Ecuador Travel Tip #1

by | Feb 12, 2008 | Archives

Ecuador travel is pretty easy from the US, only 3 hours and 45 minutes from Miami to Quito. We fly most often from Tri Cities Tennessee to Atlanta and then down to Ecuador. Delta has a direct fight from Atlanta to Quito and the flight is just around five hours.

This trip to Ecuador is a short flight compared to our regular journeys from our North Carolina farm to London,Copenhagen and Portland.

Here is an Ecuador travel tip. The hardest trips are those to Europe when I have to speak at seminars. I arrive after a long journey and am expected to provide a top performance…clear mind…energetic body. For 4 years, Merri and I crossed the Atlantic every three weeks traveling from Naples (which had only a tiny airport) onto Miami and then to London. These long and regular trips caused us to learn ways to keep healthy.

Over the years we have practiced and perfected a seven step system to mitigate the effects of the hostile environments encountered during travel.

Here is the first of seven tips. We use rose lavender mist on the plane.

We are a product of our environment and the airplane is a harsh environment…stale air….pressurized, radiated…bad food…and we are packed near many people who are tired, angry from the stress of travel, sad (leaving home or friends)…and afraid…and excited. Not to mention the bacteria, virus, fungus and other little goodies they maybe carrying along on the trip.

We are literally boiled in a stew of infection and emotion. More of this rubs off than we imagine and we sit in this for hours…without much exercise to help our circulation and immune system.

In other words, flights can be one of the most stressful events in our lives, leading to fatigue, disorientation, illness and at times we’ve experienced others in a rage. Every experienced traveler has seen at least one passenger lose it!

In the next few messages we’ll look at tips for being more comfortable and healthy on our flights to Ecuador or anywhere.

Ecuador Travel Tip #1 is to take charge of the environment by creating a place of peace in our seat on the airplane. Since most of us are committed to long distance air travel, we can help overcome the negatives of flight by making our seat an oasis of aroma.

Aromas are one of the most powerful, yet least appreciated, physical modulators we can use.

Certain aromas cause the brain to create biochemistry that is calming and soothing due to the olfactory system’s direct connection to the brain. The smells help the right and left brain balance. This promotes a sense of well being that initiates a positive immune system cascade. Aromas, created by pure essential oils, are frequencies, processed by our olfactory system, that represent the reality of the plant from which the oil was derived. In a way we can call the oil a distilled concentration of that plant’s reality. Pure essential oils are enhanced frequencies of the positive (or negative) aspects of its origin.

The positive frequencies harmonize the brain and cause it to create a corresponding brain chemistry… to the emotion the aroma created. Call it a fragrant tuning fork if you like. This happens in less than a second. These biochemical messengers are sent out to cells throughout the body, and our physical tissue responds accordingly.

Aromas are incredibly powerful forces so it is vital to choose aromas that are positive, pure and that make you feel good.

Aromas of high-grade essential oils can be a silent companion of serenity. Soothing aromas encourage us to relax. Essential oils can also reduce motion sickness.

On our Ecuador flights, Merri and I use pure essential oil of lavender and rose oil mist when we travel.

Lavender calms the nerves as it has a regulating effect on the nervous system.

Lavender and lavender oil has been used for many centuries. The Greeks and Egyptians used it medicinally and it is still used for its calming, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, mildly analgesic, wound-healing properties. In addition, scientific research has verified that ancient recipes of essential oils do kill germs. As far back as the 14th century, doctors used lavender as a disinfectant during the Black Plague. were based on good science. Lavender is more antiseptic than phenol, the industry standard. Research also suggests that antibacterial plant oils do not cause resistance in the way that common chemical disinfectants can.

Rose is called the Queen of Flowers and historically the most referred to flower for describing love in poetry, literature, and music. Rose is the flower and the essential oil of the heart. Rose Otto Essential Oil (Rosa Damacena) from Bulgaria is revered as the finest of all rose oils… like the finest of wines.

Rosa Damascena is one of the most important Rosa species for the flavour and fragrance industries. Yet rose oil also has enormous cleansing qualities as well. Steam distillation of rose oil creates great potential use of the essential oils as natural antimicrobials antioxidants.

The antioxidant and antibacterial activities of fresh Rosa damascena flower extracts has a phenolic content that provides antibacterial activity against at least 15 species of bacteria.

Rose oil has long been included in folk remedies, especially for skin care. It is suitable for all skin types, but it is especially valuable for dry, sensitive or aging skins and thus helpful in the dry airplane atmosphere.

Rose oil has a stimulative and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface. Rose water has been shown to be very valuable as an antiseptic to help prevent eye infections.

Rose also offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress: nervous tension, peptic ulcers, heart disease, among others.

There are also suggestions that rose essence may also positively influence digestion, bile secretion and circulation…again all problems during travel.

Each of these wonderful essential oils are good and powerful but together they gain from a natural synergistic effect.

Rose and Lavender are a perfect marriage of essential oils. They are wonderful for the skin, and for balancing the rhythms of the emotional and physical states. Farmers who plant lavender fields plant roses next to them. Like potatoes and onions, beans and corn, they assist and compliment each other in the air and soil.

How lovely it is to put them together at the end of the process in a bottle for us to savor.

It is important to ensure that your oils are genuine natural essential oils. Many manufacturers label their products containing rose and lavender essence but are really synthetic. Synthetic ingredients have no therapeutic value at all!

We buy our essential oils from our friend of thirty years, the Oil Lady Candace Newman. Having lived, travelled and worked with Candace for decades we know that she is an expert at the highest level and has complete integrity, never diluting or corrupting her blends and oils.

Candace’s Lavender-Rose Massage Blend and Mist Duo is a 4 oz cobalt blue glass bottle of each with a pump and a mist top. The massage blend is in a base of 100% Organic Golden Jojoba that can be used in the bath, after the shower, and as a body and face treatment. You can also take it to your massage therapist to use for your massage. The mist can be used as often as you like, making big circles around your head and face. It is wonderfully restorative for your skin.

The Oil Lady Aromatherapy® Lavender-Rose Massage Blend and Mist Duo is $61.85. These prices include priority mail shipping in the continental USA . Other shipping will be quoted individually. Aromatherapy® Lavender-Rose Massage Blend and Mist Duo Order here

Long distance air travel is one of the most incredible advances that we’ve seen in our lifetime. We regularly defy the dimensions of time and space…hardly even give it a thought! Yet, there is price we pay for this miraculous form of travel. We can help grease the hard edge of air flights with essential oils.’

Until next message, may your travels be filled with rose and lavender.


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