For the Traveler
Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.
New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.
When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home.
How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.
A journey can become a sacred thing.
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.
May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.
May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.
~ John O’Donohue ~
Traveling in a conscious way can transform us. Being conscious of our bodies as we move through the world, even when we are at home, allows us to be present and mindful. As you move through this day, be aware of “the self you bring along” and how you interact with the world. What are you aware of? How do you let the world touch your heart? How are you listening?
Summer calls us to travel. Often when I travel, I forget to pay attention to my health and wellness. I get so absorbed in traveling that I lose “my inner ground” and don’t take care of myself. Setting an intention to be mindful of our health while traveling can allow us to live our time away from home to the fullest. Essential oils can help ground us and connect us to the ancient healing power of plants, to what is truly important. They heighten our awareness and help bring us to be more present.
Our Traveling Kit of Essential Oils has several products that can help focus our attention on health and wellness while traveling. The Kit includes natural cleansers, antiseptics, antibacterials, antifungals, stomach aids, and carminatives. If you have a Summer Seasonal Sampler, you received three items from this kit – organic lavender oil, organic Tea Tree oil, and the Wound Care Blend. Here is information on how to use these products. I took the wound care blend with me on a trip to Mexico with my family recently. Be the end of the trip everyone had used it for something (rashes, bites, wounds) and were amazed at its healing qualities.
Organic Lavender – A natural antibiotic and antiseptic.
-For minor burns and scalding:
1) Apply directly without dilution.
2) Cover the burn with gauze.
3) Repeat application every few hours.
-For insomnia: Apply a few drops of oil to a tissue/handkerchief and place next to you by your pillow.
1) Massage a few drops into your temples.
2) Take a few deep breathes of the lavender oil.
3) Add to your massage oil or use a few drops in bath water.
-For insect bites and stings:
1) Apply 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of tea tree oil to the sting/bite. (Remove stinger beforehand!).
2) Repeat hourly until irritation is relieved.
Ingredients: organic lavender oil AOC (Lavandula angustifolia). 5 ml bottle.
Organic Tea Tree – active against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
1) Use on abscess, infected wounds, athlete’s foot, blisters, insect bites/stings.
2) Apply 2 – 4 drops of oil to affected area and repeat every few hours.
-Mouthwash and gargle for sore throats: Add 1 drop to 8 oz. glass of warm water. Stir before use.
Ingredients: organic tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). 5 ml bottle.
Wound Care Blend – organic helichrysum in St. John’s wort infused organic olive oil.
-Minor Wounds: An excellent healer for bruises, scrapes and scars. Apply freely and often to the affected area.
Ingredients: organic olive oil (Olea europaea) infused with St. John’s Wort flowers (Hypericum perforatum) and organic helichrysum oil (Helichrysum italicum).
5 ml bottle.