After the long cold days of winter, (which contrary to popular thought was NOT my fault) the warm sunny days of spring have finally sprung. With this newfound sense of wonder and freshness, many have turned to the task of spring-cleaning. But while spring cleaning the drapes and carpets, you may want to turn your attention to spring cleaning the mind as well. So often I hear people say “no matter what I do, I don’t seem to be getting anywhere” or, “I just don’t understand why I’m stuck no matter how hard I try to change.” There’s a pop song that I’m fond of that says “if you want to be somebody else, change your mind”. This year, try spring cleaning the real “upstairs”, and breathe new life into your….life! To open and clean the cobwebs from a winter-muddled mind, introduce yourself to Vetiver. Vetiver is wonderful, deep musky oil. Distilled from root of the plant, it’s from the same family of plants that provides us with our most sacred of foods; wheat, barley, oats, corn, and rice. It nurtures our soul, is grounding and calming. Vetiver clears the mind, cleanses the thoughts of those outmoded insecurities, and protects our auric field. The aroma of vetiver is like the scent is of a warm, damp cottage garden in the spring, comforting and soothing, but not overpowering. Clearing and centering, it’s a wonderful remedy for mental and emotional exhaustion. Valerie Worwood says, “Sometimes deep secrets of the soul are hidden in the heart, buried so deep as not to disturb the waking dream of who we think we are. Vetiver can awaken those secrets, which often involve the realization that we are not alone in the universe.” As you come to know vetiver, you will recognize him as a warm and comforting friend, a gentle giant upon which to place your troubled mind. When blending, use a tender hand, as vetiver has a strong heart, and rushes forth to do it’s job. To find the light of spring, try this blend: 2 drops Clary Sage2 drops Vetiver2 drops marjoram4 drops of orange Remember as you pack away your heavy, burdensome winter clothes, don’t pack away those heavy, burdensome thoughts as well. Lighten up, drop the baggage, and spring clean the heart and mind, and face the world anew.