The use of essential oils to improve physical, mental and spiritual health is known as aromatherapy. Can it help prostate cancer patient though? Is there any benefit of using essential oils for prostate cancer? Let’s find out.
What Aromatherapy Does
First, let’s start with this: there is no research discussing the use of aromatherapy as a treatment for cancer. That said, it doesn’t mean aromatherapy has no effect on a patient with cancer. The fact of the matter is aromatherapy does have effects.
The effects of aromatherapy are said to be the result of chemical components in the oils to olfactory bulb receptors. This, in turn, affects the limbic system which is human’s emotional center. The question now is, what are the effects of essential oils for prostate cancer?
Effects of Essential Oils for Prostate Cancer
Any cancers, including prostate cancer, will no doubt the devastating impact on the patient’s life. In many cases, their condition can make them feel stressed and anxious. Stress and anxiety will only make their condition worse. Recent research found that stress may increase the rate of metastasis. That is, the rate of cancer spreading inside the body.
This is one of the uses of essential oils for prostate cancer. Aromatherapy has been known to alleviate stress and anxiety. At best, it will likely to help cancer from spreading by alleviating stress and anxiety. And at the very least, it helps the patient to relax. To reduce stress and anxiety, you can use essential oils made from the extract of the following plants: jasmine, lavender, grapefruit, sweet orange, frankincense, mandarin, and lavender rose geranium.
Another uses is easing pain and headache. We all know that treatment for cancer is painful and may induce a headache. Here essential oils can help by easing the pain. To ease the pain, you can use black pepper, ginger, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender. As for a headache, you can use Roman chamomile, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender.
Tips on Using Essential Oils
- Check the Quality
That’s right. As with everything else, you should check the quality of essential oils that you buy. Try to find reputable producers who make it without adding extra ingredients. Why? Because these extras can cause an allergic reaction.
- Tell Your Doctor
This is important. Your doctor will tell you which essential oils will be safe for you and rule out possible side effects. Also, they will tell you which essential oils that don’t affect your prescription
- Don’t Forget to Dilute Them
The reason is that undiluted essential oils will be too strong. So, before you use it to make sure that you dilute the oil first. You can use vegetable oil to dilute it, for instance.
- Don’t Rub Them Just about Anywhere
Just because you can rub it on your hands or legs, does not mean you can rub it to every part of your body. They may not be safe for other areas such as eyes, mouth, nose or genitals. Use it with caution.
As you can see, while essential oils may not treat cancer directly, it can ease the symptoms of cancer as well as the side effects of cancer treatment. Just remember to use essential oils properly.