Make Your Own Essential Oil for Your Car & Feel Energized!
If you spend a lot of time in a car, then consider to make your own essential oil which will help you feel much better!
There is estimation that most Americans spend in their cars over 1 ½ hours a day commuting. Driving can be stressful activity, especially if you get stuck in traffic for a long time. There is nothing you can do: Put your favorite music on and choose a relaxing aromatherapy session.
The essential oils used in aromatherapy can have wide ranging mental and physical effects on us. Some of them can lower our stress level and some can increase our mental concentration and alertness. To understand how can help you the aromatherapy in your car, let’s first look at the relation between mood and smells.
How smells affect our performance and mood
We associate a smell with the emotional experience we had at the time we actually first experienced it. That is happening due to the direct connection between the olfactory bulbs that process scents and the amygdala that deals with emotions. A lot of studies proved the subjective nature of scent-associated mood changes, but it is a different matter when we use essential oils.
Here’s a list of essential oils that you can use in the car:
Lemon – Its has energizing and invigorating power, but it also helps bring down frustration and anxiety. When you have to sit through traffic jams, it can put you in excellent mood. Lemon essential oil may help you avoid errors of judgment while driving.
Peppermint – Peppermint oil is good for increasing mental alertness. Pay attention: it can be too strong for children traveling with you. Keep it closer to the driver rather than dispersing it all over the car. When you feel nauseous or hot just put a drop on a simple handkerchief and hold it your nose.
Sweet/Wild orange – Orange oil is emotionally and mentally uplifting. It can also increase physical energy. It helps you be more aware and accepting of the environment around you, a great plus when you’re in the middle of congested traffic. The citrusy but very slightly sweet aroma of orange oil can help curb carsickness and nausea.
Grapefruit – Another soothing and uplifting citrus smell to help you stay alert yet calm while driving. This stress buster oil can relieve fatigue and headaches. It helps avoid the feeling of sleepy that sets in during long drives.
People consider mandarin oil as a sedative. It has more of a calming effect, rather than making the reflexes dull. It is a stress buster, relieving fear, anxiety and mental disturbances. At the end,it can keep you alert on the wheel, but can help calm down restless children.
Rosemary – This brain-booster is very useful for drivers because it keeps you fully awake and alert while driving. It increases concentration and helps you make rational decisions quickly. If it seems to be too strong for the kids, use one to two drops on a tissue that you can tuck into your shirt pocket or under the collar, rather than diffusing it in the car.
Lemongrass – This uplifting oil is like an alternative to peppermint oil when you have kids in the car. It improves the concentration level, without causing restlessness in children. Lemongrass oil is excellent at removing stuffy smells. It can mask the strong odors of vomit and sweat and create a pleasant atmosphere in the car.
Basil – The essential oil of sweet basil relieves mental fatigue and stimulates the mind. It is anti-depressive because of a calming effect on the nerves. It gives you a stoic frame of mind and helps you handle stressful situations like frustrating traffic situations.
Cinnamon oil extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree is spicy and sweet. It keeps you alert and helps you concentrate better. It increases blood circulation and removes headache or fatigue from long hours of driving.
Coffee – If drinking coffee awakes you and helps you concentrate, then this essential oil can do the same. The smell of roasted coffee beans instantly removes fatigue. If you are prone to car sickness, this oil can make you feel much better by relieving nausea.
Ginger – Ginger is quite famous for its anti-nausea property, so this oil can help you if you have car sickness. However, some people find its smell unpleasant. Pair it with any one of the citrus oils or lemongrass oil.
Which essential oil to avoid in the car
Floral fragrances may be actually very pleasant for passengers, but they may make the driver less alert and dreamy. Drivers should avoid lavender and chamomile because of their soporific property; the same applies to vetiver.
How to use them in the car
Use your own essential oil – pure and of high quality. You can use diffusers with plain reusable felt pads. Add any essential oil of your choice. But you can also do without these devices too.
The simplest way to diffuse essential oils in the car without gadgets is to place a tissue on the dashboard with one or two drops of essential oil. The heat from the engine will in fact help disperse the oil. Alternatively, clip a flat piece of cork containing a few drops of the oil to the air vent. You can stick the cork to the flat side of a clothes clip and then clip it on.
You can also replicate the felt car air fresheners you hang in the car. Get a sheet of wool felt––it is thicker and tougher than the ones made of synthetic fibers. Cut out any shape of your choice and punch a hole at one end. Thread a piece of twine through the hole and knot the ends together. This can be an interesting craft project for children; they can even add eyes or other decorations to it. Drop 2-3 drops of the chosen essential oil on the felt and hang it up.
Many people hang felt air fresheners from the rear-view mirror, but it can be a safety risk.
Hang them from hooks at the back of the seats instead.
On long, tiring rides, especially on hot days, a small spritz bottle may be better at dispersing essential fragrances. Fill it with water and add 2-3 drops of the peppermint or citrus essential oil. Whenever you need some perking up, a few blasts should do the trick. However, this shouldn’t be a substitute for occasional breaks along the journey.
If you are not sure your fragrance would be agreeable to your passengers, a ball of cotton or wool felt with a drop of the essential oil can be kept in the pocket. If you have children or pregnant women as passengers, it is a precaution worth taking. Some essential oils that make you alert may make the children hyperactive. Not all essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy.
Less is better than more
Always keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated and potent. Although they have many beneficial effects, too much can be very bad for you. Since cars have limited space and ventilation, you should use only a drop of two at a time. Excess amounts of essential oils can cause a headache, migraine, nausea, and vomiting. Whenever you try a new fragrance, start with just one drop to make sure that it has the desired effect on you and others. If you or anyone else in the car feels stuffy and uncomfortable, lower the windows completely to let in fresh air.
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