Healthy Beginnings

Aromatherapy, Terpenes and Your Immunity

Essential oils have been used for centuries for many uses, and now there are some enormous advantages to using them before, during and after cancer treatment.

Several studies have found that aromatherapy oils, the truly pure oils that have not been modified, diluted or chemically made, can provide amazing results and relief for cancer patients that are going through traditional or allopathic cancer therapies. These oils can help maintain quality of life and help prevent the debilitating side effects of cancer treatments including excessive sedation, anxiety, loss of muscle tone, vomiting, nausea, increased susceptibility of infection, and blood and liver toxicity.

French physician Dr. Anne-Marie Giraud-Robert presented a study of her findings from more than 1,800 cancer patients at the 7th Scientific Aromatherapy Wholistic Conference in San Francisco in 2009. In her study, Essential Oils, Cancer, Degenerative and Autoimmune Diseases, patients received allopathic treatments concurrently with essential oils, and had much higher survival rates than patients with similar cancers and treatments that did not receive the essential oils. There were no undesirable drug interactions, just an improved quality of life.

In Dr. Giraud-Robert’s study, she found that the oils not only helped improve quality of life, but also helped improve natural defenses and drain toxins from the liver and kidneys. Many oils have multiple effects on the mind and body.

Some of the oils that Dr. Giraud-Robert found to be particularly useful include:

Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps reduce physical and mental debility, thus helping to elevate the patient’s self confidence. It also helps with depression, reduces anxiety and promotes better sleep.

Helichrysum: Helichrysum is extremely useful after surgery, as it helps improve healing and prevent scarring. It also works as an anti-inflammatory, and helps with pain and the emotional shock associated with breast reconstruction.

Myrrh: Myrrh helps drain toxins from the kidneys before, during and after chemotherapy. By stimulating the nervous system, it also helps with depression and balances the entire person’s psycho-neuro-endocrine-immunological systems.

Melaleuca quinquenervia: Melaleuca quinquenervia can be mixed with massage oils to help reduce lymphatic edemas. It has strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-infectious qualities, which help to boost the immune system and prevent additional infections.

Recently, a new cream (known as terpene cream) has emerged to help breast cancer patients with pain, swelling, depression and anxiety. It works on many other issues that we are just beginning to tap into. Terpene cream helps alleviate arthritis, injuries from falling, psoriasis, bad discs, sore muscles, headaches, pain and swelling from poison oak, and many other ailments. With soothing organic coconut oil, raw honey and beeswax with added essential oils (terpenes), it is great for moisturizing and calming the skin.

Essential oils continue to emerge in many professional toolboxes, as all-natural oils help provide remarkable relief to many.

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