Hey! I’m in Georiga!
At the moment I’m sitting in my parent’s living room in my pajamas having a cuppa tea. I found a great deal on some non-stop flights from SFO to Atlanta and decided at the last minute to take the girls on an extended stay for the month of October before the holidays and some major calendar things hit. It’s so good to be home. I just want to sit here and do absolutely nothing. And I am.
Prepping for this trip was all about packing smart for our carry-ons. Grossly overpack a large roll-y suitcase to a tenth of a pound below the weight limit? Done. Packing a mom and two little ones for all potential scenarios that could occur within twelve hours of car rides, airport navigation and plane travel? Where the heck is Mary Poppins when you need to borrow her bag?
Having been stuck making this trek with sick babes in tow a few times, on the top of my list (under snacks, of course) is being prepared with a Mom-level arsenal of remedies to soothe little sicklings on the go. Immunity boosting, constipation, tummy aches, restlessness, coughing and croup are just a few of the things that call for essential oils around here. I prefer herbs, but on the go I love not having to deal with trying to get funny tasting herbs or sticky medicines into my kid’s bellies.
After finally taking the time to do my own research on essential oil safety (you can read about that here.) , I am MILITANT about never, ever using essential oils undiluted, especially with children. (That is another soap box for another time.) But I also knew that I really wouldn’t be able to fiddle with the hassle of diluting oils while juggling two toddlers in the middle of a busy airport or a cramped plane seat.
I looked into purchasing some rollers and fractionated coconut oil to mix with my favorite oils. But it was so expensive! And I had perfectly good bottles of coconut oil and essential oils already at home.
So, what then? Well, I decided to make my own DIY essential oils travel kit! Of course!
First, I got on Amazon and ordered a twelve-pack of these one ounce glass amber salve jars. You always want to store your oils in glass and keep them sheltered from sunlight. The oils will break down plastic over time and can also lose their potency when exposed to too much light.
I probably could have gotten a better deal if I had shopped around, but I literally came up with this idea a few days before we left, so Amazon Prime it was!
Next, I gathered my favorite essential oils. (My collection at the time was DoTerra, but there are other good and less expensive brands out there which you can read about in my post here. Also, a few months after writing this post, I did more research and found that the above oils were not kid-safe, so I use other essential oils on my children now.)
The salve jars came with these nifty little spatulas, which I love!
The first step was using my little spatula to scoop a tablespoon of coconut oil into my jar.
Next, I added 2-3 drops of essential oil to the coconut oil and mixed it up with my spatula.
I just love that about essential oils! You don’t need much at all. 2-3 drops of each oil is lasting us this entire trip…and we’ve been sharing too!
Now, this being a last-minute project, I realized that I didn’t actually have a way to label my jars. In retrospect, some little stickers from the office supply store would have worked great.
In the moment, I scrounged up a white paint pen in my craft box. I labeled the top of each lid with the first letter of the oil. (In case you were wondering, the paint pen rubbed off within a few days, so I’ve resorted to opening and sniffing each blend.)
I started with just four oils, but ended up making five!
Next, I put them all in my sexy one-quart zip top baggie for security. (We paid to do TSA pre-check this time and no one even ended up checking our liquids…so worth it!)
Then I stuffed the whole thing into a much cuter cloth bag. For padding…and cuteness.
Not only has this been such a useful little kit for our travel, but when I get home I plan to use the rest of my jars to pre-dilute all of my favorite oils for easy access around the house.
If you have questions about what essential oils are and how to use them, I highly recommend the web site Learning About EO’s. It is a professional, safety-oriented, and non-biased information source with easy-to-read articles about all things essential oil.
Signing off from Atlanta, Georgia! See you guys in November!