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Allergic to Incense?

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by Tsarina, Oct 2, 2005.

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  1. Tsarina

    Tsarina Most Holy Theotokos save us!

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    I'm wondering if being allergic to Incense is possible. :confused:
    I just got back from DL, i had to leave early since i almost fainted in the Church during service. Thank god someone was there to escort me out of the Church, i was going to fall face first into the person infront of me.

    Whenever the priests comes near me to cense, i have to hold my breath otherwise i start to feel pukey and dizzy from the smell. I also feel like my glands are swelling up. For some reason i didnt hold my breath today. :sorry:

    Furthermore, many people were at Church today due to the Birthday Event of the Priest, (his 60th birthday today). Therefore, the Church decided to turn on the ceiling fans during Liturgy since it was getting a little packed inside and stuffy. This made the incense fly closer to me. I blanked out in no time with violent dizzyness, it was also hard to breathe. :cry:

    Has anyone experienced this, or know anyone who has? Could i be allergic to incense?
     
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    It deffinitely sounds like you might be allergic. You might want to talk to your priest
     
  3. MariaRegina

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    Yes, I have allergies also along with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivies). Therefore, the fires here are really bothering me, so I could not attend DL today.

    The plain incense is better than those blends.

    The Rose blend causes a lot of problems with some people.

    Please do ask your priest. Some priests are kind and will obtain other flavors of incense that are less offensive; however, some priests have obligated themselves to honor the request of ladies who offer extremely obnoxious and heavily-fragranced incense free to the church. ugh.

    I knew an Orthodox Priest who recently passed away who would not use incense (with permission from his Hierarch) due to his allergy and heart problems. He was the monk from Trail, Oregon who was born of Russian nobility and who had to flee for his life during the Revolution of 1917. He was of the Patriarchial Orthodox Church (MP).
     
  4. Tsarina

    Tsarina Most Holy Theotokos save us!

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    Multiple Chemical Sensitivies? I have never heard of this, but this is rather interesting. I will look into it and see whats it all about :thumbsup: .
    I dont even know what the Rose blend Incense is, may you explain to me whats in it that causes some people to react to it?

    I shall call my priest tomarrow and let him know that some people like myself are, or may be allergic to the particular kind of incense that he uses during DL.

    Speaking of all this, my head is still hurting and i feel rather dizzy because of all the incense at the Church. Although, it has been 11 hours since i passed out during DL earlier today.

    So you knew a monk from trail? Oh wow! His little tale you tell me is facinating. May god rest his soul in heaven.
     
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    It takes me three days to fully recuperate from a chemical assault or allergy.

    What I do is drink lots of water. That always helps.

    I try to eat organic foods and stay away from preservatives (I do read labels). I used to faint a few year back before I realized that I had allergies and chemical sensitivities.

    Now that I have changed my diet and avoid chemicals as much as possible, my IgE titer has been dramatically reduced to normal (30). It was 500 a few years back when I was so sickly.

    My prayers for you.

    Lovingly in Christ,
    Elizabeth
     
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    I have a priest who in the altar has a fan/filter that blows the incense away from him because he loses his voice from it, and he always requests to not put too many pieces of coal in the censor.

    There used to be a cloud of incense in that church, but not anymore. I wish there are mixtures of incense that should be safe and comfortable for people in the liturgy. I do like it when there used to be a cloud. Talk to your priest.

    God bless.
     
  7. Kolya

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    When I first started attending DL my sinuses and ears used to block up from incence, but latley this problem has cleared up by itself. I can't explain why. I did pray about it though. I hope you can get relief.
     
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    Yes, St. Nectarios helped me, that I am sure, as I prayed the Acathist to St. Nectarios at his shrine and was anointed with the oil from the oil lamps that keep vigil over his relics. Many miracles have been worked through his intercession.

    People from all over America (and Canada is part of North America) come to see the Shrine in Covina, California. His feast day is fast approaching when many pilgrims will come here to the Los Angeles area.

    I don't react as much as I used to. ... and one doctor said he doubted that the IgE would decrease, and yet today I am considered normal.

    Praise the Lord.
     
  9. Shubunkin

    Shubunkin Antiochian Orthodox Christian

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    I will pray for you, Tsarina. Fainting certainly is not good in any situation! :crosseo:
     
  10. Tsarina

    Tsarina Most Holy Theotokos save us!

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    Thank you all for sharing what you had to say. I didnt know that others were also sensitive to the Incense. I have been asking around and many say that they have felt like fainting in Church or have fainted in Church, how embaressing lols.

    Thanks you Charitina, for your prayers.

    Godbless.:)
     
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