Some of the saddest memories I have are from the years when my silly, affectionate mother declined from a healthy, active middle-aged woman to a, still silly, still affectionate, woman who could no longer open doors with knobs or articulate her thoughts. Alzheimer's is a treacherous beast of a disease. It robbed my mother of so many basic functions. But despite that, it didn't take away her sweetness or love of children, dogs, plants, and everyone who was lucky enough to be counted as her friend.
by Suzie McDarra, LMT
As much as Peppermint essential oil provides mental clarity, Frankincense too is particularly good for memory and focus, making the combination great in combating the forgetfulness of “pregnancy brain”. This is because Frankincense has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds for the brain. Diffuse Frankincense with a drop or two of one or more essential oils of Peppermint Lemon, Ginger or Spearmint to boost your memory. Emotionally, Frankincense enhances a meditative space by calming the nervous system. Diffusing it in the birth space brings the ability to “be here now”. Educator, Stephanie McBride says it's the ability to help you “stay present” during birth, makes it outstanding for pre-labour anxiousness, the transition phase of labour, and mother-infant bonding.
By Stephanie McBride
Despite the ever-growing body of research on Essential Oils, there is only a small amount of study conducted on Essential Oil use during pregnancy- this, in part, owing to the question of whether or not it is ethical to conduct research on pregnant women.
The quick answer, though, is that yes is very likely that many Essential Oils do cross the placenta, as well as cell membranes, the blood-brain barrier, and into breast milk. Because of this, it is especially important to be mindful of Essential Oil purity and dosages when using Essential Oils to help mitigate the many discomforts that arise during pregnancy. (Tillett & Ames, 2010)
Stephanie McBride is a published writer and certified clinical herbalist who has worked with herbal medicine for over 20 years. She has been in practice as a functional nutritionist and essential oil educator for Daily Nectar since 2009.