Spring is a beautiful time of the year. With longer days and warmer weather, it is a good time to renew your health goals, refresh your home, clean your yard, or plant a garden. Here are a few suggestions on how you can get the most out of this rejuvenating time of the year.
Spring Clean and Organize:
Give your home a fresh start by decluttering, organizing, and cleaning every room. Involve your family, and make it a fun experience. Give yourself reasonable time to tackle each area of the house. Don’t forget to use essential oils to help you clean. Essential oils, such as Lemon, Lime, Thyme, Melaleuca, and On Guard, contain powerful cleansing properties that clean surfaces and remove grime, dirt, and unpleasant odors without harmful chemicals.
Write down your goals and what you want to accomplish this spring season. Start with a general list first, then develop a detailed plan for each category. Whether its spring cleaning, planting a garden, or improving your lifestyle, developing a plan will help you stay on track with your desired accomplishments.
A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing activities. Gardening can be a fun and rewarding experience for the entire family. Start by allocating an area, clean it, and prepare for planting. Purchase seeds, transplants, soil, and any other necessary tools. If you are an inexperienced gardener, do some research online or ask someone you know to guide you through the process.
Improve Your Diet:
Explore local farms and markets for fresh, in-season produce. Use leafy greens to make green smoothies and fresh salads. Prepare a light dinner with asparagus, carrots, and potatoes along with other nutritious veggies. Replenish your body with vitamins and minerals for more energy and a healthier body. Consider adding quality supplements such as the Daily Nutrient Pack to your daily diet for complete nutritional support. Just like your house, your body may also needs a refresher. Drink plenty of water and use Zendocrine and GX Assist to cleanse and detoxify your body.
Become More Physically Active:
Make exercise part of your regular routine. Exercise can reduce stress, improve sleep, sharpen memory, improve self-confidence, inspire creativity, and help you find balance. Now, that the outside temperature is warmer, you can go on a jog, take a bike ride, or enjoy a nice hike. Take one step at a time. Developing regular exercise habits takes time and effort. Teach your kids to be more physically active by setting an example—encourage them to discover activities that they will enjoy.
Challenge: Make a goal to exercise for 30 minutes a day at least three times a week.
Let Spring Into Your House:
Open the windows and let the fresh spring air and warm light fill every room in your house. Gather or buy a fresh bouquet of spring flowers weekly. The bright colors and wonderful fragrance will lift your mood and add beauty to your home. Diffusing essential oils is another great way you can fill your house with the refreshing aromas of spring.
Spend Time Outside:
Nature offers many benefits to your mental and physical well-being. Daily exposure to the sun can boost your mood, increase energy levels, and improve your overall health. Enjoy beautiful spring weather by going on a short walk, organizing a picnic, doing some yard work, or taking your kids to the park. Just a little bit of sunshine and fresh air can help you clear your mind and recharge your body.
Diffuser Blends for Spring:
3 drops Geranium
5 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Lime
doTERRA Gardeners' Journal
Essential oils can be valuable tools for every gardener. Whether you are trying to chase away garden pests, improve health and growth of the plants, or restore those gardener hands, essential oils can help. Here are some easy ways you can use essential oils to enhance your natural gardening experience.
"I clean my greenhouse and garden tools with a mixture of 10 drops of Melaleuca in about 33 ounces of distilled water. We put this in a spray bottle and clean every inch of the greenhouse." -Maila Chan
Essential Oils and Plant Companionship
"I have been an organic farmer for 35 years. I have been using essential oils in my gardens since I have been with doTERRA. I teach the organic portion of “The Master Gardener” class for my local area. My class this year will include the wonderful uses of doTERRA essential oils in the garden—not only for pest management, but also for plant vigor and growth. I don’t use any chemicals in my garden at all and love sharing new and safe ways to enjoy gardening! I have substituted doTERRA essential oils for companion plants—the results are amazing! For example, basil is a great companion plant for tomatoes. I use Basil essential oil in my watering can to give the plants a dose that can be absorbed through the root system, or I use it as a foliar spray. This helps to give the tomato plant great vigor for growth and plant resistance." -Kay Pittman
Ants No More
"Last summer, I was attacked by ants. They had colonized near my strawberry patch. I panicked a little—I hate ants!—and dowsed the suckers in a solution of water and Peppermint. The next day, the ants were completely gone! I was impressed by how fast it worked. Plus, even though I did go a little overboard (a few sprays would have worked), I know Peppermint is safe for my strawberries and me." -Elizabeth Sperling
"Last year, I had the best luck getting rid of slugs using White Fir essential oil on my peppers. I have also used Peppermint oil for aphids and mystery bugs. Peppermint also works great for cooling your body off in the hot sun. I make after-sun spray with Lavender, Peppermint, and aloe juice. After a long day of working on my garden, Deep Blue® Rub comes in handy for the joints and muscles. I clean my hands with essential oil sugar scrub. I can’t tell you how much I love using doTERRA in the garden." -Jamie Stitt
"My garden was being attacked by a beetle-like bug. It was eating away at everything, especially my favorite lily plant. I put a couple drops of TerraShield® in a spray bottle with water, sprayed the plants, and the beetle moved on! doTERRA was part of my inspiration for my garden." -Kristen Willis
Fact: Vinegar makes an effective natural herbicide and weed killer.
Tip: Apply Lavender to soothe irritated skin associated with certain plants or bugs.
Essential Oils for Garden Pests:
Add 12 drops of any citrus essential oil, 4 tablespoons white vinegar, and water to 16–20 ounce spray bottle.
Add 10 drops of Melaleuca essential oil, ¼ cup Castile soap, and ¼ cup of baking soda to a bucket of water. Mix and mop.
Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar in a spray bottle; add 15 drops of Lemon essential oil to the bottle.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.