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Meet my new flight buddy and his essential-oil-blend squad
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Oh joy. A new thing has started to happen to me on flights, long or short. I'll be feeling totally fine, really good even, when I board. But some time after take-off, maybe about 45 minutes in, or an hour, without warning every allergy symptom jumps me. In a blink, my eyes are watering, my sinuses are throbbing, my throat is itching and my nose is at once stuffed and running. *blech* And then there's the sneezing. Wretched.

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As a result of all that horror, I always travel with Reactine Liquid Gels, throat lozenges and a massive stash of super-soft Kleenex. But on a short jaunt from NYC just the other day, I realized I have a new friend who can help too, at least when the reaction is mild. This time I could feel the stuffed-up-ness and sinus-ouch discussing whether to attack. It was a short flight, so I felt safe starting with a new defense. I reached for my Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95 at

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Meet my new flight buddy, Immune. He's of mixed heritage, a blend of tea tree, pine needle, rosemary, geranium, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils, with a dose of organic cinnamon, all in a grapeseed oil base. (I loathe cinnamon, but it's imperceptible amongst the other ingredients.) With a few dabs along my forehead, around my sinuses, and down my nose, Immune quieted the insurgents and eased my ability to inhale.

I don't know how Immune will do when he's up against a full-scale allergy-symptom assault. He'll probably need the Reactine back-up. But I'm pleased with how he handled things this time, before a skirmish developed.

And Immune has a squad – who doesn't these days? Together with Peppermint Halo, Eater's Digest, Pain Release and Stress Release, all therapeutic essential oil blends like he is, Immune hangs out in the Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Pharmacy, which I've been carrying around since before TIFF. (The little pouch includes a booklet that shows you exactly where to put your oils for best results.) Other than Peppermint Halo, which is just fun on a couple of spots on the scalp, the temples and the nape of the neck, Immune's the only dabber I've really tried.

Now I'ma find a reason to try Eater's Digest.

Already a must-have for several of my beauty-editor friends, the Saje Natural Wellness Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95 CAN) is available at a number of Saje Natural Wellness boutiques and via, which ships all over North America. Makes a great gift for someone who likes a natural hit in their remedy kit.

Does airplane air affect you the way it does me? Do you ever use essential-oil blends to alleviate physical discomfort?