By: Georgina Berbari
Outdoor enthusiasts wouldn’t trade a day in nature for just about anything. Whether you’re soaking in the beauty of the natural world, going for a hardcore hike, or planning an adventurous camping trip, it can be helpful to bring essential oils along for the ride to support your overall wellness. Aromatherapy can go a long way in the outdoors.
While some kinds of aromatherapy can simply be fragrant companions, others can shield against skin irritants, bug bites, and beyond. Make sure, however, that your essential oils have a carrier oil infused in them so that they are diluted safely to make contact with your skin. Most essential oils on the market have this already, but if you’re making your own, you’ll want to look into this important factor.
So, get packing and prepare your on-the-go aromatherapy assortment–here are seven essential oils that are bound to become your trusty sidekicks for your glorious outdoor escapades.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender can be used topically to relieve headaches, bruises, burns, acne, and congestion. What’s not to like? Even more, lavender is an excellent essential oil to use after being in the sun, as it’s an amazing soother of skin. Plus, it smells downright amazing!
Citronella Essential Oil
Perhaps you’ve heard of citronella by now as the trusty bug-repellent. That being said, you’ll definitely want to have it on hand for those long days outdoors. But even more than setting boundaries with those pesky flying insects, citronella is also said to ease headaches, uplift negative moods, and promote relaxation of the mind and body.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil encapsulates the three amazing A’s: antiseptic, antifungal, and anti inflammatory. The rejuvenating essential oil can be applied to irritated skin for a soothing, cooling effect. What are you waiting for? Pack her up and get going!
Peppermint Essential Oil
On those warmer outdoor days, cooling sensations can be hard to come by–save for a stray blissful breeze. Not to worry–peppermint essential oil has your back. For an overall cooling effect, use a roll-on application on your limbs. Or, you can even mix the essential oil with water in a spray bottle for a lovely, refreshing mist.
Frankincense Essential Oil
The serene scent of frankincense can be a wonderful companion in terms of calming the mind and balancing emotions. The earthy, warm, comforting vibe of this essential oil will complement outdoor adventures quite well. It has also been said to boost overall immune function with its antibacterial properties, and act as a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells from the sometimes harsh conditions of the outdoors. Massage some frankincense oil into your hands and feet after a challenging hike or bike ride, for the most soothing of sensations.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Another insect repellent to add to the crew–lemongrass essential oil is here for you. It doesn’t stop at its insect repelling properties, however. Lemongrass can also help with nausea, overall digestive support, and relief of muscle and joint pain from overexertion.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Mixing a few drops of cinnamon essential oil with water in a spray bottle is said to keep spiders away. So, if you want to minimize encounters with the eight-legged critters, keep some cinnamon essential oil on hand during your next outing. Plus, it’s a comforting, amazing aroma–a win win!
No matter what essential oil you choose for your next outdoor adventure, you really can’t go wrong. Aside from their obvious benefits and uses, even just a whiff of the fragrance can lift your mood in moments.
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