Nothing says summer like a family road trip. Traveling together on the open road can be fun, but hours of sitting in an enclosed space can also lead to tummy aches, tension, and fatigue.
Luckily, doTERRA is here to help. Buckle up with these natural road trip essentials and make your next adventure a success.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so snacky on the road? On a normal day, you probably eat three square meals, along with a few snacks, but sitting in a car for several hours can mess with your internal clock and confuse your hunger cues. As a result, you might feel the need to be constantly snacking. While it’s best to try and stick to a normal eating routine on the road, try preparing these simple snacks made with essential oils before your next trip to avoid binging on gas station sweets.
Constant snacking and prolonged sitting inevitably leads to problems with digestion. Heartburn, indigestion, sour stomach, and bloating are some of the most common symptoms you might face on the road. Fortunately, doTERRA DigestZen can help alleviate these discomforts.* A unique mix of Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Anise, and Coriander oils make this blend ideal for long trips. Try DigestZen Digestive Blend Softgels, or the chewable DigestTab® which includes the added benefit of calcium carbonate.
PB Assist Jr is another product that can do wonders for healthy digestion,* especially during a long trip. This formula, created especially for children, includes 5 billion live cells of friendly flora to help support a healthy gut. Offer your kids a sachet during lunch time or as a sweet treat for good behavior on the road. PB Assist Jr is naturally sugar free, but tastes so good you’ll want to pack a few extra for yourself.
Another common side-effect of road trips is tension. Whether you’re feeling stressed about the weather, arguing with your co-pilot, or fussing with the kids in the backseat, tension can make a road trip much more challenging than it needs to be. doTERRA PastTense offers a unique blend of cooling wintergreen, peppermint, and basil; soothing cilantro, marjoram, and rosemary; and calming lavender, chamomile, and frankincense. Simply apply topically to the neck, shoulders, wrists, temples, or other desired areas to help ease stressful feelings and get you back to your center.
Diffusing oils can help create a better environment around you, but it can be a little tricky to diffuse your favorite blends on the road. If you don’t have a diffuser that can easily plug into your car outlets, try creating your own diffuser with simple household items. Add a few drops of your favorite oil to a cotton ball, clothespin, or other absorbent item and attach to your air vents or hang from your rear-view mirror to disperse a mood-enhancing aroma throughout your vehicle. Here are some suggestions for oils to keep on hand, depending on your situation.
Calm down: Create a calming atmosphere with Lavender, doTERRA Peace®, Roman Chamomile, and Clary Sage.
Balance: Maintain a grounding space with oils like doTERRA Balance®, Sandalwood, and Patchouli.
Sleepy drivers can be just as dangerous as drivers under the influence1, so it’s important to be prepared when driving for an extended period of time. Many stimulants can be harsh on your body and harmful when used too frequently. Combat road trip fatigue with Mito2Max, a proprietary formula of plant extracts and metabolic cofactors that naturally supports stamina.*
On the flip-side, sometimes passengers need sleep during a long road trip, especially when driving through the night. To help promote feelings of restfulness, pack Serenity Softgels. This supplement uses the power of Lavender, as found in the doTERRA Serenity® Restful Blend, with natural plant extracts to help you get some rest without leaving you feeling groggy. Just make sure to keep the bottle away from the driver.
Wherever the road takes you next, these natural solutions are sure to help you have a better trip.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.