We probably all know about the many ways we can use essential oils at home, but there are just as many when you use essential oils in the outdoors. Indeed, they have some amazing properties and they can be precious helpers in many occasions.
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So here are some tips on how to use essential oils in the outdoors. I find them particularly helpful when camping, or after long hiking and climbing days.
Sanitizing and disinfecting
Tea Tree Oil is probably the king for this. You can use it to sanitize pretty much anything. I mix it with Aloe Vera gel, which has an incredible healing power: they are the perfect combo to sanitize and heal scratches, bites and all sorts of cuts.
Being it antibacterical, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and insecticide, tea tree oil will keep your injuries safe and clean. You can even use it for your underwear, or for your intimate protection when you are spending several days outside and hygienic conditions are a bit meh.
Also, its incredibly balsamic property will help you relieve colds and sinusitis.
By the way, another good one here is Eucalyptus Oil, with all its similar properties!
Protecting your skin
When outdoors, your skin can be harmed by many elements: sun, wind, extreme cold/heat, rushes and so on. Essential oils will help you prevent or cure all of them.
The best ones are Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil and Helichrysum Oil. They will be your number one allies when it comes to soothing aches, pains and itchy skin. Also, they can be incredibly useful if you want to prepare a DIY sunscreen. Peppermint oil also provides a very nice cooling sensation when it comes to minor sun redness.
Lemon essential oil (my favorite by far!) will help you keep your skin hydrated…besides, it smells SO good and it can be an excellent deodorant, together with eucalyptus oil! So many useful properties for an essential oil.
Helichrysum Oil is too particularly good for bruises, burns and skin rashes. This “immortal flower” (that’s the meaning behind his name) has so many properties it’s insane, so we’ll meet it again in a few moments!
Protecting your stomach and infections
Another rather annoying thing that can happen when in the outdoors, especially on long adventures and exploration, is having problems with your headquarters: Mr. stomach & co.
Peppermint essential oil, being anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antispasmodic and digestive, will be a good one to relieve nausea and upset stomachs. Also lemon essential oil is incredibly helpful: it will help you with abdominal colic pain, it improves digestion, it calms stomach and relieves nausea. True remedy!
Bleeding and inflammations
Helichrysum we meet again! This magic essential oil speeds healing of bruises and wounds, it stops minor bleeding and it also reduces fever. Eucalyptus oil is too an incredibly powerful ally, together with Citronella oil.
When it comes to migraines and headaches, which are not proper inflammations, but still very painful, helichrysum (of course!), but also chamomile oil, citronella oil and peppermint oil are excellent helpers.
Insects and bugs
Do I have to recite the infinite list of bugs and insects that are ready to assault you when in the outdoors, especially when you are with dogs?
Lemongrass oil is the answer here. Also, lavender oil can be incredibly helpful against ticks, together with tea tree oil and eucalyptus. Add peppermint if we are talking about fleas.
If it’s “just” a bunch of mosquitos bothering your nature time, then use all the above, but also lemon oil and rose geranium oil.
When it comes to fungal infections and problems, then lavender, tea tree and peppermint should be your favorite ones.
During a good rest day or right before going to sleep, magic helichrysum will help you relax your muscles and soothe sprains. It calms down nerves and it’s just the perfect essential oil when it comes to muscle aches and pains in your body.
Lavender will help you fall asleep. A few drops on your pillow and you’ll just fall in Morpheus arms in a split second.
Home is where you stake it, or where you park it. Regardless, a bit of air purification will be a good thing.
Lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, citronella oil and rosemary oil are great to deodorize the environment, clean it and in general get rid of stale conditions. A great new energy will embrace everything and your den will be more welcoming than ever. This is a great trick if you are wondering how to use essential oils when camping and it really does make a difference, especially after many wet, rainy days! Also, this practice will help you to kill molds and fungus and keep your “home” safe.
How to use essential oils practically and safely
Of course, being these oils the essential and therefore more concentrated part of their source, they are extremely strong and cannot always be used in their pure form. Direct contact or ingestion of certain oils can actually have harmful, intoxicating or irritant effects, instead of a healing one.
So how to use essential oils practically and safely?
A good way can be to mix them with some other component, like coconut oil, almond oil, or with a cream or gel. Also, you can drop them on a cloth and then rub it on your skin, or smell it.
Also, you can add your essential oils to food and drinks, but avoid ingesting them directly and alone. Remember they are very potent, much more than herbs and spices, so start with small amounts.
Also, keep in mind that a constant and prolonged use of essential oils on your skin or in your recipes might cause rejection in the long run, so vary them as much as possible and suspend for a few days or weeks after long periods of using the same one.
- Tea tree – Sanitizing and disinfecting, colds and sinusitis, bugs and bugs bites
- Lemon – Hydrating, stomach pain and nausea, skin protection, bugs
- Peppermint – Aches and pains, itchy skin, headaches, nausea and upset stomach, fungal and viral infection, cooling
- Eucalyptus – Deodorizing, bugs, purifying
- Helichrysum – Sanitizing and disinfecting, colds, fever and flu, bugs and bugs bites, bleeding, sore muscles, relax, calm down nerves, magic
- Lavender – Soothes bruises and wounds, allergies and asthma, headaches, insects, insomnia, relax
- Camomile – Soothes itches, headaches and migraines, relax