Believe it or not, most people spend a great amount of the time stuck in traffic on their way to work and on their way to home. Not everyone is blessed with the advantage to live close to their working place or close to a kindergarten or school.
Our cars have become our second home and let’s face it, it can be a really annoying and unpleasant experience, especially if you have to hear the horns or some maniac driver interrupting your peace in the morning.
Due to the traffic jams, we lose all patience and peace on our way, that by the time we arrive to our destination we are just sick of everything. But what if I told you that you can also make your car a special place where you can find pleasure and peace?
Sure, relaxing music can be helpful and useful, but after a while it loses all sense and the jam that keeps you running at home, now is the dull and tedious song that makes you want to go crazy and throw the CD through the window. I’m talking about essential oils.
Essential oils are usually used during a massage, to freshen up our homes and they are notoriously famous for reducing stress and bad mood.
However, we can also use them in our cars, if we spend so much time in our cars, why not make it a place that feels like home and smells like home? Some essential oils can ease the tension accumulated in the car as well as make you more focused and concentrated on the road.
Here is a list of essential oils which will make your car a better and more pleasant place:
This essential oil will help you so much during long, tense drives. It has a soothing properties, which will create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere in the car. Grapefruit essential oil will keep you on alert and yet create a calming atmosphere during the long tiring day.
Lemon has a fresh smell of its own, but lemon essential oil is so much more refreshing and gives you energy during your drive. It eases the tension during long traffic jams and it also reduces the chances of making a mistake during driving. Lemon helps you reduce frustration and anxiety.
This essential oil is rather intense and not everyone can truly enjoy its smell. To avoid unpleasant and intense smell, use just a drop or two on a tissue rather than directly in the car. Rosemary essential oil keeps you sharp and focused as well as energized and concentrated on the road. This oil is very suitable for drivers because of its ability to keep you on alert and yet relaxed.
4. Sweet or Wild Orange:
All citrusy aromas have shown to be extremely beneficial for drivers. Not only is this essential oil creating a better atmosphere, but it also increases your energy and emotional well-being. It has a fresh aroma, which will make your long drive more enjoyable.
Peppermint essential oil is also on the list of oils notoriously famous for keeping you sharp and on alert. Like rosemary, it can have an intensive aroma and maybe it’s better to use it on a tissue rather than diffusing it in the car.
Basil essential oil is great for our brain, it reduces depression and fatigue and helps you keep calm and relaxed during long travels and hideous traffic jams. It is known to have soothing effect on our nervous system and makes you more relaxed during tensed and stressful drives.
Mandarin essential oil has calming and sedative properties, but not on the point to get you asleep, but to the point to get you stress-free and relaxed enough to make it through the long drive.
Cinnamon essential oil helps you get rid of headaches, it increases the circulation and therefore makes you more focused and concentrated on the road. Its specific sweet yet spicy aroma will reduce fatigue and blurriness.
Lemongrass essential oil has the power to remove unpleasant odors in the car and create a more enjoyable atmosphere, which will help you to focus on the road and concentrate on the traffic. Lemongrass has also got calming properties to soothe and calm jumping, restless children.
Many people enjoy the perks of drinking coffee and coffee essential oil can provide all of that in the car. Keep you sharp and on alert, concentrated on the road and yet defocused from the crowd and traffic jam. It can also reduce nausea and car sickness.
Which essential oils should you avoid using in the car?
Even though the list is not short and many essential oils have soothing and relaxing properties, yet there are some essential oils which relax you so much and even get you to the point of getting asleep.
Such essential oils are the lavender and the chamomile. These plants have calming properties in general, regardless of the form which you use. The chamomile tea is usually used by people who have problems falling asleep and lavender tea relaxes the body to the same point as chamomile.
Ways to use essential oils in the car
Once you have chosen your essential oil, the next step is to diffuse it in the car. The simplest way to do it is to pour 2-3 drops on a tissue and leave it on the dashboard, the hot engine will do the magic by itself and a wonderful fragrance will circulate through your car. You can also make car fresheners, which you can hang in the car.
This can be your homemade decoration for your car, you will only need a sheet of wool, hole at the end, shape the wool whatever you want, add few drops of essential oils and hang I in your car- you are ready to go!
You can always have cotton ball in your pockets, but remember some of the tips about essential oils. Some oils are the children’s worst enemy and pregnant woman should also avoid essential oils. You can add 2 to 3 drops in a spritz and refresh the air from time to time. You can also buy a device, diffuser, which you can plug on to the changing portal. Essential oils are extremely intensive and powerful.
They are very concentrated and only a small amount can create the desired effect. Too much essential oil can cause car sickness, nausea and whenever you feel uncomfortable, open the window and let the car ventilate.