My Cruise Kit

Essential Oil Cruise Kit

We’re going on a Cruise for vacation, so I definitely wanted to be prepared. This is the first time we’re cruising with a child (she’s 5), so I made sure everything was Kid-Safe.

From left to right:

After Sun Spray from essentialoilblogging.com!

So, full disclosure. This did NOT fit all in a 4 oz container as suggested on the blog, but I just used the full measurements for everything EXCEPT the distilled water and added that at the very end as much as it would hold with room to shake.

Motion Sickness Inhaler
10 drops Ginger and 5 Drops Grapefruit (for my 5 year old and maybe ME!)

Calming the Child Inhaler
15 Drops

Tummy Ease Roll-On
2 Drops Roman Chamomile, 2 Drops Spearmint & Two Drops Ginger in a 10 ml roller-bottle filled with FCO
This will be good if any of us eat too much and need some tummy relief. Apply a couple of swipes to the abdomen and rub in.

Better than Kisses Roll-on
I keep one of these on hand always. Works great for going around cuts and scrapes (no essential oils on open wounds please!), and also is a great headache relief because of the marjoram!

Germ Destroyer Spray for surfaces
2 Ounces witch hazel or vodka, 2 ounces distilled water and 2% (~70 drops) Germ Destroyer.

I think I’m set. Now come on Saturday!

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Kid-Safe Vapor Rub (For 2 years and up)

Kid-Safe Vapor Rub (2 Years and Up)

Not all essential oils are safe for kids. A general rule of thumb is no essential oils for children under 2, and there is a safe list of oils for children 2-6 developed by Plant Therapy with the aid of Robert Tisserand, a certified aromatherapist who, literally, wrote the book on essential oil safety. Eucalyptus is a common essential oil used for colds and congestion, but because of the high amount of 1,8 cineole, it can cause respiration of children under 6 to slow significantly.  A safer alternative would be Rosalina which is included in the Sniffle Stopper synergy I used.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup Olive Oil (or other carrier oil. If you want a stiffer salve, use Coconut Oil)
2 Tablespoons Beeswax, pellets or grated
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter or Mango Butter
50 Drops Plant Therapy Kid-Safe Sniffle Stopper

DIRECTIONS

In a double-boiler (alternately you can use a small sauce pan, add 1-inch water, and place a glass bowl on top), add olive oil and beeswax and heat on medium to medium-high until all beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and add Shea Butter stirring to completely melt. If it won’t fully melt, briefly add it back to the heat, and stir until fully combined.

Remove from heat, and add essential oils. Stir once again to fully combine, and pour into your container to solidify.

Yields about 5.5 ounces.


Results? Well, M is mostly better and her nose  mostly clear, but I’ll have this next time she’s sick.

The beeswax makes it quite hard, I’m going to play around with using less beeswax and more shea butter to see what makes the best texture.

UPDATE: I had a chance to use it and I actually really like the texture as written.

Dilution? What’s that?

What do I mean by Dilution? I mention it a lot in my recipes.

I base all my recipe dilutions on the chart based on  Robert Tisserand’s Dilution Chart as he, literally, wrote the book on Essential Oil Safety. The chart is gracefully provided by Plant Therapy. Why do I prefer Plant Therapy over other brands? I’ll cover that in another post.

Plant Therapy Essential Oil Dilution Charrt

So, for example, a 2% dilution would be 18 drops total of essential oils for 30 mls of carrier (oil, lotions, etc). The viscosity of the carrier does not impact the dilution rate.

Essential oils should be diluted with very few exceptions. Firstly, essential oils evaporate VERY quickly. Secondly, “neat” use (aka use without a carrier), can cause sensitization. Once you’re sensitized, you can never use that oil again.