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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


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Chemotherapy, in its most general sense, is the treatment of disease by chemicals especially by killing micro-organisms or cancerous cells. In popular usage, it refers to drugs used to treat cancer or the combination of these drugs into a formulation for specific types of cancer.

Most commonly, chemotherapy acts by killing cells that divide rapidly, as that is one of the main properties of cancer cells. This means that it also harms cells that divide rapidly under normal circumstances: cells in the bone marrow, digestive tract and hair follicles.  This results in the most common side effects of chemotherapy - decreased production of blood cells, inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, and hair loss.

Under the procedures tab others share their experiences in how essential oils, blends, and other products help strengthen the body during this process.  This include rebuilding blood cells, restoring digestive functions, and helping with depression and fear during a very invasive process.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:

Depression and anxiety: Grounding Blend, Calming Blend.


 Immune system strength: Cypress, Protective Blend.  Also Massage Blend technique.


Essential oils based products: Nutrition: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).


Also consider: Invigorating Blend, Lavender, Lemon

Suggested protocols:

Depression and anxiety:  Diffuse the oils of choice.  Daily Massage Blend  technique is beneficial at multiple levels and calms with the oils and human touch.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Anonymous - Has anyone had experiences with oils helping someone undergoing chemotherapy?

BK - My father found that essential oils were very supportive during his chemotherapy, especially Grounding Blend and Calming Blends when he became afraid or depressed. We were very open with the doctor about the essential oils.  He was skeptical at first, but then came to believe that oils did not interfere with cancer treatment. If anything, he came to recognize that the oils enhanced the treatment and speed the detoxification of the chemotherapy.

The Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplements were amazing during treatment.  My father combined them with a diet of raw foods and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. The doctor was always astounded by his blood work. He also never felt the extreme fatigue that normally happens during chemotherapy.

A spinal technique will rejuvenate and bring much needed physical and emotional comfort. (Edit: Consider using Dr. Hill's Massage Blend Technique)

Cypress oil and Protective Blend helped stimulate white corpuscle production and kept his immune system strong.  Diffuse, apply topically, or just breathe it in every day to keep the body's defenses strong.  The chemotherapy destroyed his sense of taste and smell, and he experienced that dreadful metallic taste during treatments.  We would have water with Lemon and Peppermint nearby to counter the taste.

We had him take a quality probiotic at night to repopulate the healthy bacteria in the gut. (Edit: (...) now has Probiotic Defense Formula for this)   We would add virgin coconut oil to flavored smoothies to get him nutrition when he didn’t feel like eating. He loved the smell of Invigorating Blend and Grounding Blend, so we always had a diffuser running nearby.  We did  a capsule full of Grapefruit (for the D-Limonene) .

Oils that are leading the cancer research include Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Lemon and other citrus oils. Most oils inhibit cellular mutations, kill off mutated cells, and feed healthy cells, so use them with confidence.

Mental attitude, loving touch, calming music and spiritual faith are key to the healing process,  I also recommend using any emotional blends liberally to stay positive.


Kat Lee - I heard that it was best if essential oils were stopped 2 days prior to chemotherapy and then not used for about 9 days after chemotherapy.  My question is, why would you need to stop the oils during and right after chemo?

Pat - If he continues on with the oils and is aggressive and following the protocol, then he is doing all he possibly can do. As for stopping the oils before chemotherapy, I just don't know why you would need to do that. That is something I don't know about. I know of those who have continued it through chemotherapy and radiation. They were not sick, did not lose their hair, and felt pretty good.

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NOTE: The advice shared in this site has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems.