• Irena Gerakios

I'm heading to Sydney for the doTERRA Australia Convention this week and I'm always asked "what oils do I take when I travel?" so I thought this would be the perfect time to share...if I ONLY had to take 5 oils for travel what would they be...disclaimer: I take way more than 5 oils.

Essential oils are the perfect tool to have on hand for when you travel. Shitty aeroplane food, uncomfortable sleeping positions, long check in lines and coughing neighbours are just a few of the not so pleasant experiences when you travel.

These oils have saved me time after time, I am #GratefulAF to have them with me when i'm travelling. Now i'll be honest, when I travel I take a few more than these five but I understand space is limited when travelling so if I could ONLY take 5 here they are..


"If you could ONLY travel with 5 oils, what would they be?"

Here are the winners..


Lavender - The Swisse Army knife of essential oils

+ Apply a few drops to the soles of your feet to promote restful sleep on flight or during transit

+ Knock the children out so they sleep well by doing the same

+ Massage a drop into your chest if you experience symptoms associated to allergies; sneezing and coughing

+ Use topically to soothe any skin irritations; redness, sunburn and itchiness

+ Pop the lid and inhale when feeling anxious or overwhelmed


On Guard - Protective Blend

+ Protect yourself from environmental threats when in flight or during transit

Dilute and apply to the soles of your feet - I like to do this before every flight

+ If you' d like to be EXTRA protective when travelling you can even make your mini protective spray and wipe down the areas around you; seat and tray table

+ Soothe a sore throat by adding a drop to water, teaspoon of honey or dilute and massage over your

throat


Peppermint - Your on-the-go coffee

+ Add a drop to the palm of your hands, rub together and inhale deeply when your energy starts to drop (hello jet lag)

+ Do the same to help clear your airways if feeling congested from all that recycled aeroplane air

+ Reduces digestive bloating and gas when applied topically to the stomach

+ Soothes muscle discomfort - massage into your shoulder and neck when the aeroplane seats have gotten a little too uncomfortable


DigestZen - Digestive Blend

+ Ate too many peanuts? Massage a drop clockwise over your stomach to soothe ANY discomfort

+ Inhale before take off and landing to soothe nausea and motion sickness

+ Add a drop to a cup of boiled water and sip to soothe any digestive discomfort you might experience


Frankincense - 'When in doubt use Frank'

+ Massage a drop behind your neck to support your immune system

+ Feeling tense? Massage a drop into your chest to soothe your nervous system

+ Dilute a drop in some coconut oil or your moisturiser to hydrate your dry skin



OTHER TRAVEL HEALTH TIPS:

+ Make sure to drink enough water! Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

+ Try not to overindulge. Flying always interrupts the digestive system and eating too much food especially when processed creates more discomfort and upset.

+ Get up and move! Don't stay seated the whole flight - get up every hour or so and stretch your legs to encourage circulation.


I'd love to know what your favourite oils for travel are, please let me know in the comments below...


To purchase your own essential oils and join our community The Green Oil Tribe find out more here

  • Irena Gerakios

I have finally gotten around to writing this highly requested post on using essential oils for hair care. This is just one of the many uses essential oils have. Today I'm going to share my personal favourite essential oils to use for healthy hair.



As someone with long and thick hair I have used many commercial AND natural hair products, they are often expensive, filled with toxic ingredients and NOT so effective. I have enjoyed experimenting with the use of essential oils in my own hair care routine in the last four years. What I have found is that essential oils are a great affordable, natural and effective replacement for pretty much all the products I used to keep in my bathroom cupboard.

I no longer use anti-dandruff shampoo, Moroccan styling serums or fancy shining products, essential oils have replaced them all!


There are many ways you can use essential oils to support healthy hair, you can add a couple drops to your shampoo to nourish your scalp, make a delicious hair serum with essential oils and carrier oil of choice or simply place a couple drops of essential oil directly to your hair. It's that easy! Read until the very end for recipes.


I love that essential oils work to reduce dry, greasy, oily hair while supporting our emotional and physical health.


My favourite oils for hair care are:


TEA TREE

As an essential oil that is high in it's cleansing and purifying properties I love to use 1-2 drops of Tea Tree in the palm of my hand with my doTERRA shampoo to clean my scalp. This well known essential oil works at cleansing the scalp and ensuring all grime and dirt is removed. Tea Tree is also great at repelling lice, make up a DIY hairspray and spray on your children's hair, inside their hat and on the car seat daily.


PEPPERMINT

My cousin Irini shared this tip with me, once you have shampoo and conditioned your hair while it's still damp add 3 drops of peppermint to your scalp, give your scalp a good massage. The menthol from the peppermint will give you a tingling, cooling sensation and stimulate healthy hair growth and nourishment. Once you've tried this there is NO going back! You can do this at any time of the day to reduce head tension, promote healthy hair stimulation and cleanse your scalp.


LAVENDER

A must have essential oil in every home, Lavender has MANY uses in your haircare routine. For soft, thick and nourishing hair apply a couple drops of Lavender essential oil to your conditioner, make your own leave in treatment or hair serum to massage into damp hair. Lavender hydrates the hair and reduces the hair loss. You can add Lavender to any DIY hair product for its calming and relaxing aroma.


CEDARWOOD

A strong scented and thick wood oil, Cedarwood is incredible at nourishing dry hair and promoting healthy hair growth. I love to apply thick oils like Cedarwood straight to my the ends of my hair, I simply add a few drops to the ends of my fingers and massage into my ends my hair. Alternatively I will add a base of carrier oil such as Argan or Coconut - add my desired essential oils of choice, mix then massage into my hair.


SANDALWOOD

If you love the thought of using expensive products in your hair then look no further - this one's for you! Sandalwood is a beautiful thick and syrup like essential oil, it is one of my favourites to use similarly to Cedarwood as a serum, hair styler or shine oil. I add a few drops to the ends of my hair while its damp or just after I have used a heat styler on it to restore hydration and add a beautiful shine.



Some popular recipes..use the same recipe just swap the oils depending on the results you are wanting.

DIY HAIR SERUM

+ Choice of Carrier Oil (my favourite is Argan or Coconut)

+ Essential Oils fo choice (Peppermint, Lavender, Cedarwood)



Combine in a bowl or dropper bottle then apply to the ends of your hair either damp or dry. I generally use a teaspoon of carrier oil and 6-10 drops of essential oil per use. You can reduce the amount or add more depending on how much hair you have. Experiment with how your hair feels and do what works best for you.




KIDS HAIR SPRAY

+ 50 ml glass bottle

+ 10 drops Tea Tree eo

+ 10 drops Lavender eo (or any other floral oil)

+ 5 drops Rosemary eo

+ Witch Hazel


Add essential oils to the spray bottle then fill halfway with water, you can add a squeeze of coconut oil for hydrating and nourishing purposes then fill the rest with witch hazel (optional). If you don't have witch hazel just use water. Shake bottle before each use and spray on hair, inside hats and car seats daily to repel lice.


Some other essential oils I love to add straight to my hair before leaving the house are: Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Grapefruit, Patchouli, Clary Calm and Salubelle. When it comes to using essential oils there is no right or wrong! If you like the smell of an essential oil then add it to your haircare routine..chances are it will have some benefit.


I will also give mention to my FAVOURITE doTERRA hair product: the Root to Tip Serum. I use this product after every single wash and absolutely LOVE the way it makes my hair smell and feel. Featuring Lavender, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Niaouli, Rosemary and Eucalyptus it nourishes, hydrates and promotes shiny, healthy hair! Apply to the ends of your hair while damp or dry.



To purchase your own essential oils and join our community The Green Oil Tribe find out more here or contact me. All essential oil supplies are purchased from AromaTools Australia.


*Please note my blog posts are personal opinions only, I am not a healthcare professional and these posts do not intend to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition. Always refer to your healthcare professional when seeking medical advice.

  • Irena Gerakios


My mission in life is to be PROACTIVE about my health, eat nourishing foods, moving my body and doing weird cleanses like this is part of that..


Earlier this year I participated in the Gallbladder Flush. A way to gently cleanse the body, improve energy and regain vitality.

Reasons I did the flush:

+ Family history of Gallbladder issues/removal

+ Feeling sluggish and lethargic

+ Wanting to support my liver in detoxification

+ Wanting to be proactive about overall health and wellness

+ Guided flush with support

+ Lead by health professionals


In May we started our preparation month and the actual flush happened in June. I recorded a video all about my experience with the Gallbladder flush...watch here:





Next Monday 15th of October we will do another round of The Gallbladder Flush, if you'd like to join me and participate you can read through all of the information here: http://bit.ly/TheGallBladderFlush






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