Common essential oils used in aromatherapy and their health benefits include:

  • Lavender is used to relieve stress, treat depression, reduce inflammation, and act as a natural decongestant.
  • Eucalyptus can fight migraines, fevers, respiratory issues, and bacterial infections.
  • Chamomile is a soothing essential oil that has antibacterial properties and can reduce inflammation and chronic pain.
  • Bergamot is used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, skin infections, and fatigue.
  • Peppermint is a stimulant that can sharpen your focus, enhance your mental alertness, and boost your energy.

There is a growing interest in how essential oils and cancer are used in conjunction to increase the body’s ability to build the immune system and overall health. And since each of our body chemistries are unique, different oils may work differently on each of us.  So, aromatherapy is an exercise for each of us to figure to what works best for us. It’s best to try numerous single oils and oil combinations to find an oil or a combination of oils that works for us. It’s a personal thing to choose what works. There is much to learn about how to help our bodies get and stay healthy.

Oil(s) can be applied to your skin or inhaled.  For inhalation purposes, a home diffuser can be purchased.  A home diffuser utilizes water to humidify your home and add essential oils to your environment.

Essential oils applied directly to the skin can be applied directly by itself or along with a “carrier” oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. This can help help our body absorb the oils.  Some folks make their own creams or ointments that include an essential oils. And this is probably more popular when the use of essential oil is being used to alleviate sore muscles or pain.

Another method to use essential oils are by adding a few drops of oil to a steaming pot of water in order to vaporize the oils and inhale them.

Here’s a quote from that I find quite interesting:

“For over 5,000 years frankincense (aka “boswelliaserrata”) has been used to support the immune system, fight infection and cure diseases. Yes, even cancer!

A 2013 study by University of Leicester researchers indicated that frankincense contains a compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) that targets cancer cells, including ovarian, brain, breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate, and stomach cancers.

According to researchers out of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, frankincense helps regulate the cellular epigenetic machinery, which highlights its ability to influence genes to promote healing. As a result, they believe that it may be effective for both cancer prevention and treatment!”

It seems there is a lot to learn about essential oils and cancer!

Essential Oils and Cancer

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