Essential Oils on the Go

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I started using essential oils about seven years ago, when my anxiety was out of control and I would try just about anything to calm my frazzled nerves. Lavender essential oil became my BFF that year: I kept a bottle in my handbag, mixed it into sweet almond oil as a body moisturizer, added it to hot baths, and basically dipped myself in it daily.

Later, when I experimented with making some of my own cosmetics (see: homemade deodorant) my collection of essential oils grew and they became a fixture in my beauty routine. I use them to make gentle oil cleansers and serums, keep my nails healthy, and blend custom fragrances. (More on all that later!)

It wasn’t until recently that I considered carrying a “tool kit” of essential oils on the go for aromatherapy remedies.

Last Valentine’s Day, I woke up with all the stress migraine warning signs on our biggest delivery day. I dragged myself into the flower shop with my sunglasses on, feeling anxious, achy, and miserable. My mother-in-law gave me a cocktail of essential oils to apply to my temples and forehead, and within 30 minutes I relaxed enough to forget about my headache and power through the day.

Now I keep these multi-tasking essential oils in my work bag:

Lavender – Lavender was reportedly used in ancient times to tame lions and tigers, so imagine what it can do for your moderate stress. Also helps relieve headaches and sore muscles.

Peppermint – Soothes motion sickness and nausea, reduces headaches, eases sinus pain and congestion, boosts energy and alertness, and wards off stress and anxiety.

Lemon – A refreshing mood-lifter and energizer.

Eucalyptus – A lifesaver for sinus pressure and congestion.

I use them alone or blended together, and typically use just a drop or two — either warmed in my hands and breathed deeply or applied to my temples. If I need extra ‘oomph’ I mix them with sweet almond oil (stored in a small glass bottle with a tight lid so I don’t have an oil spill in my handbag) and rub them into my chest and/or the back of my neck for tension, or directly onto tired sore muscles.

Other Helpful Resources:

21 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

The Essential: 6 Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

13 Uses for Lavender Oil: The Only Essential Oil You’ll Need

Blending Essential Oils for Beginners

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  1. 9.8.15

    I started using essential oils the same way! I was on vacation and my anxiety was horrible, stressing out about work. I had lavender oil with me and put it on my temples, re applied every 20 min. Sure enough, my anxiety was gone!

  2. 8.12.15
    ratese said:

    I absolutely love lavender and peppermint!

  3. 8.12.15

    Lovely post, always great to know about natural things that can help, lavender oil will be my new friend…

  4. 8.6.15

    Peppermint oil is GREAT for headaches, I just started doing this recently. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  5. 8.1.15

    Thanks for the links. I am having a ball learning about oils and using them to help treat a chronic illness. I have never felt better. :-)

  6. 8.1.15

    I start back at work next week and this sounds like the perfect idea to help keep me relaxed throughout the season! Thanks!

  7. 7.31.15
    Amanda said:

    Thank you posting this. I’ll have to keep this handy!

  8. 7.30.15
    lcetter said:

    So helpful! Thanks! Plan on getting my own kit together now :)

  9. 7.29.15
    TokenTee said:

    I love this write up! Definitely going to buy some oils now!

  10. 7.29.15

    I’m obsessed with essential oils as well! I have the worst anxiety sometimes and I know that I can always rely on a lavender oil to calm me down or a lemon oil to boost my mood :)

  11. 7.29.15
    Erin E. said:

    I’ve wanted to start making more of my own bath and beauty products (now that we’re buying a house, we’re in super-saving-money-mode) and these links are super helpful! I never knew where to start and I figured it would be just as expensive to buy the oil as it would be to buy the products themselves. Now I don’t have any excuses!

  12. 7.29.15
    Alex said:

    I started using essential oils much like you do – straight on my skin. As I did a bit more research, I found out that they should all be diluted in a carrier oil (especially peppermint!) to avoid causing damage to your skin over time. And to avoid any over-doses of whatever essence you are enjoying. At first I thought this was nuts, but I find them just as effective, if not more, in a carrier oil! And I get the added benefit of a little moisturizing love at the same time.

  13. 7.29.15
    Victoria said:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post. I have a bunch of essential oils from when I was making soaps, but love your simple (but effective) idea of incorporating them into your day :-)

  14. 7.29.15
    Ashleigh said:

    I have really been wanting to try out essential oils for a while now.. thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

  15. 7.29.15

    Wow! I’ve been wanting to try out oils but wasn’t sure if they really worked. Going to have to take the plunge now!

    • 7.29.15

      These four are a great place to start! And they’re all relatively inexpensive; I bought these at my local health food store for under $10 per bottle.

  16. 7.29.15
    Tanya said:

    My sister has anxiety and isn’t able to take her medication. I wonder if something like Lavender essential oil might work for her too! Thanks for the idea!

    • 7.29.15

      My anxiety is mild to moderate, and I haven’t taken medication for it before so I can’t say for sure how effective it will be for her, but I always think that natural remedies are worth a shot. It can’t hurt to try!

      Lavender and peppermint are my favorites for stress and anxiety. The lavender calms me, and the peppermint helps me focus.

      • 7.29.15
        Tanya said:

        That’s great advice. She’s pregnant and not allowed to take her meds so she’s struggling a little. I’ll pass this on to her!

  17. 7.29.15
    Amy said:

    I have yet to use essential oil.

  18. 7.29.15

    Amazingly just this morning I told my Sister we should share essential oil tips since we are both just starting to dip our toes into the pool! I say this post at just the perfect time and will pass it along to her! Thank you!

  19. 7.29.15

    Lovely post, will have to give some of these a go! xx

    • 9.8.15
      july7k said:

      Great post, as a child I would get migraines almost daily, as I get older I don’t get them as often, but when I do, it’s a doozey. I will be trying these oils on the next one.