Blends for Those with Cancer
By Marge Clark
We've recently heard from several old friends and
clients who are dealing with advanced cancer diagnoses among family or
close friends, and
are looking for ways that they can provide support to their loved ones.
When I answer the same basic question six times in two weeks, it's
time to put my thoughts together.
First, although certain essential oils (among them
Frankincense, a rare species of Cypress, certain varieties of Thyme and
Lemongrass) have shown anti-tumor effects in a laboratory, to make any
claims that ANY essential oil can provide a cure for cancer is at
the very least irresponsible and cruel.
What the oils CAN do, however, is strengthen the
spirit, and provide both emotional and spiritual support, both for the
patient and for
family members and care-givers.
I'm remembering the "hospice blend" that we recently
put together and sent to a hospice in Montana, for their newly approved
program. Basically we used 10 drops each of our Somalian distilled
Frankincense, and our Frankincense CO2 extracted, with just 5 drops of
Rose Otto 10% dilution. (This would be the equivalent of 40 drops of
Frankincense to 1 drop of undiluted Rose Otto.) This may be either
diffused, or diluted WAY down (a 1% dilution, 6 drops of the blend to
one fluid ounce of carrier oil or lotion) for hand or foot massages.
The nurse aromatherapist who commissioned the blend
recommended using it with a gentle hand or foot massage.
Other thoughts, besides our Hospice blend, have been,
of course, Frankincense by itself, Rose to support the spirit of any
Atlas or Himalayan Cedarwood oils for spiritual strength.
We have had reports of people using our Sacred synergy,
designed to create a sacred space, as an anointing oil, to create a
within the body.
I find Sandalwood oil, perhaps blended with either
Cedarwood or Rose, emotionally supportive and comforting.
All of the above are designed to provide comfort and
support on an emotional and spiritual level.
Blends of citrus oils or conifers, diffused in the
room, or used as an airborne spray do a wonderful job of both lifting
the spirits, and
removing "sickroom" odors. I've heard feedback from friends and
professionals about the use of the essential oils to freshen the rooms
sometimes very odourous patients.
On a physical level, we have heard of wonderful results
in dealing with post radiation pain and burning with a blend of Jojoba
oil and Aloe
vera gel, with Helichrysum, Lavender, German Chamomile and Geranium oils
added. (I would mix equal parts of the jojoba and aloe, blend
equal amounts of the four essential oils and add the synergy at a 2.5%
dilution. 15 drops of the essential oil blend to one ounce of
blended jojoba and aloe gel.)Since the Aloe and the Jojoba will not
blend, this will need to be shaken well before each use.
These are some things that immediately come to mind
that might be helpful and supportive.
Gift is a woman owned and operated aromatherapy supplier.
We've been online since 1995 and supply
healthcare professionals, hospitals, hospices, college AT courses,
clinical aromatherapy courses, and, of course,
people who just love use of these healing products.
We are grandmothers, mothers, a single male college student (who
sometimes feels a bit overwhelmed!). We import
oils and other products from all over the world and make them available
for people who expect the best.
We get wonderful feedback from people who say we made a difference in
their lives. Years ago my daughter described
what we do: "Every day, all over the world, you send out boxes full of
joy and healing."
We are among the blessed few who get to do what we love!
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