We travel a lot. When I say “a lot”, I mean we are constantly going somewhere – long road trips, weekend getaways, field trips turned over-nighters, etc. We can’t stay still for too long. Marty has flown over 125,000 miles for work alone in the last 3 years (yes, we are saving them up for a big family trip somewhere). Over the years, it has evolved from the two of us, to three, to four, to five, to sometimes just me and the kids, or Marty alone. With all the experience, we have found one constant that gets us through – Essential Oils.
For the last 2 years, we have been utilizing e/o’s for many aspects of our lives. **Please understand that I still see our doctor regularly and will not self diagnose just to use them.** While I do apply some oils to our skin (like tea tree oil, or a respiratory blend for our stuffy nose nights), we have grown to love essential oils for their aromatherapy. Our vehicle trips will start out with oils. We found this amazing portable essential oil diffuser. It was at Wal-Mart for about $10 and came with a USB cord for power or it can be solely battery operated. For $10, it was worth the buy. This diffuser (pictured below) has traveled the globe recently with Marty. He went almost 14,000 miles (airline) with it and only one AA battery. He wasn’t on board completely in the beginning but has seen them work on our kids and himself. He will diffuse lavender and a mixed blend to boost his mood. We use those in the car as well as on trips. The lavender helps to calm the kids when they are “amped” up (usually from a stop where they get to run wild). The blend to boost our moods is just that – to get us out of potential funks. Being in a car for long stretches of time can be daunting. It doesn’t have to be though. Find a mini diffuser to take with you in the car and a plug in one for the campsite, hotel, etc., then relax. The kids will chill out too! In hotel rooms, I will diffuse a few different smells. I love lemon, an orange citrus blend, and eucalyptus. Some companies sell blends to help “clean” the air. I use those as well. I am not here to sell you anything in this post. I just want to share with you what has been working for our family on our journeys. When I road trip with my mom and granny (and the kids), I will put out a blend for
my our serenity. To be honest, it smells so nice that they end up not arguing in the car.
What is a diffuser? What is the difference between diffusers? A quick google search will bring up all kinds of information for you. I will share with you what the Wellness Mama has to say about them.
There are several different types of diffusers:
- Nebulizer Diffusers
- Ultrasonic/Humidifying Diffusers
- Heat Diffusers
- Evaporative Diffusers
You can read about them on her site or through your own research online. As for our house, I use one diffuser and I have 3 house plants that clean the air pretty well. If you didn’t know, there are plants that can help remove toxins from your house. I will share about our plants in a later post. We’ve used them for about a year now and love what they’ve done.
Do you diffuse any essential oils? Share in the comments.