Aromatherapy Car Diffusers

You might have aromatherapy all sorted out when it comes to your home – but what about your car? Considering that most of us spend hours every week in our cars, it makes sense to utilise aromatherapy to make the best of our driving time too.

Types of car diffusers

There are two basic types of diffusers that can be safely used in cars: passive diffusers like clay beads or solid scent disks, and active diffusers that can be plugged into the car's power supply. Passive diffusers are often clipped onto the car's air vents to make use of the air flow, whereas active diffusers are typically out of the way in the lower console area. If using an active diffuser, you might want to get a box for your oils, to limit the chances of breakage and leaking.

Types of aromatherapy fragrance

There are a few different varieties of fragrance that you can buy for car diffusers. The most common – and generally cheapest – use artificial scents. These sometimes work well as air fresheners, but have two main drawbacks: they don't offer actual aromatherapy benefits, and people who are sensitive to perfumes often can't tolerate them. The next tier are aromatherapy oils: these are often blends of essential oils with cheaper oils. They can be a bit hit and miss when it comes to delivering aromatherapy results; sometimes the oils they're blended with can actually counter the desired effect. The most expensive but also most effective group are the essential oils: these should be 100% the specified oil, or sometimes a rare oil mixed with a neutral carrier oil like sweet almond. These are best to use for aromatherapy, as they provide the most pure scents.

Beware aromatherapy and animals

If you transport a beloved pet in your car, be careful about your aromatherapy use. Animals tend to be more responsive to essential oils than humans, and they have different levels of susceptibility to poisoning. Research your chosen aromatherapy choices to find out whether your pet can tolerate it before buying.