Essential Oils and Car Sickness

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Car Sickness and Essential Oils: Everything You Need to Know

Plant Therapy passive Diffuser hacksFor many of us, summer is the perfect time to hit the open road! With beautiful weather and a little extra time on your hands, a good traveling adventure is sometimes just what you need to clear your head and feel refreshed. While enjoying quality time with family and friends during a road trip can be wonderful, it can also cause some tummy upsets. While essential oils do not cure car sickness, they can sure help with some of those unpleasant symptoms!

Whether you suffer from motion sickness, snack on too much junk food, or just feel a little queasy when confined in close quarters, essential oils can get you (and your digestive system!) back on track.

Personal aromatherapy inhalers are powerful tools to take with you on your road trip. You can customize them for each person in your car and make a variety of them to cover specific needs — nausea, bloating, low energy, irritation — the possibilities are practically endless!

But for right now, let’s look at a few essential oils that are perfect to quell those upset stomachs and make everyone’s trip a whole lot more fun!

Essential oils for car sickness:

  1. Peppermint: Fresh and familiar, Peppermint Essential Oil is the perfect buddy to take with you on the road. Got a tummy in distress? Peppermint helps to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract so that you can get on properly digesting. And when everything is moving along like it should be, say goodbye to feeling cramped, bloated, and gassy [1]. It is also known for easing feelings of nausea, making it perfect for anyone who tends to get motion sickness when they are in a car for too long.
  2. Ginger Root CO2: Getting car sick can quickly destroy a road trip. Let’s not dive into the gross specifics of it, but basically, if there’s a way to help stop that nausea in its tracks, why not give it a try? You’ve probably heard of ginger snap cookies and ginger sodas to help a stomach on the edge, right? Well, the same concept applies to Ginger Essential Oil; it has shown to support a healthy digestive system overall, but especially when experiencing nausea [2].  Inhaling it deeply is such a quick and easy way to settle the stomach down and get some relief!
  3. Cardamom: This spicy and warm essential oil is a great go-to for helping to relieve nausea, abdominal cramping, and gas. That makes it perfect for long car rides that can cause discomfort on long road trips.

Use these oils alone or blend them together to create a very effective inhaler blend that will help keep tummies calm and comfortable!

Tummy Troubles Inhaler Blend

essential oils for car sickness

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your personal aromatherapy inhaler and use as needed for an occasional digestive upset.

If you’re looking for blends that have been created specifically to soothe digestive issues (like symptoms of car sickness), try our Tummy Aid Synergy, DiGiZen Synergy, or  KidSafe Tummy All Better Synergy. All made with essential oils that support upset stomachs, you are sure to have a much more comfortable and pleasant trip, wherever the road takes you!

Sources:

[1] Deckard, A. (2016, May 27). 11 Proven Peppermint Essential Oil Benefits. Retrieved from https://healthyfocus.org/proven-peppermint-essential-oil-benefits

[2] Pertz, H., Lehmann, J., Roth-Ehrang, R., & Elz, S. (2011, July). Effects of ginger constituents on the gastrointestinal tract. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21305447

73 thoughts on “Car Sickness and Essential Oils: Everything You Need to Know”

  1. I sure wish I had this when I was a kid. I always had car sickness. I will be trying this blend when traveling. Great to have on hand if it’s needed!!

  2. My children can’t stand the smell of Tummy All Better, so I made them inhalers using this recipe, and they LOVE them! My oldest cracks hers open on every car trip, and it actually fills the vehicle with a pleasant aroma that even helps my tummy!

  3. I use peppermint regularly for motion sickness. But, I’ll have to add ginger to my wish list- maybe that will give it that extra little “punch” to calm down my stomach on the curvy roads I travel all the time. Thanks for the tip.

  4. I am very excited to try this blend for my kiddos as both experience car sickness. My youngest (4 year old) might not use the inhaler, should I apply to the tummy and feet if he won’t use the inhaler?

  5. I need to try some of these for my daughter before school starts. She’s dreading that she’ll be one of the older kids and need to sit at the back of the bus!

  6. Just received my “tummy all better” oil for my 6 year old for our road trip next week! He has been known to few sick and vomit multiple times on long car trips so I am excited to see if this helps him. I made him a personal inhaler with it!

  7. I just stumbled across this and think it is a great idea! I can’t wait to give it a try! Thank you for the info!

  8. We use tummy all better for our 3 year old daughter and she loves it! She gets carsick very easily and this works like a charm!

  9. I’ve been trying to a good blend for nausea/upset tummy beside just peppermint alone. This one sounds great.

  10. We just returned from a family road trip andand I used an inhaler with corn mint, coriander, and dill for motion sickness. It worked great! I recently ordered ginger so I’ll definitely add it when it gets here!

  11. I will have to give this a try for my 12 yr old. He tends to get car sick. Thanks for the helpful information!

  12. Thank you! Do you have book or somewhere that I can print out that has these great ideas in them, and recipes ?

  13. My two youngest children (now 4 and 6 years old) get terrible car (motion) sickness if we drive longer then an hour, which makes going in vacation difficult when driving long distances. They used to throw up to the point that they couldn’t breathe. We were constantly pulling over and letting them walk around to feel better. I then decided to look up EO’s that were safe for there ages. I use a blend of Lavender, grapefruit and a little ginger EO’s and would mix it together in a small 1 ounce glass amber bottle. I would use 3 drops and put them in cotton balls and stick them in my car vents. I couldn’t believe how well it worked. We were able to drive from Maryland to Texas only having to stop for bathroom breaks and to eat. I will never go on a long road trip without my blend now.

  14. My two youngest children (now 4 and 6 years old) get terrible car (motion) sickness if we drive longer then an hour, which makes going in vacation difficult when driving long distances. They used to throw up to the point that they couldn’t breathe. We were constantly pulling over and letting them walk around to feel better. I then decided to look up EO’s that were safe for there ages. I use a blend of Lavender, grapefruit and a little ginger EO’s and would mix it together in a small 1 ounce glass amber bottle. I would use 3 drops and put them in cotton balls and stick them in my car vents. I couldn’t believe how well it worked. We were able to drive from Maryland to Texas only having to stop for bathroom breaks and to eat. I will never go on a long road trip without my blend now.

  15. I have made inhalers with Tummy All Better for my seven-year-old daughters to use in the car, and they seem to have helped.

  16. I’m definitely going to make this inhaler. I carry my ginger bottle with me for boat rides. Not sure why I never thought to make an inhaler for motion sickness. Thank you for this great idea & blend!

  17. I have struggled with motion sickness my whole life! I will have to add ginger to my wishlist :). In the meantime I have been using spearmint in an inhaler to help with the tummy issues as I have a 3 year old in the house. Thanks for the blogs PT, they are so helpful 🙂

  18. I will be making this for my grown up Daughter. She has always had tummy troubles in the car and when flying. I natural cure is just what we are looking for.

  19. I used this blend in an inhaler for a road trip which went over a steep and windy hill. I usually get a little queasy, but I used the inhaler and never felt at all ill! Smells great too! Cardamom is one of my favourites!

    1. That is so wonderful Suz! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with this recipe.

  20. What other oils are helpful for motion sickness,I can not do ginger root it makes me more nausous,reminds me of times I used it and still got sick.

  21. I am so happy to learn about how to treat this problem with essential oils, as my daughter has suffered from this for years. The doctors have given her a prescription for Meclazine (sp?) for motion sickness. It helps, but if there is something natural we can do instead, we will gladly try it! Thank you! Love Plant Therapy!!

  22. Ginger is a must for us. We commute an hour each day and my son suffers from car sickness. He keeps a ginger inhaler in the seat with him and it works wonders. It also helped me on a recent trip to an amusement park!

  23. I literally cannot survive a car ride or bus ride without my peppermint+ginger inhaler. It has staved off car sickness MANY times. I actually panicked once when I lost it but thankfully I found it again in time. I never go anywhere without it.

  24. I will have to order Tummy All Better before our long road trip this fall. My daughter has a history of car sickness but I hate to give her dramamine the whole time on such a long trip. Thanks!

  25. i used to have this problem when younger. I’m glad my Kids didn’t inherit my issues. I still rub ginger root co2, cardamom and peppermint in my stomach every once in a while. I found a recent ootm helped me much more with my stomach issues.

  26. We have a trip coming up and would love to try this. Is Ginger Root CO2 safe for kids to inhale? My 7 year old and I both get car sick.

  27. What can I substitute for cardamom and ginger root CO2? We are going to a theme park next month and I’m the only one who can stomach going on roller coasters with my kids, but I get nauseous after. I’d love to have an inhaler to sniff between the rides.

  28. We just took a 12 hour trip and my 5 year old gets car sick/plane sick very easily. What worked wonderfully for us was an inhaler with Tummy All Better and a few drops of Sweet Orange. Every time he felt a bit sick, he would sniff his inhaler. He labeled it the Tummy Crummy Bomb. It made our trip so much easier.

  29. Would this formula be helpful for someone who’s just finished a round of antibiotics and is suffering the, shall we say, “cleansing” effect? I mean, along with probiotics and the other restorative measures. Thanks!

  30. Love this as we often are on long trips in the car in the summer! Would tummy trouble work well for a child with gas pains? Might be worth getting… I don’t have it, but I do have several other kidsafe options- maybe palmarosa?

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