Today’s post is via CWH office manager/concierge, Rebecca D’Amato. She first learned about essential oils while at CWH, and uses them daily:
I am a frequent traveler and familiar with the little annoyances that can go along with the adventure and excitement of new places and new experiences. While I do not normally speak so candidly, I believe my latest experience can benefit others and wanted to share my story.
I tend to be a skeptic and it would certainly seem that essential oils could not be more than a psychosomatic cure for ailments; however, I have become a true believer.
Six months ago I began using essential oils as part of my daily life, and I feel my overall mental well being has improved resulting in an improvement in overall health. For everyday stresses, I have found the perfect blend of oils –woody aromas including spruce & rosewood and chamomile & lavender to calm anxiety, citrus scents to feel rejuvenated, and lavender when sleep is needed.
So when I packed for a trip to Costa Rica with my husband, my diffuser and my oils came right along with me.
I will admit – I detest airplanes – one of my fears when traveling is catching a cold on the plane ride there, only to feel ill throughout the whole trip. To avoid unwanted infection, I added a few drops of an orange, eucalyptus & cinnamon blend, which offers immune support, to a tissue and breathed it in here and there during the journey. I find the dry air on planes always results in a congested nose, so I also used peppermint oil and felt clear and healthy the entire ride!
You’ve arrived at your destination, a moment of excitement…until the wait at Customs. To avoid my usual frustration with the process, I rubbed the anxiety-easing woody blend to calm my nerves to remain cool and collected for Costa Rica. By calming the natural frustration, I was able to stop and remember how wonderful it was to be experience a whole new place, waiting to be explored!
I created a welcoming environment at our hotel room by diffusing a mixture of the immune boosting blend and lemon oil, keeping our bodies strong and minds rejuvenated for the experience ahead.
Finally, after carrying my luggage around during transit, my shoulders were aching the next day. I eased my sore muscles with a soothing blend of wintergreen, peppermint & chamomile oils and felt the tension melt away.
The changes brought on by travel, new environments, and new cuisine can all manifest in cramps and discomfort. I was determined to fully enjoy every moment of my vacation and used a mixture of coconut oil and lemon oil on my abdomen as needed, and even convinced my husband to try as well. Both of us felt healthy for the duration of the trip.
An escape to paradise means long days in the hot sun, which can also lead to dehydration, a problem that can be compounded when you also enjoy nights out. Mid-way through the trip I experienced a terrible headache in the morning, and not wanting to take chances, took pain relievers with water in addition to rubbing peppermint oil on my temples. Within minutes I was feeling back to full health.
My husband and I spent plenty of time enjoying the sunshine, however, one of us (hint, not me) indulged a little too much and ended up with a sunburned back. My heart went out to him and my mind went to the essential oils. I blended a mix of coconut, lavender, peppermint oils with water in a small spray bottle which brought immediate relief.
While I tried to plan for everything on this trip, an unexpected case of hives was not on the itinerary. Thankfully the irritation was not openly noticeable, but they were terribly uncomfortable. I turned to my trusted oils once again and created a blend of lavender and coconut oil that helped soothe the irritation and cure them completely by the next morning.
Essential oils have become a part of my beauty regime, are my go-to for easing stress and exhaustion, and now have proved to be helpful in the most unexpected situations. I cannot wait to continue to experiment with mixes and blends and hope my story has inspired you to do the same. The next time you travel, give it a try!
As they say in Costa Rica, Pure Vida! Pure Life!
-This information is not intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Contact your health care professional with health concerns. -