If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to diffuse oils on the go, this simple tutorial is for you!
I love diffusing a warm comforting smell like Germ Fighter while we are on the road for the holidays.
Not only does the car smell amazing, but this powerful little essential oil also helps combat any sickies we might have picked up while visiting friends and family. It’s just that season, I know, but as a momma, it is my job to do all I can to keep our little tribe healthy.
All you need is a napkin and some oil. Oh yes, my friends, it’s that simple!
Fold a napkin so it fits just slightly in the air vent (as pictured) and put a few drops of your favorite quality essential oil on it. I actually tear my napkin in half so it isn’t as bulky, and occasionally use that extra piece of napkin to dust the dash (clearly I didn’t do that for this picture).
Of course, you can buy some really cute clip on oil diffusers for the vents in your vehicle, but this is free and highly effective!
Like I always say, saving money on the little things means you have more money to spend on the big things.
Disclaimer: I know there are a lot of oil brands out there, and I don’t know that’d I’d claim one brand to be better than all the others in every way, but I have a good relationship with Plant Therapy and trust the research they’ve done. I’ve used their oils for several years and have always been pleased with their quality and effectiveness.
If you’re a beginner looking to get started with oils I suggest using a diffuser with just one oil to start, and following directions carefully.
From there you could purchase roll-ons, to apply topically. These are prediluted and ready to go.
Once you’re comfortable with how the oils work you can start making your own blends if you’d like, and creating roll-ons using empty roller bottles with a carrier oil (applying oil directly to your skin can be harmful, especially for children).
If you have any questions, post them in the comments. I’d love to help you out!
My Top 5 Essential Oil Picks (today):
Lavender is great for healing cuts when diluted with a carrier oil (think: small cooking related cuts on the fingertips, teenage pimples, and scrapped knees for playing outside on the concrete driveway). I use it primarily on my wool dryer balls. After we had our car fire in 2007 I researched every sort of household fire hazard and discovered dryer fires to be extremely common. Holy Cow! Not only are commercial dryer sheets insanely toxic, but they also leave an oil build up on your clothing, your lint trap, and IN YOUR LUNGS. Yes, that calming scent you breathe in while the dryer is running and each time you put a clean shirt over your head is actually slowly deteriorating your quality of life. Ditch the dryer sheets (and the time/money you spend buying them).
Peppermint is highly effective for combating headaches. I used to get migraines that would make me vomit and knock me out for a half a day. Then I discovered putting peppermint oil on my temples and the back of my neck would stop a migraine in 5 minutes flat! Seriously! I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. You deserve to feel good, so add this to your medicine cabinet. Other great uses for peppermint: fighting nausea, muscle pain, and is energizing when diffused. It’s a great pick-me up morning oil to get you motivated and moving!
Respir Aid is actually new to me. My mom has been fighting some lung issues, so I thought I’d give it a try to build good lung health before recommending it to her. We’ve found it to be helpful for clearing congestion. Just breathing in a few drops seems to open the airways quickly and keep them open. For children, Plant Therapy makes an oil called Sniffle Stopper, which is very similar.
You’ve already heard me sing the praises of Germ Fighter here and on other posts. It does exactly what it says. Mr. Awesome says it smells like Christmas. It reminds me of Big Red gum, and I have the very best memories of my big brother, William, buying me a 5-pack of Big Red at the grocery store on the way to school nearly every day or every other day of 5th or 6th grade (the sweet memory is there, it’s just foggy). It is extremly comparable to Young Living’s Thieves Oil, and I have personally used both.
Tea Tree. Oh, Tea Tree. I’m going to get real here for a minute, my friends…. Ready? Here Goes! I do NOT love the smell, but it’s just one you have to have in your arsenal. Tea Tree is really good for disinfecting and helps support your immune system. I sometimes add it to a spray bottle with water and vinegar to clean after someone has been sick. It’s what you need when you’re tackling your tough jobs, like the bathroom floor while potty training, or raising little boys, or cleaning up actual vomit.
I’ve also recently switched almost entirely to cloth pads along with my beloved Diva Cup (feeling encouraged by a friend who uses cloth, and wanting to make a smaller carbon footprint when it comes to disposable pads- plus affordable commercial feminine products are full of chemicals and just suck. I don’t want that for my daughter, and I don’t want that for myself). Washing a load of cloth pads with a couple of drops of tea tree oil helps to disinfect the pads so they’re ready for the next month. I do NOT dry the pads in the dryer, rather I hang dry them on a hanger hooked to the laundry room curtain rod, with one of these contraptions attached. It’s odd. So odd. It’s only one day a month though, and it works just fine.
Disclaimer: I’m just a homeschool momma/wife/blogger trying to take good care of her family and home. I’m not a doctor, although I did attend a whole lot of nursing school and maybe should’ve been. These are my honest opinions based on what I’ve used and know. I want the best for you all too, so trust me when I say LESS IS MORE when it comes to oils. It can be fun to stock a basket full of oils, but if you aren’t using them, or aren’t using them correctly you won’t do anyone any good. Save money, and start with the basics. Go slow. And when the bottle says to use 5 drops, ONLY USE 5 DROPS.
That’s it, carry on, friends!