Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Spring challenges us to open our blinds and windows and let nature in. It’s like an electrical current we receive energy from. Outside things are melting, shifting, growing and blooming. We take in these changes and feel renewed. We feel a physical need to move, be active, be busy, be engaged, get involved or just get our hands dirty in the fresh soil. Often called Spring Fever it is our connection to nature that is driving these changes we feel.
Spring also opens our hearts and minds where we are interested in looking at our life and home with fresh eyes. A new color for a room, fresh linens or towels for a bed, or just a good basic cleaning from top to bottom. We see outside gardens that need a good clearing and place for fresh flowers. Overall we feel this instinctual need to purge, sort, organize and refresh a lot of areas in our life during this time of year.
It can be empowering and fulfilling to let nature take over our energy and motivate us to clean up our homes and yards. This is exactly what nature itself is doing and we are after all deeply connected to this energy for our very breath.
Clutter is different for everyone. For me I love not seeing much on my counters and surfaces. Less is more for me even though I do find that my closets and pantry are not always as organized as I would like. I can think better when my surfaces are free of things. My husband is a saver. He is one that says you never know when you will need something (for which he is totally right on that point) but it results in having a lot more stuff. More stuff means finding more ways to store, display, dust, maintain and find. It means constantly moving something to get to what you need. It means stuff on the counters.
For me spring cleaning is getting rid of things we don’t or haven’t used in a while. For my husband it means organizing things so he can find them later.
When you are making these tough decisions of what to keep and what to purge grab a bottle of doTERRA Lemongrass essential oil. Here’s why, lemongrass is a cleansing oil. It cuts grease, grime and eliminates dust molecules. It however also works on our emotions in this process by helping us let go of things we are holding onto that no longer serve us. Lemongrass lets us see our self-worth and how it is truly not connected to material things. I call Lemongrass our anti-hoarding oil.
Lemongrass is also good for removing stains. Carpet, walls and surfaces periodically need that wipe down and we have stains or marks that never seem to come up. A drop of Lemongrass cuts through those situations.
Spring cleaning can also mean refreshing a look in a room with new paint, moving furniture or just new accessories. When we simply move or change things in a space it gives them a fresh look, we see things differently and it feels good to us. It feels different, cleaner, inviting, comfortable and spacious.
The same can be said of changing our habits or eliminating toxic negativity from our life. Moving things around to see them from a different angle gives us perspective and natural energy to generate higher creativity, improvements in our health and balance.
Basil is an incredible oil for this work of refreshing our physical space and supporting refreshing areas of our personal life. It helps support those anxious feelings we get about change and works to help us find the positive in what that change will mean.
I like to diffuse Basil when I’m reorganizing the furniture in our living room. It is a comfy space and there is really no wrong way to have the furniture but every now and then I like to move things to give the room a fresh look. It also allows me to clean under sofas and in between cushions which with two dogs, a cat and a young boy increase the necessity of doing this type of cleaning periodically. Using Basil in the diffuser seems to give me that energy that this is good rewarding work and I am rejuvenated with the change.
Basil is also excellent at supporting our stressed out adrenals. Change is stressful to us and sometimes even when we know it’s the right thing to do it can cause stress in our life. Basil supports those low energy time when we’re overwhelmed of where to begin or what exactly we need to work on for changing.
There is something deeply satisfying about getting into the crevices, nooks and crannies and cleaning them out. I call this the down and dirty level cleaning that we don’t do all the time but you can notice a difference when it does finally get done. Those dusty ceiling fans, baseboards, windows and even a solid wipe down of the fridge all give you a great big relief of feeling things are clean.
Lime essential oil is an oil of simple gratefulness. It helps us appreciate the simple things in life and be grateful for what we have. It helps us appreciate and take stock of where we are, what we have and that it is enough. We find contentment, fulfillment and peace when we are grateful.
Mixing Lime with witch hazel and water is an excellent spray cleaner for refreshing the fridge, fan blades and baseboards. Diffusing Lime in a room where you are deep cleaning gives it a clean smell that is also very energizing and fresh.
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It feels good to clean out after a long winter. We feel energized by our fresh clean spaces and can welcome new things into our life and home. Spring cleaning is something we are naturally drawn to and is the result of our connection to nature.
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