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May28

How Essential Oils Helped Me During Chemotherapy and Radiation

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When I found out I had breast cancer I felt like a fraud or imposter. I owned a wellness centre and taught others how to be well and heal, but here I was battling cancer. So many of my clients were supportive and thought I was insane to think this way, but this is how we bash ourselves up don’t we?

I decided to discard this imposter mindset and adopt a resilient mindset, and continued using natural health products, like essential oils, during my treatments because I know how powerful they can be when used aromatically and topically.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils Basics


Essential oils are in the plant and are extracted by distillation (steam, steam/water and water) or expression (also known as cold pressing). However, essential oils are constantly changing their chemical composition in the plant and helping the plant to adapt to the ever-changing internal and external environment. They are also known as the life force of the plant. Research has shown that plants produce essential oils for a variety of purposes:

  • Attract pollinators and dispersal agents.
  • To serve as defense compounds against insects and other animals.
  • To protect the plant by their antifungal and antibacterial nature.

Watch this interview with Dr. Alishia Alibhai where she explains very simply what essential oils are and how they help:

History of Essential Oils

“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day,” advised Hippocrates around 400 BC. He was referring to the value of aromatic plants in health and wellbeing.

The use of aromatic plants is the oldest form of medicine, but they were also used for overall health, beauty, and for spiritual practice. These products became the basis for ointments and healing balms in herbal medicinal traditions, as well as fragrant perfumes and incense.

I remember when I’d get a cold or cough, my mother would give me cloves or clove water. When I’d have an ear ache she’d add garlic oil inside my ear. When I got married, I had to sit in a room where I was pampered as if I was royalty in a Turkish bath infused with fragrant oils.

What I Used and When?

If you or someone you know is going through surgery or cancer, consult with your doctor because I’m neither a doctor nor a certified aromatherapist. I consulted with a certified aromatherapist who gave me instructions on what to use. I was so impressed with the healing properties that my husband and I decided to create our line of aromatherapy products called SHANTI. This includes essential oils, natural skin care for problem skin, and natural hair care.

After Surgery

I decided to have a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy), but I ended up going under the blade twice because they didn’t get the whole tumor out the first time. At my follow-up appointment with my surgeon, she was so impressed with the healing and asked what I had been doing!

I used Lavender essential oil on my wound every day after I showered.

LAVENDER is calming, pain relieving and anti-spasmodic. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antifungal, and antibacterial. It’s widely known for use on sunburns, scrapes, cuts and insect bites.

HELICHRYSUM oil has a powerful, rich, floral, tea-like scent that comforts, lessens the effect of shock, phobias and improves the flow of energy through the body. It helps promote 

cell growth, heal scars and skin tissue.

Either of these work for healing wounds.

Before Chemotherapy

Anxiety Release

It’s normal to get anxious or nervous before chemotherapy. I used positive self-talk, law of attraction principles, talked to my supporters, but I also used an anxiety release blend to calm me down. I rolled the blend on my temples, my neck - fron and back, top of my forehead and wrists.

As I rolled the oil in these areas, I’d say the following affirmations:

  • I’m going to be fine during chemotherapy and will feel nothing as the medication enters through an IV.
  • I’ll have very minimal side effects, if any, and I’ll be able to deal with it.

After ChemotherapyI had four chemotherapy treatments every three weeks, and my symptoms were worst after the first one. I explain what symptoms I went through and what I did about them in this video:




The most common symptoms for anyone going through chemotherapy is nausea, fatigue and lack of appetite. I quickly learned after my first chemotherapy that I had to plan ahead to ensure the symptoms don’t get worse. I was grateful that after my second, third and fourth chemotherapy treatment, I only suffered lack of appetite, fatigue and loose bowels for 3-5 days.

I used the following essential oils in a diffuser to help build my immune system.

FRANKINCENSE is considered a “holy” oil, this ritual oil is often used during religious ceremonies and very effective at clearing up mucous and regulating its secretion. It’s known to be a great oil for use during labour and in cases of post-natal depression.

MEDIEVAL THYMES is legendary blend and considered to be antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic because it has a combination of oils:

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  • Clove Bud - A strong, spicy and penetrating aroma. It has a positive and stimulating effect on the mind, alleviating depression. It also helps with sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.
  • Lemon - A familiar fresh, clean fragrance used for calming the emotions. Stimulates mental activity, increasing concentration and memory. Excellent antibacterial/disinfectant properties that can be used to soothe throat infections.
  • Cinnamon - This familiar warm aroma is a great mind and body revitaliser, helping to alleviate exhaustion, depression and weakness. Assists in digestive issues.
  • Eucalyptus - A strong medicinal fragrance that aids concentration. Used in a number of respiratory remedies. Its antiviral properties help fight colds, flu and ease breathing, headaches, muscular aches and pains. Do not use if you have high blood pressure or are taking homeopathic medication.
  • Rosemary - This fragrance provides mental awareness and clarity. It strengthens the nervous system, stabilizes emotions and minimizes mood swings.
  • Thyme - The supportive and fortifying nature of Thyme is gently empowering, helping you overcome physical, emotional and mental exhaustion by improving clarity and memory. It clears the respiratory system of catarrh and helps digestion.
  • Myrrh - An ancient spiritual oil used in purification processes that was said to deepen one’s connection to the universe. Provides a sense of strength, stability and courage. This oil has a “grounding” effect on the psyche, easing fear.

I love the smell of Medieval Thymes and how it made me feel. You can get it here.

During Radiation

My radiation oncologist suggested I use Glaxo Base after every radiation treatment, but I asked her if I could use organic creams and essential oils instead. At first, she was hesitant but after showing her my breast two weeks into treatment she was happy with the results.

I had a treatment daily for sixteen days, not including weekends. After each treatment, I’d use Eminence Organic Skin Care Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator.

HolyGrail

My skin was fine until the last five treatments where it turned red. It didn’t hurt or feel burned, but it was tender. During this time, we had ordered a new product for our wellness centre, from our aromatherapy supplier, called Holy Grail. This blend includes Frankincense, Myrrh and Turmeric in Hemp Seed oil. The therapeutic oils in this ancient recipe have been used to help support health and wellness in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4000 years.

I decided to use the body oil on my breast daily and noticed a huge difference just within two weeks. I’m so impressed with this product that we’ve decided to bring it on-line soon!

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Life will throw us curveballs, but it is our job to find the resources to cope so we can stay resilient. When my surgeon told me that breast cancer is 80 to 90% curable, I hung on to those words like a person being thrown a line when they feel like they’re drowning. I’m not sure why, but I reminded myself of those words every time someone told me how sorry they were that I had breast cancer. I reminded them that its 90% curable and I wasn’t going anywhere.

Being resilient is not only about coping, but its about building your inner strength so you can keep functioning when the tide is high and the current is sweeping you in another direction. I found the use of essential oils an important resource during my journey and it helped me cope tremendously.



References:

Aromatherapy A Guide for The Use of Therapeutic Essential Oils by Colour Energy and Ashbury’s Aromatherapy
The Beginner’s book of Essential Oils by Christine J Dalziel

May26

Baked Turnip Chips

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May19

Healthy Tuna Salad

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Mar17

Carrot Pulp Protein Bars

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Mar17

Red Lentil and Cauliflower Curry

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Dec20

Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

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During these cold winter months in Alberta, soups keep us warm. However, I find that adding starchy and sweet vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes gives me that extra energy and satisfaction that I can't seem to find with broth soups.

I've added curry spices so it gives that aromatic flavour and little kick in the taste buds.

I usually bake the butternut and sweet potato the day before so its already cooled down in the refrigerator and easy to blend and whip up the next day.

Remember, you can always freeze the soup in batches and enjoy it for those quick lunches!

~ Zaheen

Curried Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Soup 

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Dec14

Healthy Cabbage Soup

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I find that usually after my chemotherapy treatment, nothing tastes or smells good. I lack appetite and the smell of meat makes me gag.

I came across this recipe from www.simplyrecipes.com and decided to add a little spin of my own so I could get some food into my belly.

Wow! This cabbage soup is a lifesaver and it's the only thing I can eat after my chemotherapy treatments to feel satisfied and nourished.

If you know of anyone going through chemotherapy or surgery after-effects, share this recipe with them or better yet - prepare it for them!

~ Zaheen

Healthy Cabbage Soup 

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Nov17

Malaysian Lamb Stew

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Stew is a great dish for these cold months creeping on us, but I wanted to make it taste exotic rather than just the normal stew.

Adding coconut milk and some East Indian spices gave it a warm flavour, but yet added some sweetness.

You can substitute lamb for beef or chicken.

Malaysian Lamb Stew 

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Oct27

Roasted Turnips

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If you are doing your best to stay away from starchy veggies such as potatoes, then turnips are your best bet.

I'll be honest, we never ate turnips until recently because we never grew up eating them! We were surprised how these turned out - you'll not miss potatoes.

You can use any seasoning you want - we used Greek. You could also add a can of chick peas and roast it together with the turnips - yummy!

Enjoy these roasted turnips!

Roasted Turnips 

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Oct22

What is an Adaptogen?

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An Adaptogen is a natural substance that helps to reduce anxiety, stress, and combat depression.

One is Rhodiola Rosea and the other one is Ashwagandha Root Powder which comes from the Science of Ayurveda.

Dr. Oz has said that Rhodiola is the fountain of youth because it helps increase your happy hormones, and those are dopamine and serotonin.

The second one, is Ashwagandha Root Powder, also known as the strength of a stallion, because it helps you increase your immunity and it also balances your thyroid hormones.

Ashwagandha

Who is this good for? If you feel that you are going through a lot of stress, and it’s causing you adrenal fatigue. If you are going through depression, then any one of these would really help, but if your depression has been diagnosed then consult your physician If you find that you are going to chemotherapy and you want to keep your immunity up, then this for sure would help. But again, check in with your doctor.

*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Oct22

What is Guduchi Stem Powder?

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In Ayurveda its also called the Nectar of the Gods. It’s the herb of choice to use for rheumatoid conditions and gout. But it also used by individuals to bring their blood sugar levels down.

It is good for someone who is suffering from arthritis specifically rheumatoid arthritis, if you are suffering from gout, and if you are suffering from diabetes. However, I’ve heard that it brings the blood sugar levels down quite quickly, so you want to make sure that you measure your blood sugar levels every day.

Do not consume Guduchi if you are suffering from autoimmune disease or if you are going for surgery. Ask your physician if you can consume Guduchi.

Guduchi

*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Oct22

What is Manjista Root Powder?

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In Ayurveda, It's called the lymph mover, because it helps to regulate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining all the toxins and the waste from your body so it helps to regulate your immune system.

Exercise is the only way the lymphatic system will be able to take out the toxins from your body. So if you don’t exercise regularly, then you want to incorporate Manjista into your diet.

Who is this good for? It's good if you suffer from any skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, or eczema. If you have low immunity. If you suffer from swollen fingers or swollen feet.

Manjista

*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Oct22

Why is Psyllium Husk Powder Good For you?

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Psyllium Husk Powder - Your little bathroom buddy. It comes from the plant, plantago ovata, which is all natural.

If you’re someone who suffers from constipation, or going to the bathroom regularly, then, you want to implement this into your diet. It’s a fiber and when you start taking Psyllium you will notice that it’s not like a laxative - it help with bulk forming stools.

It doesn’t only help your gut, it also helps your heart. Research has shown, when you eat fiber, it overall helps with the cholesterol levels. It starts to bring them down, which helps your heart as well.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Oct22

Essential Oil Aromatherapy

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If you want to use essential oils, but have no idea how to combine them and for what. Then, this line here from Soulful Sisters Aromatherapy is the way to go because it takes out the guess work. Headache Relief - Sweet Almond, Grapeseed oil, Peppermint oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil. Apply Back of neck and temples.

Happy Tummy - Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E oil, Peppermint oil, Sweet Fennel oil, Clove Bud. Apply clockwise around belly button.

Immune Power - Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lemon oil, Fir Balsam oil, Tea tree Oil, Thyme oil, Frankincense oil, Roman Chamomile. Apply chest, throat, back of neck, bottom of feet.

Balance Yourself - Grapeseed oil, Sweet almond oil, Lavender oil, Geranium oil, Clary Sage oil, Fir Balsam oil, Roman Chamomile. Apply back of neck, clockwise around belly button, bottom of feet.

Bitchy Babe - Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Geranium oil, Grapefruit oil, Bergamot oil. Mist over body, pulse points.

Anti Stress- Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Sweet Fennel. Mist over body, pulse points.

*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Oct07

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Badur and I (Zaheen) were meeting our insurance broker for breakfast in Edmonton at the Capilano Mall, and we noticed a small Farmer’s Market being set up. Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse was there with lots of veggies and they had these huge cauliflower heads. I didn’t buy one, I bought two!

This recipe is adapted from another one and I like that I don’t have to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower. Even our daughter, Arissa, loved it!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza 

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Sep30

Fajita in a Squash

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Fall harvest brings with summer squashes- just like this one, generously donated by one of our clients. We wanted to make an easy squash recipe and noticed that we already had cooked ground beef ready! I’m sure you’ll enjoy this quick dinner recipe. Embrace the season!

Fajita In A Squash 

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Sep23

Zucchini Pancakes

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Here's another ZUCCHINI recipe that I tried and loved. Let us know what you think!

Zucchini Pancakes 

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Sep16

Zucchini Mini Loaves

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Sep09

Carrot and Beetroot Muffins

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Sep02

Curried Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

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Aug26

Roasted Chick Peas and Vegetables

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Aug19

Hot Chicken Mango Wrap

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Aug12

Salmon with Curried Mango Sauce

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Aug10

Banana Crepe

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Jul16

Kalokado Smoothie

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