essential oils for cancer survivors

Should Cancer Survivors Consider the Benefits of Essential Oils? Yes. Here’s Why.

There is a lot of information – both pro and con – about whether essential oils can help a person fighting cancer. Do I think they can support the body during the cancer battle? Absolutely. However in my personal experience I discovered essential oils a few years after my last medical treatment of chemo and radiation. I was coping with physical side effects from the grueling treatments, surgeries and second round of treatment when cancer returned. I found that there are, today, many benefits to me personally by using essential oils to support my wellness goals AFTER cancer. I was going to write a blog post about all of the reasons why… but Dr. Eric Z already did.

In an article titled, “The Truth About Essential Oils for Cancer”, Dr. Z says the following:

“As more research is being conducted on natural therapies, it is becoming more than obvious that people do not need to use conventional practices like chemotherapy and radiation to eradicate cancer. Holistic remedies abound and a cursory glance on “Dr. Google” will rank several on the top of most people’s list. Of all the popular natural solutions out there, essential oils for cancer research has gained significant fanfare and for good reason.

The truth about essential oils for cancer is four-fold.

First – the research suggests that oils can help prevent and treat cancer at the cellular level. Additionally, and oftentimes overlooked, essential oils have been shown to be exceptionally effective at managing the side effects related to cancer itself and the side effects people suffer at the hands of medical interventions.

Second – it is critical to recognize that this is not an all-or-nothing approach. Just because you’re taking chemo doesn’t mean that you can’t use oils. The same is true on the flip side of that coin. Far too many patients and healthcare practitioners dichotomize natural from allopathic therapies, and do not give enough emphasis on the practicality of using both together.

Third – we need to put things into proper perspective and remember that the peer-reviewed articles we have that evaluate the ability of essential oils for cancer to prevent, stop and even reverse the growth of various malignant lines are in vitro. In other words, we don’t many live human trials with hundreds or thousands of participants, we have studies that are testing human cells in a petri dish. This is not to say that these studies are useless. The point we need to take from this is that essential oils for cancer is still experimental.

Fourth – with this said, there are literally thousands upon thousands of testimonials of people on the Internet claiming that EOs cured them of cancer. And this cannot be disputed because a vast majority of them are your normal, not-trying-to-make-a-buck kind of people who are not trying to sell a product. These are legitimate medical “miracles,” which are ultimately going to be the basis for further research.”

You can read the rest of this great article by Clicking Here. A helpful resource to research the benefits of essential oils is

Have you enjoyed Young Living essential oils as a cancer survivor? Want to know how to add these lovely essential oils into your after-cancer wellness routine? Comment below!


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Cancer Survivor? How About a Scan You Won’t Dread.

This month is the fourth wedding anniversary of my precious older daughter and her husband. What a joyful celebration their day was for all of us!!

August is also the fourth anniversary of my CT Scan at Memorial Sloan Kettering that came back with the stunning results, “Your body is normal.” This, after a traumatic journey through stage 3 colon cancer, colostomy, chemo, radiation, ileostomy, reversal, healing, and the return of stage 4 colon cancer a year later, juicing and raw foods, more moderate chemo and radiation, return to juicing and raw foods for four months, a scan showing an amazing 90% reduction of the mass, and then, August 2013, the scan showing nothing. Nothing? “Nothing.”

August is the seventh anniversary (seven?!) of settling into our new home and swimming in our pool and watching the trumpet vines blossom and seeing leaves turn color while swimming. Swimming towards a November 2010 surgery because a gyn ultrasound in August 2010 gyn found something not-normal growing inside my body.

I keep looking backwards because it often helps me move forward. I have no complaints that really matter. I’m here. So many people have lost loved ones to cancer! Their loved ones are not here. August makes me think a lot about things like looking backwards and swimming forward.

Are you a cancer survivor? Do you feel like there is some kind of gap between the end of cancer treatment and the carrying on with life? Waiting for the other shoe to drop? Released from medical care with no real compass about what life is supposed to look like in the days and weeks and months and years ahead?

itovi wellness scans binghamtonI’ve given myself permission to walk forward deciding what I will be comfortable with in my body and what I will not, in regards to medical procedures. One of the things I’ve been re-learning is to rest in the things that nurture my body and soul and spirit, and avoid the things that don’t. Sometimes we don’t have an option; many times, we DO.

One of the things that is nurturing me right now is the addition of essential oils into my personal routine. I’m concerned about things I put in or on my body, and oils are powerful, so I’ve chosen a company that I have researched and am comfortable trusting for oils. Quality matters when it comes to nurturing a body battered by surgeries, chemo and radiation, and more surgeries.

If you’re a cancer survivor I would love to share with you how essential oils have empowered me to feel more in control of what happens in my body. I also have a scanner that causes me no angst! It’s called an iTOVi scanner and uses bio-impedance to match up frequencies of essential oil products with the frequencies in my body. You could say it’s helping me identify and naturally cover some of those personal wellness gaps that I have wondered about since coming through cancer and cancer treatment. However, I do NOT endorse using this scanner if you do not use YL products. I cannot validate the quality of other oils and the  iTOVi scanner is intended to support my wellness via Young Living essential oils. It makes me feel good to know that iTOVi trusts Young Living as one of their partner companies.

What does August mean to YOU? If you’re interested in starting a new wellness scan tradition with iTOVi, or to begin the journey of enjoying essential oils personally, email me at goodhopebloggers [@] for more info.

How to Choose the Best Juicer for a Cancer Patient Budget

Well, obviously, a “FREE” juicer is best for any budget! What are the options for a cancer patient or health enthusiast considering the best juicer for their wallet?

veggie juice vegetable juice carrot juice beet juice apple juice greensBoth times I’ve been diagnosed with cancer I was kindly given the use of a juicer. Each time I used a different brand of juicer. One was a Champion juicer that a dear friend loaned to me, and one was a Jack LaLane juicer that belonged to my mom and dad. There are other options which tend to be more expensive and if you can afford those, go for it! The two juicers I’ve used tend to be affordable and did the job I needed at crucial times in my life.

Here is my experience with each juicer.

The Champion Juicer

champion juicer jack lalane juicer nutribullet juicing raw foods veggie juiceThe Champion is just that – a true champ at juicing. Champion juicers run between $250 and $295 and have a full 1/3 horsepower, heavy duty General Electric Motor. The juicer works great, easy to use, and has a number of attachments to help you make other items such as, “Frozen Sorbets, Sherbets, Baby Foods, Fruit Sauces and Nut Butters.”

The juicer can be a challenge to clean due to the removal of parts. The Champion juicer also needs to have olive oil placed on the mechanism after each use to ensure smooth operation. However, cleaning and oiling are well worth the effort to gain the benefit of fresh veggie and fruit juices!

The Jack LaLane Juicer

jack lalane juicer nutribullet champion juicing raw foods juices veggie juice vegetable juiceThe Jack LaLane juicer packs a powerful punch in a small and affordable juicing machine. The juicer is available in both plastic (PBA free) and stainless steel models and the price ranges from $69.95 to $120. I obtained the first Jack LaLane juicer in October of 2012 from my parents. It has lasted until the writing of this blog post (January 11, 2017) and has been replaced by the gift of a new Jack LaLane Fusion Juicer effective tonight. The older model still works just fine and I’m happy to be passing it on to a family member who would like to start juicing.

Like the Champion juicer, the Jack LaLane juicer requires cleaning, but I have found the Jack LaLane juicer much simpler to take apart, clean, and put back together. One tip my parents gave me was to place a small grocery bag in the area to collect pulp. When you’re read to clean out the juicer, simply pull out the entire bag. You’ve just saved yourself one step in the cleaning process!

What about the Nutribullet or Ninja blenders?

Last weekend I went shopping for a new juicer with my mom and sister. I was surprised to find that the only options in a major department store were a Nutribullet or Ninja blender in various styles. The salesperson was very helpful but was puzzled when I asked, “Do you have any juicers?” She pointed to the blender display and said, “Sure, right over there!” When I explained I meant a true juicer, not a blender, she asked, “Oh! Why, what’s the difference? We haven’t had the plain juicers in awhile because these are so popular.”

I shared that I could not drink five pounds of pulp each day (ie, Nutribullet or Ninja blenders), but I could drink five pounds of carrots juiced each day when I was on the cancer recovery plan. The juicer provides the liquid and no pulp. The blenders are ideal for one smoothie a day but the juicers are crucial for healing and wellness plans requiring juiced vegetables and fruit in higher quantities. We need those fresh enzymes in large quantities to help our immune system!

So what’s the best juicer for the cancer patient budget?

  1. Free! Ask friends and family if they have a juicer they are not using. Chances are, someone has one sitting in their kitchen or stored away and they would be happy to loan it to you.
  2. The Jack LaLane comes in at a lower price and still works like a horse. The Champion provides great extra options making it versatile. Choose which one meets your goals!

Have you used a juicer? Which one do you prefer, and why? I’d love to know! I’m getting thirsty. Time to go make some juice!