Spring Cleanse with Essential Oil

Essential oils are very helpful in supporting and cleansing the liver. Spring is a good time to nourish and strengthen the liver and gallbladder. Cleaning our blood and liver in April is a traditional way to get our health back on track and revitalize and nourish our entire internal ecological system.

The liver has many roles to play in detoxification. It must filter the blood to remove large toxins, synthesize and secrete bile full of cholesterol and other soluble toxins, and enzymatically disassemble unwanted chemicals.

Essential oils are not only used in aromatherapy to help to alleviate health problems; but also used to cleanse your body and clean your home. Some essential oils are said to kill bacteria by absorbing directly into the lymphatic system. Some are very calming and smelling them may even relieve healing crisis symptoms such as nausea or headaches. The majority of essential oils are antiseptic and bactericidal which makes them extremely useful in not only cleaning the house but in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria.

Essential Oils for Spring Cleanse

Rosemary Oil, Lavender oil and Pine needle Oil are the most useful essential oils for bathing with an eye to cleansing. Dilute 3-5 drops of these oils in the water to a full bath.
 
Rosemary enlivens the spirits and stimulates the mind and body. It is a liver and gallbladder stimulant and detoxifier.

Chamomile, Lavender and Rose are all essential oils to help calm down the liver’s anxiety and aggression. They all help relieve headaches, migraines, pains in the body and most liver complaints by soothing tensions and alleviating stress.

Sesame oil protects and nourishs your skin. They are used with a rule of thumb of 4 drops to a square foot of skin

surface. One traditional variation of sesame oil that includes 20 herbs to reduce nervous system stress and fear is named Vata Oil.

Vata Oil is more penetrating than sesame oil alone  and specific to dry skin or any disturbances in the nervous system. Vata oil is the most calming oil from Ayurveda and is perfect for massage when someone needs to be more grounded. Vata Oil can be used alone (2-4 drops per square foot of skin) or mixed equally with sesame oil.

Helichrysum is a wonderful oil for a tired and sluggish liver. It helps stimulate production and regeneration of new blood cells. It is also effective in detoxifying people from drugs and tobacco.

Lemon is a great cleanser, both internally and out. The liver loves fresh lemon juice squeezed in water and drunk daily. The essential oil can be rubbed on externally and absorbed into the blood, which then rejuvenates and clears out stagnation in the liver. It promotes healthy blood cells and tissue growth.

Cypress is warming and uplifting helping in relieving achy muscles, abdominal cramps and any menstrual challenges. It also soothes menopausal symptoms.

Clary Sage also helps with menopausal symptoms and can help ease nervousness and anxiety. Clary has the ability to bring up anger to be released (remember liver’s emotion is anger) so it is often wise to only use clary when it is appropriate to vent emotion.

How to Cleanse with Essential Oil

Combine two or more essential oils for a more synergistic effect; add the essential oils to either a pail of water or a spray bottle.

Massaging the abdomen in a clockwise direction with essential oils in a carrier oil can encourage detoxification of the liver. A gentle rocking massage motion on the liver will help to mobilize and strengthen the organ. Massage to the whole body can stimulate the production of red blood cells, cleanse the acids from the tissues and balance the psyche of an irritated live condition.

Salt baths with essential oils are another way of detoxing the body.

Mixing oils in an alcohol rub can relieve the pain and discomfort from muscle spasms, which may be caused by a dysfunctional liver. 

Use essential oils to clean counter tops, floors, chopping boards, dishes, carpets and the bath tub.

Add a few drops of an essential oil, such as eucalyptus, to your bed sheets before washing them. It makes your bed sheets smell fresh and kill the bactericidal properties of eucalyptus.

Freshen the air in your home. Use ultrasonic diffusers to purify your air and disperse the beneficial scents of essential oils throughout your home. Spray with a matching scent or combine fragrance with candle effects.

To add fragrance or to improve the antiseptic action of your liquid soap , add several drops of essential oils like spruce, pine, lemon, bergamot, and orange. You can also add a few drops of these oils to dishwasher to help disinfect and purify it.

Scent the filter bag of your vacuum cleaner with a drop or two of a fresh-smelling anti-bacterial lavender or geranium essential oil into your vacuum bag to keep it fresh and to diffuse the scent into the air as you clean. For bagless vacuums, add the drops to a tissue and put it into the collection receptacle.

To add fragrance or to improve the antiseptic action of your liquid soap , add several drops of essential oils like spruce, pine, lemon, bergamot, and orange. You can also add a few drops of these oils to dishwasher to help disinfect and purify it.

Place a drop of your favorite essential oil on a scrap of fabric or handkerchief. Toss it into the dryer with your clothes or sheets.

Use a drop or two of orange oil on a paper coffee filter to remove glue or masking tape residue from windows.

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