October is breast cancer awareness month. I was privileged to hear a presentation last month by Dr. Christine Salter titled Breast Health and Essential Oils. Dr. Salter has been sharing essential oils with her clients since 2009 and has witnessed how essential oils can be used effectively not only for affecting one’s state of mind, but also directly affected health issues such as cancer.
Dr. Salter stressed that the mind and the body are in separable and that 70-90% of visits to health care providers are related to stress disorders. She referenced the following study showing the link between stress and breast cancer: Stressful Life Events and Risk of Breast Cancer in 10,808 Women: A Cohort Study The findings suggest a role for life events in breast cancer etiology through hormonal or other mechanisms.
Thus one’s health and well-being must include stress management techniques. While we may not be able to remove the stressors from our environment, we can affect our reaction to them and one proven method is through aromatherapy as shown in the below study:
In conclusion, our investigation demonstrates the relaxing effect of a mixture of lavender and bergamot oils. This synergistic blend provides evidence for its use in medicine for treating depression or anxiety in humans .
Not only do essential oils have the power to effect our state of mind, but they may also have a direct affect upon our cells. The following studies report how the essential oil of Boswellia sacra have been effective against human breast cancer cells as well as bladder cancer.
- Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells.
- Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity.
In fact, the following video with Dr. Suhail address the powerful healing effects of Boswellia sacra and plans for further studies. Boswellia sacra is only found in Young Living’s Sacred Frankincense.
Essential oils also have another cancer fighter in the line up – those containing d-limonene. Limonene is a natural plant phytochemical that has been proven in humans and in animals to have chemopreventative and chemotherapeutic benefits. Limonene is found in the citrus oils and more.
- Orange – Contains up to 96% limonene
- Grapefruit – Contains 89-95% limonene
- Tangerine – 85 – 93% limonene
- Mandarin – up to 75% limonene
- Elemi – up to 70% limonene
- Lemon – 59-73% limonene
- Lime – Up to 65% limonene
- Bergamot – 30-45% limonene
As part of her action plan for breast health along with Breast Healthy Nutrition & Lifestyle and Breast Healthy Personal Care Products, Dr. Salter recommends Therapeutic Self Breast Awareness- using Sacred Oil Of Frankincense as well as Citrus Fresh.
Citrus fresh as this is a blend of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon and spearmint. Note, citrus oils are not only high in limonene but aromatically are known as a mood elevator and may therefore help with reducing the effects of stress as well.
Incorporate essential oils in your daily practice to help promote your greatest health. I know I do. Order Young Living Products here