A family wellness journey, Richie's diagnosis....
Richie back in October was diagnosed with stage 1b melanoma and has undergone two operations to hopefully take him back to the all clear although we are currently waiting on the lymph node results. The cancerous moles have been removed.
Lymph node removal is a surgical procedure to take out one or more of your lymph nodes. His doctor recommended this procedure due to being diagnosed with cancer this stage of cancer. It can help to check whether cancer has spread, or reduce the chance of it coming back.
We have our positive pants on and hope this was just something we managed to nip in the bud and now have learnt the importance of checking and looking after our health even more so now we are in our forties. If we want to stick around another forty years, we are ready to learn and adapt our lifestyle to the best of our abilities to help nourish, nurture and rejuvenate the best we can!
Starting with oils...
Essential oils can help support treatment, but you shouldn't skip conventional medicine in favour of them. Here’s what you need to know about essential oils and skin cancer.
Some experts believe they work by:
- Absorbing into your body’s tissues
- Stimulating your sense of smell, which causes your body to respond
Just to note some clinical studies, suggest that essential oils can fight cancerous cells in the body. But there isn't enough reliable research to show that essential oils alone can be an effective treatment for skin cancer.
Some oils, however, may provide relief from certain side effects.
Richie has tried so far from our range as we only want to use our own knowing they tried and tested by us and are 100% pure organic essential oils!
- Lavender essential oil has pain relief and calming properties that are safe and effective when dealing with a headache. It reduces irritation and relaxes breathing. Did you know Vitamin A is lavenders super power? Which helps boost collagen.
Frankincense essential oil is helpful for focus and aiding in relaxation and calmness might not just reduce inflammation. It may also attack cancer cells directly. (resource: studies)
- Peppermint essential oil improves circulation, relax muscles, and soothe the gut. It also helps to cool the body.
- Lemon essential oil’s earthy, citrus aroma has soothing, antibacterial and cleansing properties.
- Eucalyptus essential oil reduces inflammation and helps breathing.
- Tea tree essential oil is a natural choice for anti-allergy and building immunity, keeping skin, hair and nails healthy.
- Sweet almond carrier oil is useful for dry, itchy skin and for cooling skin.
The results from operation, bathing in epsom salts to start the healing process to then applying a few drops of pure organic essential oil (Frankincense Richie found the most magical) to sweet almond oil carrier oil to closed wounds after removal of stitches, Richie saw results in as little as two weeks on external wounds! Plants are incredible! To help him get back on his feet we rubbed oils every night into his feet to help lubricate internal organs and give him the best chance of recovery with eating wholesome foods and staying hydrated to flush out any toxins from the operation.
Safety with Essential Oils
Tell your doctor if you have skin cancer and are thinking about using an essential oil. Some oils can interact with certain conditions, medicines, or treatments, so it’s important to let your healthcare provider know what you’re using.
Use caution when applying essential oils to your skin. Never put it on an area that’s sore, inflamed, or broken. Always dilute the oil with a carrier oil before using it on the skin.
Some possible side effects include:
- A skin reaction
- An allergic reaction
- Worsened asthma or breathing problems
- Increased sun sensitivity (if applied before sun exposure)