Essential Oils for Wellness and Well Being
Flying With Your Essential Oils
by Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton on July 11th, 2016

​As I have shared before anytime I travel my essential oils go with me.  Flying with your essential oils is not really complicated, you just need to follow the rules.  For domestic travel the rules are most easily shared with the official TSA language:
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.

Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
​Now that said I have never had an essential oil cause an alarm, a few questions and even a sample to be provided, but never an alarm.  It also means you can take your coconut oil for diluting and a few oils with you on the plane.  I find the best way to do that is pre-dilute any essential oils you usually dilute and take them on the plane that way.  That allows you to fit more in your carry on, for a long trip or an uneasy traveler that is important. 
Remember for carry on you only get one – 1 quart bag per person flying so pick wisely.  If you want to bring other liquids they need to fit in that same bag.  Some will tell you they have got more than one 1 quart bag through but I have seen the TSA take all kinds of things away for not packing per the rules and I am not willing to take that chance.  You can get your bottle of water to hydrate before flying on the other side of security.  Many airports have water fountains with bottle fillers if you want to take your favorite drinking vessel (I carry my Hydro Flask everywhere) empty through the TSA checkpoint.
​You can always put your essential oils in a checked bag.  You cannot lock a checked bag or TSA will cut the lock if they decide it needs to be checked.  I am careful to make sure I put any oils I am packing in a zipping side pocket or in my toiletry bag so they do not get missed should it fall out during a check, those bottle are awfully small next to the size of a suitcase.  I recently went on a trip where I had a last minute request to bring an oil for a friend, I opened the top of my suitcase and shoved it in – that oil was not there when I arrived but I think it had more to do with my poor packing than some TSA Agent wanting that blend. ​

If you are flying internationally you need to check to see what you can bring into the other country.  I have yet to find a country that an essential oil has caused a problem but I have heard enough from others that travel abroad regularly that it is worth checking.  The US State Department has an excellent too for this you can access here.  There is a box that says “Learn About Your Destination” and you just put in the country you are traveling to.  
​A few oils to consider carrying with you on the plane: 
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Cedarwood
  • Protective  Blend
  • Digestive Blend
  • Tension Blend
  • Grounding Blend
  • Respiratory Blend
​As you can see there is more than enough room in this 1 quart zipping bag for 11 oils.  I have fit as many as 18 using 10ml bottles and pre-diluting the all but two of the oils.
When you pack to head to the airport be sure you put this in a place you can get to it because you will need to pull it out at the TSA checkpoint.  You will also want it in the bag you are placing under the seat in front of you – it would be terrible to know the only thing between you and your oils in the overhead compartment is the guy on the aisle who is sound asleep.
​When using essential oils it is important to be sure you are using oils that have been quality tested and are safe.  If you are interested in the essential oils I use please contact me.

​​Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton is an Essential Oil Evangelist and President of Be OilRight, LLC. Her mission is to educate people on using natural solutions to improve their home and health so they can be prepared for life’s little emergencies. Cheryl can be reached via phone at 850-296-7976, by email at or at her website:

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Douglas Ames - April 27th, 2018 at 8:57 AM
Flying from AZ to CA. I carried qty. 10 1 ounce bottles of self labeled essential oils in my checked baggage. All were individually wrapped in bubble wrap. Then wrapped together. When I got to my destination, my suitcase had been opened and inspected. They confiscated all the oils and left a note inside. You should read TSA Guidelines.
Slb - April 27th, 2018 at 10:12 AM
what note did they leave? I don't see what rule you broke?
Sarah - January 25th, 2019 at 7:08 PM
If they contained frankincense/frank blends, or other oils that are flammable like frankincense, that could be why. Frankincense can't go on airplanes, which is why when Young Living/doTERRA ship your oils, you're forced to have them shipped ground if they contain frankincense, and they can't be sent to a PO Box. It's also possible some over-eager newbie just assumed they were all not allowed.

Or he wanted your oils. LOL. :-(
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