I had a pretty awful experience last weekend while traveling and was so thankful I had a few of my trusty essential oils with me.
While it seems pretty obvious that you are literally entrusting your life to strangers when you board an airplane, your basic state of health is up to YOU!
On the 2nd leg of a return flight home from a quick business trip, I encountered a filthy plane. And I mean filthy. I was seated in the rear, 1 row up from the lavatory aka “flying porta potty”. It was late in the day and I don’t know how many people that particular plane had already transported that day. Let’s just say it was lots. And lots. And if my previous flight was any indication…it’s clearly family vacation time and that translates to lots of kiddos who are innocent but notorious germ carriers.
The air vent on the side of the plane in front of me was totally blocked with dust. There could not possibly have been any airflow at all through that vent. And you do realize that the air on a plane is recycled, right? The oxygen content is already less than normal, which most healthy people tolerate and compensate for just fine. But as a nurse who has worked with plenty of oxygen compromised pts, I know the slightest additional stress on your body can lead to a myriad of problems. The stress of flying alone, compromises your immune system, we don’t need any help making it worse.
Now we’ll add in the stench I encountered. There is no pleasant way to express this…it was “eau de poopoo”…definitely not your mother’s eau de toilette. And it got worse as the journey towards home continued. And even worse when the flight attendants brewed fresh coffee…no…it didn’t cover it up. It just added another nauseating layer. My Row 31 seat mate and I had very interesting conversation about the aroma and trying to determine if it was the porta potty behind us or emanating from the front of the aircraft. Later when we deplaned we realized the entire airplane reeked of poo!!! It. Was. Awful. And just a little scary that we never knew the source.
I don’t normally experience nausea during a flight…but the “aroma de poo” and a little turbulence was all it took to bless me with a very uncomfortable tummy.
I was so thankful I’d brought a few of my favorite doTERRA essential oils with me!! Yay for thinking ahead & being prepared!
Here’s a picture of my oils recovering from a lemon spill on the initial leg of my journey. The good news? My hotel room smelled lemony fresh!
Lemon oil is like liquid sunshine. It is a happy & uplifting aroma. On this flight I used a drop on my hands to help cleanse and disinfect them from any unseen “nasties” I may have unknowingly touched. I love to breathe in the aroma from my cupped hands. **citrus oils can make your skin sensitive to UV rays, so use topically with caution if you are going to be out in the sun within about 6 hours.
Peppermint oil is one of my FAVORITES!! I use it daily! Peppermint has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic & cooling properties. It’s great for dispelling a headache and works to calm upset tummies as well. A sniff from the bottle and a drop rubbed onto the back of my neck & my temples helped to calm the nausea & freshen the air I was breathing.
Balance is a blend of blue tansy, frankincense, ho wood, & spruce. It helps to calm anxiety & nervousness. I used a drop of peppermint and a drop of balance in my hands, rubbed them together, breathed in the oils from my cupped hands and rubbed the rest on the back of my neck & wrists. This would be a great blend to rub on anxious children’s backs with a little carrier oil.
I definitely had more essential oils with me, but lemon, peppermint and balance were my heros on this trip! I NEED to create an “essential” essential oils travel kit! You clearly never know what potential health hazards you may encounter while traveling!
Here’s to your safe & healthy travels…
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