Cancer. Just writing the word gives me goosebumps as I think of people I know who have been affected by this disease. Statistics show that one in every two men and one in every three women will likely experience cancer in some form by the time they turn 85, which means that if you haven't personally been diagnosed, chances are high that you've been part of a support system for someone who has.
A cancer diagnosis elicits strong emotion from the patient and her closest supporters, as it's one of the most complex and difficult to treat of any human disease. Essential oils are our oldest form of medicine, so though cancer patients should always consult a physician for primary care, the following are some ideas of natural therapies with essential oils that can be included in the treatment process.
Immune System Stimulation
Enhancing immune system function, particularly in the early stages of cancer and before beginning more aggressive treatment, is part of effective cancer treatment. Essential oils can be used as part of a natural approach to immune system boosting for most types of cancer, though immune system stimulation is not effective for those with leukemia or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Always consult with a doctor before use.
The six essential oils that have the most effect on various types of cancer (breast, skin, cervical, prostate, etc.) are: Sandalwood, Balsam Fir, Thyme, Hyssop, Tsuga and Orange. These oils can be taken orally in a gel capsule by combining approximately 7 drops of the oil with a carrier oil, and as dosage increases can be taken in up to six capsules per day. The body can develop a resistance to one essential oil over time, so it is important to alternate every 3-4 weeks the type of oil you use.
Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment
While chemotherapy and radiation are two very different types of treatment, they're often used simultaneously and can elicit similar side effects. Here are several natural ways essential oils can support the body during chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment: