Are Essential Oils the Missing Link to Cancer Prevention?
by Dr. Eric Zielinski Essential oils have long been used by various cultures as a natural remedy for virtually every disease, including c...
Essential oils have long been used by various cultures as a natural remedy for virtually every disease, including cancer. Up until now, they have been seen by most Americans as only useful for their pleasant smell, but that is now changing.
Up to 75% of people in the United States. use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) on a regular basis, and many of these people do so in order to fight cancer. (1)
It won’t be too long when nearly 100% of Americans are giving sickness and disease the boot by focusing on true prevention!
And therapeutic grade essential oils are at the helm of this movement!
Frankincense Essential Oil And Cancer
According to research done by University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Associate Professor H.K. Lin, Ph.D., various species of frankincense (Boswellia) essential oil is unparalleled as a cancer solution.
- Boswellia carteri induces bladder tumor cells, meaning that it targets cancerous cells by killing them and leaves the healthy cells alone. (2)
- Boswellia sacramay be effective for advanced breast cancers as well as for cancer prevention. (3)
- Boswellia sacrais a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment option for skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma. (4)
- Boswellia carteri and Santalum album (sandalwood) both kill cancer, but do so in different ways, which suggests that the two taken together has a unique one-two punch strategy that is more effective than taken alone. (5)
The bottom line is this:
“We have demonstrated that frankincense essential oils prepared by hydrodistillation of gum resins from Boswellia species contain complex chemical constituents and possess anti-cancer activity.Essential Oil & Breast Cancer Research
“Frankincense essential oil activates arrays of genes and pathways that suppress the growth and induce the apoptosis of established human cancer cell lines of different tissue origins.
“Besides boswellic acids, frankincense essential oil-induced anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activities in tumour cells may result from high-molecular-weight compound(s).
“Harvesting methods, storage conditions and geographic locations can alter the chemotypes of the natural product; therefore, good agriculture practices need to be implemented.
“In addition, standardization of distillation procedures and identification of signature compound(s) will be required for quality assurance purposes. Results from preliminary clinical observations suggest that frankincense essential oil may be a viable therapeutic agent for treating a variety of cancers.” (6)
Additionally, Boswellia carteri and Santalum album (sandalwood) both kill cancer, but do so in different ways, which suggests that the two taken together has a unique one-two punch strategy that is more effective than taken alone. (7) And not only sandalwood, but other oils as well.
Although essential oil research is still an up-and-coming field, there have been several studies validating the following oils and their effect on breast cancer (follow the hyperlinks for the scientific studies):
- Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano
- Clary Sage
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola's website, here's how you can safely use frankincense essential oil:
The effects and benefits of frankincense oil can be acquired by applying it topically, inhaling it using a diffuser or vaporizer, or ingesting it in very small amounts.You can read more on the subject here.
For pain relief, simply massage the oil onto the affected areas. Meanwhile, using a diffuser or inhaler works for treating colds and clearing up respiratory blockages.
You can also sprinkle a few drops on a clean cloth and inhale the scent, or add it to your bathwater for a rejuvenating soak.
Frankincense oil can be directly applied to the skin or blended with other carrier oils such as jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage, citrus, and basil oils.