Spring is my absolute favorite time of the year. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I begin to feel motivated to spring clean my home, get organized, and enjoy the outdoors. Essential oils are a great help for both home and personal use during this time of year.
Here are some suggestions for spring cleaning and starting fresh:
- Plan your goals. Make a list of what you want to do in your home and personally for this time of year. Set some dates and plan your spring cleaning jobs for the home, planting a small garden, or signing up for a 5k run or charity walk.
- Incorporate more exercise into your life. Many people find they lack time for exercise, however, it is important that you fit some type of physical activity into your day. Exercise reduces risk of many diseases, reduces stress and prevents weight gain. The whole family can be part of an active lifestyle by doing things together, such as a nature walk or taking the dog for a walk together. Set a family goal of doing something active every weekend together.
- Get outdoors. Being outdoors is beneficial to your health. You will get much needed vitamin D from the sun and it will improve your energy levels and mood.
- Open the windows. Let fresh air into your home. Diffuse essential oils to purify the air, and boost mood. So with the start of spring and all the good things that come with it, here are some suggestions to incorporate essential oils into your natural lifestyle:For personal use:
- Allergies – hay fever and allergies can interfere with enjoyment of the warmer weather. Essential oils can act as an antihistamine to clear congestion and calm allergy symptoms. The best oils for allergy symptoms are peppermint, lemon and lavender. Diffuse 3 drops of each oil into your diffuser to help calm symptoms. You can also make a roller bottle for allergies. For an adult, combine 10 drops each of peppermint, lavender and lemon in a 10 ml roller bottle, add fractionated coconut oil and apply to sinus area and back of neck. You can also put one drop each of each oil into your hands and inhale deeply.
- Headaches – some people suffer from headaches during the change of seasons. Both lavender and peppermint will help. Apply a drop or two of each to your temples. Dilute with coconut oil for sensitive skin, elderly or children.
- Cuts, scrapes and bug bites – remove debris. Clean with water and Onguard soap. Apply one drop of lavender, frankincense and melaleuca to wound. Repeat every few hours.
- Bug repellent – avoid the toxic bug sprays and use essential oils such as doTERRA’s TerraShield spray or make your own for kids 3 and up, using a 4 oz spray bottle: 2 oz witch hazel, 2 oz. distilled water, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops spearmint.
- Pain, inflammation and bruises: apply doTERRA’s Deep Blue Rub to soothe sore muscles after sports or hikes. It is also great for a tight back or arthritic knees. Apply before activity for reduced discomfort.
For the home:
- Spring cleaning – use essential oils to clean your home in a toxic free way. You can make your own cleaning products easily and it will cost a fraction of your cleaning products from the store. For an all purpose cleaner and disinfectant, use a recycled glass spray bottle. Add one cup each of water and white vinegar. Add 10 drops each of lemon and melaleuca essential oil to the bottle.
- Ants in the home – instead of using toxic ant sprays, make a your own non-toxic spray by mixing 5 drops each of peppermint and spearmint. Mix in a spray bottle with water and spray away.
- Disinfect laundry (washing blankets and sports clothing by adding a few drops of melaleuca to the washer.
- Clean and freshen up sports equipment by making a spray bottle with a few drops of melaleuca and lemon. Add water and spray on shoes, helmets and bags.
- Use a diffuser to freshen air and bring spring into the home. Combine a few drops of citrus and floral oils together to create that spring feel. Some citrus oils you can consider are wild orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, grapefruit, lemongrass. Floral oils are ylang ylang, geranium, rose and patchouli.
If you are traveling this spring, here are some tips for essential oil use while you are away:
- If you are flying, you can still bring your oils with you. The TSA limit is 3 oz, well within the limits. Consider bringing a travel size pouch of oils with you. Some useful oils to bring along are lavender for stress and sleep, melaleuca for skin issues, peppermint for nausea and stomach upset, and lemon for disinfecting or cleaning an area.
- Be sure not to open your oils on the plane, as the scent may bother other people.
- Stay hydrated by adding a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to your water. The hot weather on vacation can dehydrate you faster than at home.
- If you get too much sun, bring along a sun soothing spray with essential oils. Make travel size bottles. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup aloe vera juice, ¼ fractionated coconut oil, 1 tsp vitamin e, 8 drops each of lavender, melaleuca and peppermint.
- For motion sickness, take a few drops of doTERRA’s Slim and Sassy Blend under your tongue or added to 4 oz of water. You can also inhale a couple of drops from your hand.
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