My man and I recently got back from a trip to the Mendocino coast where we stayed in an adorable hideaway called Colt Cottage on a private bluff overlooking the ocean. The cottage itself is rustic (it’s not going to win a home decor award any time soon), but charming in a homespun, Little House by the Seaside kind of way. It also has a full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace that we put to good use in the cool evenings. The main attraction is no doubt the deck off the living room that looks out onto the bluff; the grounds somehow feel enchanted and the view is extraordinary.
I usually make sure to pack an arsenal of oils whenever I split town, but this time we were both busy with work right up til the moment we left. I just grabbed a few that were on my kitchen counter and tossed them into my overnight:
OmegaGize is beautiful supplement that is rich in Omega-3s, CoQ10 as well as clove, German chamomile, and spearmint essential oils that all work together to support brain, heart, eye and joints. As a bodyworker, it’s been a miracle remedy for any joint pain in my wrists. Frankincense is my all-time favorite essential oil — excellent for the immune system, wonderful for helping me find my center during meditations, and brilliant for a host of other conditions. Peppermint works well for aches, pains and digestive issues. And I use both myrtle and EndoFlex to keep my endocrine system feeling sweet and sassy.
However, within the first 24 hours of our stay, I wished put more thought into what I brought. Earlier in the week, I’d developed a kink in my neck that persisted throughout the trip. I was craving Panaway to blow that muscle pain out of the water. We also discovered that previous guests were not especially enthusiastic dish cleaners; several pots, pans and coffee mugs had a few remnants from bygone feasts. Lemon essential oil would’ve helped to release some of the peskier bits (I know, gross) and due to its antiseptic properties, it would’ve helped to disinfect the items, which would’ve given me extra peace of mind. :)
There was a perfect little spot for meditating further down on the bluff. The path was a little wild, which I loved, but some stray branches caught on my bare legs leaving my skin slightly scratched. Lavender would’ve soothed the scratches and immediately taken away the irritation.
The complete list of essential oil must-haves for summer travel would include:
Peppermint – as a natural anesthetic, it’s ideal for aches and pains, soothing to sore or tired feet after day hikes, and its anti-parasitic properties work beautifully for digestive issues or just plain nausea.
Lavender – it’s a natural antihistamine, so it helps with allergies; it works well to soothe sunburns, scratches and scrapes; it also helps to soothe achey muscles and encourage a restful night’s sleep.
Lemon — lemon’s antiseptic properties would’ve been handy during my kitchen experience on this trip, but it also helps to scoot toxins out of cells and relieve digestive issues.
Panaway — this blend is a household and travel must-have. It contains helichrysum which works with nerves; clove is highly antioxidant and has a warming/numbing quality to help relieve pain; wintergreen works with joints & bones and is considered a natural cortisone; and peppermint. The combined synergy of oils in this blend would’ve helped work out my neck kink quick.
Frankincense — an immune stimulant; works with the glands in the brain that produce hormones which help elevate our spirits and lull us to sleep (in case your vacation destination does not include the sound of waves gently crashing on the shoreline).
Purification — contains lemongrass (antifungal), lavadin (strong antiseptic and tissue regenerator), rosemary, melaleuca, and myrtle (may support immune function in fighting colds, flu, and other infectious disease), and citronella which helps ward off pesky bug bites. If you happen to get bitten before you’re able to apply this blend, one drop will almost immediately reduce the sting and irritation. Additionally, this blend + your travel diffuser is wonderful way to help neutralize odors and bring healing antibacterial properties into your environment.
It also comes in handy as a general cleaning agent for counter tops and stoves after cooking things like hamburgers, breakfast sausages or bacon.
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