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.