A year ago, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and she was only given 8-12 months to live. Just finishing up my last year of school to become a holistic nutritionist, I sat down with my mom and talked through the options her doctor gave her. There were two different options of chemotherapy. One that would prolong her life for a few months and the other that would not prolong her life but would help her feel more comfortable while her body went through the rapid take over of cancer cells that was attacking her. I added a third option which was to eat an alkaline diet and take supplements to support her immune system knowing there was not much of one left. My mom chose to do chemo. She opted out of prolonging her life knowing that her quality of life would not be worth living for a short few months extra. We all supported her with her decision. It was her life, right?!
It wasn't long before we saw the affects of chemo on my mom. Her lack of appetite, the extreme nausea, and pain that debilitated mom from doing much of anything besides laying in her recliner that turned into her bed. She rarely moved from that spot
My sister was introduced to oils not long after mom was diagnosed. She learned about all of their benefits and was told these would be a great support for mom. I was completely on board and so was mom. We started by infusing the lavender to help relax and calm her from the anxiety she was experiencing. We then diluted peppermint and applied over her stomach to help calm the nausea and applied to her temples when she started feeling tense. And my favorite, we applied the diluted frankincense to the soles of her feet hoping it would support the cells that were being attacked by all the cancer.
We new there wasn't much we could do to save mom from the cancer as she was in stage 4 with less then a year to live, and yet these oils gave us something. They allowed us to feel like we were fighting this disease with her. These oils allowed us to not feel so helpless standing by watching her lose a piece of her life everyday.
These oils didn't save my mom but they gave her hope, they helped make her last months a little more comfortable. And they were great for us to inhale and help calm us while we spent that last 2 weeks by her side in the hospice.
Since the passing of my mom I have built up a strong wellness cabinet in my home and there isn't a day that goes by that I am not using my oils. It feels like every day I am finding a new use for my oils on and new ways to support my clients.