Top Essential Oils Used By Cancer Patients

Clary Sage

A primary component of clary sage essential oil is sclareol. It has shown some promising anti-cancer effects in lab tests. Sclareol may have an impact on the way that cancer cells proliferate, and it could help induce apoptosis

Frankincense

Arguably the most potent medicinal essential oil out there, recent research studies suggest that frankincense promotes health and vitality.  Frankincense is a resinous gum of Boswellia trees. The active principles of the gum resin are boswellic acids. It’s believed that frankincense fights inflammatory diseases and cancer.

Lavender

A recurring theme in any natural health discussion, antioxidants are, in effect, the super healers that our culture needs. The free radicals created by toxins, pollutants, chemicals, and even stress are the culprits for a cascade of cellular damage, immune inhibition, and limitless health risks – including chronic illness and cancer.

Lemongrass

In 2009, a study was published that evaluated the essential oil from a lemon grass variety of Cmybopogon flexuosus for its in vitro cytotoxicity against 12 human cancer cell lines, as well as in vivo anticancer effects on mice. The results were quite promising.

Researchers have identified polysaccharides with anticancer activities in lemongrass. These polysaccharides were found to kill cultured cervical and prostate cancer cells.

Furthermore, researchers exposed cultures of cervical and prostate cancer to fractions of lemongrass. Two of the fractions induced programmed cancer cell death. They stated that polysaccharides turned on a gene that suppresses tumor growth.

Myrrh

The ability myrrh essential oil has in healing is becoming a popular topic. One of the most thorough studies on the topic was published in the journal Oncology Letters in 2013.  The scientific studies that have been carried out on myrrh have proven it has antioxidant, astringent, anti-tumoral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and analgesic (pain relieving) benefits.

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Where Should You Apply Essential Oils?

  • Soles and top of feet
  • Ankles
  • Over Vital Organs
  • Abdomen
  • Upper Back
  • Neck
  • Behind  Ears
  • Temples
  • Crown of Head
In short, you can apply essential oils to just about anywhere on the body. BUT…

 

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils:

1. Inhalation – Myrrh provides wonderful relief for upper respiratory infections.

2. External Application – Using an organic carrier oil, dilute and massage myrrh oil into the skin.

3. Internal Application – Myrrh essential oil has been deemed to be safe for human consumption by the FDA. To take internally, put a drop or two of oil in 3-4 ounces (about 100 ml) of liquid such as almond or rice milk. Be sure to read Please consult with your doctor before taking essential oils internally.

 


IMPORTANT NOTE: When it comes to Essential Oils the saying “I’d rather be safe than sorry” should be taken seriously. Essential oils are very potent and may cause *irritation to some skin types. To be SAFE rather than SORRY, always start by applying the essential oil to the least sensitive part of your body, the bottom of your feet!

Precautions for Essential Oils

Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil and olive oil. Always make sure that you only use therapeutic grade essential oils, and consult a physician or an experienced aromatherapist before using the product internally.

Use of myrrh essential oil is not recommended for people:

  • Pregnant and nursing women
  • Children under age five. In older children, be sure to dilute heavily.
  • Diabetics should avoid myrrh as it may have an interaction with diabetes medications.
  • People undergoing surgery − it is best to stop using myrrh at least two weeks prior to surgery.
  • Anyone taking anti-coagulants such as Warfarin because myrrh may have an interaction with this medication.
  • Taking high doses can have possible side effects so it is unwise to do this unless you are working with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner.
  • It’s not advisable to use any essential oil as the sole treatment for cancer, or for any of the other health issues mentioned in this article. When used in conjunction with other conventional and alternative medical treatments, however, essential oils can be effective at killing cancer cells.
In spite of clary sage’s benefits, it should never be used if you’re consuming alcohol or taking any narcotics. People with low blood pressure should also avoid using this herbal oil because of its hypotensive effects.

With its powerful sedative properties, clary sage oil can enhance the intoxicating and narcotic effects of alcohol and drugs.

Due to its estrogenic nature, clary sage essential oil may have a negative impact on people who need to regulate their estrogen levels. It is important for people with estrogen-induced conditions to avoid using it, and seek the advice of a healthcare professional.16

While clary sage may have a beneficial effect for childbirth, it should be avoided by women during pregnancy because it stimulates menstrual flow. Infants and young children should also be kept away from essential oils due to their highly sensitive skin.

Frankincense is generally safe. However, It’s advised doing a spot test first, to check if you have any sensitivity to this oil. When taking frankincense oil internally, it’s best to dilute a drop in an edible carrier oil (like coconut oil), a teaspoon of honey or a glass of purified water or any non-acidic, non-dairy beverage.26 You can also put a drop or two under your tongue.27 However, ingesting this oil is not recommended for children ages 6 and below. Older children and teens may also require higher dilutions.

Using diluted lavender oil topically or in aromatherapy is generally considered safe for most adults, but may not be recommended for children.24 Applying pure lavender oil to your skin (especially open wounds) may also cause irritation, so I recommend infusing it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Dissolving it in water also works.

Be careful to never rub lavender oil in your eyes and mucous membranes. If this happens, wash it out immediately. Lavender oil may also cause allergic reactions in people with unusually sensitive skin, so do a spot test before using it. Simply apply a drop of lavender oil to your arm and see if any reaction occurs.  Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender oil. There are also instances when people experience side effects such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and chills after inhaling or applying the oil topically. It’s advised that pregnant women and nursing moms to avoid using this oil, as the safety of lavender oil for these conditions hasn’t been identified. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) also warns against using lavender oil when taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and chloral hydrate, as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.

Lemongrass oil is generally safe as long as it is used in small quantities (it is one of the strongest-smelling oils in aromatherapy) and it needs to be properly blended with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. Undiluted lemongrass can actually burn and injure your skin because is contains a high citral content. It’s advised to do a patch test before applying lemongrass oil on a less sensitive area of the body to see if you have any adverse reactions to this essential oil.
Side Effects of Lemongrass Oil:
You could experience skin irritation, a rash, or a burning sensation as a side topical side effect. Using the oil may also lead to lowered blood glucose, and may have contraindications for people who are taking oral diabetes drugs or anti-hypertensive medications, as well as those who are diabetic and hypoglycemic.
It’s not recommend for children, pregnant women or nursing moms to use lemongrass oil orally. Those with liver or kidney disease and other health conditions should also consult their physician before using lemongrass oil.
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