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While summer is one of the most amazing times of year, it brings its own unique set of challenges. How do you best care for and support your body during this season? How do you protect your skin from the sun or rehydrate after long days in the water? How can you keep those pesky bugs away or survive traveling stresses that arise on family vacations and adventures?
If you want easy answers to these questions, I’ve got the best kept secrets for summer travelers just like you! This post is all about setting you up for success in the hot summer days and on your travel journeys. So, let's just dive right in, shall we?
The excitement of longer, brighter, and warmer days can make some a little reckless when it comes to caring for their body. So, let's start this off talking about the trifecta of skin-loving products for all the before and after care you need.
Did you know that too much skin exposure to the sun can not only put you at higher risk of skin cancer but also can prematurely age the skin? You want to filter out UVA and UVB light waves in order to protect your skin. If you can’t avoid the sun, then you can use sunscreen to block those waves.
But what about all those chemicals found in sunscreens?! For example, do yourselves a favor and look up Oxybenzone. YUCK!
Cue Young Living!
Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils, including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you're outdoors.
Now HOLD ON. We also need to talk about how to love your skin after being kissed by the sun. When you stay out in the sun too long, refresh and recover with Young Living’s LavaDerm™ After-Sun Spray. This naturally derived after-sun spray offers temporary relief from the pain and itching of minor burns, minor cuts, sunburns, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations, so your family can keep playing all day.
After that, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Young Living’s Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter features Lime essential oil and uses plant-based ingredients to deeply moisturize your skin with a non-greasy formula.
Tell me in the comments...are you guilty of either...
A) NOT using any skin protecting products
B) Being the white-nosed beachgoer in the straw hat?
To be honest, I was A until around age 35 and then I morphed into B. But, I'm hoping to raise kiddos who proudly flaunt their straw hats! Ha!
Isn’t it funny how when we are deprived of something (summer) for nine months of the year, we initially forget all of the trials and tribulations associated with it? We will all too soon be plagued by mosquitoes, gnats, and flies when all we want to do is enjoy a bonfire or walk along the beach.
It’s tempting to reach for the classic insect repellant, but before you do that, flip over the bottle to see if DEET is an active ingredient. DEET is a registered pesticide. It is a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber, plastic cements, and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and can pass into the blood. It can cause allergic skin reactions and eye irritation.
A 2013 analysis of about 4,000 DEET-related calls to poison control centers found that 450 people needed medical treatment after applying DEET, and two were fatal. Most cases of seizures, slurred speech, coma, and other serious side effects have occurred in people who ingested DEET or applied it for three or more days in a row or used products with 95 percent DEET or more. You can read more about DEET here.
No, thanks. I’ll pass.
Feeling hopeless due to lack of EFFECTIVE DEET-free alternatives?
Feeling hopeless due to lack of EFFECTIVE DEET-free alternatives?
Young Living came out with an Insect Repellent that has been tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients. Pure sesame oil and a carefully selected blend of essential oils traditionally used for their bug-repellent properties come together to make up all 99 percent of the active ingredients in this formula. The other 1 percent? Vitamin E. That means you can use it on your little ones and not worry about the synthetic chemicals used in many traditional repellents. You’ll also love the pleasant, citrusy aroma and smooth, non-sticky application. I pour some into an empty 15ml roller bottle and slap a spray top on it for a travel size option with easy application but...you can also grab YL's Insect Repellent Wipes which will be perfect for packing a carry-on that won't get you flagged by TSA's liquid restrictions!
Do you dread packing for vacation? What should you take? Do you only realize the night before you leave that you don’t have toiletries small enough for TSA? UGH! Vacations have been shown to decrease stress levels and make you more present and better focused in different areas of your life, both at work and at home. I would love to help you decrease the stress before you go!
The Framingham Heart Study showed that taking vacations can actually decrease coronary artery disease. So let’s not give yourself a heart attack from all the stress of packing before you have a chance to chill out!
Rest easy, knowing Young Living has your back. Young Living has taken care of packing all your favorite products in one simple travel pack called the Bon Voyage Kit.
Bon Voyage Travel Pack offers ten Young Living personal care products in an attractive bag. All products are TSA-compliant, perfect for wherever you are going.
Bon Voyage includes:
- Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste, 60ml
- Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, 29.5ml
- Thieves Dental Floss
- Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash, 60ml
- Young Living Toothbrush
- Lavender Shampoo, 60ml
- Lavender Conditioner, 60ml
- Cinnamint Lip Balm
- Morning Start™ Bath & Shower Gel, 60ml
- Genesis™ Hand & Body Lotion, 60ml
One of my favorite parts of travel is trying new things...especially foods! But, any travel—especially flying, even for a short trip—can wreak havoc on your digestive system for a number of reasons.
- Traveling can cause acute stress.
- Quality food choices or the foods you are used to can be limited or very expensive.
- Finally, there’s the impact of sitting for long periods of time in a car or a plane. Did you know that getting up and walking helps your digestive system do its job?
A lot of what I just mentioned is unavoidable as you get your summer traveling in, but there are some essential oils that are perfect to apply to your abdomen to keep a happy tummy while traveling.
So, let me introduce to you two essential oils that combine to make the Happy Tummy Roller.
- Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) has a bright, cool, and calming aroma, with many benefits. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin.
- DiGize™ blend is one of YL's most unique essential oil blends, combining Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, and Patchouli oils with a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. DiGize oil also includes Fennel essential oil, the use of which dates back to ancient Egypt and is great to apply to your abdomen.
Happy Tummy Roller - the perfect travel buddy.
Add 15 drops Digize and 10 drops Peppermint to a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill with V6 oil or a carrier oil of your choice.
**For kids dilution (age 3-8), cut the above in half or snag yourself a Tummygize roll on which is specifically formulated with them in mind.**
Application - After rolling the bottle between your hands to mix before use, roll bottle either clockwise around the navel or where needed.
One of the best feelings after long, stationary hours of traveling is that first stretch when you get to your destination. Do you want to enhance that experience? Apply Deep Relief™ Roll-On! It contains essential oils, including Peppermint, Wintergreen, Dorado Azul, and Helichrysum. It's convenient for a quick, cooling relief on your joints.
You can also try PanAway - a combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils. Apply it to tired muscles after exercise or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma.
Have you ever had trouble sleeping in a foreign place? Or woken up a million times during the night, causing you to start the next day feeling unrested? As if getting that good night's sleep wasn’t difficult enough at home, now you have the stress of travel and the unfamiliar environment in which you’re now attempting to catch those Zzzs. Don't even get me started on our household debate... #teamwhitenoise #teamnaturesounds #teamsilence
But, as long as you can settle that debate satisfactorily for your crew, I've got the rest covered for you! If you’re looking for a knock-out combo to have you waking up feeling rested and energized, I highly recommend a Lavender-Cedarwood combo.
But why the heck do we need sleep?
Not only does sleep make you feel better, but it is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep can improve your memory, curb harmful inflammation in your body, lower stress, and help you achieve a healthy weight. The list goes on.
So, just mix 4-8 drops each of Lavender and Cedarwood in a diffuser at night. I call this combo “Sleeping Sheep” because you won’t even need to count any sheep!
Lavender has a scent that is fresh, floral, clean, and calm.
Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. You can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends.
Now, let me introduce you to one more secret weapon from my sleep arsenal...
Valerian. Valerian essential oil possesses an earthy smell that promotes feelings of relaxation and eases the occasional restlessness that can keep you from unwinding in the evening. Diffuse this valiant oil for the perfect bedtime ritual, or massage it into the bottoms of your feet after a long day to foster moments of peace. You can also get the benefits in the Rutavala Roll-On (I apply to feet due to smell preferences).
As much as you love to travel, and I would argue that travel is beneficial and healthy for you, it also puts you in contact with a lot of other people. Even if you are not traveling by air and getting exposed to all the people at airports, you will still be introduced to more people and with more people comes more…… you know.
You know the obvious ways of taking care of yourself by getting good sleep, staying well hydrated, washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap. But, here's one of my favorite ways to stay above the wellness line when we travel... a “Be Well” roller of essential oils. Apply this roller on your feet and along your spine every night before sleep.
DIY Be Well Roller (10ml bottle)
- 20 drops Lemon
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 10 drops Oregano
- 10 drops Tea Tree
- 10 drops Thieves
- 10 drops Peppermint
- Fill the rest with a carrier oil.
**If it’s for kiddos 3-8 years old, then cut everything down to ¼-½ depending on how sensitive they are.**
Traveling can be stressful, no matter how much time you give yourself for preparation. Travel inevitably brings some degree of occasional stress and you and I both know that things don't always go as planned. Luckily, Young Living has several essential oils and blends that can help promote feelings of calm and ground you during the occasional stress of travel. They can also give you a boost so that you can get through whatever is thrown at you!
Valor® essential oil blend is one of our most popular products and a favorite of founder D. Gary Young. Its woodsy, positive scent comes from a blend of Black Spruce, Camphor, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Geranium.
Get your hands on the Valor Roll-on! It's so convenient and a great way to get MORE VALOR!
Peace & Calming® essential oil is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children. This oil is also available in a convenient roll-on!
Stress Away™ essential oil blend is the first product to contain the unique combination of Lime essential oil and Vanilla extract. The distinct mix of Vanilla and Lime gives Stress Away essential oil blend its unique and pleasant aroma, among other benefits. With a perfectly balanced aroma of both tropical and citrus notes, it offers you a uniquely relaxing oasis in a fast-paced world. And guess what? It comes in a roll-on too...cause stress reduction should be easy peasy, my friend.
Thank you so much for jumping in here with me and taking a look at what Young Living has to offer to make your summer travel plans a little lighter on the stress and heavier on the fun! I truly believe these oils and products need to be in every home, starting with yours and mine.