Aromatherapy: A Fragrant Relief From Cancer

Perfumes and natural fragrances have been in use since time immemorial. They have stood the test of time and are still in use now. Their use and popularity do not seem to wane; in fact if you learn of their many uses, you may soon be an addition to their ever-increasing user-cum-fan base. The core of aromatherapy lies in the use of essential oils extracted from natural sources, i.e. plants which have fragrant qualities. Different parts of different plants – flowers, leaves, stem, roots and bark – may have aromatic essence which can be extracted and used for aesthetic and therapeutic purpose. Some plants which act as rich source of essential oils are:

  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Jasmine
  • Bergamot

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Cancer is a mostly-fatal disease that decays and destroys the cells of the body. Although many forms of cancer are curable now, they take a heavy toll on your psyche. Chemotherapy may leave you emotionally and physically exhausted, surgery may leave you scarred for life. Whatever options of cure are available, takes its toll. You may be bitter and disgruntled with your day-to-day activities. A simple task may seem cumbersome. Any form of an escape from this dreary feeling seems refreshing. Aromatherapy may help you get that refreshing break from your cancer induced bitterness.

Although aromatherapy is not considered a conventional cure for cancer, it is a viable alternative to help you overcome distress and trauma induced by cancer. The remedial effects of aromatherapy are more traditional rather than medical in nature.

Ways to use Aromatherapy:

It is advisable to consult your doctor and a professional aroma therapist before opting for aromatherapy. Once you have professional help, you can opt for one or many ways to use aromatherapy.

  • You may apply essential oils directly on your body through massages.
  • You may add them to your daily bath.
  • You may mix them with hot water in “Aromasticks” and inhale the aroma.
  • You may use a vaporizer to spread the fragrance throughout your room.
  • You may also use skin care products that have essential oils.

You may use aromatherapy in several other ways prescribed by the professionals.

How Aromatherapy helps:

There is yet to be any medical proof of the healing factors of aromatherapy, but the general consensus is that it is helpful.

  • You may find relief after enduring stressful cancer treatment because aromatherapy curbs anxiety, fatigue, depression and pain.
  • Some aromatherapies may have a soothing effect on your nerves while you recover from treatment.
  • It has a rejuvenating and stimulating effect on the ailing body and mind.

A word of caution:

Although aromatherapy is generally beneficial for you, it comes with certain restrictions.

  • If you are undergoing treatment for skin cancer, it is advisable not to apply essential oils directly on your skin.
  • Direct application of essential oils may have adverse effect on skin exposed to radiation during treatment.
  • Some essential oils may give rashes and burns on your skin.

So before you opt for aromatherapy, consult your doctor for expert advice on your body’s acceptance to different forms of this therapy to gain best results.