Essential Oils for Travel (Pragmatic and Optimized Shortlist)

Last Updated on September 13, 2022 by Safaa (founder of moroccanzest)

Essential Oils for Travel (Pragmatic and Optimized Shortlist)

I am a big essential oils junkie. I have in my apartment at least 20 small bottles of different essential oils and I keep buying new ones and experimenting. Over the years, I was able to identify what the best essential oils for travel are and came with a pragmatic and optimized shortlist. No one wants to travel with 20 essential oils bottles rights?

Strangely, I got my essential oil obsession while I was living in France, not in Morocco as you might think. In fact, even if Morocco has really good quality essential oils, Moroccan people are not very familiar with them and a big portion gets exported. On the contrary, essential oils are very popular in France as French people tend to prefer and like natural products.

Of course, you don’t have to purchase many essential oils like me. Yes, I have more than 20 bottles, but I always make sure I have four specific ones. Four I use at home and bring with me when I travel to Morocco or to any other destination.

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Essential oils can be your travel best companion

This shortlist of essential oils for travel concentrates one of the best essential oils to enhance your immune system (hello jet lag and fatigue!) and help with many travel inconveniences like nausea, sunburn, indigestion and so much more!

As essential oils are sold in glass bottles, make sure they stay still in your travel bag. I personally use a small cotton bag and stuff it with an old scarf so bottles won’t shake. For those of you who are wondering about the cost, essential oils are a great investment trust me! For most uses, few drops are enough which makes small bottles last for months and even years.

Although essential oils are natural products, if you are pregnant, feeding your baby or have specific health issues, it is better to check with your doctor first. Besides, it is important to make an allergy test before starting using essential oils. Don’t worry it’s super easy! Just apply one drop of the essential oil you want to use in the crook of your elbow and wait for 48 hours. If your skin doesn’t show any irritation like redness or itchiness, you can start using it.

I buy mine online. After trying so many, I found brands that I really liked and which represent a great quality/cost ratio. If you are new to the essential oils field and don’t want to have bad surprises, I will post down below links to the brands I use and recommend.

Best Essential Oils for Travel

Here are the top 4 essential oils for travel I recommend packing if you travel to Morocco or anywhere really. The good news is, you can keep using them once you are back home. How good is that?

Lavender Essential Oil

That’s the one I always make sure I have. Lavender essential oil is very versatile and can be used for SO many things.

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Lavender essential oil

Although it can be used directly on the skin, I prefer to dilute it in a vegetable oil. In 1 tsp jojoba or argan oil, you can add 1 to 2 drops lavender essential oil.

  • Light skin burns:  Massage gently a few drops of the mixture. The regenerating properties of this essential oil will boost the healing of your skin.
  • Face pimples: Apply locally with a Q-tip, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Anxiety and Insomnia: Apply the mixture in your wrists and smell it through deep breaths.

Lemon Essential Oil

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Lemon Essential Oil

This essential oil is a must to support your immune system.

  • Fatigue: Pour 1 drop of lemon essential oil on a piece of bread and eat it. Repeat for 3 to 4 days.
  • Transportation sickness: Smell directly from the bottle through multiple deep breaths.

Ravensara Essential Oil

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Ravintsara Essential Oil

This essential oil is a powerful antibacterial and antiviral, perfect for giving an XXL boost to your immune system.  Just find a good quality essential oil travel diffuser and that’s it. Diffuse it for 30 minutes and you’ll get all the strengthening benefits. Repeat 3 to 4 times a week. If Ravensara smell is too strong for you, you can mix it with lemon essential oil.

Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint Essential Oil

This essential oil has a strong minty smell and a great refreshing effect. Sometimes when I don’t have mint at home, I mix 1 drop of peppermint essential oil with 1 tbsp honey and add it to my green tea. An easy and quick way to make authentic Moroccan mint tea. It is however very strong, so one drop is usually enough.

  • Migraines: Add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to 1 tsp vegetable oil, then massage gently your temples with the mixture. You will instantly feel the cooling effect (Make sure you don’t touch your eyes as they can burn a little bit).
  • Bad digestion: Pour 1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on a small piece of bread and eat it. This will boost your digestive system and relieve you.


Last Updated on September 13, 2022 by Safaa (founder of moroccanzest)

Safaa, founder of moroccanzest

From design and decor to food and travel, moroccanzest is the space where I share what I loved growing up in Morocco, and more. It’s your destination for everything beautiful, artistic, and made the Moroccan way with love. Learn more about me here.