I’ve been using essential oils for emotional and physical wellness since forever. In case you’re new to them, essential oils like lavender and tea tree are naturally occurring, aromatic compounds. They’re found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Essentials oils been used for food preparation, beauty treatments, and wellness practices for centuries and can be used individually or in complex blends.
Regarding decluttering, essential oils can be used in a number of ways. In this article I’ll be talking about how the aromatic use of oils can support you emotionally. However essential oils could also be used instead of synthetic cleaning products during your decluttering and even to sooth your muscles if you overdo the lifting and shifting!
The oils I use and have chosen to promote are from doTERRA. This is because these oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade so no fillers or low quality oils here. They are from sustainable and ethical sources and the company does a huge amount of scientific research. While tradition and anecdotal evidence are useful, I love a bit of evidence-based science too. Note that not all oils are created equal so be aware that lower quality oils, or those mixed with fillers will not have the same potency as doTERRA oils.
I’m going to introduce you to some single oils that are useful to help with decluttering. I’ll also tell you about some of doTERRA’s pre-blended oils that I think lend themselves well to this task too.
Whilst sniffing the oil from the bottle can give you aromatic benefits, for sustained aromatherapy you’ll probably want to use a diffuser. In the past I’ve used an oil burner that had a tealight candle heating the water and oil. However I’ve since learnt that the heat changes the delicate structure of the oils so a cold water diffuser is better.
Usually 3 – 4 drops of an oil are recommended in the diffuser. I do find that with some of the blends just one drop is strong enough for me.
Here are a list of oils I’d suggest you have a look to support your decluttering.
All the citrus oils tend to be uplifting and invigorating. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part of decluttering so using one or a combination of these scents could help you find the motivation to get going. They’re also good to use if your energy is waning part way through.
I personally love grapefruit and lime. They’re two of my most used oils. I diffuse them a lot for an energising boost especially when I work from home. I often use the kitchen table as my desk and it’s nice to have aromas on the go that aren’t out of place in the kitchen. However it’s personal choice for these ones, so choose the one you like the most.
All the citrus oils mentioned have purifying properties and I love that they help cleanse the air at the same time as positively impacting our emotions.
Wild Orange encourages us to let go of a scarcity mentality and the need to hoard.
Lemongrass is also an oil that’s said to persuade those with hoarding mindsets to have the courage to let go of things they no longer need.
Lemon is said to be great for helping to focus on one thing at a time and can counterbalance mental tiredness. That’s useful for decision-making during decluttering and also good to help you stay focused a little longer when you feel decision fatigue coming on.
Lime is said to inspire zest for life and creates space in the heart for light and joy (instead of feeling heavy and suppressed by all our physical “stuff”).
Along with tea tree, lavender is the oil I’ve used the longest. It’s very versatile and tends to be taken by the body and used where needed.
It’s pretty renowned for its calming and grounding properties, perfect for those of you who get stressed at the thought of tackling your clutter. This oil is definitely one to have to hand to calm the mind.
Lavender is also purported to encourage emotional honesty and for us to communicate our true self with others. This is really useful as so much clutter I see is a result of people not feeling able to speak up about their own desires.
Use this oil to have the courage to have what you want in the house, not the things other people have given you that you feel compelled to keep for their sake.
These pre-blended oils are part of doTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy kit. I bought this kit so I was armed with oils that would help my clients and I love the variety of them. Here are the ones I suggest you choose from.
Motivate: an encouraging blend to help you get started or carry on when you’re waning, similar to the citrus oils mentioned above. ⠀
Forgive: guilt is a common emotion when decluttering. Use this blend to help forgive yourself or anyone else you might need to, to let go and move on. ⠀
Console: perhaps this is the right blend for you if you’re sorting out belongings from a loved one who’s passed away. ⠀
Peace: reassure yourself that all is well and you are making the best progress you can.
You may agree you’d like all the help you can get when it comes to decluttering! Sometimes the energetic support from these oils can seem subtle, but don’t be fooled. Although natural, these oils are potent and really can have a positive impact on your emotions.
Have you tried essential oils while decluttering or cleaning? If so I’d love to hear about your favourites.
If you’d like to try any of the oils mentioned please drop me a line on suzie[at]suzieyoung.com or visit my doTERRA site. I’m happy to have a chat with you about how you can use the oils to best support your decluttering or other aspects of your wellbeing.