Essential Oils & Cancer: The Science

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Essential oils are used in aromatherapy for their therapeutic or relaxing properties. The chemical composition for a specific essential oil varies based on growing conditions of the plant.

Numerous studies indicate that different chemical constituents of essential oils have anticancer properties.

For example, one study of 24 women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer showed that an essential oil blend of helichrysum, frankincense, lavender, and geranium dissolved in jojoba, aloe vera, tamanu, and primrose oils equated to a standard care ointment (such as RadiaPlexRx) for skin assessments & quality of life. 

Another study found that gargling an essential oil blend of manuka and kana dissolved in water prolonged the onset of radiation-induced mucositis, reduced pain, decreased oral symptoms, and decreased weight loss among patients with head and neck cancers compared to gargling with water alone or usual care.

Other findings include: patients with thyroid cancer who inhaled lemon and ginger essential oils demonstrated better accumulation rates of parotid and submandibular glands; and inhaling ginger essential oils present in a necklace significantly decreased chemotherapy-induced acute nausea.


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Frankincense oil comes from the resin of a Boswellia tree. Frankincese has been found to help control bleeding, speed up the wound-healing process, improve oral health, and fight inflammatory conditions like arthritis. However, it might not just reduce inflammation, but it may also attack cancer cells directly. Frankincense is the most popular essential oil for cancer treatment due to its heavy scientific backing. Because cancer cells are not foreign invaders, but rather out of control cell growth, it's difficult to fight cancer without also killing healthy cells. Some studies have found that frankincense kills cancerous cells without touching and disrupting the growth of healthy cells.
Some ways to use frankincense include:

  • Skin care: Add a drop or two to a favorite lotion

  • Bath soak: A few drops in a bath tub create an aromatic soak. Mix the oil with some full-fat milk so that it does not separate and stay on the surface of the water

  • Relaxation: Use the oil on pulse points during meditation or yoga, or add a few drops to a hot compress


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Oregano is considered a staple herb in many cuisines. Though typically used in small amounts, it holds many important nutrients. It's rich in antioxidants, which help fight damage from harmful free radicals in the body. The buildup of free radicals is linked to chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Thus, the hight antioxidant powers of oregano may also aid in cancer prevention. Test tube studies have shown the correlation between death and prevention of cancer cells and oregano oil.

Some ways to use oregano oil include:

  • On the skin: Dilute olive oil at a concentration of 1 teaspoon of olive oil per drop of oregano oil, and apply to skin or infection

  • Under the tongue: Dilute with olive oil at a ratio of 1 drop of oregano oil to 1 drop of olive oil, and place 1-3 drops under the tongue and hold for a few minutes

  • Swallowed: Put a few drops into a cup fo water, gargle, and then swallow

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Cell Support Blend

This blend helps support a healthy immune system.

Frankincense, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Lemongrass

To make a roller bottle blend in a 10ml bottle, add 15 drops of each oil and top it off with fractionated coconut oil.
For kids ages 5-10, you only need 7 drops of each oils. For kids ages 1-5, you only need 3 drops of each oil. For infants 1 and under, you only need 1 drop of each oil.

How to Use:
Apply a few swipes 2 times a day on to the bottoms of the feet.

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