It’s that time of year again! The days are longer, the sun is warmer and the bugs are buzzing! All in all it is a time of year to be outdoors! For us that means it is time to spend some much-needed time with friends who live a distance away and go camping!
We are camping with my best friend, her boyfriend and our combined 3 dogs. If this trip wasn’t already exciting enough, it is a perfect chance to try essential oils for camping as my BFF is also on the essential oil bandwagon! The boys pretend like they tolerate our use of essential oils but in all reality, if something is wrong, they will be turning to the oils (they secretly also love them).
I know, I know the question burning in your mind is — Chantal, please tell us what essential oils you are taking on your camping trip!!! Ok, ok you twisted my arm, I’ll share :p Who am I kidding, I couldn’t keep information about essential oils to myself if I tried… but you already knew that!
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***Update: We are back from camping and I have some additional oils and new ways to use them while camping! Be sure to also check out Essential Oils for Camping Part 2!
Essential Oils for Camping (in my opinion):
- Outdoor Blend
- Soothing Blend
How to use essential oils when camping:
- Lavender is amazing for soothing bug bites which we hope not to get (more on that in a minute). Simply apply a dab on lavender on the bug bite or skin irritation and the itching and redness will reduce significantly in a short period of time
- Lavender is also good for soothing any scrapes, cuts, and bruises which makes it a must have while camping! Again, simply dab the lavender on the area of concern
- Lavender is amazing for sunburn relief. Check out this post which literally shows the difference with or without using lavender on the same burn. My Naturally Crazy Life’s post recommends using frankincense with the lavender (never fear, Frank is on the list too)!
- In the event that we can’t sleep, I will add a drop or two of lavender to our pillows to help us drift off to dreamland
- Soothing anxious dogs. Our dog is not a good traveler. In the car she literally sounds like a chicken. She HATES lane changes, driving in town and blinkers. When any of these things happen her ‘chickening’ increases significantly! We have found a solution that makes traveling much more bearable though. I put a drop of lavender on my hands and rub them together. Then I start slowly petting her back to transfer some of the essential oil to her. The final touch is adding her Thundershirt which is snug and helps her to feel secure. This helped her even before the lavender but with the lavender she is almost a dog who loves car rides.
- We plan to use this blend to keep the bugs away so we don’t get bit, as mentioned above. To make an all-natural, safe bug spray we will use a glass spray bottle (this is why you need to use glass) and add 3-4oz of water and mix with 10-12 drops of the outdoor blend. If you find that it is not living up to its fullest potential then add a few more drops of the outdoor blend. Then spritz from head to toe and you are set!
- It is a fair distance to our campsite (4-5 hours). We picked a mid-way location as our friends live 7(ish) hours away. We may get a tad sleepy on the drive, if this happens I plan to add a drop or two of peppermint to my hands, rub together and inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth. You can rub the remaining residue on the back of your neck to help keep you alert
- I don’t know about you but I HATE being hot! Add 1-2oz of water and 5-6 drops of peppermint to a glass spray bottle. When you are feeling hot, mist this on your body. Peppermint has an amazing ability to help cool the body.
- Melaleuca is amazing for cleaning and helping to disinfect cuts, scrapes and sores. First apply melaleuca and then apply lavender to help reduce swelling, redness, and pain.
Marjoram & Frankincense
- My best friend and I LOVE these two oils in helping to reduce those pesky, lingering headaches. We use ‘morphine bombs’. 6 drops of Frankincense & 6 drops of Marjoram OR oregano in a veggie capsule will help do the trick!
- Don’t have veggie caps? Try putting a drop of Frank on your thumb and hold it to the room of your mouth for about 30 seconds. Many have said that this helps to reduce their headaches.
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. Also, I only use and recommend Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. The only ingredient on the bottle (expect in blends) should be the oil itself. It your essential oil bottle has anything other than the oil itself (i.e. synthetic fillers) then I would seriously consider switching to a new brand (regardless of if it is for topical, aromatic or internal use).
- Camping isn’t always the most comfortable thing in the world, especially when you are trying to sleep! I use the soothing blend in the form of a rub to deal with all of my aches and pains. Also check out essential oils for pain for other oils that help relieve many different types of pain.
Important Safety Precautions:
You want to keep your oils in a cool dry place. I have a little travel pouch from 31 Gifts which I love for traveling with my oils (more on that another time). I plan to keep my oils in this pouch and will probably keep them in the trunk of the car when they aren’t being used.
None of the oils on my list are photosensitive. Some are and that means you can’t expose them to direct sunlight for 12-24 hours after use as they could potentially create a burn. Check out this post about photosensitive essential oils!
Use glass for your essential oils. Essential oils have the ability to break down the compounds found in plastic which is why glass spray bottles are best.
Keep the oils away from your eyes, please learn from my horrible experience which you can read about here. If you do get essential oil in your eyes, dab some fractionated coconut oil around the outside of your closed eye to help quickly reduce the pain.
To learn about all important safety guides, check out this post! Want some laughter? Read about my family’s most embarrassing and painful essential oil experience!
Don’t forget to check out Essential Oils for Camping Part 2!
Does your family use essential oils for camping? Which ones? I’d love to hear from you!
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