These oils faithfully accompanied my dad and I on an international trip over 6000 miles to a foreign country. They made it through 6 airplane rides and numerous moto-cab rides. They helped many people on our team during our adventure from Austin, Texas through 4 Peruvian cities and back. They went on long bus drives, 2 hour boats rides, and walks down a muddy road in the rain. Our oils were used on sore throats and sore muscles, on bug bites and machete cuts, in water and on mattresses. They certainly had as much of an adventure as we did!
This August my father (Charles) and I went on a 10 day mission trip to Peru. We brought a large array of Young Living oils, supplements, and personal care products with us. I brought the Bon Voyage travel kit and love how convenient it was to have all my favorite personal care items in one pack. As we packed for our mission trip we sprayed all of our clothes with a strong mixture of Purification, citronella, Idaho Tansy, before putting them in our bags to have as much anti mosquito oils on us as possible.
One of the first things my dad and I used was the Thieves hand sanitizer. As soon as we got to the Austin airport the Thieves hand sanitizer came out, and it stayed out for the remainder of our trip. After arriving at our “hotel” in Nauta, Peru, where we spent most of our trip, we used the same spray that we had put on our clothes in our room. We used that mixture many times a day for the entire trip. In our room we sprayed down the old, dirty mattresses, put down our own sheets, and then sprayed it again to feel at ease about bed bugs and other creepy crawlies. That spray mixture worked great as a bug repellant against the many, many mosquitoes. We got a few mosquito bites but not as much as some of our team mates who used DEET. One girl on our team had her legs covered in mosquito bites and one of the guys had some bug bites that looked infected. Our missionary team of 7 people worked together on building a church and we completed it in 4 days! We made some great friends.
There were many opportunities for us to help our team mates with their sore muscles, stomach aches, bug bites, and scratches and cuts. One of our teammates felt really sick after eating a meal prepared by our Peruvian friends so we offered some DiGize and he quickly accepted a drop in his mouth. About thirty minutes later he exclaimed ” That worked really fast!” He also used DiGize to help his stomach later in the week when he felt nauseous and threw up. After long days of hard work everyone felt really sore. Two of the guys were having back pain so my dad offered deep relief and, when they accepted, he rolled it on their backs.
Everyday our oils were hard at work. The climate was very hot and humid so we had to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Lemon and Ocotea were in our water daily because Ocotea is known for its anti-parasitic properties and lemon is known as antimalarial according to the Essential Oil Desk Reference (EODR). We also took Life 5 and InnerDefense every morning, afternoon, and night to keep our immune systems strong. One night, during a service our team was holding for the local Peruvians, there was a boy who had a deep machete cut on his hand that looked swollen, red, and on the verge of infection. My dad put lavender oil around the cut and told his grandmother to keep the wound clean. We gave her the whole bottle of lavender to use on the boy’s cut many times a day. The next day she was at the service again. My dad and I were very happy to see how much better the cut looked. It wasn’t red or swollen anymore. Then the grandmother excitedly told many people how the lavender oil helped a cut she got on her finger while cooking. She showed people her finger and told them how much better it was. I was so glad to see how we could help people using the oils. A few days later one of our teammates ate a tamale from a street vendor and got food poisoning. She started throwing up at an outdoor market as we were walking to get lunch. She felt very nauseous, had a horrible head ache, and quickly agreed to a drop of DiGize in her mouth. She also rubbed on her stomach along with peppermint oil on her head. Within 45 minutes she was feeling better and even ate lunch with us.
After our team built the church in Nauta, we went on a boat ride to visit the people of Amazonas for a day. That’s when the mosquitoes got bad. We made up an extra strong bug spray mixture and shared with anyone who needed some.
Towards the end of our trip we packed up and spent a lot of time in airports waiting for our flights. We all stayed up for around a solid 30 hours! While waiting in a LONG line at the Lima airport I had to smell some peppermint oil to keep from falling asleep! It sure did help me become more awake and alert ( I was really starting to wish we had brought some Ninxia Nitro at this point!)
My dad and I made it safely back home after an amazing trip and I am very thankful that we had our faithful oils with us on our adventure.
Author: Nicolette Mier, daughter of Platinum Young Living Members April and Charles Mier