We recently talked about our experiences with work related stress and our top tips for beating it. As we both spend alot of time driving for work we like to make our cars as nice a place to be as possible, this includes making them smell nice. We cannot stand the artificial smell of most shop bought car air fresheners, most of them are so strong and can leave you feeling nauseous and like you are getting a migraine. This is where the essential oils come in; they keep your car smelling fresh and you can choose different combinations dependant on how you are feeling.
Rose and lavender are known to be good for relaxation and relieving anxiety in general, chamomile and ylang ylang are said to have a calming effects and help boost serotonin (feel good hormone). Bergamot and frankincense are said to reduce stress hormones and quieten the mind – great for when you just cant get your mind to switch off. If there are other oils that make you feel calm and relaxed you can use those too, even mixing them together for a custom scent (Becca is a big fan of adding cinnamon to everything).
Once you’ve chosen your oils you can follow Kate’s simple DIY to make your own air freshener…
You will need – Fabric, cotton wadding, thread, ribbon, essential oils.
- Cut your cotton wadding to your desired shape and size.
- Cut out two pieces of fabric the same shape as your cotton wadding with a 1cm seam allowance.
- Pin the pieces of fabric together, printed sides facing towards each other.
- Sew together leaving a gap at the top.
- Turn the fabric inside out and insert the cotton wadding.
- Place your ribbon at the top of the fabric shape, looped over so once its finished you will be able to use it to hand the air freshener.
- Slip stitch to top of the fabric together with the ribbon in place.
- Add desired essential oils!
When the smell becomes faint just add more essential oils and pop in the washing machine when it needs freshening up.
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