oil.
- Place the roller ball securely into the top of the bottle. Cap tightly. Shake well. Label and date.
- Turn upside down and test the roller ball for leaks before packing it in your carry on bag.
Roll the roller ball on the inside of your wrists during the flight. Bring hands to face and breathe the scent to clear out microbes.
These essential oils for travel can also be put in a personal inhaler to use during the flight.
This roller is only one of several herbal remedies I pack for travel. You can learn how to make all of them in the DIY Herbal First Aid Travel Kit.
Think of it as “travel insurance”
Have you ever been traveling and had a minor health crisis? It might be jet lag, an allergic reaction, insomnia, car sickness, or even a blistering sunburn. It sucks when all your remedies are at home and your only access to a helpful remedy is a pricey 2 dose package of over the counter drugs in the hotel concierge. That is if you can even find the OTC medicine you need where you are.
If you’ve ever been caught away from home with a minor health issue, this DIY herbal first aid travel kit class will help you resolve many issues quickly. It could help you avoid a costly emergency room visit in a foreign country. Whether you encounter illness or mishap, this class will teach you how to make the herbal remedies you need before you leave home.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, nurse, or any official title. I’m a mom and a grandma who has been using herbs and making my own herbal preparations for 35+ years. This is offered for education and information only and is not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please do your own research.