When you go camping there are some essentials: a tent, a sleeping bag, a flashlight and toilet paper. But what about oils? Which essential oils are essential for camping and summer health and safety?
Essential oils present a whole range of health benefits, depending on which oil we’re talking about. Some smooth your skin, some soothe your nose, and some add shine and “umph” to your hair.
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The essential oils you want while camping are different. Sure you probably want to tame the frizz, but what about taming nature? Soothing bug bites or sunburns, keeping your energy up on the road, and making sure your dog doesn’t get anxious.
If they do nothing else, at least these natural essential oils will neutralize the smell that comes with camping.
These are the most recommended oils for camping:
- Outdoor Blend
- Soothing Blend
Soothes bug bites, cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Also works for sunburn relief. Just dab lavender EO on the area and redness, itchiness, irritation, and swelling will be diminishes very shortly. Rub generously on sunburns.
Lavender EO also helps calm and relax. A few drops on a pillow will knock you out at bedtime, and a few drops on your hands before you pet your dog will keep him happy (instead of anxious) during car rides.
This EO is made up of coconut, lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass, and other essential oils. The best use of this essential oil is as a bug spray: mix 10-12 drops with 3-4oz of water in a spray bottle and you’re set up sooner than the tent is.
Keeps you awake and alert, as well as having cooling effects. Rub peppermint EO through your hands and breathe in through your nose to invigorate your senses and keep you alert. Rub any remaining oil on the back of your neck, and make a spray by adding 5-6 drops in 1-2oz of water. Mist yourself whenever you’re feeling too hot and this EO will take care of cooling you down.
Cleans and disinfects cuts, scrapes, and sores. Apply a few drops, then use lavender to reduce swelling and pain.
Marjoram & Frankincense
Relieves and reduces headaches. Mix 6 drops of each in a veggie capsule, or put a drop of frankincense on your thumb and hold it to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds.
Note: not all oils are made the same and not all can be ingested. If you are ingesting oils always check the bottle first to see if it is safe for dietary use. The only ingredient on the bottle (except in blends) should be the oil itself.
Aches, pains, and sleeplessness are all washed away with this soothing blend. Usually a blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, blue tansy, blue chamomile, helichrysum, and osmanthus, this EO soothes and cools the body and mind.
Remember not to get any essential oils in your eyes – always wash your hands after using EOs. Keep your oils in glass bottles, as they keep better that way. None of the above oils are photosensitive which means that sunlight won’t do anything negative to the oils, but still – don’t leave them out in the sun. Keep them in a cool, dry place.
If you have any other essential oils that you bring camping, please share with us on Facebook! Thanks so much, and happy camping!
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