Did you know it’s still Spring? Summer doesn’t start until Jun 21st! Something about Spring really speaks to me. I feel a new energy, experience a refreshed mind, and have an overall zest for life! So before Springtime runs out, let’s take a look at how to make the most of it.
I know we all make our New Year’s Resolutions every January, but let’s be honest – we hardly follow through! But that’s okay, because Spring is a beautiful time of the year. With longer days and warmer weather, it is the perfect 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. Cleaning takes more than just decluttering, though – be sure you sanitize and really purge all those winter cold and flu germs from your home. 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.
For an awesome list of DIY cleaners you can make using dōTERRA Essential Oils, check out my blog post Essential Oils for Cleaning: dōTERRA’s Best Cleaning DIYs.
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 it’s spring cleaning, planting a garden, or improving your lifestyle, developing a plan will help you stay on track with your desired accomplishments.
Have you ever heard of S-M-A-R-T goals? If you haven’t, be prepared a valuable trick today. Keep your plans aligned with this layout, and you can NEVER go wrong. The first letter is S. This stands for specific. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two goals:
- I will have the whole house cleaned this Spring.
- I will declutter my home, sanitize the problem areas, and have a yard sale/donate the items I no longer have use for. Then, I can use the money charity, new spring decor… anything I want!
Look at the difference!! If you give yourself a specific thing to do, you are giving yourself the ability to implement a plan to get it done. The second letter is M, meaning measurable. If you can’t measure your progress, you will fall victim to thinking you can’t accomplish anything – when really, you’ve done so much, you just haven’t kept track of it! Third is A, for achievable. Goals that are too unrealistic only increase the weight on your shoulders. Goal planning is supposed to lift your burdens, not add to them! Next is R, or realistic. For example, earlier when I said we all set New Year’s Eve Resolutions but hardly ever accomplish them, I was being realistic! It’s too difficult with being sick, short days, the cold weather. All of that just gets you down. Set realistic goals in order to avoid the guilt of feeling like you fell short. Lastly, is T – time. If you don’t give yourself the appropriate amount of time to accomplish your goals, you are on the road to a guaranteed fail. Be patient with yourself, and set aside as much time as you need. Remember to be consistent!
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.
Not only is gardening a great experience for you and your family, you are helping to save the bees! Honeybees are rapidly dying out, and without them, our lives would be drastically affected. If you want a FREE way to plant some flowers and save the bees, Honey Nut Cheerios is sending out seeds to anyone who fills out their online form! You can find that here.
From 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.
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!
If you aren’t sure where to start, 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 weather is starting to improve, 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.
Here is a challenge for you: Make a goal to exercise for 30 minutes a day at least three times a week. Use my goal planning strategy mentioned above to help you along the way!
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. Here is the perfect recipe to get your home smelling like Spring.
20 drops Lemon
20 drops Grapefruit
20 drops Lime
Glass spray bottle
In a glass spray bottle, add essential oils and top with water. Depending on the size of your spray bottle, you may wish to add more essential oils. That’s all! Just give that bottle a shake and spray to your heart’s content.
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.
And there you have it! My Complete Guide to Getting the Most Out of Spring. I hope you enjoyed it, and for more fun reads, head back over to my blog. Have an incredible rest of your Spring!!