Essential Oils for Traveling – What I Like to Use

Having a nomadic spirit, I’m always looking for my next adventure.  Most of the time I don’t have health insurance because I’m never staying in one place too long.  As stated in my previous post, my best 10 international tips and tricks, traveling can be hard on your body because your daily routine is interrupted and your immune system is not always acclimated to the changes of environment.  What helps me is relying on prayer and other ways to keep my minor health problems in check.  One of these alternatives is to take a small selection of essential oils with me wherever I go.

Now, there seems to be a lot of mixed opinions out there whether essential oils are a good alternative or not, but truth is, the origin of the oils are used all throughout modern day medicine.  They are also used in many health and beauty products as well.  So why wouldn’t they work?  Especially since the oil is extracted straight from the origianl source and not watered down or tampered with in a lab.   Even the bible states in Ezekiel 47:12, that healing would come from the plants to help with various health problems.  I’ve experienced them first hand and I know the healing power that comes from these oils.

There are some things which require a visit to the doctor, especially if you want to find out what is making you sick.  But for me, this is always the last option, because I usually can’t afford it or I don’t want to spend the money.

I would like to share a few of my favorite essential oils for traveling and how I use them to treat all sorts of ailments.

Peppermint Essential Oil


Peppermint is the one I use the most out of all the oils and definitely my favorite. I love the smell and it helps with various health problems that occur on a daily basis for me.  This one is with me at all times no matter where I go.  Headaches are the main reason I use this essential oil, rubbing on my forehead before taking a shower helps to numb the pain.

For motion sickness, I rub it on the pressure points of my wrists and a little under my nose so I can continually breathe it in.  Nausea can put a damper on your day and when this happens I rub it on the bottom of my feet and around my naval to help my stomach discomfort.

These are just a few of the main reasons I use it for, but it does have several other uses as well.  Some of the ailments this oil may help with include, alertness, bad breathe, allergies, asthma, Sinusitis and fevers.  You can’t go wrong with a wonderful smelling oil that packs a lot of healing properties behind it.

Tea Tree

Also known as Melaleuca, Tea Tree is a great help for infections such as Athlete’s Foot (one of the reasons I wear flip flops in the shower), acne, fungal infections and Candida.  It is effective as an antiseptic for cuts and wounds, and carries strong antibacterial, anti-parasitic and antiviral properties that are necessary when traveling abroad.

Some of the other top uses include Pinkeye, Staph infection, MRSA, sore throat, Tonsillitis, dandruff, lice, hives and rashes.  It can even help with cavities and gum disease when taken internally.  I don’t use this oil all the time, but when I need it, it does amazing things.


Like Peppermint, I love the smell of this oil.  It’s very relaxing after rubbing it on your chest at night or putting it into a diffuser which makes the whole room smell refreshing.  It does wonders for breaking up the congestion in your sinuses when you have the flu or a simple cold.

I don’t use this oil  as much as the others, only when I have sinus symptoms, but for some reason this year, I have been using it constantly due to the colder climate and sporadic weather changes here in southern Germany.

Some other top uses include, earaches, Bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, Shingles, Malaria, muscle fatigue and pains.


Not my favorite oil because it has a strong overpowering, burning taste when taken internally, but it’s one I never want to travel without.  This powerful oil works wonders as a natural antibiotic on viruses, but should only be taken about two weeks consecutively at a time.  You need to give your body a break to replace the good bacteria in your stomach.  It’s recommended to take some form of probiotics after use.

If empty pill capsules are available, you can put a few drops in them and it will make it go down much easier.  I don’t always have these available, so a lot of times I will take one drop of oil under my tongue.  Fair warning, doing it this way gives an overpowering burn in the mouth, and a burning sensation on the way down.  Sometimes it even upsets my stomach.

Other top uses include strep throat, Tonsillitis, intestinal worms and parasites, warts, callouses, canker sores, Tuberculosis and urinary infections.  It’s definitely not an oil for the weak, but after a while and multiple uses, you start to get used to it.

Wintergreen Essential Oil


Another great smelling oil that I could breathe all day is Wintergreen, but when you put it on your skin, oh man does it burn.  I mainly use this oil combined with both Peppermint and Eucalyptus because it has the same affects as Icy Hot when applied to various areas on the body.  It gives a burning sensation at first to dull the pain and then a cooling sensation afterwards to relax it away.

After being on my feet all day and once I get home and start to relax, sometimes I get muscle pains and cramps.  Applying the combination of oils to the areas of pain, helps soothe it away.  You do, however, need to use this oil with extreme caution when applying to your skin,  because if you applied it in a sensitive area, you will be regretting that decision for about twenty minutes or so.

Some of the other top uses include gout, Rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, bone spurs, cartilage injuries, bladder infections and dandruff.  This oil is very toxic and should never be ingested internally.


I  carry this one around with me for two main reasons, bug bites and burns.  I’m constantly getting torn up by bugs, especially when it’s in a more tropical climate.  I try to spray other essential oil mixtures or natural alternatives on my skin, but sometimes I miss a spot, wash it off by accident or the combination used doesn’t always work.  I always find some kind of mark on my skin that either has me scratching wildly or just a lovely red reminder from the guest who took his dinner to go. I must just have that sweet Italian blood that attracts them so much.

When things like this happen, I apply Lavender essential oil combined with Tea Tree to the crime scene, to quickly soothe the itching and speed up the healing process.  Same thing applies when you burn yourself, it really helps with scaring.

Some of the other top uses include sleep issues, stress, anxiety, teeth grinding, sunburns, sprains, allergies, cuts, blisters and even high blood pressure. Although the oil doesn’t smell bad the aroma can be a bit overpowering.

Although there are many different essential oils on the market, these oils are the main ones I like to carry with me during travel.  Sometimes, I have other oils such as Frankincense, Bergamot, Geranium, Patchouli, Myrrh or Helichrysum, on me, but this depends on the availability and my finances at the time.

Some of the pros and cons of aromatherapy are:


  • They actually work
  • A little bit goes a long way
  • Easy to carry and pack light in your suitcase or backpack
  • Less side effects than a lot of pharmaceutical products on the market, when used correctly
  • Can also be used in cooking and cleaning
  • Can be used in making your own health and beauty products
  • Cheaper than conventional health remedies and trips to the doctor


  • Can be harmful if not used correctly, it’s best to do your research on them
  • No FDA regulations, so again you should do your own research before
  • If they leak or break inside of clothes, bags or suitcases, you might not ever get the smell out
  • Touching eyes after applying, can cause burning even after washing hands
  • Could cause allergic reactions
  • Not always a “quick fix” and may have to be used for an extensive amount of time
  • No evidence out there, but doctors still recommend that they not be used during pregnancy or nursing
  • Some oils can be expensive, but still a lot cheaper than your regular doctor’s visit

So, it all comes down to preference and what you think is best for your health.  I’m only sharing what I like to use and the information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent or otherwise reduce the effects of any disease or ailment.

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, there is an awesome book out there called The Essential Life.   This book targets information on a wide range of health problems and also everyday use in the home; such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, pets and much more.  It’s definitely a great investment and can be found on Amazon for around $28.  Click here for further details.

If you have any questions or would like to share your own experiences with essential oils, please leave a comment below.

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  1. Hey James:

    I do believe aromatherapy works and you’re right…the oils are a great way to carry around the emergency cures you might need when you travel. I also have had incidents where I didn’t use the stronger ones in the right way and got some weird reactions, but it’s all part of the learning curve, I suppose. The essential oils are a delightful way to make sure all is well. If you keep the bottles double-bagged in ziplocs when you pack them, it sort of helps keep the things from spilling all over everything. Some bottles have spill-proof dropper tops as well. They help.

    1. Yes you’re right about the Ziploc bags. I would also take cotton balls and wrap them around the bottles with duct tape to prevent them from banging on each other. Thanks for the comment and glad you liked the post!

  2. Hi, and thanks for sharing this post about essential oil.
    I find essential oils interesting. I am researching myself to find good beauty remedies using essential oils.
    I agree with you. It’s important to research so we know the facts about the different oils.

    You live a pretty interesting life. Traveling all the time looking for your next adventure.
    I find that fascinating.


    1. Thanks Tove and I’m glad you enjoyed my article. If you need any help with your research about essential oils, please let me know and I would be happy to assist! Thanks again.

  3. Hi James, thanks for teaching me more about essential oils! I love the fact that essential oils come from nature. I believe nature has many plants that can be used for healing our bodies and mind.

    I use a little peppermint oil mixed in some lotion for tried and aching feet. It feels soothing and cool and definitely helps your feet feel better. Is there an essential oil that would help with pollen allergies? I live in a warm climate where flowers are blooming year round.

    1. Hi Alice, the peppermint oil with the lotion sounds like a wonderful idea. Thanks, I’m going to have to try that one out. To answer your question, you could try mixing Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oils together and apply the mixture around your neck, back and nostril area. I’ve also heard that Purify (DoTerra specialty blend) works great on seasonal allergies too. Hope this helps!

  4. Thanks for all the great information! I am also an avid traveler and quite often without travel insurance. I’ve only recently discovered essential oils and am starting to try and learn all their different uses.

    One question I have for you is how do you apply these oils? I’ve read that you’re never supposed to apply essential oils directly to the skin. What do you use for a carrier oil or base for applying these oils?

    1. Usually I apply the straight oil directly to my skin and I’ve never had any problems. However, by not diluting them will cause the essential oil to evaporate quicker and leave a strong aroma. You could use olive oil as a carrier oil to control the concentration and conserve the oils in the long run.

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