Essential Oils for flying

with kids

Children on flights can get fidgety and irritable - which can make your journey as uncomfortable as theirs.

Prepare a bottle containing:

5 drops of Chamomile Roman in 1 tablespoon (15ml) of a light carrier oil (e.g. Apricot Kernel, Jojoba- or Sweet Almond Oil).

If things start to get out of control, massage the child's feet and legs with a little of the oil, tuck a blanket around the child, and they'll soon settle down. Only use a tiny portion of the oil - which will also come in handy for other vacation problems.

Looking for a natural substitute for traditional hand sanitizer wipes?

If you would like to make your own natural wet wipes to carry with you when you travel here's a recipe for you. 

2 drops Lavender 
2 drops Ginger
4 drops Thyme linalol
4 drops Lemongrass
2 drops Tea Tree

Small brown bottle for essential oils
1. Mix in a dark small bottle and put the dropper on. (5-10 ml bottle) 
2. Take 10 tissues 
3. Damp them 
4. Add 2-3 drops on each tissue and seal them in a resealable bag.

You may not need all the tissues for a single flight, but they are useful to have ready for buses, taxis, trains and when you arrive at your destination. Even if your hotel room looks clean, always use the wipes to wipe off dor handles, remote controls, toilet flush button and toilet seat to mention a few. The wipes smell good and clean up the air as well as being antimicrobial.  

Bring along your travell diffuser

Making a home away form home is easy with essential oils if you take along several that you have already been using at home; the aroma will provide a comforting aura of familiarity and security when used in new surroundings.

Children often feel insecure in unfamiliar places, and familiar essential oils can help calm them because of their association with home. 

Minilia diffuser is perfect to take with you on vaccation

Mistilia diffuser is great to bring on vaccation

..makes it easy to comfort a child through the sense of smell. If you at home diffuses Lavender before bedtime and also do that on your vaccation, it will help the children to settle down for the night in the pleasantly fresh room that smells just like home. Add 2-3 drops to Minilia or Mistilia Diffuser.

In the morning you can give your family an Energy Boost to start the day by diffusing 1 drop of Peppermint and 2 drops of Lemon.

Children should be able to sleep soundly without any worries, but its not always easy to sleep in new places. Essential oil body oils are very good at reducing stress and helping children to sleep, which will allow them to wake up feeling stronger and ready to face another day with adventure. Use a little of the following blend, rubbed onto your child's back before they go to bed.

Sleep Blend
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Chamomile Roman
Dilute in 2 teaspoons (10ml) of carrier oil of your choice (you can use the same as mentioned above). 

Safe Essential Oils to use for children:

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata)
Coriander seed (Corandrum sativum)
Orange Sweet (Citrus sinensis)

If your vaccation is in the sun

Then you have to be aware of some essential oils that are phototoxic and should not be used if you are going out into the sunlight. Do not use citrus oil on your skin or in lotions if they are applied in the morning as photosensitivity may occur from exposure to the sun.

The citrus essential oils not regarded as photosensitive are:

  • Red mandarin (Citrus nobilis)
  • Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • Blood orange (Citrus x sinensis)

Phototoxic essential oils are:

  • Angelica root (Angelica glauca)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)
  • Expressed bitter orange (Citrus x aurantium)
  • Expressed grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • Expressed Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Expressed lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • Fig leaf absolute (Ficus carica)
  • Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
  • Mandarin leaf (Citrus reticulata)
  • Orange bitter (Citrus x aurantium)
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  • Tagetes (Tagetes minuta)


Taking care of skin after that's been exposed to more than the usual amount of sunshine makes sense, and the following after-sun oils will also help repair it.

10 drops Lavender 
5 drops Chamomile german
2 drops Geranium

Dilute in:
4 tablespoons (60ml) Sweet almond oil
3 tablespoons (30ml) Sesame oil

Apply as a body oil after showering or bathing. Pay particular attention to areas of skin that have been overexposed to the sun.

January 09, 2023 — Susann Ottesen