A day in the life of a Holistic Flight Attendant
How I use Essential Oils to support my physical and emotional health on the road.
This is a blog post I had the honor of writing for a local Wellness Blog called Holistic Alameda and wanted to share it with you, here.
As I sit here on my cross-country flight I realize what an integral part Essential Oils (EO’s) have become in my daily routine. I am a Flight Attendant with a background in Holistic Nutrition so I’m always looking for natural ways to support my immune system, especially when I travel.
The EO’s that I use are from a company called doTERRA, which translates to “gift of the earth”. One of the reasons why I decided to choose this company is because of their rigorous testing and standards. The EO world is unregulated and this allows for companies to label EO’s as “100% Pure” when in reality they are not. doTerra has created an internal standard called “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” which is verified by third party labs. This means that doTERRA’s oils are unadulterated, there are no fillers, synthetics or pesticides used and this makes for a potent, effective and safe oil. doTERRA’s EO’s are safe to be taken internally if a Supplement Facts label is on the bottle. More often than not, 1-2 drops are all you need to use at one time. One drop of Peppermint oil, for example, is the equivalent of 28 cups of Peppermint Tea!
Now I’d like to share with you some of the oils that I travel with and how I use them to support both my physical and emotional health.
I always start my day with a couple of drops of Lemon EO added to a tall glass of water. It supports my digestive system and acts as a gentle detox. When I am flying I like to fill my stainless steel water bottle up (the EO’s will break down plastic so make sure to use glass or stainless steel when adding the drops to water) and add a few drops of lemon oil and drink this throughout my flight. Not only does this help me stay hydrated but it also stops bloating and my legs feel less “heavy” after the flight.
We all know how easy it is to get sick after a long flight so I take a drop of OnGuard, which is a protective blend. I also spritz my hands and seat area with the OnGuard spray to keep germs at bay.
Deep Blue is a soothing blend. It feels fantastic on achy, tight muscles. I apply this topically to my neck, shoulders and lower back area for some much needed relief.
I like to put a drop of Breathe, a respiratory blend, on my chest to help open up the airways. You can also put a drop in your hands and cup them over your nose and take some deep breaths. It smells amazing and helps with any congestion.
DigestZen, the digestive blend, is another must-have for travel and eating out. It helps with bloating, digestive discomfort and at the same time keeps you regular. I take a drop or two internally and also rub some on my stomach area for extra support.
doTerra's Essential Oils can be used internally, as dietary supplements, for more targeted and potent health benefits. When ingested, Essential Oils enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential Oils are lipid soluble, this means they are transported to all of the organs of the body, including the brain. Essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, therefore they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefits.
The first thing I do when I get to my hotel room is turn on my travel diffuser and diffuse some OnGuard to help cleanse the air. Many hotel rooms have windows that don’t open and I am sensitive to the harsh chemicals used to “clean” the rooms. I also spray OnGuard in the shower and on the toilet...better safe than sorry!
I diffuse Lavender or Serenity, a calming blend, throughout the night to promote a restful night’s sleep. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal so that the oils are not damaged.
Diffusers disperse essential oils as a fine vapor throughout the air so they can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.
But if you don’t have a diffuser, just place a drop or two on your pillowcase!
In the morning I love to put a couple of drops of Peppermint EO in the shower to wake me up when I’m on different time zones. I often feel a bit queasy when I haven’t slept enough or have to wake up at 3:00AM and Peppermint helps with this as well.
I absolutely love travelling with a little kit of my favorite 10 Essential Oils. They are so incredibly versatile, effective and, best of all, they support every system in my body naturally.
Come along to my next Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (Alameda location) EO workshop on Saturday Nov. 11th at 1pm when we’ll look at Essential Oils for Immune Support during the Fall and Winter Seasons. We will also do a fun Seasonal ‘Make & Take”.
The following class will be held at Julie’s on Sunday Nov. 26 at 2:00PM. See you there!
For any questions regarding the use of these EO’s please don’t hesitate to contact me. I love helping people transition to a more natural and holistic lifestyle!
If you are ready to get started with these Essential Oils click here and I will be in contact to help you on your journey to a more Natural, Holistic Lifestyle!