Essential oils have been around for a very long time. Historically, essential oils have been used to cure sickness, relieve symptoms, and help people feel better after long illnesses.
These are natural aromatic compounds found in seeds, roots, stems, bark, flowers and other parts of plants that have incredible medicinal properties.
However, when some people think of essential oils, they may lift their noses. Because of the 1910 Flexner report and the alliance between “Big Pharma” and the American Medical Association (AMA), oils are no longer a crucial part of the medical curriculum.
As medicine continues focusing on drugs, prescribing a “pill for every disease,” proven remedies and traditions are taking hold, and essential oils have lost some of their popularity.
Cancer patients have however started a new resurgence of essential oils. Through aromatherapy, many cancer patients have found relief from the terrible effects of chemotherapy and those caused by their illness. They use aromatherapy techniques during their recovery. They may even use the essential oil as a treatment as you will see at the end of the article.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a natural modality that can help patients cope with chronic pain, nausea, stress, and depression. It has also been used to boost the immune system, fight bacterial infections, increase circulation, relieve headaches, relieve muscle pain, and help you sleep at night. It is promoted that each oil has specific health benefits, so patients should find the right oils for their health problems.
Common essential oils used in aromatherapy and their health benefits include:
- Eucalyptus can fight migraines, fevers, respiratory problems, and bacterial infections.
- Bergamot is used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, skin infections, and fatigue.
- Lavender is used to relieving stress, treat depression, reduce inflammation, and act as a natural decongestant.
- Peppermint is a stimulant that can refine your concentration, improve your mental alertness and increase your energy.
- Chamomile is a soothing essential oil that has antibacterial properties and can reduce inflammation and chronic pain.
These essential oils, and many others, can be used to help relieve some of the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of allopathic cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.
How Aromatherapy Can Be Used to Help Patients Recover from Cancer?
Aromatherapy can be administered by a professional or self-administered. Many aromatherapists found in the United States are also massage therapists, chiropractors, psychologists, or social workers.
They can use the oils in their practices to relieve the pain of some of their patients and improve their quality of life. In the United States, you can buy oils and a home diffuser to self-administer your aromatherapy treatments. Essential oils can be used individually or in combination to obtain maximum benefits.
Different oils can work differently in unique individuals since everyone has unique body chemistry. For this reason, aromatherapy can take time to improve your symptoms. You may need to try many oils and oil combinations before you find oil or combination of oils that really works for you.
Once you discover the proper oils, they can be applied to your skin or inhaled. For inhalation purposes, a home diffuser can be bought. A household diffuser uses water to humidify your home and add essential oils to your environment.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils in a pan of steaming water or in your shower every day to vaporize the oils and inhale them.
If essential oils are applied directly to the skin, they may need to be applied with a carrier oil. Coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil are great carrier oils that can absorb essential oils and help your body absorb them properly. You can also create your own creams or ointments that contain essential oils for use in sore muscles or any painful area of your body.
What About Frankincense?
This article wouldn’t be complete without bringing up frankincense. For over 5,000 years, frankincense (also known as “Boswellia Serrata”) has been used to support the immune system, combat infection, and cure diseases. Yes, even cancer!
A 2013 study by researchers at the University of Leicester indicated that frankincense contains an AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) compound that targets cancer cells, including brain, breast, pancreatic, colon, ovarian, prostate and stomach cancers. However, it has not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, but the first results are very promising!
According to researchers at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, frankincense helps regulate cellular epigenetic machinery, highlighting its ability to influence genes to promote healing. As a result, they believe it can be effective for both the prevention and treatment of cancer!