As a traveling family general health care is a big concern and something that we need to think about well before taking off on a trip. We're a family that believes very much in the merits of natural remedies and when we travel our most cherished natural oils and herbal treatments have to come along.
Western medications are okay and necessary sometimes, but what we find works best in staving off colds, treating fungal and bacterial infections, and helping us sleep or reduce anxiety is natural oils and herbs.
So just what do we carry with us? Read on to hear about our top 4 favorite oils...
Tea Tree Oil
TTO is a big one for us and an oil that has many uses. When we were first putting together our packing list we had decided to bring a bottle along with us. As we thought through the availability issues we decided to bring several bottles with us and we are glad we did. We have found that it's the oil we use most and have gone through quite a bit over the last year alone.
Tea tree oil is both antibiotic as well as anti microbial. This makes it a wonderful, safe, and effective cleaner for any household. A few drops of oil in a liter of water makes a great all purpose cleaner. 1-2 drops in the laundry works well to freshen up clothes especially when traveling and things seem to get grungier than usual. We also use it for skin blemish treatment, to clean cuts and scrapes, to prevent razor burn, to cure pink eye, to treat fungal infections, as aromatherapy to treat sinuses during a cold, and to treat dandruff when added to a bottle of shampoo or pure castille soap.
There are many more uses and many different concentrations for TTO use, but these are our top applications. I have also recently discovered that you can use it as a bug repellent so I plan to give that a shot! It is quite a strong smell so it stands to reason that bugs will steer clear.