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It’s been a long, tough, shut-in winter. For those of us that were stuck inside our homes or caught up in the worry of the pandemic, a fresh start can’t come soon enough. Luckily the season of new beginnings, growth and life is here. We share a few ways that we’re planning to usher in, embrace and celebrate the newness of spring.
Spring is the time to shift from the idle energy of winter to the vibrant liveliness of the warmer months. The earth is abloom in spring: eggs are hatching, seedlings are sprouting and flowers are blooming. There’s an undeniable energy to all of this new life, and as the natural world goes through its annual reawakening, we should too.
Take advantage of the earth’s ‘growth’ energy to hatch new plans and actually bring them to life. Step into the light and make things happen. It’s time to shed that cocoon and unfurl our colourful wings. Spring is the perfect time to revisit our goals, action our dreams and do more to live life with vigour.
Oils to boost springtime energy: Our Force Blend is the perfect mix of essential oils to boost focus and energy. It combines Rosemary, Grapefruit and Peppermint with Myrrh, Citrus and Cedarwood and will help you shake off the darkness of winter and get going.
For a more playful option to ring in spring, try the Dreamcatcher Blend. A mix of Cedarwood, Orange, Tangerine, Myrrh, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang and Peru Balsam will help you find joy, reconnect with your inner child and reboot your soul.
Giving your home a spring clean may sound tired, but there’s a reason why it’s a tradition in so many cultures. Traditionally Jewish households would clean in preparation for Passover, a Chinese New Year cleaning spree was done to ward off evil spirits, as would did cleaning by the Persians as part of the Norouz festival. Historically, western households were thought to ‘spring clean’ the winter build-up of soot when it was warm enough to open doors and windows. While we might not have any evil spirits or layers of soot to get rid of these days, but a spring clean can still be beneficial.
Deep-cleaning your home of course has the obvious health benefits of ridding it of impurities that can lead to illness. It also works wonders for mental health as decluttering can also lead to clarity of mind and reduced stress. There’s also the undeniable satisfaction of getting the task done and being able to relax and enjoy a space that you put energy into taking care of.
Essential oils to freshen up your home: Our favourite oils for freshening up the home are Lemon, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. This is because they all have wonderful cleansing and therapeutic properties.
Lemon oil contains antiseptic, disinfectant, and anti-fungal properties. Its refreshing sweet citrusy aroma is the quintessential scent of clean used in many commercial and DIY cleaning products but is also energising and uplifting.
Tea Tree oil is used widely for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, usually in skincare applications, but it is a fresh alternative when used in cleaning. It also promotes a sense of calm and may help to reduce anxiety.
Eucalyptus Blue Mallee oil also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Its sweet menthol scent is cooling and crisp and may work as a natural insect repellent. It also helps to relieve feelings of tension and promote relaxation.
All three oils may also help to clear congested airways which can be beneficial for those that get sick when seasons change or feel congested because of seasonal allergies. We also have a wonderful surface cleanser recipe that uses all three oils here!
There’s no better time to embrace the clean slate of a new leaf than spring. And with the winter that many Australian’s have had, there’s probably a few heavy emotions that we could benefit from letting go of. We’ve been living in a heightened state of worry and tension over the past few months. While the end of lockdown will alleviate a lot of pressure, it is inevitably up to us to step out without the mental baggage we’ve built up.
Letting go is tough, especially when the emotions in question relate to our health and wellbeing and our loved ones. Double especially if they’ve been festering for months. But it is worth trying. Physical freedom will be much sweeter if we feel mentally, emotionally and spiritually liberated and that’s something we have to do for ourselves. The best thing about wielding that power is that we’re not beholden to anyone but us. We can choose that freedom for ourselves as soon as we feel ready.
Oils to support a mental refresh: Take a cue from the Chinese Zodiac, where spring is represented by the wood element and let your woody essential oils help you find mental balance. Peru Balsam’s warm, Vanilla-like aroma is great for releasing stress, nervousness, or anxiety. Sandalwood Album may also ease stress and enhance mental clarity. Cedarwood Atlas is another oil with sedative properties that can help you relax and ease tension.
Humans once lived so in tune with the seasons, but as we’ve transitioned into a society that depends on dwellings we’ve lost a bit of that. Of course, it’s a wonderful trade-off – to have shelter and our own spaces to live – but seasons and the natural world don’t have to be shut out completely. All we have to do is crack a few windows!
In spring the air is warmer and pure and should be welcomed into our homes. By literally opening up our doors and windows, we’re letting the joyous energy of spring inside and also helping clear stale air that’s built up over a winter indoors.
Essential Oils that bring the outside in: For days when the air isn’t quite as warm as we want it, diffuse Breathe Free Blend. With Eucalyptus, Ginger, and Peppermint, you can recreate outdoor freshness inside. If you’re one of the many that suffers from seasonal allergies, Eucalyptus Blue Mallee or Lavender essential oils both have natural antihistamine properties that may help you breathe that spring air without getting irritated.
The darkness of winter is done and we’re moving into the warmth of the light. Let it thaw our hearts too. It’s 100% understandable that some of our good intentions for living well might have fallen by the wayside over winter, but we’re hopeful that the energy of the earth and the warmth of the sun will fill our cups. So much so that we’ll have some left to give.
Remember at the start of the year when we shared a post about all the ways we would live more consciously? This is a good time to revisit that. How will you show care to yourself, those close to you and those beyond your inner circle? What do you care so much about that you want to put energy into it? In this season of openness, one of the more beautiful ways to flourish is to open our hearts and show compassion.
Essential oils to foster care: In Buddhist and Hindu culture it is believed that in the centre of our chest is our heart chakra – the energy centre for love, compassion, connection, forgiveness, acceptance and unity. To foster feelings of care, boost your heart chakra with essential oils like Rose Otto, Bergamot or Ylang Ylang to promote love and gentleness.