Using Essential Oils While Camping
Hey y'all! Do you love using essential oils like I do? There are so many uses for oils at camp. I'm gonna list just a handful in this post. Visit my 3-part series here on oils to learn how to use them safely. Remember not all oils are created equal.
Camp Coffee (AKA Cowboy Coffee)
Camp coffee is a serious thing in my book. Waking up and putting your coffee over the fire in your granite pot while primitive camping, oh yeah. Perfection. I know it's not always time conducive to make camp coffee when you may be planning on a hike or bike ride, but whatever kind of coffee you like to make, be it a french press or something else, try adding cinnamon essential oil to your brew. It gives a nice warmth and will support your immune system. Read my post on Cowboy Coffee if you'd like to learn how to make it. You may never go back. Just sayin'.
Cooking with Oils at Camp
I cook with oils at home, why not at camp? There is nothing like a good campfire chili with black pepper, oregano, and cinnamon essential oils. (No one can figure out the cinnamon if you use just a little, but it gives your chili depth!) And what about those cassia pancakes? Whatever food you like to make at camp, remember your oils! I know I say this a lot, but it's true. Not all oils are created equal, so know use them safely!
Hiking, Biking, and Wheeling
I love my oils everywhere all the time. When we are going to get up and head off to an adventure, I love using oils to get myself going in the morning, for immune support during the day, and for respiratory support on those dusty trails. Here are some examples:
- Morning: After my Cowboy Coffee, I apply a grounding blend to the bottoms of my feet. I also apply the soothing blend before I head off to hike, mountain bike, or before downhill biking. This helps keep me ready for the fun that lays ahead! I also like to use a stainless steel or glass water bottle (my glass water bottle has a silicone shell on it) and I add my metabolic blend and/or Copaiba.
- During the Day: I keep Lavender, Peppermint, Copaiba, respiratory blend, and a protective blend that supports our immunity with me at all times. The respiratory blend is great when the dust is kicking up. I make a diffuser with my hand and it helps me to maintain an open airway. These aren't the only oils, but if you're a newbie these are some of the oils I would suggest you keep with you. Add what your needs are. Need grounding? Need soothing? I like to keep both soothing blend oil and rub with me and oil layer with Frankincense. More on Oil Layering in another post.
- Evening: Awesome day right? You went on that hike and saw a deer, took a bike ride through the aspens that took your breath way, or maybe it was a chill day at camp with a fire, snacks, and card games with friends. Maybe you even grilled some fresh shrimp over the fire on the beach. Time to relax! When I'm camping, be it mountains, the beach, or just some 'ol back road, I love to take a nice hot shower (yes, hot showers at camp off-grid are the best!) then I wrap up in something comfy, sit by the fire, and apply calming oils. For me that includes Lavender, Cedarwood, Copaiba, and maybe a little cinnamon in my whiskey ;)
For The Kiddos
My kids have their favorite oils. Let them make their own rollerball and keep with them on their activities. When we are camping, my youngest loves when I give him a 'tickle scratch' on his back when we are sitting by the campfire at night, I use Lavender essential oil during his little 'massage'. He will rest so well and be ready for fun the next day! Let your kids smell oils and create their own blends, they usually will be drawn to the oils that will support their body. For more help on using essential oils with kids, visit with me on a free zoom call! Click here to make an appointment.
In The Rig
Whatever you're driving, oils can be a great part of your camping experience! On the drive to camp, we like to diffuse Peppermint or a respiratory blend. It keeps us alert and ready to have fun! We also like to keep a repellant blend as a natural mosquito repellant. I haven't had an issue with mosquitos or ticks using this oil blend on the trails. I keep it in our jeep because we cruise with top off too, so some parts of the year we can encounter some bugs. I love the outdoors, I'm not a big fan of bugs.
List of Oils for Camp
As you have read in this post, I use oils in every part of our adventure. I love coffee, we love to eat good, and my focus is obviously on my adventure, but I use oils to help me enjoy my camping trip. Here's your list:
- repellant blend
- respiratory blend
- soothing blend
- black pepper
- protective blend (immune support)
I obviously could go on and on. I love talking oils and I love sharing information about them because how much they help our family and how yummy they are! Hope you've enjoyed this post.
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