Aromatherapy For Travel Nurses
As a traveler, you’re likely living in a short-term apartment or a long-term hotel. You travel
as light as possible, and probably don’t decorate your space very much, which can mean your space doesn’t always feel quite like your own.
When you have the often-stressful lifestyle you can as a travel nurse, it’s helpful to come home every day to a space that’s a bit of an oasis. You know, a little getaway where you find the comfort, calm, or energy that can recharge you for your next shift at the hospital.
How can you create such an environment without buying new furnishings in each city you work? Through aromatherapy. The olfactory experience is mood and mind altering and it can really transform a room. Plus, it helps with all the aches and pains you may experience after a long shift.
Gather a collection of essential oils, candles, and diffusers, and enhance the emotion of your choice. Here’s a list of moods, and the essential oils to pair with them:
Keep Anxiety At Bay
Bergamot, neroli, lavender, geranium, sandalwood
Basil, grapefruit, peppermint
Chamomile, rose, ylang ylang, neroli, lime
Ylang ylang, jasmine, cedarwood, orange
Basil, peppermint, rose, lemon
Sandalwood, lemongrass, rosemary
Geranium, jasmine, chamomile
Lavender, neroli, ylang ylang, patchouli
You can find most of these oils in the organic or cosmetics section of your local grocery store or online. You can even create your own special blends to hit all the right notes, just for you. Plus, the bottles are small, so you can take them anywhere you go—even in the car.
Here are a few methods of use to get the most benefit from your scents:
Popular and versatile, this is the usual point of entry for aromatherapy. Light a candle or find a reed diffuser with the scent you’d like to drive your mood. Switch on an electric or ultrasonic aroma vaporizer. This is great for any room of your home, and for any mood.
Add three drops of an essential oil of your choice to a bowl of hot steamy water. Place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 10 minutes. The essential oil molecules are absorbed via your respiratory system. Enjoy this experience after a particularly challenging day, and feel revived.
Fill a spritz bottle with 3 oz. of distilled or tap water, choose three essential oils that fit your mood, and add two drops of each. When you spray your space, essential oil molecules are released directly into the surrounding air. This is particularly great as a relaxing pillow spray.
There are many methods, and many scents, but this list is a good start. Help yourself recharge by putting your senses to work. Keep your energy going, because there’s always another shift ahead, and another great place to work. Check out Advantage RN jobs and start planning your next travel nursing adventure today.