Our minds are busy with the never ending "to do" list, our organs clogged with toxins from our food and environment and our bodies are stiff with neglect - what is left? There is no space for anything else. Time to cleanse!
Traditionally when we think of cleansing, it sends wild thoughts of being trapped in our washrooms as our bodies purge everything! Physically we may feel like we have taken care of the toxins and rejuvenated our organs, but what about our mind and spirit?
To effectively cleanse, all aspects of our "self" need to be taken care of. Essential oils are effective at gently cleansing the body, mind and spirit.
There are a variety of essentials oils that can be used to cleanse and detox the body; Black Pepper, Juniper, Grapefruit, Fennel, Lavender and Rosemary just to name a few.
Bath or Salt Scrub
These oils can be used in a bath or in a salt scrub. When using a salt scrub, rub the scrub onto the abdomen area, the back, the hips and upper thighs and any other trouble areas. Let it sit on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off in the shower.
This will allow the essential oils to penetrate the skin and begin detoxing the organs as well as the skin. When used in a bath, add epsom salts to the bath and the oils. Enjoy the time in the bath as the essential oils begin to rid the body of toxins. There will still be the need to drink lots of water in order to move the toxins through the system for elimination.
For mental clarity, Tea Tree, Vanilla, Neroli and Peppermint essential oils work wonders! These essential oils clarify mental channels and dispel negative thoughts. Use in a diffuser or with distilled water in a spray bottle. These oils can also be combined with a tablespoon of epsom salts and placed in a small container - sniff the salts when you need clarity and to stimulate mental powers.
Cleanse the Spirit
To cleanse the spirit, there are a variety of essential oils to achieve this such as Jasmine, Rose, Myrrh or Lavender. Jasmine cleanses the aura, lavender is great for emotional stress, myrrh enhances emotional well-being and rose opens the heart for love and peace.
These essential oils can also be placed in a bottle of distilled water and spritzed around the body to cleanse the spirit. Set the intent of cleansing the spirit while spritzing the essential oils around your body - create a space where you can take a few minutes to achieve this cleansing.
Mental and spiritual cleansing can be accomplished together by combining one or more of the essential oils listed above. Ensure the intent has been set and allow time to fully benefit what the essential oils are doing for your mind and spirit. Only a few minutes is needed!
The essential oils in this article should be avoided in pregnancy.
This article by Tracy Scheck was first published in the Herbal Collective magazine. Find out more at the Herbal Club