Aromatherapy/for alertness


would you recommend basil as a good stimulant after other factors such as enough sleep etc. for people who drive for a living?also any other infoo or oils would begreat looking for alternative to things like coffee red bull five hour energy etc.?

Hello Nelson
I am copying an answer to a similar question I was asked about using car air fresheners to keep alert while driving.I hope this helps - it's got to be better than the taste of Red Bull !

I would choose a citrus oil as a starter and use two or three drops at a time. Grapefruit or Lime are lovely and refreshing.Tangerine and Lemon are also good.  They don't stay around for long though as they evaporate very quickly, so I would use another oil in conjunction with the citrus.
Peppermint is a very stimulating oil - you will only need one or a maximum of two drops at a time, but it's great with citrus.
If you like herbal scents - try rosemary or basil oils which are renowned for stimulating the senses.Again just a couple of drops at a time.

Don't go for Lavender, Sandalwood or Cammomile for driving as they are too sedative.

One word of warning - you can think that the oils don't give off a powerful scent, so don't be tempted to use more oil at time. The oils are quite potent and shouldn't underestimated. Once you leave the car and then come back to it you will realise just how strong the oils are. I just put my oils in the car to go to treatments and people always comment on the lovely smell, even though I have removed the oils, they can still smell them. Also too much might give you a headache. It's a lovely idea though and very uplifting after a long shift at work. Don't buy synthetic and make sure they are 100% and not diluted aromatherapy oils.
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