Essential Oils for Camping Comfort
By Sue Dwiggins
Our family loves to camp and essential oils for camping definitely add to a healthy and natural experience! The last thing I like to do while camping is to introduce a bunch of chemical scents into the woods. I’ve found essential oils can help keep us comfortable while camping.
In my essential oils for camping first aid kit, you will always find three favorite singles — Lavender EE, Lavender Spike, and Tea Tree. Lavender EE is used for any skin irritation, campfire burn, sunburn soother, sore muscles, or bug bites. Lavender can be applied “neat” or undiluted. This makes it easy to travel with and was gentle enough for my grandson Owen who often joins us on our adventures. Lavender Spike is great for all allergy headaches and when I was suffering from COVID stuffiness. I rub it on my chest and under my nose.
Tea Tree is great due to its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Add a drop of Lavender and a drop of Tea Tree on a band-aid, for all those scrapes or blisters that seem to happen while hiking and playing. The Tea Tree is antiseptic to help keep the germs out and the Lavender is calming. A spritzer of Lavender and Tea Tree is great for those “outhouse” seats too! Lavender and Tea Tree are important essential oils for camping as they turn any minor discomfort into something not so bad.
Of course, bugs can quickly dampen the mood while camping. My “bug me not” blend is diluted in e3’s all-natural lotion. I also make a spritzer with water and some essential oils. We spritz it on our skin and clothes or spritz it in the air.
There are lots of different essential oils that can be used in making your own bug repellent, usually, mine contains:
General guidelines for dilution ratio for use with healthy adults is about 2 ml essential oil/blend to 1 oz water.
Essential Oils for Camping: RV Style
In the bathroom: When sharing a small RV bathroom, I like to keep e3’s Protection Spritzer on hand as an air freshener and the added benefits of inhaling this immune-boosting blend.
In the air: Breathe Easy is a nice space freshener for a small space like an RV, with the benefit of opening your airways if you’re congested. And I keep a bottle of Breathe Easy Shower Mist with me in our tiny RV shower.
By the sink: I love Wash, Wash, and Wash hand soap. It not only cleans your hands but has a wonderfully refreshing scent.
On hard surfaces: I spritz and wipe using e3’s Resilience Surface Sanitizer. It’s great for areas that we forget that need cleaning such as the steering wheel and dashboard. Ken and I were fighting COVID on our last trip and used all products for our health and comfort. Ken sneezed a lot on the steering wheel and dashboard so cleaned that area several times!
On hands: It can be hard to keep hands sanitized when you’re on the road so I love having e3’s hand sanitizer in my backpack, RV, or anyplace I go it goes.
These are just a few ways you can use essential oils for camping. Do you have other favorite essential oils you like to take when you go camping? I know my sister Caryn, e3’s owner, would love to hear from you. You can reach out to her on Facebook and share your tips. Would you like to learn how to make your own special blends? Our free ebook, Listen to Your Nose – An Introduction to Aromatherapy will show you how. Feel free to download your copy now.