Lately, I have been amazed at the healing power of essential oils. I've had them in my herbal repertoire for awhile, but rarely thought of them as healing, more just as something that smells nice when you are sick, or gives my cleaning products extra oomph. A friend introduced me to DoTerra, a line of Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils, and I have to say, I am sold. The lemon really smells like lemon. A few drops of lavender on my children's feet before bed, and they start slowing their roll! A whiff of their Whisper blend and I feel oh-so-feminine!
For your pregnancy healing needs, I find them to be exquisitely suited to the overall state of pregnancy. They are gentle, yet effective on the physical level, but also can work on the subtle emotional states as well. In pregnancy, it seems like everything is absorbed into the emotional or spiritual state of the woman. The overdue bill, the toddler's regression to thumb sucking, the carpal tunnel, can all seem overwhelming emotionally and physically. Essential oils can really address these issues on all levels.
Frankincense has been associated with mothers and babies since the birth of Jesus, when the three wise men brought the newly delivered mother and babe, gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh. I was then surprised to see this quote (from this book , more on this excellent book in a later post!) by the Prophet Muhammad urging mothers to smell frankincense while expecting:
"Let your women-folk use frankincense when they are pregnant for verily, the child in the womb will turn out to be a man with a strong heart, and should it be a girl, she will have a beautiful figure and wide hips."
He (peace be upon him) also said that Mary burned it while giving birth:
"The best incense is frankincense. It was the incense used by Mary when she was giving birth. The house in which frankincense is used shall never be approached by an envious person, a sorcerer, a devil, or a witch."
If anything, its scent will calm your nerves and center you. After reading the above quote and smelling the Omani frankincense that DoTerra sells, I'm recommending it for all expecting mothers, and packing it in my birth bag! Try it for yourself and see how healing this powerful, ancient scent can be.