For the Traveler

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

You needed

To illuminate

Your way.

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.


-For Headaches:

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.