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Aromatherapy and Lung Cancer

Hmmm….what? Yep, you read that right. Aromatherapy can be great if you have lung cancer.  First and foremost, allow me to say that I do NOT sell nor endorse any specifics brands, but I have recently purchased 2 diffusers for my home and the difference is amazing.

Dealing with sinus and chest congestion

A little background information.  #1 – I have had lung cancer for 3 years and 10 months, surgery to remove my entire left lung and chemotherapy and currently immunotherapy. I usually cough several times a day.  I can feel and hear congestion but nothing comes out.  #2 – I love scents and burn soy wax melts all day.

I think I have found the best combination of both. My daughter came home the other night with a rather small diffuser (approx. 5 inches wide and 6 inches tall). The diffuser also came with 5 bottles of essential oils (15mL). There was eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and relaxation.  We immediately started reading because we really don’t know much.  Immediately, we put in eucalyptus as we read that is for sinus congestion. There were four of us in the room and within a half hour, our noses started running.  So what did we do? Go running to Google.

A surprising result

We found if you add 5 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree oil, within the next half hour, we were all blowing our noses and actually coughing up gunk with every cough. I was amazed.

I went to bed that night without bringing the diffuser to my room and when I woke up, I really missed it. My nose and throat felt dry. I filled up the diffuser with my concoction and enjoyed my coffee while blowing my nose and clearing my chest.

It is truly amazing what this did for me. I’m skeptical about these kinds of things and usually ignore it, but my daughter, Maria, had been doing research on COPD for dad and came across information for lung cancer. A diffuser only holds approx. 300-400 mL of water and lasts approx. 4-6 hours. We got the bright idea to buy a cool mist humidifier (the kind for a baby’s room) and sprinkle some essential oils into that. Give us a few weeks to develop the appropriate measurements of oil and we will let you know the results.

Research on aromatherapy as a complementary treatment for cancer

According to The National Cancer Institute, aromatherapy can be used to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. Researchers have studied the impact of aromatherapy on cancer patients’ cancer-related symptoms, such as stress, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting. Research studies have also shown that certain essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, calming, or energizing effects. It is important to note that these studies all focus on aromatherapy as a complementary therapy, and there is no research that discusses aromatherapy as a treatment for cancer.1

Have you tried aromatherapy? If you try it, feel free to share your experiences with me! I’d love to hear from people who have been using this type of therapy for a long time.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The LungCancer.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

  1. Aromatherapy and Essential Oils (PDQ)-Patient Version. National Cancer Institute. Page last updated June 9, 2017. Accessed on December 10, 2017. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/aromatherapy-pdq

Comments

  • notme
    1 year ago

    Hi Jennifer, thank you for opening up topic in conversation of aromatherapy. I now see i may have mixed up who’s story was what, anyway a special thank you in opening up this topic. Btw I find it very difficult to see my text in the window box I am typing in. The don’t is very thin and difficult to see. Is there anyway for me to change the boldness of the text on the sites app? Also I see no exit buttons, are there no exit buttons to the app? Can you tell I am a newbie here lol

  • Margot moderator
    1 year ago

    @notme thank you for your feedback on the site and text! We will pass it along! You may have to exit the window you are in on mobile. Best, Margot, LungCancer.net Team Member

  • notme
    1 year ago

    I believe there is allot to be said for comfort weather one is feeling good already and is seeking to feel even better, or if one is not feeling well and seeking to feel better. Comfort, wellbeing at its optimum is what hopefully we all are setting out to achieve and obtain. This promotes “wellness” in our whole being so YES, I encourage any to find pure oils that are pleasing to you and that you do not have adverse reactions too (each of us are different with scents, fragrances, be it from, copd, lung cancer, allergies or what not. Aromatherapy can promote wellness, and if it can promote “wellness”, I believe it can promote healing. After all, there are many levels and dimensions of healing. Seek out aromatherapy, if one oil does not work for you, experiment with something else. I encourage you to read up a bit about the benefits each one has to offer as they are not necessarily inexpensive. If you do find you have adverse reactions to one, you can clean out your diffuser by wiping it down with running compound. Happy aroma to you all

  • Annie68
    2 years ago

    Hi, My Daughter gave me an aroma diffuser for my birthday, and I do like it a lot. It uses ultrasonic waves that instantly vaporizers water and essential oils to produce a cool, dry fragrant mist. My daughter also included eight different oils that are pure and natural. I enjoy experimenting with the different oils,blending into some wonderful fragrances and some not so wonderful. The diffuser really helps set a mood, calms my nerves, and I do believe helps me sleep and breathe better.
    It’s a neat little device (5”x5”x4.1”), as timer mode and three PCS LED light.
    My daughter made me a believer in Aroma Therapy..

  • notme
    1 year ago

    Hi. Annie68, I am. Happy for you to have found aromatherapy a positive experience. Nothing like getting the crud up and out of your system, opening up airways to improve breathing capacity, and I would have got a kick out of being a fly on the wall watching all of you minutes later hacking, coughing, blowing your noses and looking at each other. Heeheehee. My daughter actually gifted me a diffuser this year for Christmas as well. I have been using orange oil which has also worked well for me. At night I sleep with a cpap machine on so I would not be able to benefit from a diffuser at night, however I do enjoy lightly spraying my pillows and linens down with a lavender/geranium water mix before I crawl in between the sheets. The aroma prepares me for sleep. In the morning I pull backing my bedding and open up my sheets, spray my linens and pillows-all 6 of them let them air dry before making my bed. I enjoy this for aroma therapy as well and it does some clearing in my sinuses. God Bless You Annie

  • Margot moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for sharing @notme! I am glad to hear that you have had a positive experience with aromatherapy; thanks for noting what you have been using and how! Thinking of you, Margot, LungCancer.net Team

  • Margot moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing @annie68!! That’s so nice of your daughter! Do you have a favorite oil or combination? So glad that you have found it helpful for you! Thinking of you.

    Best,
    Margot, LungCancer.net Team

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