Motion sickness is a common issue when traveling, especially during the summer months. While many people choose to buy over the counter medications to deal with this issue, there is a better, more natural solution that is highly recommended, and this is essential oils. Here are some of the best for motion sickness.


Grapefruit is highly effective both for motion sickness and stomach problems. Many people love the scent and it is also believed to play a role in the reduction of stress and depression. It is also said that grapefruit is helpful in lowering cellulite, which is very appealing to those who intend to wear a bikini or bathing suit to the beach.

Ginger and Dill Weed

Ginger is one of the most well-known essential oils. It plays a role in reducing the symptoms associated with colds, as well as the flu, motion sickness and anxiety. It is a great essential oil to have on hand while traveling. Dill weed is similar to grapefruit in that it can be used to deal with stomach issues, but it has the added bonus of being able to stimulate the immune system. A stronger immune system is beneficial at all times, but especially when you’re on the road.


When most people think of peppermint they think of the candy, but this is also one of the best essential oils for combating motion sickness. It can also be used in the treatment of fevers, muscle pain, headaches and low energy. However it should not be administered to children who are less than six years of age.


This is one of the least known essential oils and has an advantage over peppermint in that it can be given to kids. As with the other essential oils noted so far it is quite effective in alleviating motion sickness. However, it does have a strong scent so many like to combine it with grapefruit oil.

How These Essential Oils Should Be Used

These essential oils can be used as a diffuser in your car while traveling to make it smell good. This will help anyone who is susceptible to motion sickness. However, some scents are too strong, and some within your group may not want to be exposed to it. In this case you can use an aromatherapy inhaler. You would use between 5 and 10 drops of your preferred essential oil or a combination of them. Then you can inhale it without exposing everyone else to the scent.

When traveling with essential oils, it is important to bring along lots of tissue. You can use it to apply the essential oils cost effectively, placing one or two drops on the tissue and then inhaling it when appropriate. The only downside to bringing lots of tissue on a road trip is that you will also need to keep the essential oil on your person, but for many people, this won’t be an issue since they already do it.