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Essential Oils & Prayers Helped My Miscarriage

Author: Rebecca H.
Date: 11-05-2010
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Testimonial ID: 4828-OR
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Scientific Studies: 8

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I started having trouble over the weekend and, on Monday morning, when the doctor told us our baby (at 12 weeks gestation) didn't have a heartbeat; I went very rapidly to a calm, quiet acceptance that this is what the Lord wanted for us.

He gave us options for dealing with the physical discomfort that was bound to occur and for handling the miscarriage. We chose to go the most natural route and wait for the miscarriage to occur naturally.

And I sort of did that. We got through some things we had to take care of on Monday, but on Tuesday, I went to the chiropractor and had an adjustment.

He said wait a day and see what happens. So, to honor his request and treatment, which I know played a role, I waited until about 5 pm on Wednesday, then I broke out the oils. In the meantime, I read online and asked around, but there wasn't a protocol that I could find for dealing with a miscarriage situation.

I read everything I could in the pregnancy protocols (and they helped because there are some similarities) but realized I'd be going this pretty much without any guidance. It may be different for you, but the following is what I did.

When I felt inside I was ready face what was coming, I knew in my heart it was time to start trying essential oils, I picked up Clary Sage, smelled it for a brief moment, capped it and put it in my front pocket.

Thinking I would put the oil on my tummy while outside, I walked outside to watch my boy play on his bike. I took a phone call for a couple minutes while I was outside and suddenly I felt a rush and I was soaked (with just a quick inhalation and placement in my front pocket! Wow, I didn't expect that!).

I went inside and arranged for help with my boy, texted my husband to come home and everything just kept coming. Over the next 2.5 hours, when I was off the toilet, I soaked 10 overnight pads.

We talked to the doctor via phone because it seemed to be going on for a long time and there seemed to be a lot of blood. We heard stories about women who nearly died because of loss of blood so we wanted to be careful.

A little while after we got off the phone with the doctor, I just knew that it was time for it to be over, I asked my husband for the Dragon Time oil blend, along with Clary Sage and Geranium oils. When he brought them, I chose two. I put Geranium oil all over my tummy to help stop the bleeding.

I layered that with Dragon Time to help with cramping (Dragon Time always helps with normal menstrual cramping and lower back pain, too) and very shortly, we could both tell the major bleeding was letting up. Cramps were fewer and farther between also.

I reapplied Dragon Time and actually felt ready to eat something and soon to get up and walk around. The doctor had strongly recommended taking pain medication to help with pains and bleeding. Because the oils were keeping me comfortable, I did not have to use even one of those prescription pain pills.

I was so thankful to have the oils and not have to turn to narcotic pain meds, which I know from my first labor experience (before essential oils) make me paranoid and can cause me to pass out. My husband was thankful also.

For 7-10 days after my miscarriage, bleeding continued and every afternoon, I was wiped out, my cramps would return, I had to lay down. I used Clary Sage, Dragon Time or Cistus oil over my tummy to help with pain.

My husband anointed my back liberally with the PanAway blend and added Peppermint oil during one intense back pain episode. I lay on a heating pad after applying the oils to drive them in deeper.

Throughout the course of this experience, I was so thankful for all the prayers that were holding us up and also for these amazing therapeutic-grade oils that the Lord brought into our lives. The two together gave me a special confidence and I just knew what to do at each turn.

This doesn't normally happen, I almost always check the essential oils reference book, I follow recipes when I cook; I need music to play the piano; notes when I speak in public. But this situation didn't have a protocol, at least until now. I hope it has helped others in some way.

It takes awhile for hormones to calm down after a miscarriage, (just like after a full, complete pregnancy) so I've kept the Dragon Time blend pretty close by. It has helped me manage over some rough patches.

An oil I maybe should have added for pain, and didn't think of until later, was Frankincense.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: hormones — "Therapy with beta-caryophyllene [present in many essential oils] may present a promising novel, non-toxic therapeutic option for patients with endometriosis."Link
2.Associated topics: pregnancy — "The methods of aromatherapy were applied sitz bath or soap application using essential oils with Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, and Roman Chamomile.... [T]hese findings indicate that postpartum aromatherapy for perineal care could be effective in healing the perineum."Link
3.Associated topics: back-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
4.Associated topics: hormones — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
5.Associated topics: hormones — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
6.Associated topics: hormones — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
7.Associated topics: hormones — "Results of bone density, bone mineral content, bone tensile strength and histological analysis also showed similar trend of results, which supported initial observations of this study. It is proposed that hydroalcoholic extract of dried clove buds has bone-preserving efficacy against hypogonadal [hormonally deficient] osteoporosis."Link
8.Associated topics: bleed-/-hemorrhage — "[T]he level and duration of menstrual pain and the amount of menstrual bleeding were significantly lower in the aromatherapy group than in the placebo group. These results suggest that aromatherapy is effective in alleviating menstrual pain, its duration, and excessive menstrual bleeding. Aromatherapy can be provided as a nonpharmacological pain relief measure and as a part of nursing care given to girls suffering of dysmenorrhea or excessive menstrual bleeding."Link

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