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New Guidelines from the IFA on how Aromatherapy can help with Cancer

Posted by Lauren at 14:53 on 25 Oct 2018

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In 2015, Cancer Research UK reported that just over 55,000 new cases of breast cancer were detected* in the UK, with 78% of those diagnosed surviving for 10 or more years. How can aromatherapy and aromatherapists help those (both men and women) who have had a diagnosis?

With 1 in 8 women now predicted to develop breast cancer in their lifetime all of us will have a client, a family member, a friend, a neighbour or a colleague who has been diagnosed with cancer and many would like to help using aromatherapy but are nervous around what you should and shouldn’t do. New guidelines published by the IFA (The International Federation of Aromatherapists) explain which essential oils to use, and how to administer them to provide support from initial diagnosis, through treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery to post treatment recovery, and palliative care.

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The wonder of aromatherapy is how versatile the usage and application of the essential oils can be to help alleviate the side effects of cancer and its treatment - not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

They can be massaged onto the skin, used in relaxing baths or even simply breathing in the vapours of certain oils could, for example, help reduce nausea and vomiting.

For more information and to get your copy of the new guidelines members please log in to the members area of the IFA website. 

* https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer