Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Travel Solutions: Rosemary & Lavender Calming Spray

Although some of us will be celebrating the holidays at home, the numbers show that many people will travel 50+ miles to be with family and friends. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are the most popular times for families to travel; and, traveling with children is not always the easiest thing to manage.

The primary method of travel, this year especially, will be road travel. Our children travel fairly well, however they are 2, 6, and 10, arguing and disagreements are almost inevitable. Besides these few travel tips below, I've come up with my own miracle solution that I want to share with you today!

Tips for Traveling With Children:

So if your family and/or friends are expecting a visit from you this season, prepare now to arrive at your designation and return home unflustered, cool-headed, and calm with these tips for traveling with children over the holidays:
  1. Plan ahead of time: Do your research and map out a route based around high-volume traffic areas and potential construction delays heading for your final destination. Choose the best time to leave and remain sensitive to schedules and meal times when traveling.
  2. Keep everyone's mind busy: Discord often erupts when we are bored. In order to prevent it, or at least prolong it, I'm always sure to bring books, music, appropriate games, small toys, and snacks for everyone.
  3. Get cozy: Be sure to pack enough pillows, stuffed animals, and blankets for the trip.
Miracle Solution:

The fourth tip I have for ease of travel is my own homemade solution. To supplement the above tips I routinely prepare the following recipe and keep it handy in my purse should the need arise.

Rosemary & Lavender Calming Spray

-20 drops rosemary essential oils
-20 drops lavender essential oils

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a 2 ounce mister/spray bottle. Spray whenever necessary for calming effect. Shelf stable, no need to refrigerate, and will last indefinitely.


-Rosemary has a revitalizing effect (relieving headaches and tension) and lavender is proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

-I keep a bottle of this in the car at all times. Spraying whenever the tensions rise. It's especially useful on errand days seeing as how we live 20 minutes from town (smile). The results are literally amazing! The children, and I, immediately receive a sense of calm.

-I also leave a bottle in our homeschool space and in the children's bedrooms. It's perfect for use at any time!

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I'd love for you to share your holiday travel solutions and add to this list! Feel free to do so in the comments.


At November 26, 2011 at 5:52 AM , Blogger Faye Henry said...

Oh, thank you so much for this recipe.. I find that the older I become the more overwhelmed I am at certain times.. Especially, when making company meals.. This spray will come in handy..
Perhaps I should double the recipe.. smile..

At November 26, 2011 at 5:53 AM , Blogger Anita said...

Great tip!! I keep lavendar on hand, but not rosemary although I have plants of both. Where did you find your lovely cobalt blue bottle?

At November 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question that might sound silly, I am new to this. Where do you spray this? On the person, in the air. I could really use something like this to calm down myself.

At November 26, 2011 at 5:18 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Anonymous Not a silly question! I should have been more specific. You can really spray it the person or in the air. Generally I spray in the air but some always ends up on us:)

At November 26, 2011 at 5:46 PM , Blogger Pam said...

Love this idea. I'm going to bookmark it and buy a little spray bottle to make some. I'm thinking that it might even work for our dog when we travel with her?

At November 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM , Anonymous Stacy Makes Cents said...

Andrea, I wonder if this spray would also calm my daughter at bed time? Would spraying it on her pillow be a good solution? When we travel and she has to sleep elsewhere, she's sometimes very restless at night.

At November 26, 2011 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Stacy Makes Cents Oh yes:) I use it frequently at bedtime! My children have even started asking for it:) They love the way it makes them feel. Excellent idea:)

At November 27, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Anonymous Stacy Makes Cents said...

Great! Thanks so much! I have the lavender but I'll have to look into getting some rosemary. :-) Loving your blog.

At November 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you spray in on?

At November 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister had a good idea for travel also. Not sure it will calm them down, but it definitely keeps them occupied. She always had a bottle of bubbles in the car and would just (at stop lights, ect) pull out the wand and hold it in front of the AC vents. The kids loved it. It def kept them occupied. :)

At November 30, 2011 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous Katherine Atkinson said...

What a great tip! :) I love my essential oils! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

~ Kathy @ Mind Body and Sole

At December 5, 2011 at 4:37 PM , Blogger Amy Bowman said...

You are featured on AP Tuesday at New Nostalgia! Your stuff seems to really jive with my readers..and ME Thanks for linking up!

At December 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM , Blogger telesma said...

I use cheap vodka for room sprays instead of water, it helps emulsify the oils and it evaporates faster.


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