How to Use Essential Oils for Travel and at Home

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Essential oils for travel can help improve sleep, relieve stress, and avoid motion sickness. Which essential oils are best for travel? Read my interview with essential oils aficionado and family travel expert, Hilarye Fuller, to learn which essential oils to pack for your family vacation.

Essential oils for travel

Essential oils for travel and at home (Photo credit: duskbabe,

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are gifts from the earth! They are and pure and potent extracts from plants. Essential oils are plants’ natural defense mechanisms. They also work to support human cells and bodies too. Essential oils are concentrated, which makes them way more powerful than herbs. In fact they can be up to 50-70 times powerful. Essential oils offer the body support in a variety of ways. You can use essential oils to get overall daily support or to support the body as needed for specific situations, like travel.

Essential oils are pure and potent extracts from plants

Essential oils are pure and potent extracts from plants (Photo credit: Botamochy,

How do essential oils benefit travelers?

If you are looking for a natural method to support your health while traveling, then doTerra essential oils could be a great fit for you. To support energy levels when you are out all day sight-seeing, I suggest using Peppermint and Wild Orange. To alleviate the nausea caused by motion sickness or new exotic foods, try Ginger, Peppermint or a ZenGest blend. Use Melaleuca and Lavender to provide relief from ear discomfort during flights. Additionally, the Protective Blend will boost your immune systems against environmental threats. For a restful night’s sleep when dealing with Jet Lag, I love the Restful Blend.

An array of DoTerra essential oils

An array of doTerra essential oils (Photo credit: doTerra)

Why use essential oils?

I got interested in essential oils because I wanted a more natural and chemical-free lifestyle for me and my family. Obviously it’s impossible to be completely chemical-free but reducing my family’s toxic load is a priority for me. When I started using essential oils and saw the results, I became hooked. Two years after changing our nutrition and implementing essential oils, my family is healthier and happier. My kids almost never ask me for medicine anymore. Instead they will come to me and request the “tummy blend” or other essential oil. Be sure to discuss changes to your family’s medicines with your physician.

Essential oils provide a natural alternative to some medicines

Essential oils provide a natural alternative to some medicines (Photo credit: EdZbarzhyvetsky,

What is your favorite essential oil blend and why?

This is such a hard question! I love and so many blends for various reasons. There is also a whole line of emotional aromatherapy blends that have been a huge blessing in our home. One of my favorites is the Seasonal Blend because when flowers are starting to bloom, my nose would be falling off without it due to allergies!

Lavender oil can be used to induce sleep and reduce stress

Lavender oil can be used to induce sleep and reduce stress (Photo credit: everythingposs,

What else should we know about using essential oils for travel and at home?

You should know that not all essential oils are created equal. When I first heard about using essential oils to support health and wellness, I headed to my local organic foods store and picked up a bottle of Lavender and Peppermint. I did not get great results from it and they smelled a bit off. Then I tried doTerra essential oils and I was blown away by the quality and actual results! I researched the company before deciding it was a good fit for our family. There are no standards and regulations set for essential oils from a governing body, so in order to get essential oils that are pure, potent and free of synthetics or fillers — you need to make sure it’s a reputable company.

Hilarye Fuller is a mom of four, a family travel writer, and a natural health enthusiast. Connect with her at Dotting the Map

DoTerra's Family Essentials sampler pack

doTerra’s Family Essentials sampler pack (Photo credit: doTerra)

Buy essential oils for travel.

I received a few samples of doTerra essential oils from Hilarye for the purpose of this story. Since I was so impressed with the results, I have purchased additional doTerra products. Plus, I love the way they smell! My favorite is Peace, a reassuring blend that helps me sleep better at night, particularly when I’m traveling. I also really like the ZenGest blend, which is great for tummy issues like acid reflux and nausea. I do not make any money from doTerra purchases. If you don’t know where to begin, then choose a sampler collection to give a few options a try. Whether for travel or at home, you can purchase essential oils via doTerra.

Make eating healthy fun when traveling with kids

Make eating healthy fun when traveling with kids! (Photo credit:

Learn more tips for healthy travels.

Good nutrition helps keep kids and parents feeling well and ready to explore. Take a look at these healthy eating travel tips before your next trip.

It can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep when on family vacation. Be sure to read these travel sleep tips for babies and children from a child sleep expert.

Worried about getting sick during your travels? Check out this list of healthy travel tips for families to stay well on the go.

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Would you use essential oils for travel? Let us know in the comments below!

Consult with your physician before using essential oils, especially if pregnant or nursing. Check with a pharmacist regarding drug interactions. 

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Thank you for the interesting article. I use only two oils: this is lavender and peppermint. Now I will know that there are ready mixtures of oils. I will try this interesting combination.

  2. Robin rue says

    I have not started using essential oils yet, but I love hearing about the different uses for them.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Robin – I am new to essential oils too, so I love learning Hilarye’s tips in this post!

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    We use a couple of essential oils at home, but I’ve never thought about using them while traveling. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I love that we can use essential oils for things like motion sickness and jet lag!

  4. Vera Sweeney says

    This post is awesome! I have never thought about bringing along essential oils when we travel. I love it! We use a few almost daily to help with our allergies and sinuses issues.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Looks like you’ve got to pack some essential oils for your allergies on your next trip!

  5. Melissa Chapman says

    I have never used essential oils before but I am amazed at all the benefits. If the could improve jetlag ear discomfort and motion sickness I will get these for my next trip.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I’m going to try out Hilarye’s suggestions for motion sickness and jet lag for my next trip, too!

  6. They really do sound convenient. I guess it’s a good idea to bring a few when taking trips. I’d definitely bring peppermint along with some other blends.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I used to use essential oils more often and need to get back into the swing of things with Hilarye’s suggestions!

  7. Thanks for the info about essential oils! I had no idea that they weren’t all created equal.

  8. Lisa Favre says

    I am definitely wanting to incorporate more essential oils in my lifestyle. I had never heard of Seasonal Blend before but now, I’ll be on the lookout for it!

  9. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    I love essential oils so much but I never thought of bringing it when we travel. Will remember these tips! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Dawn McAlexander says

    I have never really dealt with essential oils that much. I hear so much about their healing effects, though. I really do need to try more of them. I think they might be good for me.

  11. I am a huge essential oil advocate. I use them for everything!

  12. Amanda Love says

    It’s nice to get to know essential oils more and how you can use them to improve your travel experience! Thanks for this informative post!

  13. Carol Cassara says

    I love essential oils. They have so many benefits and it’s good to know that they’re going to be useful even when you travel!

  14. Our Family World says

    I have to try other essential oils. The one I usually get is lavender. I like that doTerra has essential oil blends, I would be interested in the Rest blend. I’d give it to my mom.

  15. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says

    It’s amazing what health benefits you can get from essential oils and herbs. I’ve been buying them for the last 2 years and have quite started a small collection of oils that I use mostly in my skincare and for when I want to feel relaxed.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Ooh! I haven’t tried essential oils for skincare yet. Will need to look into that one!

  16. Beeb Ashcroft says

    I love using essential oils for everything. I never go on a trip without them.

  17. I didn’t know peppermint helped alleviate motion sickness. That one is my favorite though. It is very soothing.

  18. Joyce Brewer says

    I’m just learning about essential oils. So many parents I know like to diffuse them into the air to help their family sleep better. My main concern is becoming reliant on them.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Interesting perspective, Joyce. I can’t find any evidence that essential oils cause addiction over time. Thanks for chiming in!

  19. I just ordered a big essential oil set of 16 and I think I have some so I am building my collection. Its so great for holisitic healing I agree ginger is great for sickness so many of the oils are healing you better than any pill the doctor can prescribe!

  20. Shannon Gurnee says

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about essential oils. These sound like some good ones for traveling.

  21. I was so happy to come across the article, as I have just recently gotten into Essential oils. We have a big family vacation coming up, and I was trying to decide what oils to bring. I plan on bringing Peppermint after reading this to help with motion sickness at theme parks 🙂

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