Airlines and Essential Oils

For those of us who may only travel once or twice a year by way of the airlines, it may be difficult or a bit of a pain to relearn the carry-on/checked baggage rules of the the TSA. This only gets more complicated when you love your essential oils and can’t decide which to bring, how many, or how to pack them.

Here’s the rule of thumb: Liquids (as well as gels and aerosols) are generally permitted in carry-on bags in amounts of 3.4 oz or less per container, stored in a 1qt ziplock bag, with one of these bags per passenger. This bag should be easily accessible in the carry on, as TSA officers will require that it be placed in a bin during the security screening. Any other liquids in quantities of more than 3.4 oz should be placed securely in the checked baggage. Here’s a great graphic by the TSA that makes the decision a little more simple.

Also, here’s a great TSA link to check out. It has an A to Z list of all of the possible items one might bring onto a airplane and the guidelines for packing them… or for that matter, not bringing them at all because they are not permitted.

So, now that I’m sure I can bring my oils, the big question is: Christine, do you really need every oil you own? Well, if you mean NEED, then no. But truth be told, I really WANT to bring all of them. Here is what I decided to pack:

Lavender (no doubt): this is such a versatile oil that it has to be packed. Good for burns (including sunburn), inflammation, relaxation, sleep.

Peppermint: Peppermint is a cooling oil and can be added to FCO and applied to skin to induce cooling, food for fevers, headache, motion sickness, tummy upset (add a drop to herbal tea)

Melaleuca: melaleuca is a powerful antiseptic… good for cleaning scrapes and scratches. It can also be used in disinfectant sprays. Its excellent acne, add to your shampoo to improve the condition of your scalp. It also has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

OnGuard: This is a wonderful protective blend that can boost your immunity. This is something I have always felt like I needed before and during travel.

Roll ons: Because I don’t use chemical perfumes, I’d be lost without my rollerballs. My favorites are Motvation, Cheer, Neroli, and Jasmine.

Traveling is a lot of fun and you can bring your oils with you. Be safe.

Christine

Please note that I’m a teacher not a doctor and as such, this information is not intended to replace sound medical advice.  Please see a physician should you have medical concerns.

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Relieve Restlessness Leg Syndrome

Over the years, my restless legs syndrome has gotten worse so that it’s just not at night. It affects car rides, sitting in classes or meetings, and even if I fall asleep anytime during the day. 😣

I’m super tired of medication for everything, so I decided to try my oils (honestly, not expecting anything bc at the time I felt so defeated).

I ADMIT TO YOU NOW… I WAS WRONG!!!

As with any remedy, you must use it for it to work, but when I do… NOT a single twitch, jump, or need to shake or constantly move my legs.😃

👏 THIS IS A GAME CHANGER for me. 👏

🌿Here’s what I did:🌿

2.4 oz unscented lotion (Right now I’m using a commercial brand, but I plan on making my own next time)
40 drops Frankincense
10 drops Copaiba

Combine well and place in a travel squeeze bottle. I do recommend a small glass pump bottle rather than the one pictured here. Essential oils can break down plastic allowing the chemicals to leach into the mixture.

Use: I’ve been massaging this lotion onto the bottom of my feet at night…sometimes before bed, sometimes when I sit down to relax. A-MAZ-ING!

If you’d like more information about other ways I use Frank and Copaiba fill in the form below.

Naturally Managing Fibromyalsia

Fibromyalgia. It’s one of those conditions that people only understand if they’ve experienced it. Seriously. I know some say, “I know pain, I’ve given birth.” Or “I’ve had (fill in the blank) surgery.” I get that you can understand the physical pain,

but fibromyalgia is more, much more than that.

Fibromyalgia is this knotted ball of yarn composed of physical, emotional, and neurological, symptoms. You don’t know from day to day which symptoms will flare up and where. Or maybe this will be a good day. You might have all around

 

body pain, causing a hitch when you walk or you’re feeling those damn gastrointestinal symptoms again…cramps, bloating, diarrhea. Maybe today it’s just inattention; we call it fibrofog.

We are not making it up. It’s exhausting, sometimes confusing and misdiagnosed. As some e who isn’t a fan of medication, I can tell you there are things we can do to help ourselves. Here’s what I’ve found helpful:

  • Movement and fresh air – no it’s not easy, but I’m grateful to my guy and my doggo for getting me moving.
  • Yoga – it sucks getting there, but it sure does feel good after. Restorative yoga is a good place to start.
  • Massage – make sure you’re working with someone experienced with fibromyalgia…word of mouth is good here.
  • Stress Management – Stress is a big trigger for me, so I manage it by spending 30 minutes to myself when I get home from work. I diffuse lavender essential oil and relax before taking on the evening.
  • Meditation – I’ve learned that meditation doesn’t have to be the sit-on-a-mountaintop type of practice. Simple mindfulness is also excellent.

What natural wellness ideas have helped for you? Leave a comment and let us know how you’ve been experiencing pain and its management. I’d love to know.

Small Steps will get us there.

Hugs,

Christine

If you’d like more information about how I’ve used essential oils to find even greater relief from my own Fibromyalgia, click below: