Think your career is stressful and exhausting? Perhaps it's more than your workload that's causing you undue stress. If you have a lengthy commute to and from the office, there's no question it can wreak havoc on your nerves. After all, most commuters spend a large fraction of their days sitting in slow-moving traffic with others who would also rather be elsewhere. This frustrating routine can even be more exhaustive than your work itself! Your nerves and patience are tested, and by the time you reach your destination you find yourself on the edge.

The good news is you can cope with your commute without getting trapped in an endless cycle of nervousness, anxiety and tension. Aromatherapy is a versatile way to improve your mood and help you relax and find balance.

Today I'll show you how to transform your commute from a dreadful activity into a pleasant and private moment to yourself. All you need is an essential oil diffuser and a few select essential oils and you can create customized fragrances to diffuse in your car that will help you find tranquility, joy, and the opportunity to replenish your energy!

Start every commute with a brief mantra to put you in the correct frame of mind to enjoy the ride. When you first get into your car and before you start your engine, take several deep breaths and say the following:

"Today I feel totally in touch with myself. I am grounded and enjoy being here and in the present. I am blessed with joy, love and peace."

Take a few more deep breaths. Visualize yourself integrating those words, breathing them in. Now turn the engine on and enjoy the ride!

In a 10 ml bottle, add your oils from the recipes below. Use only pure and undiluted essential oils. These blends SHOULD NOT be used directly on the skin. They are for diffusion only. Review the instructions from your diffuser for the appropriate dosage.

· 1/3 (.33 ml) Lavender essential oil
· 1/3 Orange (.33 ml) essential oil
· 1/3 Petitgrain (.33 ml) essential oil

· 1/3 Orange (.33 ml) essential oil
· 1/3 Mandarin (.33 ml) essential oil
· 1/3 Grapefruit (.33 ml) essential oil

· 1/3 Rosemary (.33 ml) essential oil
· 1/3 Peppermint (.33 ml) essential oil
· 1/3 Grapefruit or Orange (.33 ml) essential oil

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There are a variety of ways to diffuse your oils. Your local natural food store or metaphysical store should offer a selection of the items below:

· The Car Diffuser
Originally designed to hang in the rear view mirror, it is a nice little clay diffuser.
· The Scent Ball Car Diffuser
Add 5-15 drops of your selected essential oil or blend and plug it into your cigarette lighter adapter.
· Create a Pot-Pourri made of dried flowers and leaves and add 10 to 15 drops of the pure essential oil blend to it.

Author's Bio: 

Internationally renowned aromatherapist and alchemist Françoise Rapp was trained in the sacred ancient arts of anointing and practicing alchemy by priests and alchemists in France more than 10 years ago. She now lives in San Diego where she holds an International License in Aromatherapy. Her talents have been featured in many national media outlets, including RedBook Magazine, New Age Journal, Self.Com, and the nationally televised program "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus." Visit her on the web at