Monday, March 19, 2012

Frankincense during Pregnancy

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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."

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Because it is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-arthritic, it is also good for many of pregnancy's physical ailments.   A drop or two on sore hips, or any other sore joints can help ease the discomfort associated with the increasing weight of pregnancy.  It is also a good immune system stimulant, so a couple of drops massaged into the bottom of feet can help pick you up when you are feeling run down. Also, it can be good for headaches, which many mothers suffer from, especially in the summer months.

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.


  1. Alhamudulillah, this reminds me of how blessed I am to live in the land of frankincense...Oman! :)
    It's amazing to walk through the streets mid-morning and smell frankincense (amongst other beautiful scents) from the homes you pass. I need to savor this while I'm here. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Mmmm...that sounds wonderful. The Frankincense I use is also from Oman, it's like heaven. Enjoy it!!

  3. |Shame you forget the main thing , it is a potent Anti Cancer . Search for BBC Frankincense Cancer. The research by the Dr ( forgot the name a arabic chap ) has shown that 4 grams per day will cure stage 3 or 4 Cancer . Has to be the sacra variant .

    And it is like the other 2 gifts of the 3 Kings for Jesus (the Messiah as per Torah ) Myrrh and Gold a potent cell rejuvenator

  4. I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and was burning frankincense and myrrh together
    But then I read online that is is not safe for the baby to inhale the fumes

    Can you assure me whether it's safe to burn the two resins together

    Also please could I have the source of the above Hadith

    Thanks so much

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