The shift from winter to spring is symbolic on many levels. Now that the time for introspection and inward reflection has gone, nature makes way for outward expression and action.
In nature, plants and seeds slowly come out of their deep winter sleep as they start reaching for the sun, and the same awakening can be applied to our homes; we’re opening the windows, letting the air in, and spending more time outside. It is time to clean the clutter we accumulated during winter, when we spent most of our time within the walls of our home.
While our gardens can benefit from raking and the first tasks of the season, the tradition of spring cleaning usually implies a thorough cleaning of our homes. But spring cleaning is more than that; it is also time to shake off the quiet of winter, expand into movement, and make space for action.
Here are three ways you can benefit from spring cleaning using essential oils: detox your skin with a facial mask, declutter your mind with aromas, and clean your house with a natural and effective cleaning soap!
Detox Your Skin
Did you take good care of your skin this winter? Cold and dry weather might have taken a toll on skin vitality. The excesses of the end/beginning of the year can also affect tone and vibrancy. Time to draw the toxins out!
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis):
Orange is cheerful and uplifting, a beam of sunlight for your skin. Naturally antiseptic, it’s a great oil to use for skincare.
Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana):
Marjoram is antibacterial and safe to use on the face; it is also a great oil to help reduce stress and nervousness.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens):
Geranium is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory; the slightly astringent effects of geranium help tighten the tissues.
Make a face mask stock synergy using:
- 14 drops of Sweet Orange
- 10 drops of Sweet Marjoram
- 8 drops of Geranium
Mix two drops of the synergy with one teaspoon of the type of clay that is best suited for your skin type (bentonite clay for oily skin, pink kaolin clay for dry or sensitive skin, French green clay for acne-prone skin, etc.).
You can add one teaspoon of powdered herbs (comfrey leaf, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers…), 1/2 teaspoon of honey, and the needed amount of hydrosol (rose, chamomile, cistus…) to make a mask paste for your face.
Let the mask sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, then rinse while making circular movements to exfoliate your skin. Apply your usual facial serum or cream.
Declutter Your Mind
We have taken enough time to think our projects through during the winter. Now is a good time to put things into motion, act and focus. Think of your mind as one of the rooms in your house in need of a serious decluttering.
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi):
Grapefruit is excellent to cleanse the mind from negative thoughts and encourage creativity.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita):
Peppermint increases focus, enlivening and awakening – a great oil to help shake off lethargy.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus):
Lemongrass helps reduce inner criticism, encourages positive thinking, and is so refreshing!
Make an aromatic inhaler using:
- 20 drops of Grapefruit
- 3 drops of Peppermint
- 3 drops of Lemongrass
Let the cotton soak in the essential oils, and use your pocket inhaler as many times as needed through the day, whenever you need to stay focused and promote clarity. Avoid using before bedtime. For help on how to make an inhaler, check out this article by Jade Shutes.
Clean Your Home
A clean, organized home is a good place for a peaceful spirit to grow and thrive. It gives us a sense of clarity, direction, and also is a good opportunity to get rid of the nasty winter microbes.
Lemon (Citrus limonum):
Lemon is antiseptic, refreshing, safe, and one of the best oils to use in a cleaning product for your home.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia):
Tea Tree is one of the best antimicrobial and broad-spectrum antibacterial oils; it helps get rid of germs.
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini):
Palmarosa is from the same family as Lemongrass; Palmarosa is safer for the skin (if you are not using gloves), yet shares its anti-bacterial and cleansing properties.
Make a natural spray soap cleaner using:
- 20 drops of Lemon
- 12 drops of Tea Tree
- 20 drops of Palmarosa
Mix the essential oils with 4 tablespoons of castile soap in a 4 oz. spray bottle, and fill with distilled water. Shake and spray in your kitchen and bathroom (it is best to use gloves), then wipe with a damp cloth.
Happy spring cleaning!