By Certified Aromatherapist KG Stiles, LMT, CAT, CBT, CBP
Aromatherapy has been shown to be an effective complementary treatment for breast cancer, and can relieve many of the side effects of chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Aromatherapy can help you navigate the terrain of your healing journey from surviving to thriving. Learn about the essential oils to use and why.
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KEYWORDS: Anti-inflammatory, heals surgery incisions and radiation burns. Blue Tansy pure essential oil is an excellent first aid remedy for radiation burns from cancer treatment, as well as for inflamed or sun damaged skin.
KEYWORDS: Universal Healer, soothes, calms, relaxes, balances, heals burns, promotes restful sleep. Apply Lavender pure essential oil immediately to burns to prevent blistering, or scarring, as well as speed healing of wounds as it stimulates cellular repair and regeneration. Lavender essential oil has been used to help balance moods and calm emotions. Helpful for calming intense feeling states of nervousness, stress, depression, fear, irritability, frustration, and anger. Add to your shampoo for helping to reduce hair loss.
KEYWORDS: Universal First aid Oil, stimulant, boosts energy, stop hair loss. Rosemary was traditionally used by the Egyptians for purification and healing. Rosemary improves mental focus and memory, and helps to dispel negativity and negative situations. Rosemary oil’s invigorating scent is physically reviving and a wonderful aid for letting go of feelings of stress, frustration, inner resistance and the tendency to struggle.
ROSE GERANIUM ( Pelargonium roseum ) KEYWORDS:
KEYWORDS: Regulates, balances, relieves stress. Rose Geranium oil is known to be useful in regulating physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, and has a calming and uplifting effect on the emotions. Helpful for relieving depression, nervousness and fear Rose Geranium is a first-aid oil every woman should consider having on hand. Its tonic action helps relieve nervous emotional conditions like anxiety, confusion, depression, lethargy, energy swings and tearfulness.
KEYWORDS: Anti-spasmodic, pain relief, restorative, relaxes, calms, soothes and comforts, promotes restful sleep. Sweet Marjoram oil may be helpful for relieving anxiety attacks, stress, emotional exhaustion and insomnia. Its powerful restorative properties make it an effective treatment for those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Sweet Marjoram oil also has a comforting and soothing effect on the body, mind and emotions and promotes deep relaxation and release of long held mental and emotional patterns of tension and stress!
KEYWORDS: Stimulant, focus support, memory aid, refreshes, boosts energy, promotes alertness, analgesic pain relief for headache, nausea relief. Peppermint oil provides almost instant relief for nausea and indigestion, and is better than coffee as a stimulant. Great for keeping alert Peppermint oil aids your ability to focus and aids memory retention.
Research has shown Peppermint oil to be effective for relieving Migraines, and tension headache when resulting from weak or poor digestive forces. Peppermint oil is an excellent Liver tonic! One of the most powerful vasoconstrictors and analgesic pain relievers in aromatherapy Peppermint oil is excellent for cooling hot conditions like hot flash, and helps relieve inflammatory conditions. Use Peppermint oil to relieve your sore and achy muscles and joints.
KEYWORDS: Stimulant, clears the mind, restorative, boosts energy, antispasmodic. Sweet Basil helps you to clear your mind and focus your attention, and can provide you with a pronounced increase in your ability to be mentally alert. Sweet Basil’s antispasmodic action may be used in a hot towel compress to help reduce menstrual cramps, gas and bloating, chronic constipation, as well as relieve muscular aches and pains.
Aromatherapy is Nature’s Medicine in its purest and most essential form. Aromatic Oils are the very soul of a plant. Even a drop or two can produce significant results for your body, mind and soul. Properly administered essential oils are a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being and may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.
CONVERSATIONS TO ENLIGHTEN & HEAL
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Complementary Treatments for Breast Cancer with Essential Oils
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by KG Stiles – Feature Article Published Spring 2009
Breast Cancer Wellness (BCW) magazine