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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

As most people are aware there are two main conventional treatments for cancer; radiation and chemotherapy. However, a recent shift in societal norms towards more health conscious options has opened the door for alternative forms of treatment. Of these numerous unconventional treatments Aromatherapy and the use of Essential Oils have gained a ton of traction in recent years as viable holistic remedies for cancer prevention, treatment, and side effect aid.
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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a natural remedy that can assist patients in coping with chronic discomfort, nausea, heightened stress levels, and even some forms of depression. It has also been documented to bolster the immune system allowing it to more efficiently fight off infections. This treatment has also been shown to strengthen circulation, mitigate chronic headaches, temper fatigued muscles, and fight insomnia. The oils used in treatment are each touted as having a unique set of advantages thus choosing the correct one is an important step when considering aromatherapy.

A list of some of the more notable essential oils and their documented healing qualities include:


  • Lavender: Used primarily to help reduce stress, inflammation, congestion, and depression symptoms.
  • Eucalyptus: Known to curb migraines, fevers, respiratory disorders, and infections.
  • Chamomile: Historically has been used for its antibacterial qualities as well as an aid for inflammation and recurring pain.
  • Bergamot: Used to aid stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms and also to treat minor skin irritation and exhaustion.
  • Peppermint: A stimulant that can enhance mental acuity, the ability to focus, and provide a small boost of natural energy. It is also known to reduce nausea especially helpful for those diagnosed with cancer.
  • Myrh: Used by Chinese doctors in tandem with frankincense for years to combat excessive swelling and pain.
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Essential Oils and Cancer Research

There are a number of key points when looking at the use of essential oils and their correlation to cancer prevention and treatment. There has been some research that suggests that while it is known that these extracts can help to mitigate the harmful side effects of cancer itself and also the extremely toxic treatments usually prescribed, that essential oils may also be able to aid directly in the curing of the malignancy itself. These findings are certainly controversial and have yet to be scientifically substantiated. There is very little controversy however on the effectiveness of essential oils at alleviating symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment.
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Claims of Essential Oil Benefits

Research has suggested that oils can attack and prevent cancerous cells at their most base level. Moreover there is very little risk associated with adding the use of some of these notable oils as they do not interfere with conventional treatment options and usually do an excellent job of reducing the impact of patient’s symptoms. This is a key facet that sets Aromatherapy apart from other forms of alternative treatment as often times these options cannot be used in tandem with established medical practices. It is important to note that well there has been a decent amount of research related to essential oils and their ability to combat cancerous cells nearly all of these studies have been in an “in vitro” capacity meaning that the tests have been executed in very controlled environments and have not been administered to actual human patients. Essentially the use of these extracts in a cancer fighting capacity remains entirely experimental. Clinical trials would be needed before the effectiveness of these oils could be verified.
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As likely one of the most historically referenced types of essential oils this extract has been used for its ability to strengthen the immune system, alleviate infection, and fight diseases for nearly five thousand years.. The main components in Frankincense (Boswellic acids or BA’s) have been rigorously tested for their ability to aid in the treatment of a number of different kinds of cancer. To make the explanation of this process short and to the point the properties in BA’s specifically target cancerous cells and have been shown to either aid in the destruction of these cells or at the very least stifle their growth. Recent findings have put this essential oil at the top of the list for further research and eventually this compound could be used in actual clinical trials as a result of its excellent track record in lab based studies.
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Whilst there is a lot of conjecture related to the use and introduction of aromatherapy and the utilization of essential oils for those undergoing conventional cancer treatment it is safe to say that there is much left to be discovered about these extracts. Medical researchers have only just begun to scratch the surface of the healing and restorative attributes many of these oils have been proven to contain. It will likely be some time before the general public sees medication that centers on the use of these extracts but the desire of the populous to have safe, natural, and effective forms of alternative treatment may accelerate this timetable greatly. As they relate to cancer, while many of these essential oils have been touted as being able to combat and destroy cancerous cells the majority of these claims are as of yet unfounded. With that being said the use of aromatherapy and essential oils has been a staple in many cultures for thousands of years and while their abilities to cure diseases requires more in depth research their abilities to temper and alleviate damaging and harmful side effects does not.

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