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!
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 June 2017: This post was updated to include new recipes and tips.
My Favourite Essential Oils for Camping
- Tea Tree
- Deep Blue
- DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray or TerraShield
How to use essential oils when camping:
Soothe skin irritations from pesky bugs – we all hope we don’t have to deal with this (more on that in a minute) but the reality is there will likely be some bugs who are brave and out to play. Simply apply a dab on lavender on the skin irritation to help reduce itching and redness. I like to use lavender in my Itch-Be-Gone roller bottle blend from my essential oil ebook.
Itch-Be-Gone Roller Bottle Blend Recipe
What You Need:
7 drops of Lavender
5 drops of Tea Tree
3 drops of Frankincense (optional)
How to Make it:
Add the essential oils into the empty roller bottle and fill the bottle to the top with the carrier oil of your choice.
Add the roller bottle top and the lid. Gently shake the bottle end for end to allow everything to mix.
You are now ready to use it! Please be sure to shake the bottle before each use!
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Too much sun? Mix lavender with a carrier oil and apply to your skin.
Trouble sleeping? Apply a drop of lavender to your pillow to help you get a restful sleep!
Soothing anxious dogs – Our dog is not a good traveller. She literally sounds like a chicken when she is in the car. 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 more relaxed.
Energy- If you are travelling a far distance to your campsite then it’s always great to have peppermint with you to give you an energy boost when needed!
Cool Down- When I get too hot I feel sick and get quite grumpy! 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.
OUCH!- Tea tree it great to have on hand to help clean cuts scrapes and sores! Be sure to wash with water first then apply diluted tea tree and lavender to help clean it up and reduce redness and pain.
Deep Blue (Soothing Blend)
Muscle Aches – Camping isn’t always the most comfortable thing in the world, especially when you are trying to sleep! I use the Deep Blue 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.
Many people use and love TerraSheild to help repel bugs when camping. Terrasheild is a great option and can be used for the whole family! Personally, TerraSheild wasn’t quite strong enough for me but it’s important to consider that everyone is different and you should also know that bugs LOVE me! I have had success with adding lemongrass with the TerraSheild in a spray bottle. I use a 2:1 ratio of TerraSheild to lemongrass and add distilled water. I recommend you try playing around to find the ratio that works best for you.
DIY Bug Spray
My favourite way to send bugs packing it to use my bug spray recipe which uses lemongrass, cedarwood, witch hazel and distilled water. The recipe is super easy to make and works really well for my familyme! You can get the recipe HERE!
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Important Safety Precautions:
You want to keep your oils in a cool dry place. I usually keep my oils in my toiletry bag and keep them either in the tent or the trunk of the car depending on what is cooler at that time.
None of the oils on my list are photosensitive. However, if you plan to use photosensitive oils please be sure to follow these safety precautions.
This video shows a list of doTERRA’s photosensitive 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 guidelines, check out this post!
Does your family use essential oils for camping? Which ones? I’d love to hear from you!