Close your eyes for a second. No wait. Don’t actually close your eyes. Super hard to read with your eyes shut. Envision. Envision yourself in your car or van… or SUV or truck; whatever you happen to drive. You are sitting in a traffic jam. Like, you haven’t moved in 17 minutes… and you’re late. You have little ones in the back seat playing a game of “MOM! He touched my side.” You take a deep breath, and you smell old fries and sweaty gym socks. Okay. Clearly, I am terrible with meditation exercises.
I actually have no cure for traffic jams or screaming children, but I do have an idea for car odors.
It has been almost a year since I received my first essential oils in the mail… and while I went right through the Lemon, Lavender, Thieves® and Purification® oils, there are some I hadn’t even opened yet. My husband was telling me he was feeling a bit stressed this weekend, and I thought to myself, “I’m pretty sure I have an oil for that*…” I looked in my box of essential oils and found Stress Away™. (Unopened, I might add.) You guys! The smell of this oil is ah-mazing! It has Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, and Lavender, plus a few others. I was so in love with the smell I rolled some on my wrists so I’d smell good for church.
I got to thinking about all the stressful times we encounter each day, and those long car rides came to mind. I thought making a DIY Car Freshener with this stuff would be perfect. After all, those store bought car fresheners are overpowering, and, honestly, not much better than sweaty socks…
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Thin Wooden Ornament (If you have a difficult time finding an ornament, you can use a thin wooden shape, often found in craft stores, and create a hole with a hammer and nail and tie with yarn or hemp string- that’s what I did.)
- Stress Away Essential Oil or Another Oil You Enjoy, maybe Lavender (Wondering which brand of essential oil you should use? Check out this post… And no, I’m not selling anything 🙂 )
- Glass Dish
- Small Paintbrush
- Sandwich Size Ziploc Bag
This is one of the easiest DIYs ever. Place a several drops of essential oil into a small glass dish (not plastic as some essential oils eat away at plastic). Using a paintbrush, brush the oil onto the wooden ornament. If you prefer to just place a few drops of oil onto the wood, you could do that as well, but painting it on ensures all the wood gets some of the oil.
Place the wooden ornament into a ziploc bag and allow it to absorb the oil for a few hours (or overnight).
Tie the ornament around your rear view mirror and let the aroma fill your car… and if you do use the Stress Away, maybe the traffic jams and screaming kids won’t bother you so much 🙂 Essential oils do not last forever, so when the scent fades just add a couple drops to directly to the wood. No need to paint it on each time.
Interested in more ways you can use essential oils in your home? Check out this list.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.