The birth of a baby can trigger a variety of emotions for both new and seasoned moms.
These emotions can be experienced in a very wide range, from joy, excitement and love to
anxiety, fear, anger, and even inexplicable depression. These negative feelings after giving
birth are commonly referred to as “baby blues” and are much more common than most
people realize. Levels of estrogen and progesterone that increased during pregnancy tend to
drop suddenly after giving birth and this typical hormone shift can affect emotional balance
and overall mood. Hormone levels generally normalize on their own in the few weeks after
having a baby, but if they don’t, more serious cases of clinical postpartum depression can
Frankincense oil (boswellia serrata) can be very effective in easing symptoms of
postpartum depression. Studies have indicated that frankincense oil has powerful
anti-depressant properties because it contains sesquiterpenes, which act to increase
oxygenation of the pineal and pituitary glands in the brain. Because of this, frankincense
oil helps to balance hormones and emotions, particularly those out of whack in the wake of
Add 20-30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil (such as almond, coconut, or jojoba). Start
applying all over the body in the first few days after giving birth. Repeat daily to help the
body properly balance hormones.
Sprinkle a few drops in your hands, rub them together and inhale deeply. This can be
repeated several times throughout the day.
Place 1-2 drops on each temple. The oil can also be applied in this method to points on the
body such as the inside of the wrists, behind the ears, behind the knees, in between toes,
and on the chest.
Apply 3-5 drops to the bottom of feet once in the morning and again at bedtime. Cover with
socks and allow for the oil to continuously absorb into skin and cells.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.