The time of Imbolc is a perfect opportunity to spring clean your home. You could have a go at making your own natural cleaning products, adding as well some essential oils for a beautiful fresh scent with none of the nasties. I love using lavender and tea tree oil in mine for their germ busting properties. There are so many recipes online for every cleaner you could possibly need. So have some witchy fun in the kitchen concocting your cleaning brews; add your intentions to the mix and you have some cleaning magick.
When your home is spotless, decluttered and fresh, how about thinking of yourself for a change. We can never have enough self love, so just take a moment to think about what you are eating and drinking and how now is the time to go outside and move your body. Healthy doesn’t have to mean deprivation. And before I forget treat yourself to a home spa. I use organic beauty products or I make my own from what I have in the larder. I love my natural foot scrub that I make with sugar and a little olive oil, although any oil you have in your kitchen will do. I swear afterwards it feels like walking on clouds!
If you still have your Christmas/Yule tree in your garden and haven’t gotten around to recycling it then maybe you can hold a ritual burning of the evergreens. Your natural wreaths and garlands can be used as well. Even the Yule log if you didn’t get a chance to burn it all, but make sure you put some aside to light next Yule’s log with. A bonfire or fire pit will do and you can throw in a hand written piece of paper of everything in your life that no longer makes your soul sing. This is a lovely way to say goodbye to one season and say hello to the new one.
Go outside and spend time in your local park or woods. The trees are waking up from their long sleep, so talk to them, meditate with them, hug them (ask their permission first though!) and leave them an offering that is earth friendly.
One thing that I am going to try for the first time this year is make my own salt dough offering stones, which I am planning to leave at several places that I will be visiting over the course of Imbolc. Again there are plenty of recipes on how to make these online.
Imbolc is a traditional time to visit wells and springs, their waters are potent with healing and cleansing energies. If you have been poorly, you can soak a small rag made of natural fibres in the water and hang it on a nearby tree. It is believed that when these “clouties” rot away so does the illness or whatever you wish to unburden yourself of. You could also soak a ribbon in the water that you can hang up while offering up a prayer to the Divine. While you are at the well or spring you could tidy up the surrounding area or plant native bulbs or wildflower seeds. Before you go thank the healing waters and leave an offering made of natural materials or some berries and nuts.
Pick up litter. Even if you didn’t drop it yourself we are responsible for the Earth’s well being and we need to allow her to breath. Though we really need to be looking out for rubbish all year round.
This is the time to start thinking about planting veg and herb seeds indoors and it is also the perfect time to plant trees.
Brighten up your personal space with fresh plants, flowers and candles. Burn incense and hang up little bags of bamboo charcoal air fresheners in each room. These are fantastic for removing toxins and odours from the air as well as increasing the amount of negative ions in your home.
Continue feeding the birds and leaving out fresh water for them. Now is the time to get those bird boxes up, but check first what the best height and position is for the type of birds you are wanting to attract.
At Imbolc we look to Goddess Brigid for creative inspiration. Try writing some poetry, paint, craft, make a Brigid’s cross (two years ago I made one out of pipe cleaners) or learn a new instrument. I am thinking about learning the Irish whistle. Watch this space!
Lastly, begin planning your year and make it your most exciting yet. Use these Spring energies to boost your drive and determination and start living the life you deserve.
I hope these ideas inspire you and have a wonderful Imbolc.
Please share any of your Imbolc plans. I would love to hear about them.