It’s no coincidence that the month of April, known as stress awareness month, also ties into the whole ‘spring cleaning’ sentiment, for when we think about spring, the expression ‘in with the new and out with the old’ is simply commonplace. Yet, at the root of it all, it’s about so much more than emptying out the trash. Because in the end, it’s not just about being clean; it’s about feeling clean. When we take the time to cleanse our mind, body and personal space of existing toxins, we become positively charged as a result of the nitty-gritty process. But in order to experience such metamorphosis, like anything else, we must first be willing to get our hands dirty ( I mean that in the literal and figurative sense).
Here’s a Holistic Mind-Body-Home Assessment to assist you during this seasonal period of rejuvenation and renewal. To be honest, this actually started out as a personal checklist for myself, but as I completed each of the following steps, I thought that this list might also be of value and assistance to others. Below you will find a self-assessing, holistic checklist that includes some useful tips to help you along the way. 😉
MIND: Question your Attachments.
This season is calling you to question the value, or detriment, of existing possessions or attachments – whether it’s a toxic relationship in need of confronting/eliminating, or an old dusty mat that’s due for a serious replacement. In my case, it was both a job offer (that I knew wouldn’t emotionally fulfill me) and about a dozen already read books that I finally convinced myself to let go of…begrudgingly, but I did it. Ask yourself these questions: What possessions do I currently have that are truly unnecessary to me now? Can someone else benefit from this possession more than myself? What are three things I have been waiting to let go of? Have I confronted situations or relationships that have brought me stress or angst? Now’s the time!
BODY: Cleanse your Bod.
If you’ve been putting your health on the back burner, now is the time to start getting physically clean. With bikini season just around the corner, building those clean eating habits, as well as maintaining an organized fitness regimen, is absolutely crucial for your self-confidence and wellbeing. I suggest trying a cleansing tonic in your diet as a way of eliminating toxins and boosting the immune system. The following ingredients—raw apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon, and cayenne spice—are staple foods esteemed for their cleansing properties.
The Earthy Cleanse Recipe
1 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. raw organic honey
Pinch pink salt
½ lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cayenne
6 oz. distilled water
Simple Cleansing Tonic
½ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
½ tbsp. of cayenne
Dilute with water (according to preference)
P.S. Make sure to drink 8 glasses of water to flush out your system!
Home: Cleansing Solutions 101 (Natural & Green Products)
When it comes to cleaning your personal space (and sanctuary), avoid using cleaning agents filled with toxic chemicals because these solutions end up polluting your home space and body, which is totally counterproductive to what you are trying to accomplish. Chemicals in many cleaning solutions have been found to be endocrine-disrupters and contribute to the development of asthma. It’s scary how little regulations exist for cleaning products out there, since many manufacturers aren’t necessarily required to list them! Yikes! After studying some holistic, cleansing remedies, I came to the conclusion that natural cleansing remedies are best when used as surface, or air-freshening cleansers (my personal favorites are lemon and lavender). And, when it comes to deep cleaning, it’s most important to know what to look for in green, eco-friendly products that are on the market (tips will be mentioned).
Luscious Lemon (Surface) Cleaner
- 1 cup of white distilled vinegar mixed with 7-10 drops of lemon essential oil for surface cleaning areas (make sure you place solution in a glass bottle) and use a wash cloth or swiffer sweeper. Or, you can simply add 6 lemon drops to your steam cleaner!
Lovely Lavendar Cleansing Remedies
- Place a few drops of essential oil on cotton balls that are distributed in drawers, armoires, closets, cupboards, and anywhere that needs freshening. Not only will lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) keep moths and insects out of linens, you’ll also enhance your sleep! Bedroom tip: you can place cotton balls inside your pillow cases for a goodnight sleep.
- Put 4 drops of Lavendar angustiolia directly into the steamer of your iron with the water or use lavender hydrosol.
- Put about 3 drops of Lavendar on a cloth and toss into the dryer. Your clothes will carry a fresh, lavendar scent throughout the day. 🙂
How to purchase Legit, Eco-Green Products
Purchase Certified biodegradable.
The “certified biodegradable” claim is highly meaningful, especially when compared to the general biodegradable claim. However, it should not be taken to mean that it is 100% biodegradable. According to the FTC’s guidelines, biodegradable means that the materials will break down and return to nature within a “reasonably short time after customary disposal.”
Check-out Eco-friendly Resources.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has a household products database where you can look up products, common ingredients and health effects. Women’s Voices for the Earth published the Household Hazards Report with information on ingredients that are most commonly associated with health problems and the products they are used in.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.