Healing Properties of Aromatic Oils
Essentials oils are trending. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve health and well-being. Different oils are said to ease symptoms of different conditions. We’ve compiled a list of the best essential oils to help with symptoms of breast cancer and other conditions. But check with your doctor — if you have allergies or anaphylaxis, you’ll probably want to avoid most essential oils.
Free radicals created by chemicals, pollutants, stress and toxins are said to cause cellular damage and health risks that may lead to cancers and chronic illnesses. Many essential oils, like lavender, have antioxidants that naturally protect us from disease.
Certain oils, like clary sage, are known to have promising anti-cancer effects. Frankincense has similar word-of-mouth claims.
From The Truth about Cancer: “Also known as boswellia, frankincense claims as part of its vast nutrient profile a unique compound known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, or AKBA for short. Scientific tests have determined that AKBA is a sworn enemy of cancer. With funding from the government of Oman, researchers from the University of Leicester were able to uncover how frankincense may be a safe and effective remedy for women who suffer from ovarian cancer.” They also say that some cancer cells respond to frankincense when they don’t respond to chemo. Read more about frankincense and cancer.
Massage Today suggests these uses for essential oils:
For Pain: Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, black pepper.
For Stress: Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.
For Sleep: Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.
For Sense of Well-Being: Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.
For Headaches: Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile.
For Circulation: Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.
Early research shows more possible benefits for essential oils in these areas:
For Antioxidant Properties: Lavender.
For Anticancer Properties: Lemongrass, thyme.
For Anti-inflammatory Properties: Myrrh, frankincense.
For Nausea: Peppermint, spearmint.
For Hormone Regulation: Thyme, coconut.
For Brain Function and Nerve: Coconut.
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