10 Diffuser Blends for the Road

Whether you are off on a road trip or just wanting something to diffuse as you commute to work, these diffusing tips and diffuser blends are great for wherever you are headed!

Car Diffusing Tips:

  • Cars are such small spaces, so make sure to use only a couple drops and turn the diffuser off every now and then to give your olfactory system a break.
  • Try to keep the air circulating by running the air or leaving a window cracked.
  • Make sure the oils you use are suitable for all passengers. Keep allergies, cautions, and preferences in mind when selecting your oil or blend. For example, peppermint essential oil should not be diffused with young children (0–6) in the car. Rosemary and wintergreen essential oils should not be diffused with pregnant women in the car. And even a single drop of cinnamon essential oil is too strong to diffuse in such a small space.
  • Avoid oils that may make the driver drowsy, such as lavender, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, and other relaxing oils.
  • If you find you don’t like the oil or blend you used, roll down the windows to let the car air out before trying something new.
  • If the driver needs something additional to keep him or her alert, try putting a drop or two of peppermint or rosemary on a tissue and placing it near the driver’s nose.

Car Diffusers:

Car diffusers can be easily purchased or made. Here are a few car diffusers that you can purchase from AromaTools:

You can make a car diffuser with anything that can absorb essential oils such as diffuser pads, clay, cotton balls, cork, etc. Here are a few DIY car diffuser options:

Diffuser Blends:

Bring on the Day: 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop orange, 1 drop grapefruit
Energize the Driver:
Blend 1: 1 drop bergamot + 1 drop wintergreen, spearmint, or peppermint
Blend 2: 1 drop rosemary or basil + 1–2 drops lemon
Wave of Nausea: 1 drop ginger + 1 drop peppermint, orange, lemon, or lemongrass
Happy Passengers: 1 drop lemon + 1 drop orange + 1 drop grapefruit or spearmint
Purify the Air: 1 drop lemongrass + 1 drop lemon
Navigating with Focus: 1 drop rosemary or basil + 1 drop frankincense + 1 drop lemon
Traffic Jam: 1 drop bergamot + 1 drop grapefruit + 1 drop orange
New Car: 1 drop orange + 1 drop wintergreen or spearmint
Keep Calm: 1 drop ylang ylang + 1 drop bergamot + 1 drop orange or lemon
Awake and Alert: 1 drop basil + 1 drop peppermint or lemon

Note: Peppermint essential oil should not be diffused with young children (0–6) in the car. Rosemary and wintergreen essential oils should not be diffused with pregnant women in the car.

What oils or blends do you like to diffuse in the car?

2 thoughts on “10 Diffuser Blends for the Road

    • Dogs have a stronger sense of smell than humans, so if you do diffuse around dogs, it might be a good idea to reduce the amount of oil diffused (you can create your blend in a sample bottle—and possibly dilute even more with a carrier oil—then only add 1 drop to the diffuser). Try not to diffuse every time you drive. And pay attention to how your dog reacts to the oils. The diffuser blends listed in this post should be fine to use with dogs (but you may want to avoid using wintergreen).

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