Spring is officially here! Hello warm weather, flowers blooming and "Spring Cleaning". After the yin of Winter, of resting and rejuvenating, now is a great time to detox the mind and body, get the circulation moving, amp up the vitamin D and reconnect with nature. To make this transition easier for you, we've asked a bunch of our expert friends, from life coaches, to nutritionists, to yoga teachers, what their top tips are on how they Spring Clean their minds and bodies at this beautiful time of year.
Reconnecting with nature, green smoothies, lemon infused water and delicious yoga twists, what an amazing time of year! Read on for more:
"What does this look like? Everyday I drink lemon water first thing in the morning (great for alkalizing the blood from anything acidic I ingest) I LOVE to sweat, at the gym, in a steam room, walking or riding my bike instead of using a car. I also practice grounding everyday, whether it's walking the puppy's or just taking a moment to reset and refill my own energy source. I recycle, I avoid plastic as much as I can & I constantly recycle my clothes with the local clothing exchange, instead of buying new."
"So in essence, if I am doing this every day, I won't ever have a build up of toxic waste or toxic energy."
Through daily holistic & sustainable habits, all humans can access a thriving quality existence in symbiosis with the planet. Spring Clean EVERYDAY."
Consider: What are you reading? Watching on TV? What conversations are you having with people? Who are you hanging out with? Where are you spending time and energy? What are you thinking about? How do these activities leave you feeling? How well are these activities suppressing or stimulating the expression and experience of your highest Values? If they are stimulating, keep going. If not, you may consider which changes could lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life."
To read Paula's complete (and amazing) guide on Spring Cleaning from the inside out for a most inspired and empowered life click here (we highly recommend it!)
Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit are a few examples. You can use these essential oils in an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser for inhalation.
Rosemary essential oil can promote mental clarity and alertness and is also great for retaining and recalling information.
"Lemongrass essential oil is another bright and rejuvenating oil that can promote awareness and mental clarity."
Daily we breathe in toxins and chemicals mostly without choice , our bodies don't need additional synthetic and chemical based products applied to the skin, our largest organ in the body ! Using essential oils can be enjoyable for their beautiful aroma and can also benefit our bodies.
Essential oils such as Frankincense and Myrrh have powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties. These oils can be applied to the body with a carrier oil like, Jojoba, Rosehip oil. They also contain anti-ageing properties and when applied regularly to the face can deliver an improved skin condition.
Lavender essential oil is calming, soothing and relaxing and also has healing properties. Diffuse, apply to the skin with a carrier oil or add to a bath, or foot soak.
Geranium essential oil can improve skin condition and can also be supportive of our hormones and emotions. Diffuse or apply 1-2 drops to the face, neck and chest area with a carrier oil to feed and nourish skin and assist in balancing hormones and emotions.
We have discussed only a few examples of essential oils that can assist with daily health, aim to eliminate chemical based or synthetic products where you can and use essential oils daily and your body and mind will thank you for it."
"This is my go-to Spring Clean recipe because it's jam packed with plenty of greens to nourish and recharge your body".
Serves 2 / Prep Time - 20 min / Cook Time - 15 min
1 head of broccoli
4 brussel sprouts
1/2 cup olive oil
1 bunch or cup of basil leaves
2 tbsp savoury yeast flakes
2 tbsp pine nuts
pinch of salt
Preheat oven at 200 degrees.
Chop your broccoli into small florets and brussel sprouts in half. Drizzle in olive oil and place on a lines baking tray and bake for 15 mins or until crunchy.
Meanwhile add the olive oil, basil leaves, savoury yeast flakes and salt into a blender and blend until well combined.
Using your spiralizer, spiralize both zucchinis and place into a large bowl.
Add the baked broccoli and brussel sprouts and pour the pesto sauce over the top.
Stir through until vegetables are coated.
Place into a bowl and top with pine nuts and lime juice.
You can heat or eat raw.
Add protein or leave as a meatless option.