Essential oils for winter driving? Uh What?
Yes, when winter finally reared it head this week in the form of snow flurries my mind automatically wandered to essential oils. Why? Because I HATE driving in bad weather. It make me so anxious that I actually avoided it for seven years after moving to Ohio. I only drove on snowy, icy roads maybe once or twice in seven years, until last year when my schedule and lifestyle began to require driving in it almost daily. All winter long I agonized over the weather reports and white knuckled it every time I got into my car. As you may remember the weather last year was horrendous…ie the polar vortex. This year is supposed to be more of the same or worse.
So where do essential oils come in? Well, there are some oils that can help you feel calm and collected when the going gets tough. Here are some of ones I plan to use this winter…
Valor – This oil blend is often referred to as “bravery in a bottle”. I like to use it when I need a little courage and it really works, even for me, and I am very introverted. It works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Ingredients are spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense in a base of coconut oil. I LOVE this stuff and no doubt it will be my go-to oil when I need to “brave” the snowy, icy roads this winter.
How I will use it: Applied directly to throat, wrists, and chest.
Peace & Calming – As the name suggests it helps you relax, release tension, and achieve a sense of calm and peace, even amid chaos. It is very comforting. It contains tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy.
How I will use it: Applied it to reflex points. Diffuse in my car diffuser.
Tranquil Roll On – A lovely blend of lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile essential oils formulated to calm and relax the body and mind. Using the roll-on application, Tranquil provides convenient and portable relaxation.
How I will use it: Applied it to reflex points and reapplied as needed throughout the day.
Harmony – This blend uplifts, liberates, calms, and balances. It just encourages an overall sense of well being and stability. It contains Royal Hawaiian sandalwood, lavender oil, ylang ylang, frankincense, angelica and quite a few others. It is an amazing blend.
How I will use it: Apply it topically at the base of the neck. Diffuse in my car diffuser also in my necklace.
RutaVaLa -Helps one to release negativity and adopt a more positive outlook. It has rue oil, valerian root oil, and lavender.
How I will use it: Apply it topically at the base of the neck and along the spine.
The oils above are all blends from Young Living but there are numerous oil singles you can use. Lavender, chamomile, blue tansy, and cedarwood appear often so that is a good indicator that they would work well for winter driving worries.