Archive for March 20th, 2017

Spring Cleaning – Part 1

Spring Cleaning – Part 1

Spring has sprung and many thoughts are turning to ‘Spring Cleaning’. Remember, you don’t have to go out and buy a lot of harsh chemical cleaning supplies. You can thoroughly clean and disinfect your home using natural ingredients.

Let’s start with a list of items you will need or may already have on hand.

You will need: Baking soda, Borax, Liquid Castile Soap, Distilled white Vinegar, and rubber gloves.

Essential Oils you will need, or may already have on hand, include: Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, and White Thyme.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on the antifungal and antibacterial properties of essential oils, as well as cleaning recipes and uses.

Grapefruit (Citris paradisi)

Grapefruit Essential Oil Organic (1/3 oz)

Grapefruit Essential Oil acts as an antiseptic and contains anti-infectious properties. It disinfects and leaves a fresh, warm citrus aroma that will uplift everyone in the home.

Try it in your dishwasher for shiny, clean, and disinfected glassware and silverware:

2 cups Baking Soda

2 cups Borax

25 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

Put on your gloves, add ingredients together in a bowl, stir with your hands to mix, making sure there are no clumps. Place this mixture in a plastic container. Use 2 Tablespoons mixture per wash.

Try it in your dryer. Simply place 2-4 drops, (depending on load size), Grapefruit Essential Oil to a clean cloth and add the cloth to your laundry in the dryer. Your clothes will carry an uplifting aroma throughout your day.

Another way to incorporate Grapefruit Essential Oil into your ‘Spring Cleaning’ is to place 4-6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil onto a cotton ball and strategically place the cotton balls throughout your home; closets, drawers, cabinets, etc…

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)

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The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood

The Essential Oils Book by Colleen K. Dodt

Spring-Cleaning in All You Issue 3 2012

Feng Shui – Garbage

Feng Shui – Garbage

You may not give a second thought to your garbage can unless it’s overflowing, but in Feng Shui collected trash can create stagnant and even negative energies. Emptying the garbage from every room of your home once every day allows the energy to stay flowing and peaceful. This is especially true for anyone who is attempting to manifest a big change in life, love, money, career, or health issues. Let it go! …


Spring Equinox/Ostara March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox/Ostara March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox/Ostara March 20, 2017

In the Northern Hemisphere, we mark the Spring Equinox also known as Ostara on Monday, March 20, 2017, at exactly 6:29 A.M. EDT.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull

Spring has finally arrived! March has roared in like a lion, and if we’re really lucky, it will roll out like a lamb. It’s the time of the vernal equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring has come.

The Wheel of the Year – Occurs on or near the Spring Equinox, when day and night are equal. It is a time of balance where unnecessary things, thoughts and habits are thrown away to make room for the new.

Other names for the Spring Equinox are Alban Eilir, Gwyl Canol Gwenwynol, Lady Day, and Ostara. The feel-good factor about this day, however, is that the first official astrological day of spring hints that high temperatures are not far off.

As the winter ends traditionally Native American people celebrate their thanks with prayers for surviving the bitter, cold days and the struggles they had to overcome. With spring everyone begins to enjoy the bounties of the earth once more, as plants and animals show new life again. The land turns green, wildlife flourishes and people are filled with anticipation for the coming of summer, the time of harvest.

It’s important to remember that the dawning of spring has been observed for a long time in many other cultures as well. Traditions vary widely from one country to the next.  March 20 also welcomes Ostara which is celebrated in spring season as a way to honor the richness and wealth that Mother Nature has brought to humans and creatures. Spring is considered as the period of growth, happiness and love. In this time of a year, everything is woken up from winter and they are full of vitality.

Springtime is a wonderful season to celebrate with much merriment and shared feasts, as families gather together, dancing and enjoying the gifts of the land. Just as those in ancient times find a reason to give thanks for being here another day. Do something special to honor the fact that you are still here. Celebrations and rituals are important in our spiritual walk.

It is a time to offer thanks in prayers, celebrations and gratitude to the Great Creator who is watching and filling those who care with blessings.

Spring is almost here!  Ostara, otherwise known as the Spring Equinox is coming soon! Are you ready? What are you planting in your garden this spring? Find out in my Springtime Reading.

Spring Blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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