Spring Cleaning for the Hearth and Soul

Written By Expert Susan Speaks with Spirit

It’s time for that annual ritual of spring cleaning. Usually we look upon it as a piece of drudgery, but this year, try to think of it as a meditative exercise to sweep out the old energies of winter and make way for spring abundance. Do it with the conscious intent of clearing out old energies to set the stage for new good fortune. To help you find a soothing AND spiritual spring cleaning process, here are some simple, delightful recipes you can make at home. They’re especially great for those of us with environmental allergies or an interest in using more natural and non-toxic cleansers.

Begin by clearing out the old! Go through closets and bookshelves and donate items whenever possible and throw away the rest. But, don’t throw out those old cotton t-shirts and cotton socks! They make great dusting and polishing rags that you won’t feel wasteful for tossing away.

Here’s a simple recipe for furniture cleanser and polish. In a bowl, put equal parts olive oil and lemon juice (bottled is just fine) and stir well. Put a small amount on a soft cotton rag and rub in circular motion on your wood furniture. Put one of those old socks over your hand to get fingers on and around those tight crevasses and small carved detailing. This solution also works great on wooden kitchen cabinets to clean and moisturize the wood.

For the kitchen and bathroom, instead of the usual and possibly toxic cleaners, try using some homemade ones using essential tea tree oil or essential lavender oil. Both oils have natural antibiotic and antifungal properties to help clean and disinfect while carrying with it the spiritual properties of calm, protection, purification and healing. Besides these wonderful properties they make your home smell delicious!

To make a powerful all-purpose spray cleaner, add 4-5 drops of tea tree essential oil to 2 Tbs. of vinegar in a 12 oz spray bottle. Fill up with water and shake well. For some tough spots that need an abrasive, sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the spot, spray and scrub. For tough and greasy stains, cut a lemon in half, sprinkle the stain with salt and scrub with the cut side of the lemon.

To make floor cleaner, fill a bucket with a gallon of water then add 2 tablespoons of non-chlorine laundry detergent, 1/2 cup vinegar and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil.

After dusting, it’s time to tackle the vacuuming. If you have pets like I do, the rule is: Vacuum everything that doesn’t move and if it stands still long enough, vacuum it too! Make a deodorizing carpet spray by putting 10-20 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle, filling it with water and shake well. Do a light spray across the carpet. Doing this also kills mites that live in your carpets! Let dry for a few minutes and then sprinkle dried lavender on your carpet. As you vacuum the lavender, it freshens up your vacuum cleaner and freshens the air too! Lavender cleanses, soothes, and provides psychic and spiritual protection to the home.

After cleaning your home, get your fingers dirty by planting a windowbox, trimming back, feeding and repotting plants. Nothing puts your energy into the cycle of Spring better than growing things!

Once finished, treat yourself to a cleansing and relaxing bath. Light some candles and add some of your favorite bath oil or use 20 or so drops of lavender oil for a cleansing and rejuvenating bath. Get rid of that winter skin by making and treating yourself to this homemade exfoliating sugar scrub!

Put equal parts brown sugar and white sugar in a bowl or wide-mouth jar. Mix in a little olive oil and stir. Then mix in a bit more olive oil and stir, repeating the process until you have a nice smooth paste. Add in 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil and mix well. Then, massage the scrub gently on skin!

Once finished cleansing your hearth and soul you’ll find your mind clearer and your spirit singing!

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Dear Cristina,

I left my mentally abusive husband last year. I moved in with my mum with my 18-year-old daughter. Mom has given me until Christmas this year to get myself sorted and a deposit saved for a house. However, just of late she is being quite forceful about how much I am saving and she doesn't want the guy I have been seeing to be at the house whilst she is home! I am trying really hard to keep the peace but feel like I am being pulled in two different directions. Will I be able to buy my own home at year's end? As well, will things be good between this guy and I?

Thanks - Karyn W

Blessings Karyn,

It's a good thing you were able to leave your abusive husband, but I see the current boyfriend may have few controlling traits and abusive traits that will come up later this year. He seems much different than your ex-husband, but I see the relationship is relatively new and as the months come along you may find that he's not what you wanted or expected in your life. So to answer your last question, I don't see him around for life.

In some ways your mother is correct as she doesn't want anyone new in the home. She just doesn't want a lot of comings and goings with your boyfriend. She is happy to help you and your daughter but just doesn't want her privacy infringed with all the comings and goings. So if the house is hers or she has been paying rent etc., then it's good to respect her wishes and not have your boyfriend there. If he is insisting that he needs to be in the house with you both or while your daughter is there and is pulling you in a different direction like you say, then it's a bit controlling. A man who is really into you will step aside, respect your mother's wishes and take his time helping you find a home or place to live.

The great news is, yes you'll be able to buy your own home by year's end. I see you buying by yourself without the help of anyone. The best news is that although you like this guy, you won't meet your lifetime partner for at least three years. However he will be the right guy, one who doesn't pull you in different directions and try to control you, but one who honestly loves you.

This question really deserves a real in-depth reading due to the complexities of your relationships.

You may either contact me, or any one of our spiritual intuitives/psychics at LivePerson/Kasamba. A reading could help you see your way more clearly. Goddess blessings, namaste.

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