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.
I remember so well the day my mom confided in me how much it embarrassed her to forget words when she was socializing. She always wanted to be the life of the party and to make any get-together as much of a party as possible! Because she loved people so much and had so many close friends, it was imperative that she be able to continue with her social activities with as many words and as much regularity as possible.
I wanted to help her to do that and I knew that Frankincense was highly acknowledged for memory and brain function. I looked it up and found out that 4-5 drops of certified pure therapeutic-quality Frankincense could be taken in capsules to support brain function. Easily done! With a little trial and error, my dad and I started making my mom what she called her "talking pills". The change was heart-warming. She was more talkative sometimes. More capable and pensive others. It was like each time she took a pill she leveled-up a step from where she was in the progression of her downhill walk. The "talking pills" didn't stop the disease or make it less sad, but they did improve my mom's quality of life dramatically.
The tree resin from which Frankincense essential oil is derived was traditionally used for many things, including as a preservative for embalming. But actually, I think of Frankincense more as a preservative for those still living! It is both antimicrobial and highly anti-aging because of its anti-inflammatory and cytophylactic properties (Psss, that means that it regenerates cells, including skin cells). I know that this is true from research and case studies, but also because it shrank my dad's skin cancer and it helps me sleep more deeply- and it helps to lessen anxiousness and lower stress levels, all huge improvements that are tonics in themselves!
People learn in all different ways! And Frankincense is such as special tree resin and essential oil that I've accumulated a lot of information about how to benefit from its many qualities. To get started, watch the short video below or follow the links at the bottom of the page.
Read an excerpt from my new book!
Frankincense is a highly complex, tree resin-derived Essential Oil with over 200 known constituents and hundreds of medicinal uses. It is well documented in ancient historical texts for its usefulness in childbirth. Its anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving properties make Frankincense useful in maternity for lessening lower back, nerve, and labor pain. (Excerpt from Hindsights for Maternal Wellness). Read more.
Guest Blog Post: Frankincense for Mums & Bubs
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. Read more.
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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.