The Power of Scent

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herbs and flowers used to make essential oils
P.C.: Tracey Hocking

I was recently introduced to dōTerra, a brand of essential oils, by a friend who teaches meditation here in Paris. The particular blend was CHEER. She told me to put just a drop on my palm, rub my hands together and breathe in the scent. Magical. I felt happy, optimistic, and, yes, cheerful. That is the power of scent! 

From our favorite perfumes, candles, or incense, scent has the power to transform our moods and trigger memories. Essentials oils are an amazing addition to everyone’s health toolkit. With so many varieties, essential oils can help with symptoms of the common cold, fatigue, infections, cuts, nausea, arthritis, constipation, allergies, and so much more.

A huge benefit of essential oils is that they force us to be in the moment, not only taking in the scent but enjoying a full mind/body experience.

But, let’s get back to CHEER, which is a mixture of wild orange peel, clove bud, star anise, vanilla bean, ginger rhizome and more. The company offers other proprietary blends that include FORGIVE (Spruce, Bergamot, Juniper), CONSOLE (Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli), MOTIVATE (Peppermint, Coriander, Yuzu), BALANCE (Spruce, Frankincense, Blue Chamomile), BREATHE (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon), and several others. They are all so powerful.

My favorite French pharmacist gave me a booklet that does a deep dive into a variety of essential oils and the different conditions they help soothe. Here are some highlights: 

Anger – Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Macadamia

Bronchitis – Eucalyptus Menthol, Cypress of Provence, Tea Tree

Cellulite – Grapefruit, Eucalyptus Lemon

Depression – Yuzu, Ylang-Ylang

Sluggish Digestion – Peppermint, Coriander, Basil, Macadamia

Flu – Menthol Eucalyptus, Palmarosa, Macadamia

Insomnia – Lavender 

In the booklet they share great blends that you can make at home. For a sore throat, here’s a suggested blend:

Sore Throat Blend

Peppermint – 10 drops

Palmarosa – 30 drops

Citron Eucalyptus – 10 drops

HV Macadamia – 50 drops

Mix all of the above. Dosage: Add 6 drops of mixture to a teaspoon (or less) of honey, 5x per day for 3-5 days. 

Oils can be taken internally*, topically, used in diffusers, on cotton balls, in spray bottles, and simply in the palm of your hand. 


*Always check with your doctor first if you feel you might have any issues using oils internally or topically, or find that certain symptoms persist and require medical attention. 


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