In my previous article on the many delights of springtime, I highlighted fifteen reasons how this transitional season positively shifts the emotions and consciousness. Next, I explored five ways that essential oils compliment this beautiful time of rejuvenation. These included:
- Uplifting the mood.
- Easily integrating into nourishing lifestyle regimes.
- Aiding in healthy behavior pattern changes.
- Enhancing spiritual connection and a sense of gratitude.
- Promoting better communication and bonding for healthier relationships.
Now, I will discuss the sole aspect of spring that many find not as intriguing, in fact they likely dread it… spring cleaning.
Thankfully, essential oils can make this heavy task more soothing in several ways:
- Their aromatic and biochemical properties calm the brain and support mental health.
- They can be used as non-toxic alternatives to unregulated, risky consumer products, which decreases one’s total toxic load.
- They rejuvenate nurturing wellness choices and support spring renewal.
In this post, I will list five oils and blends that are my favorites to use during this time of year to invigorate and refresh your home and mind-body.
My Five Favorite Essential Oils and Blends to Boost Rejuvenation and Spring Cleaning
1. A Calm, Focusing Citrus Blend
This is one of my favorite blends to diffuse to assist with achieving a positive mood and better focus. It contains a mixture of citrus oils with a little added spearmint to soothe a nervous belly and enhance attention.
I’ve found this blend especially beneficial for little ones and teens who feel tense and stressed. It is also helpful for students who struggle to keep their attention on their schoolwork, which can be especially challenging in beautiful weather!
The citrus oils in this mixture include orange, grapefruit, and tangerine oils, which not only uplift the spirit, but are great for cleaning up and sprucing. These fruity oils can be used to remove gunk from countertops and clean stove tops. Citrus oils also have a high content of limonene, which has many wellness benefits including supporting digestion and healthy cellular growth. They are a wonderful way to support the whole body and mind as you clean up the home!
For some DIY cleaning recipes that utilize citrus oils, click here.
Note: Citrus oils are photosensitive so be cautious of topical applications prior to going out in the sun!
This essential oil blend has multiple properties to support respiratory health and defense and repair. I find it useful during this season of pollination and budding which tends to aggravate allergic symptoms. Yet, it seems to always make my list of favorites for any time of year, due to its multiple properties.
Four Thieves blend is a combination of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and lemon oils. It contains various compounds which can help to cleanse the air and provide antioxidants (source, source), which assist with decreasing environmental triggers and modulating inflammation. The oils in this mixture are also good for oral care, improving concentration, and aiding in alleviating discomfort.
I diffuse this Four Thieves oil blend regularly for overall body system support and to freshen up rooms, especially in moldy areas.
This mint oil is perfect for those who want to enjoy the outdoor weather and celebrate body movement. It has been shown to boost exercise performance and has a lot of scientific support for its benefits to digestive health. It also enhances mental clarity and can help to alleviate a congested head.
If you are using high quality essential oils safe for ingestion, peppermint oil can be taken in a diluted capsule. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed on sore muscles after that first spring run! On low days, use it to infuse the air with a spring-like, bouncy energy.
This oil has impressive benefits on mood, cognition, and neurological support. It is one I turn to if someone is wanting to feel more spring-like happiness but is struggling with anxiety and a wound-up nervous system. Bergamot oil has a lovely scent, and with the addition of peppermint oil, it can freshen up laundry and any area that needs a little aromatic fortification.
5. A Hopeful Oil Blend
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil – Almond oil is a carrier oil that has support for healthy skin and a low toxicity profile. Adding it to the mixture allows for topical application more easily.
Melissa officinalis (Melissa) leaf oil– Also known as lemon balm, this oil has a variety of properties that may support better mood. As evidence in petri dishes and rodents, melissa oil has benefits that include protecting against oxidative stress, inhibiting unwanted microbes and viruses, supporting healthy lipid and blood sugar levels, and modulating inflammatory pathways. (source, source, source, source, source, source, source, source).
Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil– This oil is high in sesquiterpenes, which are compounds that are neuroprotective. These constituents cross the blood brain barrier, work to calm irritation in the tissues, inhibit microbes, and have many other wellness characteristics.
The influence of these single oils combine to create a harmonious blend that one can inhale or apply to the wrists to inspire a hope-filled day.
A Note on Blending
Blending essential oil singles into a balancing synergy is an art and science. When combining essential oils, one must consider the different categories, their aromatic note classifications, the importance of fragrance influence, and other factors. I have written previously on this topic here and here and have shared several posts that may be helpful. (source and source)
For those who aren’t big DIYers, like me, you can avoid the whole blending thing altogether and simply find a similar blend from your favorite, quality supplier, open the bottle, sniff, and enjoy!
Spring is a time for rejuvenation and rebirth. These essential oils can be used to promote well-being and enhance health and vitality. They can also safely sweep out the old and welcome in a fresh, clean start as they aid a happier, more hopeful transition into lighter, warmer days ahead.
Mental Health Resources
*If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and/or are suicidal, please seek professional mental health support:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.) — Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line — Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
- Lifeline Crisis Chat — Chat online with a specialist who can provide emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services at www.crisischat.org
Other Helpful Links
Below are some of the highlights of the many free emotional health resources on this website:
- Four Essential Oils Blends for Supporting the Mind-Body and Easing Tension
- VIDEO: How Your Brain and Body Suffer with Too Much Stress & Naturopathic Medicine Tips for Calming the Mind and Relieving Overwhelm
- Video Recap: Essential Oils to Ease the Stress & Anxiety of Back to School
- The Importance of Fun, Music, & Play for Mental Health
- Video Recap: Essential Oils for Brain and Mental Health & Soothing Stress
- 10 Natural Ways to Relieve Stress and Calm the Mind-Body During Trying Times
- Video: A Naturopathic Doctor’s Approach to Thyroid Health Using Essential Oils: Video Recap & Additional Resources
Additional Supportive Techniques & Tools
- The Tapping Solution, A Technique to Lower Cortisol and Reduce Stress- Podcast interview by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald with Nick Ortner.
- Stress management tips and resources
Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
According to experts and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no approved standard of care treatment, cure, or preventative for COVID-19. Supportive measures and containment are in full force as a result. Please see the CDC website and your state’s website for more information and updates. They also state when to contact your physician related to symptoms and travel history, exposures. Please read my more detailed article on this subject here.
This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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