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Unless you’ve somehow tapped into Captain Kirk’s teleportation technology, travel is not easy. It’s never fun to stay cramped for hours behind a steering wheel or belted into a tiny and remarkably uncomfortable airline seat. It only gets more challenging if you have a kid strapped in a car seat just eight inches behind your head for hours at a time … or, heaven forbid, in your lap on the plane. But there are ways to make your journey a little bit easier by using essential oils.
Take, for instance, your road trip last summer. You didn’t realize when you looked at the map that those tiny squiggles meant that the road you planned to drive had switchbacks that would challenge the most ironclad stomach. After three hours of left, right, left, right, left … your stomach is ready to abandon ship. Thankfully you’ve stashed certified organic ginger and lemon in the car. A few drops in a car diffuser or on a tissue fills your space with sweet tummy relief and lets you power through to your destination.
Or think back to the time you flew to Albuquerque for a three-day conference. By the time you get back to your hotel room at the conclusion of the last meeting, all you want to do is crawl into bed with the music loud enough to drown out the convention speaker’s voice droning on in your head. And the weird chemical-must smell of the hotel room isn’t helping you feel any better. Lucky for you, you packed a bottle of certified organic lavender and geranium blend and are able to do a little emergency aromatherapy to ease your stress headache and fill your space with calm energy and focus.
Or maybe you are finally on that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand, but intense jet lag is killing your mojo. A jeep tour leaves early in the morning, and you need some serious help waking up your brain to be ready. Good thing you packed N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize blend and a personal inhaler. In just a few minutes you are on your feet and ready for the adventure of the day. No matter how you travel, enjoy the destination more with the help and support of powerful essential oil singles and blends.
Here’s a tough question to pose to yourself – can your body get through the day on its own reserves? Or do you routinely rely on outside stimulation … sugar and caffeine … to make it through to evening? If you’ve come to rely on outside crutches to muscle through your day, you need to ask yourself why? If you are eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep, why do you need to ingest inauthentic and unhealthy boosts just to have enough energy to make it to evening on a routine basis?
You aren’t alone. Many people get into bad habits to coax their physical or mental motivation through a routine. I’ve known several teachers that consider a giant diet soft drink after lunch a prerequisite for the job. And I spent several years with a jar of candy beside my desk to motivate me through long afternoons. But the truth is, although these habits don’t cause immediate harm to your physical or mental wellbeing, they aren’t especially good for you either.
Caffeine is, after all, a drug. Consuming too much can lead to insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat and even muscle tremors. And refined sugar, although a sweet and welcome treat on occasion, carries empty calories and a host of other undesirable consequences for the body, including weight gain and blood sugar issues in the long term.
There is a healthier option to get yourself through a long day without resorting to caffeine or sugar for an afternoon pick-me-up. Essential oil aromatherapy can work on a natural and beneficial level to help you feel alert, energized, focused and motivated … without the empty calories or the effect of drugs. And, it comes from a completely natural source. N8 Essentials offers the Energize Blend, which is a sweet combination of certified organic citrus and mint essential oils specially designed to help you access the natural energy that is already in your body. It’s easy to use, and better for you than other less-than-healthy habits.
Try diffusing the Energize Blend in the afternoon when you need renewed feelings of motivation or focus. Open the lid and breathe it directly from the bottle, or access its beneficial constituents through our creamy Energize Lotion that comes infused with the delicious and motivating scent for a more discreet aromatherapy experience. If you have space, add this sweet scent to a diffuser to fill your room with an energizing and focusing ambiance that can carry you through to the evening, and even help you to look forward to tackling tomorrow.
Sometimes it’s your turn on center stage, spotlight firmly shining on your smiling face. Other times it feels right to take a more subtle approach – hanging out in the orchestra pit, for instance, or in the concession stand. Ultrasonic diffusers are a “center stage” method of dispersing essential oils. These beautiful and showy electronic products usually are designed with attention-getting glam and a geyser of mist to draw the eye. But there are also more subtle … but no less beneficial … ways of getting essential oils into the air around your family at home and at work.
The word “diffuse” simply means to spread a concentrated substance over a larger area. With essential oils, there are a few great ways to do this:
Cotton balls and cotton cloth are a great way to slowly diffuse essential oils without using a diffuser. Put a few drops of your favorite single or blend essential oil onto a plain cotton ball. Place the infused ball into a fan vent in your car, near an air conditioning vent at home, in the bathroom with the fan going or near your face as you sleep. Any air in motion will flow through, subtly diffusing the scent. How long it lasts will depend on how many drops you use and how quickly the air moves through the fibers.
Unfinished wood is another great medium to disperse essential oils in a room without requiring an electrical outlet. Some people use teakwood or reed diffusing sticks dipped in a container of full-strength essential oil to fill their room for aromatherapy benefits. Another method relies a natural medium … pinecones. To try this, place clean pine cones in a resealable plastic bag and sprinkle with drops of the essential oil single or blend of your choice. N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend and Tranquil Blend are great candidates for this craft. Or try certified organic eucalyptus and cinnamon bark for a seasonal ambiance. Seal the bag and gently shake to disperse. Leave the cones in a bag, sealed for up to a week, to allow the fragrance to penetrate the wood. Use as a beautiful and deliciously scented home accent or share them as a personalized gift. Remember to store them in a sealed bag when not in use to extend the scent.
Terracotta pendants worn as a necklace are an affordable alternative to a diffuser. Essential oils are applied to the pendant and become absorbed into the clay. The scent slowly diffuses into the air as you breathe and it is a portable and personalized alternative to topical use.
Fall is here, and you can definitely feel it. Red leaves tumble to the ground and the morning air greets you with a crisp bite. There is a transition happening at our house too. Windows that have remained (more or less) open since the middle of May get pulled resignedly closed. The black canvas cover is pulled over the grill like a shroud. Sidewalk chalk and rollerblades are traded for Legos and indoor comic books. Everyone is moving back indoors.
Since we have to get more cozy for the next few months, I make sure our indoor space is as inviting as possible. Essential oils help with that. First, I make sure that the atmosphere in our shared closed space is inviting. When the windows get closed it can be surprising how quickly the air can turn stuffy with the smell of dust and of bodies in close proximity. It’s an easy proposition to fill a diffuser and create a space that feels healthy and clean. These natural scents help my family to be naturally calm and motivated. The season calls for sweet and grounding scents like certified organic ginger, sandalwood and clove. These cheering and motivating scents are perfect for cooler days and shorter daylight. They work to give feelings of natural energy, emotional stability and bright attention. I especially love this combination during after school hours when my family is transitioning from the stress of the day to the slower-paced evening.
In fall, my family tends to gather more often around the kitchen table … to chat, to snack, to argue, and even to play board games (once they’ve worked through their computer time and finished arguing). We love that time together, and I make it better by purifying the kitchen atmosphere with my essential oil diffuser. Although I love my kitchen space, it can sometimes smell greasy or stale from the lingering aromas of meals long past. I create an instantly inviting space by diffusing powerful cleansing and uplifting citrus in N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend. It creates a sweet and welcoming atmosphere in my kitchen and makes our family game time a little more rewarding and spirited.