In the case of Frankincense, I have observed that it works on old past fear whether it comes from the past life or present life situations. I have written a book on my own psychological observations which forms part of this course.
Most cases of panic or fear do not come from the present time though a trigger (from the ‘now’) that they have seen or heard may have set it off, so to the person it seems that the fear has just arose.
In all cases of fear that I have worked with it always transpires that we need to either go back to a past life or to an earlier age to define the fear and set it free. This is what I feel Frankincense does.
Frankincense is an oil that works on the threadsoul, a place in our subtle bodies that shamans use to travel back to our past lives and issues when they heal people. Some people do indeed feel a sense of flying as they are experiencing the act of travelling through their threadsoul to go back to past lives to release a fear that was laid down in that time, exactly the same as a shaman does.
They are in fact feeling the flying that shamans experience. Frankincense helps us to do this for ourselves without going into an hypnotic trance or take drugs to produce the effect.
In fact Frankincense works so much on the biochemicals that calm us down that it in fact puts us into a hypnotic trance like state that enables us to access old closed areas.
I have noticed that when people use Frankincense to access old fear, one biochemical stands out most and that is 2-phenylethylamine/ PEA. This neuro-hormone plays a critical role in the limbic system and is known to give a feeling of bliss. 60% of depressed patients have a PEA deficit and anti-depressants increase concentrations of this in the brain.
It seems to induce a torpor or trance like state in people which seems to be conducive to accessing parts of themselves that they have closed off.
True not all people experience panic, but can feel anxiety, numbness, worry etc as these are all on the fear spectrum. It does not seem to matter, Frankincense still works on them all in the same way.
What I have researched is not definitive but it is intended to make people more aware of other ways of looking at oils.
Frankincense works on the biochemicals for fear and panic and some of my clients have been known to stop a panic attack in mid flow just by smelling Frankincense straight from the bottle. This is because Frankincense works on the biochemicals that help block the flow of adrenalin and other substances which lead to people having a panic attack.
Smelling frankincense has the effect of increasing our Endorphins ( substances that make us feel good) and another chemical called phenylethylamine (a chemical which plays a critical role in the limbic system of the brain and known to give a feeling of bliss) and therefore counteracts the effects of the fear chemicals that are coursing through the body.
Below are some of the biochemicals released during a stress response:
Beta Endorphins: released by the brain during stress, beta-endorphins act as a narcotic to protect from pain—”feel-good” chemicals for “fight-flight” so we won’t feel it. But if we use up all the Beta Endorphins in “virtual” battles, there won’t be any available for real ones. If we’re under a lot of stress, we won’t have a reserve to draw from, so that the chronic release not only reduces the ability to deal with pain, it actually increases the possibility of migraines and backache, etc.
Prostaglandins: released during an inflammatory response. But if there’s chronic stress, they become less able to help as anti-inflammatories.
Serotonin: Key to coherence and cellular communication. It puts every cell in the body on the same communication pattern. It takes about 60 days to rest from a high-stress event, so if there is too much or long-term stress, the communication runs dry and cells can’t communicate. 70% is in the bowel, so Prozac and other anti-depressants can lead to constipation.
2-phenylethylamine/ PEA. This neuro-hormone plays a critical role in the limbic system and is known to give a feeling of bliss. 60% of depressed patients have a PEA deficit and anti-depressants increase concentrations of this in the brain.
Adrenal Glands: the “fight-flight” or “conserve & withdraw” impulse. Chronic stress can lead to a “freeze in the lights” response by stimulating the adrenals. One hormone excreted by the adrenals is cortisol.
Cortisol is released when ACTH is released from the anterior pituitary. ACTH acts upon the adrenal cortex
If overused, then it’s not available to fight allergies and other conditions.
They use cortisol in autoimmune shots, but some people believe that they give a lifetime supply in one shot which impacts throughout all the entire body and can set help to set up an autoimmune condition because the underlying cause has not been resolved.
Too much cortisol damages the brain, especially the hippocampus.
The release of epinephrine/norepinephrine helps to fight enemies and allergens also. But the chronic and repeated release of these damages the immune system and reduces one’s ability to fight infection and cancer. Chronic elevated levels of these hormones impact other organs and body systems as well.
The conventional view is that if a threat to well-being is perceived – the hypothalmus is activated releasing adenocorticotropic releasing hormone which is carried to the anterior pituitary facilitating the release of adenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH acts upon the adrenal cortex releasing cortisol and other steroids which help mitigate against the release of ACTH which is connected with feelings of fear. Stimulation of the hypothalmus also affects the sympathetic nerve system and in turn the adrenal medulla, releasing epinephrine and norepinephrine, which produce a chain of further reactions.
Thyroid is stimulated by these hormones and releases its own, speeding up metabolism and helps to burn fuel and provide energy. But chronic stimulation leads to deficiency that contributes to fatigue, depression, hair loss and weight gain.
ANS. Autonomic Nervous System (parasympathetic calms & sympathetic speeds us up): the driver for alkaline/ash minerals—if not balanced, we burn up key minerals. Affects heart rate, endocrine, metabolism, etc. In stress cycle, it’s like pushing the gas and brake simultaneously, but will use a lot of resources and go nowhere.
Liver: Affects cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, pleurisy. Our blood sugar levels in battle—stress—l go all thick, because we don’t want to bleed to death and our blood sugar levels increase to provide more energy. If this response is constantly activated without a ‘battle’ ensuing because of stress, then problems can occur with our blood, arteries and cause conditions that affect the blood sugar levels.
Pancreas: sugar imbalance contributes to hypoglycemia, pancreatic exhaustion.
Below are some of the other organs and systems that are affected by stress, though bear in mind that all of the body will be affected in one way or another by the effects of stress.
Heart: Increased out-of- balance blood supply contributes to increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Stress in circulation creates imbalance in oxygenation & cholesterol which creates risk for embolism, heart attack, or stroke.
Kidneys & Bladder: bodily fluid imbalance. They have to work harder to clear the body from toxins and waste jettisoned through stress. They can become overloaded.
Detox Pathways congested lymphatics; excess load jettisoned through bowel/bladder.
Hypothalamus-Pineal-Pituitary: master glands for hormones.
Sex Hormones: impacts sex drive, generally lowers.
Stomach & Intestines: Shutdown of entire digestive tract, constipation/diarrhea, IBS.
Skin: itching in same spot (related to meridians), sweats more, clamminess—can create a chronic condition.
Spleen: blood filter.
Spinal Chord-Ganglion: nerve transmission.
Senses-Awareness-Instincts: Normal stress response heightens awareness and stimulates the senses. Chronic stress response creates burn out, inefficiency and loss of senses.
Thymus: immune system response lowered.
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2006 – Aromatherapy Times