The Magic of Aroma

Of all the senses, the sense of smell is the one that reaches us most powerfully, closely linked with our emotions and triggering often forgotten distant memories.

Scent is one of the first senses to develop in the womb and when a baby first meets its mother, researchers have found that they instantly recognise each other by their own individual smells. Everyone’s body chemistry and sense of smell is different. Scent can be very complex and scientists have found that even your morning cup of coffee can contain more than 800 different types of odor molecules. Your own body contains over 1000 receptors for smell which is more than any of the other senses.

When we inhale an aroma it travels swiftly through our nostrils via olfactory receptors to the limbic system. This is the emotional part of the brain that stores memories and emotions influencing our mood, feelings, motivation, stress levels, sleep and hormone balance. Knowing this we can use aromas to instantly summon age-old memories or helpful emotions when we need to in an instant.  

As a child I always loved to make potions with nature finds from the garden and countryside. It was so much fun to gather rose petals, mint leaves, pungent stalks of rosemary and pine needles. Picking up those objects now as an adult can instantly transport me to the wild floral scents of childhood that capture the essence of homemade rose petal perfumes or the spirit of adventure. Picking up pinecones from a forest floor or crushing pine needles between my fingers instantly grounds and calms me and takes me to an imagined Narnia of my childhood with nostalgic memories of snow and Christmas.

Mandy Aftel in ‘Fragrant’ describes our relationship to aromas as; “a magic carpet we can ride to hidden worlds, not only to other times and places but deep within ourselves, beneath the surface of daily life. Out of all the senses, the sense of smell is the one that reaches most readily beyond us even as it most powerfully taps the wellsprings of our inmost selves. It has an unparalleled capacity to wake us up, to make us fully human.”

Recently, I had a request to help a friend who was feeling anxious as the world self-isolated. She asked me to try and recreate the scent of her local forest woodland using my fir essential oils, which she found so grounding, comforting and relaxing.  We found a waft and inhale of a mix of douglas, siberian and black spruce did the trick in an instant.  

Memories are often strongly associated with the smell of certain foods, as well as the sights and sounds of our home and places we have visited.  The scent of seaweed and suntan lotion always transports me to the salty sea air of the seaside and days in the summer sunshine. No doubt you will have similar memories from your own childhood. These are all examples of involuntary anchoring, which happen to us all the time, without will or conscious thought.

Aromatherapy means therapy through scent. Aromas can be used in a simple technique known as aromatic anchoring to intentionally control our thoughts and emotions, to reprogram our mind to imagine a positive outcome, reset our mood or create a remembered sense of belonging to a place or home that we can recall when we need to, grounding us and bringing comfort and security.

Pure essential oils are aromatic volatile compounds and are the most concentrated form of a plant’s aroma. They protect the plant from predators and disease while attracting pollinators. They come from the distilled roots, bark, flower, leaves and seeds of a plant or from the peel or rind of citrus fruit. Their aromatic properties can be harnessed as powerful and beautiful natural tools to create aromatic anchors to allow us alter our state of mind.

By inhaling an aroma and embodying the feeling or emotion we want to create we can consciously anchor the desired feeling to the oil. Then, with regular practice, with one inhale of an oil we can instantaneously create our chosen mind state. We can draw on this when we need to and use aromatic anchors to create our own haven free from the stresses of the external world. This technique can provide us with consistency, familiarity and stability, boost our mood or help us cope in stressful situations or new surroundings.

Citrus aromas are bright cheerful scents that can be chosen to energise us and boost our mood. Floral scents calm and sooth, and herbal aromas invigorate and improve focus.  Spices warm and sooth us and scents from wood, roots and resins are strengthening and balancing. A simple conscious inhalation of pure plant essence can help us feel more connected to ourselves and to feelings of inner safety shifting our energy and our entire being.  

The aromatic anchoring technique is suitable for adults and children, and a great way to harness nature’s wisdom to bring mindfulness and instant comfort. It can help us recalibrate our nervous systems, feel emotionally resilient and balanced thus providing support for our physical and mental health in uncertain times.

I love, trust and endorse DōTERRA essential oils, if you would like more information please contact me on IG @wildflorawellbeing



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Blue Oils

While most essential oils are clear or slightly coloured, some of them offer a rainbow of hues from dark brown (Vetiver, Patchouli), bright orange (Red Mandarin) and yellow (Turmeric), to inky dark blues (Yarrow, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile).

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The colours are a consequence of the chemical compounds present in the essential oil, although not necessarily in the plant itself.

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There’s something quite magical about chamazulene, the chemical compound that gives Yarrow Pom and Blue Tansy their deep blue colour. It’s also found in Balance ~ a beautiful grounding blend of tree oils ~ calming and restoring, reminiscent to me of forest bathing

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Studies showed that chamazulene possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as being an antioxidant – protecting the cells from the damage of free radicals – making blue oils fantastic for skin inflammation (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis…) and wounds (cuts, burns, surgical scars…) as well as musculoskeletal aches, pain and injuries.

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The blue compound is also an ally against seasonal allergies and bug bites as it naturally influences histamine release.

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In terms of its energetic profile, on the colour wheel, blue is a “cold” colour, which is interesting given the anti-inflammatory and cooling effects of chamazulene. Blue oils are useful to reach for when there is an inflammation of the body, but also the mind – stress, anxiety, nervousness, anger…

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Blue is seen as a calming, healing colour, and benefits the body and the mind reminding us of calm, water and sky. Its not a colour that can often easily be found in foods & therefore tends to suppress the appetite.

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On an energetic level, the colour blue is associated with the 5th chakra, located at the level of the throat, and relates to communication in general. Whether speaking one’s truth, communicating ideas, or ability to express creatively, blue oils can help bring balance.

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Because blue oils are wound healing and very safe for the skin, they also make great ingredients to use in skincare, lip balm and skin salves

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Immune Support

On Guard is one of dōTERRA’s most popular essential oil blends renowned for its protective properties and immune support when taken internally. It contains Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils and smells like Christmas! (or I think like Karma Kola – if you’ve tried it you’ll know what I mean!)

On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested. It can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.

Uses

  • Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for an immune boost.
  • Add to water for an effective all-purpose surface cleaner.
  • Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a healthy, immune-boosting snack.
  • Combine a few drops of doTERRA On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Carry On Guard Purifying Hand Sanitising Mist when you’re out and about or take to school or work (so much better than those chemical filled hand sanitizers)

Try On Guard Foaming Hand Wash (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free – most hand washes contain this, even ones like Bio-D, and it’s terrible for the skin and body). A lot of companies ‘green wash’ their products to make them look green and eco friendly.

Support your immune system by eating well (lots of veggies and low sugar fruits, with clean proteins and moderate good quality fats), drink lots of water, sleep plenty, keep stress low, use oils (like the ones above), spray your hands with On Guard hand sanitiser often when out and about, wash your hands with On Guard, top up with On Guard softgels if needed – these are top tips to keep your immune system healthy – all year and always, not just in isolated instances. It’s the strength of your immune system that dictates the extent to which you suffer from any illness.

The Natural Home

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These days more than ever we appreciate the importance of health and wellbeing and place great emphasis on the word ‘natural’.  Often the products that we buy in the shops which we think are natural are far from it.  The average woman puts 515 synthetic synthetic chemicals on her body every day without knowing and 60 percent of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies.  By continual use of make-up, skin care products and synthetic perfumes, we are just layering toxins on our skin which we absorb and over time, our body can struggle to get rid of these chemicals which can cause things to break down and go wrong and we suffer from health problems.

Doterra Essential oils have only one ingredient, aromatic compounds that are steam distilled or cold pressed from indigenous plants.

Did you know that air fresheners, laundry detergents and fabric softeners are on the list of some of the most dangerous household chemicals?  Even burning scented candles releases toxins into the air which we then breathe in.  All of these toxins can affect our fertility, hormones, immunity and emotional wellbeing.  I heard recently that the average new born baby born now has 253 synthetic chemicals in their umblical cord blood, before they even take their first breath!

If you want to protect yourself from chemical overload, reduce your overall cosmetics usage; switch to natural or organic products and read the labels on your beauty and household products with care.

Essential oils do no harm.  In fact they enable our bodies to do what they need to restore health and balance, helping us to become well – they actually increase our Wellbeing.

Its easy and fun to make your own household and beauty products at home with super safe and effective 100% pure Doterra essential oils.

I hope to share with you here and inspire you with some recipes that you can easily make at home, using simple non toxic ingredients and essential oils, the bounty of nature.

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𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝙾𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚄𝚙𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖

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How to Buy Essential Oils

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Step by Step Guide to getting started with DoTERRA essential oils:

Buy oils INDIVIDUALLY by opening an account for £24 using my link below which gives you access to your own online shop and 25% off retail prices going forwards. The price of each oil varies depending on how easy the oils are to sustainably and ethically source and where they come from (find out more on sustainable sourcing on http://www.sourcetoyou.com)

Or buy them as a STARTER KIT which waives the £24 enrolment fee and gets you even bigger savings on the oils as they are further discounted.

STARTER KITS ~ 💓

The starter kits come in two sizes and contain the top 10 oils which are a must have for any home: 👇🏻

The Family Essentials Kit – 85 drops per 5ml bottle (or more if you make up your own rollerballs) works out about £12 per bottle.

Or for double the money you can get 3 times the amount of oils with the Home Essentials Kit – 250 drops per 15ml bottle which works out about £24 per bottle + you get a free Petal 2.0 Diffuser.

The starter kits contain the top 10 oils that you will most often need in your home. Here is a quick overview:

💛Lemon – put a drop in your water to support your liver and immune system, metabolism, and digestive tract + give yourself a boost of energy and focus. Diffuse for an uplifting, refreshing cleansing aroma. Super cleansing to home and bottle, it’s sunshine in a bottle – add 15 drops to a spray bottle with water and distilled white vinegar for a natural and effective green cleaning spray.

💜Lavender – for better sleep – diffuse a couple of drops, massage diluted into soles of feet, inhale, pop a drop on your pillow or make a simple linen spray. Dilute with carrier oil to use for any skin issues such as burns, any kind of itching such as bites, eczema, and also to calm the nervous system to support stress and anxiety. Combine with lemon and peppermint for a natural anti-histamine support for seasonal threats and allergies

💙Peppermint – combine with lavender for head tension – roll on temples, along hairline and base of skull. Add to water, make a peppermint tea or press a drop to the roof of your mouth and inhale for an energy boost or add a drop to a shot glass of water for digestive support. Very cooling when diluted and rolled along spine when unwell.

💚Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – for immune support, skin health including fungal and bacterial, and for cleaning too – it is also good for supporting energetic boundaries

💚Oregano – a natural antibiotic which supports the body to kill things that shouldn’t be there! Warts, veruccas, worms, parasites, skin tags, also tonsillitis, flu etc A powerful immune support so add to a wellness roller for an extra boost. A very strong ‘hot’ oil so always dilute before applying. Add a toothpick of oil to soups, stews and pasta.

❤️Frankincense – the oil for everything – if in doubt use Frankincense! The oil for better sleep when diffuser with lavender. Frankincense is great to take a drop internally under the tongue everyday or in a shot of water as it reduces inflammation and supports our cellular health helping our body to function. It’s very calming and centering, so used a lot for meditation – press a drop to roof of mouth for mental clarity and focus. Make your own anti-ageing skin serum by adding to your favourite skincare oil with lavender. Use with Deep Blue for joint support.

🧡On Guard – a blend of oils to support our immune system – great in the diffuser to help kill airborne bacteria, but also to clear the air energetically. Make a wellness roller with 5 drops each of OG, Melaleuca and/or Frankincense topped up with carrier oil to apply to soles of children’s feet everyday for immune support. Adults can take a drop in a veggie cap or shot of water.

💙Air – supports your respiratory system – for coughs, colds, congestion, asthma, snoring, also supportive of grief and panic attacks – airy, minty and fresh this blend encourages you to take a deep breath. Apply before exercise to support open airways. Diffuse lavender and Air for a good night sleep.

💙ZenGest – this supports and brings balance to all digestive conditions helping your digestion to be Zen. Adults can add a drop to a shot glass of water or for children dilute and apply to tummy or soles of feet. Also good for overwhelm as emotionally it helps us to digest our emotions and also sinusitis.

💙Deep Blue – the soothing blend for any discomfort or tension in your body: muscular, joints, tendons, growing pains in children, arthritic, migraine, period pain etc and shoulder tension from using a computer all day. Add Frankincense for extra power.

You can make many different blends with the top 10 oils just with a kit and support 100s of different ailments.

KIDS COLLECTION ~ 🌈

The Kids Collection is available as a starter kit/enrolment Kit too and contains pre-diluted ready to use rollerball versions with similar properties as oils found in the starter kits but with subtle fragrances designed to appeal to children’s noses! Also suitable for adults with sensitive skin or if you’d like a lighter aroma ~ they smell gorgeous too!

The kit has been designed to empower children around their own health to be nurtured in mind, body and heart.

Kids Collection: £119.25

A quick overview of oils in the Kids Kit:

❤️ Stronger ~ immune support (kids version of OnGuard)

🧡 Brave ~ courage and confidence (kids version of motivate)

💛 Thinker ~ focus blend (kids version of InTune)

💚Steady ~ balancing & grounding emotions (kids version of Balance blend)

💙 Rescuer ~ soothing (kids version of Deep Blue)

💜 Calmer ~ restful, calming blend

💚 Tamer ~ digestive support (kids version of ZenGest)

You can view the other starter kits, including the Daily Habits Kit, the Cleanse and Restore Kit and the Natural Solutions kit here.

HOW TO BUY OILS: 💓💓💓

MY dōTERRA registration and purchase link to get started is:

https://bit.ly/ClaireDurbinDoterra

1. Choose shipping to Europe, and UK.

2. Choose wholesale customer and fill in your personal details. My name should be filled in already but if needed my enroller ID is 3850045. This links you up with me so that I can provide ongoing education and support.

3. Click to the next page to choose your enrolment kit or specific oils. (Choosing a starter kit mentioned above waives the £24 enrolment fee).

4. Add in extras by typing the name of the product in the search box and adding them to your basket. It’s good to add a bottle of fractionated coconut oil to your order too for applying oils topically to your skin when your oils arrive.

5. Confirm your billing address and click along to the next page to pay. 💜

This gives you access to your own online shop where you can order whenever you want at 25% off retail prices. You’ll also get access to other perks such as the Loyalty Rewards Scheme where you can collect points to get free products and also Free Oil of the Month (often a rare or limited edition oil) and other discounts and special offers.

FREE WELCOME GIFTS: 💓💓💓

The oils will arrive direct from DoTERRA in a few days and I’ll be in touch with a welcome pack from me including:

✨ a free 5ml wild orange

✨A-Z Guide

✨Dilution Guide

✨rollerballs to create your own rollers

✨other samples and useful bits and bobs

✨Access to our beautiful online community, support and education with a new membership website full of classes and useful resources.

✨welcome call from me if you’d like one to go over your account, your oils and how to use them

✨ free 10 day Oil Camp ~ a deep dive into getting the most out of your essential oils

Undecided? Come along to a free Introduction to Oils Class and learn more. Classes are running fortnightly. Message me to book.

I’ll send you a little pack of sample oils to experience in the class or let me know if there’s anything that you are specifically interested in and I’ll find something bespoke for you 💓

https://www.mydoterra.com/clairedurbin