You have many choices to make about your cancer treatment. One choice you might be thinking about is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care. Examples of CAM therapies are acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal medicines.
People with cancer may use CAM to
- Help cope with the side effects of cancer treatments
- Ease worries of cancer treatment and related stress
- Feel that they are doing something more to help their own care
CAM treatments do not work for everyone. Some methods, such as acupuncture, might help with nausea, pain and other side effects of cancer treatment. Talk to your doctor to make sure that all aspects of your cancer care work together.
NIH: National Cancer Institute
Home Remedies for Essential Oil
Aroma therapy can be used to calm one's mood and provide relaxation. An essential oil diffuser adds moisture the your home or office environment while given your room a pleasant scent.
Mechanism - ultrasonic aroma essential oil diffuser
Frankincense essential oil calms, fights fatigue, and increases circulation. Used with a carrier oil, it helps heal eczema, psoriasis and dandruff, all alongside that lovely scent.
Lavender essential oil has a delightful fragrance, reduces stress and creates a warm and welcoming environment. Used with a carrier oil, it helps heal minor burns, cuts, insect bites / bee stings, eczema, dandruff, dry skin, and soothes anxiety.
Lemongrass essential oil helps treats anxiety and depression. It also deodorizes and fight bacteria and repels insects.
Peppermint essential oil can relieve sinus congestion, treat indigestion, increase energy levels.
Mechanism - Mentha Peperita
Sweet orange essential oil has a wonderful scent. Clear your mind and relax.
Rosemary essential oil is used to relieve arthritic pain. Increase mental focus and uplift spirit.
Apply a few drops into an ultrasonic humidifier or into warm water and inhale the vapors. Frankincense essential oil is good for relaxing the chest and nasal airways.
Bergamot essential oil can treat a range of ailments, including helping to unclog pores. Avoid sunlight for 12 hours after using it on your skin.
Felter's Materia Medica on Essential Oil
The rhizome of Acorus Calamus, Linné (Nat. Ord. Acoraceae). Common in wet and muddy grounds everywhere in the... / ... Hemisphere. Dose, 5 to 40 grains. Common Name: Sweet-flag. Principal Constituents.-Resin, aromatic essential oil, and a bitter glucoside, acorin (C36 H60 0,). Preparations.I. Specific Medicine Cala... / ...value in all of the local conditions named it has been much overrated, and its real medicinal worth obscured by extravagant praise.1
Glycerin, Glycerol. A liquid composed most largely of a trihydric alcohol (C3H5(OH)3) obtained by the processes of hydrolysis and distillation of... / ...he atmosphere. It mixes with water or alcohol; and is insoluble in ether, chloroform, and fixed and essential oils. Dose, 1/2 to 2 fluidrachms. Preparation.Suppositoria Glycerini, Suppositories of G... / ...A 5 per cent solution of phenol in glycerin upon cotton may be used for insertion into the aural canal after rupture of the membrana tympani wh1
The dried, ripe fruit and root of Petroselinum sativum, Hoffman (Nat. Ord. Umbelliferae). Native of Europe; cultivated in all moderate... / ...ommon Names: (1) Parsley Fruit, Parsley Seed; (2) Parsley Root. Principal Constituents.(Root.) An essential oil containing Apiol; (Fruit) Fatty oil (22 per cent), volatile oil (oil of parsley) conta... / ...fail to produce any emmenagogue effects. A liquid apiol (Oleoresina Petroselini) is to be preferred, given in doses of eight to twelve minims.1
The nearly ripe fruit of Pimenta officinalis, Lindley (Nat. Ord. Myrtaceae).... / ...ose, 10 to 30 grains. Common Names: Allspice, Pimento, Jamaica Pepper. Principal Constituents.An essential oil (Oleum Pimenta) and an aromatic green resin. Preparation.Specific Medicine Pimenta. ...... oil, in doses of two to five drops, is sometimes given in flatulence and other conditions in which essential oils are usually displayed.1
Physician's Materia Medica on Essential Oil
The leaves and tops of TANACETUM VULGARE, Lin. Emmena gogue, anthelmintic. carminative, antiperiodic. Used in flatulent dyspepsia and in hysteria; in domestic practice as a vermiiuge and especially as an emmenagoirue. The essential oil, which represents the activity of the drug as an emmenagogue, is given in doses of 0.05 to 0.25 c. c. (1 to 4 M).2
A camphor-like substance; (phenol) obtained from the oil of THYME, and other essential oils. Antiseptic, antizymotic. Used internally in typhoid fever and as an intestinal antiseptic; locally for its antiseptic actioin. Dose, 0.06 to 0.30 Grm. (1 to 5 grs.).2
The leaves of GAULTHERIA mzOCUMBENs, Lin. Aromatic, antiseptic, astringent, galactagogue, also a stimulant diuretic and emmenagogue. Used in chronic diarrhea, in dysuria and as a carminative in infantile colic. The essential oil consists chiefly of Methyl Salicylate and is a valuable remedy in articular rheumatism (externally and internally) and in fermentative dyspepsia and diarrhea. Dose of the oil 0.2 to 0.6 c. c. (3 to 10 M) or more.2
The fruit of CHENOPODIUM ANTHELMINTICUM, Lin. Anthelmintic, antispasmodic. An eflicient remedy for lumbricoid worms. The essential oil is the anthelmintic principle and is now almost exclusively used. Dose of the oil, 0.2 to 0.5 c. c. (3 to 8 M).2
Physician's Therapeutics Memoranda on Essential Oil
When due to anemia and debility, combinations of aloes with iron, In an otherwise healthy subject, apiol or the... / When due to anemia and debility, combinations of aloes with iron, In an otherwise healthy subject, apiol or the essential oil of penny. royal or of rue, savine or tansy; black cohosh; manganese dioxide (or potassium permanganate), taken for at least two weeks be...2
2) Nelson, Baker & Co., 1904, Physician's Handy Book of Materia Medica and Therapeustics, Detroit, Michigan.