Lucky for me there are some great carrying options to hold your essential oils and keep them safe in the throes of your carry-all bag. I purchased the cute little pouch above on Amazon. It came with 8 little amber glass bottles (holds about 2 ml) and labels! Choosing which of my essential oils to include was a difficult decision; read on to see which one’s I picked...
TIP: I pre-dilute the essential oils in fractionated coconut oil, to about 3% since they will be only or occasional usage, so they are ready to use when I need them.
What's In My Bag?
If you are going to carry one essential oil with you all the time, lavender is a great choice due to its versatility and gentleness (read more about it in last week’s post here). In a pinch, lavender can be inhaled strait from the bottle to reduce stress, calm nerves, or balance emotions. Lavender [diluted] can also be applied to irritated or dry skin, bug bites or stings, mild burns or sunburn to provide relief.
Like lavender, peppermint can also serve multiple purposes and be a beneficial essential oil to have on hand. Inhaling peppermint can provide a quick energy boost in the afternoon or help you stay awake on that long drive home. Peppermint [diluted] can also be applied to the abdomen in a clockwise motion to settle an upset stomach or other digestive discomforts. **Peppermint can be inhaled as well to help with nausea.
I like to keep this one on hand to keep things clean and fresh! Have you ever driven by a landfill or say pig farm on a hot Summer’s day? That smell likes to sneak right up in your nose and stay there! Inhaling lemon essential oil is a quick and effective way to get rid of that stench! Lemon is also a great cleaner- If I were to say…get gum on my shoe; it can easily be removed with a drop or two of lemon essential oil on a cloth and a bit of elbow grease.
Tea tree essential oil is popular for its antibacterial properties, of course making it a great addition to your bag. As a spray or on a damp cloth it can be useful for disinfecting shopping carts, tables, doorknobs and the like when out and about. I personally like to have it available to apply [diluted] on a pimple or blemish at the first sign to stop it dead in its tracks!
- In addition to the previous four single essential oils, I like to carry a few of my favorite blends with me: An immunity blend (featuring clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus) [not kid-safe] can come in handy when you find yourself in the doctor’s office or airport unarmed amongst a throng of sneezy, coughy types.
- My headache helper blend (featuring lavender, peppermint, and frankincense) is a must since I am rarely sitting at home relaxing when a headache comes on.
- Lately I have been carrying a simply calming blend (featuring lavender and sweet orange) with me because I am in love with the aroma. Sure it’s great for reducing stress or promoting relaxation, but I like to dab it on as a perfume too!
- The popular allergy trio blend (featuring lemon, lavender, and peppermint) makes its appearance in my bag Spring through Fall to help me keep up with the war on pollen. As a bonus, this blend plus tea tree oil makes up my bug bites & bee stings blend in case I don’t have one of my homemade sticks with me.
- Frankincense, which is great for skin care.
- Ginger, or a digestive blend for tummy trouble.
- An energizing or focus blend for work, school, or car trips.
- In the Fall and Winter a cold & flu blend can be great to have on hand as well.
- Strait up carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil, to further dilute the essential oils if necessary.