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This is going to be a very personal post. I haven't ever blogged about the time about 5 years ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I guess I haven't shared it because in some ways I feel unworthy to label myself as a breast cancer survivor because so many other women have had to suffer with long treatments to overcome this terrible plague, and we all have had people we love who have not survived breast cancer. I was very blessed during my experience. First, the radiologist who read my mammogram was extremely vigilant and caught the little dot on my film that was so small. Second, I was able to have a lumpectomy to remove the little lump, and although it was larger than it had looked on the scans, they were able to get it all. Third, I was eligible for a treatment called brachytherapy, that was much shorter to endure compared to regular radiation. I didn't have to undergo chemo treatment. There was no trace of cancer in my lymph glands and most of all, I was surrounded by a wonderful, supportive family, sweet friends and great doctors. So, I have survived breast cancer. I continue to be vigilant about getting my mammograms each year and I hope that all of you are as well.
Here is the thing now about me going for my mammograms. Now, that I have had this experience with Breast Cancer, each time I go for the screening, I am a nervous wreck! I get myself so worked up and worried that they will find cancer again that I can't sleep the night before and I am sure that my blood pressure goes through the roof because of my fears. I pray and try to turn it over to God and to have faith, and for the last 5 years, my screenings have been clear, for which I am so thankful, but I still want to be proactive in protecting myself against another occurrence of cancer anywhere in my body.
I have researched ways to help our bodies be less susceptible to cancer cell growth. One of the things that we need to do is eat more vegetables and fruits and keep our systems on the alkaline, rather than the acidic side of the spectrum. One way you can check that is to use pH indicator tape or strips and check your saliva. I purchased some of the tape at Sprouts, or I just found strips at Bulk Apothecary that you can use to test your pH levels.
Another thing I have done is research essential oils and I have learned some amazing things about how they can help me be more active in my own health maintenance. I am not a doctor and I don't even play one on TV, but I have had some success and a little more peace of mind as I have added some essential oils to my daily routine. Remember that if you are pregnant you should not use essential oils because they could harm your baby! Some may not, but don't take the chance! Also, be very careful about young children, essential oils are too potent for them in many cases! Do your research before you try new things. I am sharing my experiences, but always use caution. When using an essential oil, do test patches to check for allergic reactions on your skin.
One of the first oils that I researched in terms of being a cancer cell inhibitor is Frankincense Oil. For years, a German Dr, Dr. Budwig has promoted the use of Frankincense oil in fighting brain tumors. I have also read this article about studies using this oil on bladder cancer cells. Other homeopathic doctors recommend it. Dr. Axe explains the many benefits of Frankincense here. So, after all that I have read, I came up with my own balm that I have incorporated into my daily routine.
I purchase all of my essential oils from Bulk Apothecary. I have been so satisfied with their company. They carry pure, therapeutic grade oils, and organic oils. Their prices are very good because they are not an MLM company. Bulk Apothecary carries supplies for personal care products, soap making, candle making and much more!
Essential oils are very strong and concentrated. You need to use them in some kind of a carrier oil. For my Frankincense Balm, I usually make just a couple of containers at a time because they last me quite a while. I put it in these little containers that you can get at the Dollar Tree. Here is the recipe:
In temperatures above 75 degrees F. the coconut oil will stay liquid. But, when temp gets cooler, it will solidify. I like to use coconut oil as the carrier because it has a myriad of its own benefits, that you can read about here.
Every morning, after my shower, I use this balm on my scars from my past surgeries and anywhere I feel like it will work on me! It has an earthy scent and it gives me a little more confidence that I am fighting cancer cell growth, which counts for a lot when it comes to my overall mental health! Frankincense is also supposed to be good for fighting wrinkles! So, a little on my crows feet areas never hurts!
The next oils I have learned a lot about are Clary Sage, Cinnamon Bark and Sweet Orange. All of these oils are supposed to be great mood lifters so that is why I call this uplifting balm. Clary Sage has also been found to reduce blood pressure and to be good at treating wounds and infections. Here is one study. It is also said to help alleviate PMS and menstrual cramping.
Cinnamon Bark oil is said to have the ability to dilate blood vessels, increase circulation and decrease inflammation.
I have personally experienced the mood uplift of the scent of the Sweet Orange oil. So, I decided to come up with a balm that would work for me in the mood, blood pressure, circulation areas. Also, to fight toe nail fungus in certain family members. I have just started using it, so I will let you know how it all turns out. So far, I love the smell and I do feel like my circulation is better already! Here is my recipe:
I rub this oil on my neck, my wrists, my feet and any bruises or varicose veins I might have. The smell is very cinnamon, and I love it! I packaged this balm in these containers from Dollar Tree!
(I used these same containers to hold dry shampoo that you can read about in this post.)
I also made the labels for the balms that you can copy off for your own use. I used the Avery website and their 2" round label product. Their site is so much fun to use to design your own labels, business cards, etc.
Have you had success in using essential oils? Tell us your story! I would love to know more. It gives me a sense of peace to know that there are natural ways to help keep myself and my family healthy. Just a reminder, use caution and do your homework. I hope this info that I provided will be of benefit to you.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!