The Must-Have Essential Oils I’m Taking On The Appalachian Trail

 If you’re unsure of what essential oils to carry with you either in your purse or even on long and short term hikes, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to walk you through what my key essential oils are that I carry with me everywhere I go, and am even going to take on the AT with me, what they replace, and why.

Part of my fitness goal is to get strong enough so that I’m not struggling while hiking the GA portion of the Appalachian Trail in late April.

Another goal is to get all of my trail equipment dialed in to the essentials.

This has resulted in me watching a LOT of YouTube videos about how different people put together their packs. What they consider essential and what they don’t.

I have gotten a ton of inspiration on what I want to take and what I don’t.

One thing I’ve been surprised about is that I haven’t seen anyone – not. one. single. person. – pack essential oils!


There are so many practical uses for essential oils, especially out in nature.

I always keep a key little set of Young Living Essential Oils on me. Because I’m super sensitive to over the counter medications and don’t use them

I travel with this set.

I hike with this set.

They go everywhere with me.

Let’s dive into which ones I choose as my go-to’s, what they replace, and why.

The Must-Have Essential Oils


Lavender has been nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife of Oils” and for good reason. Made up of over 200 chemical components, it has just about as many uses as it does components. And it’s gentle enough to be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Here’s the main reasons why I choose this as my # 1 :

  • Soothes irritated skin (because who knows what kind of bugs and plants are out there)
  • Soothes sun kissed skin after a long day of hiking
  • Helps with relaxation
  • Paired with lemon and peppermint essential oils, it helps to open up airways


Another powerhouse of an oil, Thieves is a blend of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils and can clean pretty much anything. All of my cleaning products are made with this, including my toothpaste. So, I’m sure you can already imagine how handy it can be to have while you are out and about. Here’s how I use it:

  • A drop or two on the palm of your hands, rub them together, and neutralize the nasties
  • Protect your health by applying a drop or two to the bottom of your feet (the best place for oil absorption)
  • Helps cuts and scrapes stay healthy (careful, this is a hot oil and may be a little intense. Don’t use on deep wounds because of the hotness)
  • Add a drop of Thieves to a drop of Castile soap for cleaner dishes


Lemon essential oil is one that I use often in water to create a refreshing and detoxifying drink (glass or stainless steel containers only!), especially in the mornings. Because it’s made from the rind of the lemon, it doesn’t have the acid of regular lemon juice, so it doesn’t erode your tooth enamel.

  • It helps to flush chemicals out of the body.
  • Will dissolve sticky residue off anything from things like bandages, tree sap, stickers, and superglue.
  • Helps to wake up and pep up the body
  • Paired with lavender and peppermint essential oils, it helps to open up airways

Word of caution – taking essential oils internally should only be done if you’ve done your research on which ones are okay and especially which brands are okay. Young Living is one of the only brands I trust. Their Vitality line is specially designed so that you’ll know at a glance which ones are safe for internal use.


Most know of oregano as a beloved kitchen spice. I know it as a cold and flu hero. Paired with Thieves essential oil blend on the bottom of feet, it’s powerful components help get you back to your healthy, vibrant self faster. It also:

  • Helps with overall foot health by keeping the skin clean
  • Helps balance out the body’s yeast
  • Assists with parasites protection (incase I get into some contaminated water on the trail)

Tea Tree

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) is a savior when it comes to cut and scrapes health. It’s not hot like Thieves is and paired with my beloved Burleigh Balm, will replace Neosporin. It’s also:

  • A great odor neutralizer (ummmm, hiker funk…need I say more?)
  • Insect spray
  • Natural deodorant
  • Cleanser

Deep Relief

I think the name of this essential oil blend says it all. After hiking 5, 8, 10 + miles a day up and down steep mountains, I expect that my muscles will be begging me for this stuff. A drop or two of this stuff penetrates deep into the muscle tissue and boy does it feel good after a long day of strenuous activity. This is also a bottom of the feet savior after a long day of using them. It also:

  • Feels like an on-the-go mini massage
  • Helps you to feel energized while working out
  • Also is a great pick-me-up and will definitely be a moral booster while on the trail

Spearmint or Peppermint

I show Spearmint in the picture above but will be replacing it with Peppermint as soon as my next Essential Rewards order comes in. Spearmint is amazing in and of itself and has a lot of the same properties as Peppermint with a sweeter smell. It’s my go to for when I run out of Peppermint. However, I’m used to Peppermint, so I choose it first. Peppermint Essential Oil:

  • Helps keep the stomach feeling good and helps improve digestion
  • Helps soothe sun kissed skin
  • Keeps spiders and other bugs at bay (I’ve heard horror stories about the shelters on the AT)
  • Also helps keep mice away (because I don’t want them chewing holes in my clothes to find crumbs while I sleep – it happens on the AT)
  • Helps soothe muscles and joints
  • Great energy booster


I have Purification Oil pictured above, and although I use it for lots of things around the house, washing my hands, and also when I accidentally come in contact with something that my body does not agree with (like that time I handled really bad raw fish) and my spine locks up. I put a couple drops down my spine and on my hands and it helps to flush out and loosen up whatever was locking me up. I use this in the same way on my husband too and he loves it. It’s also great for diffusing and cleaning up the air for when you cook things like fish and want to get rid of the smell. However, although it’s a staple in my every day bag, I won’t be taking it with me on the trail because it contains Citronella. Citronella is like cat nip for bears and…well…I don’t want to encourage the bears, so it’s staying at home.

That wraps up all of the oils I carry with me every day and the ones I’m going to take on theAppalachian Trail.

Want Your Own Oils?

If you’re interested in getting some essential oils for yourself, I highly recommend getting a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living.

It includes many of the essential oils I listed above, plus extra goodies – like a DIFFUSER! Here’s what the Premium Starter Kit includes:

  • Dewdrop™ Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge
  • Member Resources

Head over to my Essential Oil page to get 24% off of everything you buy when you sign up as a distributor (with no obligation or requirement so sell anything!) and purchase the best deal in town for the best oils available.

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Written by Natalie Collins
Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Brilliant Business Coach. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.