Can Essential Oils Prevent and Treat Cancer?

First of all, essential oils are not simply a trend that will come and go. Essential oils have a long and meaningful history of medicinal use. Think of the most well-known cultures around the world, the Chinese and Greeks. They made use of essential oils.

Frankincense might not just reduce inflammation. It may also attack cancer cells directly. This, say some researchers, could benefit people with leukemia and other types of cancer. In this article, we will explain how you can use essential oils on your own for treating cancer.

The main thing to remember is that essential oils are amazing substances and they can play a key role in our cancer treatments.

So, don’t give up. Cancer does not have to be the end for you. People have been using solutions involving essential oils for centuries. The research all points to this one truth: EOs can not only help prevent, but also treat cancer and its debilitating side effects.

What the Research Says

While the research for essential oils in treating cancer is very encouraging, something to keep in mind is that the majority of the research cases are in vitro. Meaning, the studies only look at cells in a laboratory petri dish. No studies were conducted on cancer patients.

Therefore, it’s fair to say that more research is needed to come to any real conclusions about whether essential oils are the best cancer treatment method. It’s also unclear at this point what the effects are of this treatment, for both the short term and the long term.

The main takeaway from the research available is: there’s a lot we can learn and a lot that we can’t know yet. However, history has always been the process of trying new things and recording the results for the benefit of future generations. The research currently available is sufficient to show us the likely paths of success when using essential oils for treating cancer.

What History Says

Before the time of Hippocrates and all the way into modern times, there has existed the medicinal practice of Ayurvedic medicine. This type of medicine is a combination of many different methods of using essential oils, including aromatherapy. Now research has finally come out in strong support of it.

In 2013, a study based on ancient Vedic literary works (and the scientific findings of today) showed that Ayurveda may help aid in chemo-radiotherapy efforts while improving the lives of cancer victims.

And the best part is that this is just one out of many historical practices that are still effective today. Therefore, cancer patients can always find encouragement and support from somewhere in the past.

One day we might know exactly how to get the most out of using essential oils to treat cancer. For now, we can learn how to use them safely while getting our bodies accustomed to using these amazing treatments.

Can Aromatherapy Work for Me?

But just why is aromatherapy so amazing and why do so many people swear by it? Before you can understand why it’s effective for treating cancer, you first need to understand what aromatherapy is and how it may affect you.

Traditionally essential oils have always been used for the aroma, which is why this type of therapy is called “aromatherapy.”

But, just because the therapy involves aromas, doesn’t mean that they have to smell pleasant to work their magic. On the contrary, aromas can carry therapeutic benefits despite the particular smell.

The deciding factor for whether you’ll fully benefit from essential oils aromatherapy is: how you personally and emotionally react to it. That’s why people say that aromatherapy is a highly personal affair – a lot of it depends on you!

Now having said that, some essential oils do work better for most people in treating cancer. These cancer-fighting EOs include frankincense, lavender, Myrrh, peppermint, and Turmeric. Of these 5, frankincense is widely regarded as the best essential oil for treating cancer, so that’s what we’re going to focus on in this article.

What is Frankincense “Essential Oil”?

Referred to by many as the “king of oils,” frankincense actually comes from trees that are very commonly found in the Middle East.

This ties into the Bible, where the three wise men made their journey to the Far East to give their gifts to the newborn King Jesus. One of these gifts included frankincense. Even back then, people knew that frankincense wasn’t merely just a nice aromatic gift; it’s a miraculous substance that is truly fit for kings.

Science of frankincense

For those of you who want to know the science behind why this is an essential oil fit for kings, we’ve got you covered.

Frankincense goes by another name, Boswellia, and its unique nutrient combination is called acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA). Testing has shown that this combination of nutrients is cancer’s worst nightmare. An Oman-funded research project from Leicester University revealed how frankincense might help provide relief for women suffering from ovarian cancer, which is one of the most common cancers in women.

After these promising findings, researchers wanted to see how else frankincense essential oil might help with other types of cancers. The results were promising for treating breast, colon, and prostate cancer patients. And not only that, but the efficacy of this EO goes even further; the evidence seems to point to the fact that for some people, frankincense alone is sufficient as a treatment option in place of radiation and chemo!

Can Frankincense Essential Oil Help Treat Cancer?

Given the above facts, it’s hard to believe that frankincense essential oil as a cancer treatment is a controversial subject. But it is, and this is because there’s still much left to be understood regarding this topic.

But when it comes down to it, it’s probably the most effective EO cancer treatment available to mankind.

It’s especially effective for treating breast, ovarian, skin, and bladder cancers.

In fact, one research study conducted in 2015 hinted that breast cancer victims’ cells may be destroyed after administering frankincense oil as a treatment.

Frankincense Essential Oil Uses

So how can cancer victims use frankincense essential oil for treatment?

First of all, we don’t recommend ingesting it. There are risks involved in doing that.

Instead, here’s what we suggest you could do. Try any one of the first two methods, and only the 3rd option after consulting with your doctor.

  • Mix 1-2 drops of frankincense oil and 1-2 drops of carrier oil. This could include jojoba or coconut oils. The role of carrier oil is to reduce the potency of EOs so that you won’t have any bad effects when using them.
  • You can also use a diffuser or boil and steam 3-4 drops to receive the aromatic benefits of frankincense oil. If you boil water, the steam will disperse the healthy vapors throughout the air.
  • Ingestion should be your last option, and it should only be done in small amounts of 1-2 drops of the oil into a beverage. In case you do this, the quality and purity of the oil are absolutely key to success in using this approach. And remember to consult with a qualified doctor before doing this, especially if you want to do this to fight cancer.

You’ll want some professional advice to see which of these is the best option for you, and the steps that should be taken. You’ll also want to make sure that it won’t interfere with your current medication regimen.

Frankincense and Myrrh Oils

We’ve talked about frankincense, but let’s also talk briefly about myrrh, which is another essential oil. Talking about one but not the other would be a disservice to our readers.

Throughout our record of history, myrrh has been used as a disease-fighting agent. In fact, it was so valued before that its worth was calculated by its weight in gold.

There isn’t a whole lot of research that has been done on Myrrh, but a 2013 study did show that combining both frankincense and myrrh oil treatments aided in the death of basal cell carcinoma cancer cells. Even though these results were very encouraging, it was determined that more research needed to be done.

Like with frankincense oil, myrrh is best distilled with a carrier oil. This can then be applied to the skin to help provide relief for skin cancer symptoms.

Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits

We’ve already covered some of the benefits of frankincense essential oil for cancer, but now let’s discuss the other benefits as well. This may provide you with that last bit of motivation you need to potentially make a big change in your life. So here we go.

  • Anti-inflammatory thanks to the active boswellic acid it possesses. It also fights inflammation that specifically causes diseases.
  • When diffused through the air, it promotes feelings of calm and relaxation. This effect is sedative in nature, so it will also help reduce your stress levels.
  • Thought to support cellular function, meaning that it should soothe the skin and help clear up any blemishes on your skin, including scars.
  • Multiply those good white blood cells, which will improve your immune system, its function, and prevent diseases resulting from deadly pathogens. This includes potentially stopping neurological toxins as well.
  • Frankincense is also a famous pain reliever.
  • Stop deadly infections in their tracks.
  • Regenerate your body more quickly and retain a youthful appearance for longer. This is thanks to the contracting and toning of tissues from the oil.
  • Improve blood circulation.
  • Relieve arthritis pain
  • Improve hormonal balance
  • Improve digestive capabilities


Frankincense oil has the possibility to exceed expectations as a cancer treatment. Indeed, its effects go beyond just treating cancer (which is already a big deal on its own). It also shows promise in preventing some types of cancer with its anti-tumor properties and can surely help manage the after-effects of other traditional cancer treatments.

Sometimes these normal treatments can be more painful than dealing with cancer itself. Chemotherapy, radiation, and steroid treatments are no walk in the park. But you already knew that, and that’s why you’ve read this article until the very end.

You don’t need to solely depend on these painful treatments to survive cancer. Give a chance to the natural remedies that have been around far longer than you or I or synthetic drugs, and have proven their usefulness time and time again. Let’s move away from overreliance on synthetic drugs that have side effects which should make all of us concerned.


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