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Comforting My Mother-in-Law With Breast Cancer

Author: Eugeniya H.
Date: 12-28-2012
Views: 5,366
Word Count: 484
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 8109-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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My mother-in-law was dying of cancer, which was diagnosed way too late. By then, it circled her heart, and her extremities got swollen - she was dying in bed in the hospital. We were able to move her closer to us to a nursing home. She was transferred late at night. So when we came to visit, she was fast asleep. Not wanting to disturb her sleep, I put a drop of Frankincense on each foot.

The following day I brought the most delicious chocolate I could find, my mother-in-law's favorite treat. With her eyes closed, my mother-in-law accepted a small piece of chocolate, which she savored. After that she agreed to my putting oils on her.

The following days she greatly improved, while I continued applying the oils: she got up, went to physical therapy, ate (unfortunately ice cream - 3 times a day), participated in the events taking place at the nursing home, smiled and enjoyed music.

Which oils did I use? Many, since she had so many problems, including diabetes, years-long swollen legs, and was on a bad diet. Here is the list of some of the oils I remember using: Frankincense, Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Peppermint, JuvaFlex, Wintergreen, the En-R-Gee, DiGize and Thieves oil blends, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Juniper, foot baths with raw apple cider vinegar, followed by Raindrop oils on her feet, and Lemongrass, Cypress, Lavender and Sandalwood on her legs.

I did not have the Aroma Life oil blend so I improvised by layering the oils. I put oils in the capsules as well, which she swallowed. My mother-in-law's legs, which were swollen for over 20 years, were not swollen anymore, and she got better in so many ways! We were planning on taking her home.

It was all good, but not good enough. I never did the Raindrop on her back, her diet was one of the worst ones, the nursing home complained of my using essential oils, and then I got sick and didn't visit her for 3 days. When I came to see her again, her condition started going downhill. Yet she gathered her last strength to go to physical therapy - and that's after not eating for a few days already (which no one informed us about).

I put my cPrime bracelet on her head, gave her Peppermint to inhale, and she stood up straight - the tallest I've ever seen her. She was a heroine!

The last rite I performed on her was by putting White Angelica on her head - she fell asleep peacefully on Christmas night, about 4 weeks after she got transferred.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to use Ocotea for her diabetes - that would have helped to balance her blood sugar from the ice cream. Much later I learned from my husband that the redness on her legs, most likely, was melanoma - I could have used more oils for skin cancer on her legs, if I knew.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: mood-swings,emotions-/-feelings — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
4.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
5.Associated topics: edema-/-dropsy,inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
6.Associated topics: breast-cancer — Frankincense and myrrh showed anticancer effects.Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
8.Associated topics: mood-swings,emotions-/-feelings,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link

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