Do your research and confidence will come.
Frankincense was one of the first essential oils I fell in love with. It's earthy aroma soothed my post-partum nerves in a way that left me feeling calm and focused. Though it wasn't the first of dōTERRA's oils I had used, it was one that I latched onto with fervor. Known as the King of Oils, this magnificent blend of three varieties of Frankincense resins is 100% pure and unique in the world of essential oils. My first experience with it was in response to an article I had read online, touting the effects it had on migraines.
Nature always wins in our house.
At the time, I was breastfeeding my three month old son, and that meant I couldn't take medications without risking his well-being. As momma's we sacrifice so much of our comfort for our children. It wasn't difficult for me to make the decision to stop all medications, because we had prayed for more than 11 years for this precious boy. The irony that Jesus, as a babe, was given Frankincense is not lost on me. In fact, it was one of the reason's I decided to try essential oils in place of the medications I had once used for my mental and physical health.
I stood in my kitchen, dressed and ready to leave for a high school basketball game, and I began to feel an aura. If you have migraines, you know an aura is never a good sign. The stress and anxiety of teaching all day long in a classroom, coming home to a fussy baby who missed his momma, and then fixing a quick meal, breastfeeding, and getting everyone out the door to a basketball game was too much for me at 4 months post delivery. Without a second thought, I grabbed my tiny bottle of Frankincense and tossed it into my bag. Within minutes of finding our seats at the top of the bleachers, the sounds, smells, and heat from the gym sent me into a full-blown migraine. Remembering the article, I grabbed my bottle of Frank (as we affectionatly refer to it now), and placed a drop on my thumb, pressed it to the soft palate of my mouth, and held it for 20 seconds.
Keeping an open mind lead me down a path I never knew I needed.
The stares among friends was almost enough to make me laugh. I repeated the process and within five minutes, my aura was gone, the pain began to subside, and the nausea had ended. I was stunned. My husband was stunned. And the people surrounding us were curious. How was it possible that in less than 10 minutes, my eyes returned to bright and shiny, my skin palor returned to glowing, and my hot flashes became cold shivers? The King of Oils did not disappoint. So, recently, when my family was bombarded by some uknown virus (we were tested for everything), I did all of the protocols I had done for years: supplements, Symphony of the Cells, and epsom soaks. This time, however, it just wasn't cutting it for the couh I had developed. I sat up in bed at night, unable to clear the phlem that built up, went to urgent care to find out there was nothing they could do to stop the spastic coughing, and even resorted to using some old breathing treatments my kids had from infancy.
I spend time reading and following the people I align with.
Then, as God had pity on me, I came across an Instagram story from another dōTERRA wellness advocate talking about her daughter's recent coughing spell. She had used Frankincense because it was highly anti-inflammatory--especially for lung tissue. Insert my shocked face. I immediately grabbed my bottle and threw back a few drops. I repeated this every hour for the next 24 hours (wake hours), and low and behold--I can now carry a coplete coversation, have no elephant on my chest, and have found myself taking deep, beautiful breaths without any hesitation. Praise God for creating something amazing and giving us the tools we need to help support our bodies. The experience made me even more curious about this oil. So, I did a little research.
Anything good enough for baby Jesus is good enough for me.
It's no wonder the three kings brought gifts of gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to baby Jesus when you consider the healing properties of frankincense essential oil. Frankincense is mentioned 22 times in the bible, according to Dr. David Stewart in his book Healing Oils of the Bible. The significance would suggest that Frankincense was a highly valued resin, and though we can't be certain whether they brought essential oil or resin, what we do know is that it was worthy of a king. I find that facinating!
Ultimately, the proof is in the science.
Frankincense is one of the many essential oils we use daily in our home. It is found in my skincare, our immunity blends, our emotional calming blends, in many of our supplements, and it helped my body finally recover from a two week coughing spree. For my scientific friends, you might appreciate kmnowing that the main constituents that make up frankincense essential oil are a-pinene, Limonene, and a-thujene. What does this mean to those of us who aren't chemistry majors? That it is in fact an immunostiumlant (it has the ability to stimulate our immune response rapidly), anticancerous (due to the ability to impact RNA and restore healthy cells), anti-inflammatory (especially to lung tissue and brain tissue), antidepressent (limonene is known to lift mood), and restorative (cellular health is vital).
Friends, I want you to have this knowledge and my experiences at your fingertips. Please subscribe to my blog for even more amazing health tips as I continue to share the healing oils of the Bible and beyond. Click the image to get started with the same kit I chose almost seven years ago.