Recently I was sharing essential oil information at a health and wellness fair. At my table, I was diffusing Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) essential oil (EO). Aside from the wonderful smell, people were asking me about its uses. I was familiar with EO users talking about its immunity support and had heard stories of cancer patients using it but had no factual data on the subject. So I went to PubMed and looked it up. I found multiple articles, many too technical for my purpose. However, I did find a study done in the UK that used aromasticks in a cancer clinic with very good results:
- 77% (n = 123) of all patients reported deriving at least one benefit from the aromastick.
- In anxious patients, 65% reported feeling more relaxed and 51% felt less stress.
- 47% of nauseous patients said that the aromastick had settled their nausea and
- 55% of those experiencing sleep disturbances felt that aromastick helped them sleep.
Frankincense wasn’t the only EO that was used in the clinic. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), lemon (Citrus limon), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) and peppermint (Mentha x piperita) were also used by patients successfully.
So indeed, factual data does exist!