Springtime is a beautiful season. I love decluttering my home and having my creative juices flowing with ways to add new life and color to our home. My husband and I have a running joke that if you don’t move, you will get painted, dusted and scrubbed. I love renovating, restoring and redesigning our space.
Our family has had many before-and-after stories. One of these happened when we discovered the life-giving and natural-living blessing of essential oils. We see the beauty, purpose and design of God weaving through our home.
Our youngest son struggled with a wheezing tight chest and struggled to breathe since he was a toddler. We went back and forth to our doctor and after several episodes and sleepless nights, we accepted that his nebulizer and medications would be our new family norm. We were grateful for this solution, but we worried about the long-term side effects. It wasn’t until I walked into my first essential oils class, that I woke up to using natural solutions. I was skeptical at first and having been raised by a medical doctor meant that I was used to reaching for the familiar. But when we tried essential oils for our son and experienced how it eased away his tight chest, the wheezing that stopped and the relief on his face, everything about our view of health started to change.
We learnt that gluten and diary were the underlying causes of his respiratory problems, and we began to feed ourselves with food that would bless our bodies instead of bring harm to us. We learnt that the products we were using in our home, had synthetic chemicals that were suppressing our immune systems, and diminishing our health. At the same time, we learnt that the design of essential oils in plants, protect and strengthen their vitality. And if they are pure and authentic, essential oils carefully extracted could support every system in our bodies and our emotions too. We learnt that our physical, emotional and spiritual life is connected and that being healthy is about being good stewards of every aspect of our lives.
With all this learning and making gradual changes, we kept our hope firmly rooted in God, our Father, the Father of Lights who delights in us His children and gives good and perfect gifts to us…. (James 1:17). We celebrated His wisdom and provision displayed through creation. Every tree, every flower, every leaf and every seed. He has always been the Giver of life. He has made provision for us. Yes, the “leaves of the trees shall be for the healing of nations…..” (Rev 22:2). All we needed was to open our eyes, be patient to learn something new, and persevere to see the transformation.
As you get into making every room in your home a fresh, clean and inviting space, consider these simple natural solutions for transforming your home into a beautiful oasis.
Here are a few of our natural solutions for springtime living all year round:
We love using essential oils to support clearer breathing during springtime.
Seasonal changes often cause respiratory discomfort. Many people react to all the new pollens in the air. Try a mix of peppermint, lavender and lemon essential oil together to support clearer breathing.
You can also diffuse essential oils to eliminate bad odors and increase the quality of the air in your home instead of air fresheners. Air-fresheners may contain allergens, potential carcinogens and phthalates which are toxic to the body, disrupt hormones and definitely do not purify your home.
Remember that as you create more space for breathing in fresh air and enjoying the outdoors, take some time to spend with the Lord and remember that it His breath and His word that sustains new life in you. Create a vibrant, life-giving space this spring by transforming your breathing.
2. Declutter and Clean
Lemon essential oil will be your friend while you clean and refresh your home. You can use it to remove gum, glue, grease, oil, crayon marks and in a solution to brighten your carpets and even remove paint from your hands. This oil is also a gentle detox for the body, an immune support and mood booster. The beauty of essential oils is that they are so versatile.
Chemical-Free Cleaner, that can be easily diluted for light, medium and heavy degreasing. Cleans beautifully without leaving the toxic residue. We love that our kids can join in the spring-cleaning safely
You can replace all your cleaners with a plant-based toxic free alternative like we do in our essential oil infused Household Cleaner, or make your own surface cleaner using white vinegar, water, lemon essential oil and lavender essential oil.
While in this decluttering mode, consider how you can be more generous this spring by decluttering time and resources to make you more available to bless others.
3. End and Begin with Rest
I would encourage you to stop and study the birds. They neither toil nor spin. I have never seen a bird strive or worry. One of the best ways to improve your health is to get good sleep and learn to manage the stress and pressures of modern living.
Lavender essential oil is a calming essential oil that promotes deep sleep and can be diffused together with lemon essential oil, for a fresh calming environment. My favorite oil for clarity, calm and focus is cedarwood. It is an oil high in sesquiterpenes, a remarkable property that makes more oxygen available in the cells of the body. Frankincense and Vetiver essential oils are never absent in our home. They are calming oils that really support a restful body and mind.
While you are enjoying these moments of rest this spring, consider taking a moment to practice gratitude and teach your kids to do the same. We keep a gratitude jar in our home, and we aim to fill it with as many notes of anything we can thank God for. It creates a culture of gratitude and nurtures contentment.
A joyful heart is medicine for the soul (Proverbs 17:22).
May this spring bring beautiful, healthy, life-giving transformations to your home.
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I am ThatCedarwoodGirl with a dream to see homes flourish and seeds transform into Cedars of Hope, Cedars of Beauty and Cedars of Abundant living!
Imagine every home as a Restful, Vibrant and and Joy-filled sanctuary.