Have Essential OilsWill Travel

By: Angela Power

During a break from myAromatherapy studies in London, I set out on a trip with my girlfriend toEgypt. I'd always been fascinated with Ancient Egyptian culture and impressedby their diverse knowledge and documented use of essential oils.? Not only were essential oils sourced and usedfor the sensual pleasure imparted through perfumery, they also played aparamount part in ceremonial worshiping and for general health and wellbeing. Tomy surprise I was about to find out how resourceful a few essential oils couldbe.

We arrived at Cairo Airport inthe wee hours of the morning excited and apprehensive about our newadventure.? Little did we know aboutbungling taxi drivers in Cairo. It didn't help that the only directions we hadfor accommodation was our out-of-date 'Lonely Planet' guide.? An hour of hap hazard driving and we finallyarrived at a place that the driver, very convincingly, told us was paradise!Yeah, right...

Now I know for a fact that theAncient Egyptians took cleanliness seriously.?There are even ancient records of an essential oil deodorant recipedating back to 1500BC. For those Egyptians who were quite decadent, bathingmore than once a day in different temperature baths with perfumed oils was oneof a number of beauty-enhancing rituals.?But of course that was Ancient Egypt, which on comparison bared littleresemblance to our 'paradise' accommodation in modern day Cairo. Cleanlinesswas obviously not a priority, not by any means… no siree!!!? Anyway we were exhausted and decided to stayregardless.? After a weary day we bothlooked forward to a restful night sleep only to discover that our beds wouldreveal another not so pleasant surprise, bed mites …aghhh!

Fortunately, I brought someessential oils on the trip and pulled out my trusty bottle of (antiseptic,insecticidal, parasiticidal, deodorising, sedating) French Lavender and put afew drops on some tissues that we placed strategically in the bed. Egyptianmummies had the right idea, ritually embalmed in Frankincense and Myrrh andfirmly wrapped in bandages…nothing gets in and nothing gets out.?

Essential oils are a must whentravelling. Fortunately for a little forethought we survived sharing trainswith farm animals, overcrowded bus trips with lunatic drivers and need I sayalmost disappearing into the desert by camel… but that's another story.

Your essential oil travel kitshould contain: lavender, chamomile, geranium, peppermint, ginger, tea tree andthyme.

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