Essential Oils and Cancer



Essential oils and aromatherapy are all the rage now. Oils are used to treat conditions such as stress, stomach upset and congestion. Some people just like the aroma of essential oils in their homes. Now, studies show that essential oils may be effective in treating and preventing cancer.

All of us have some chromosomal aberrations, but a healthy body can effectively remove these cells. If you are not caring for your body, the malformed cells can multiply and develop into cancer. Certain essential oils can help disable cancer cells but leave healthy cells unharmed. Like a SWAT team on a special mission, essential oils can destroy cancerous cells without severe side effects.

Thyme has been used for cooking, medicine, embalming, and even to fend off bad dreams. A Swiss study from 2010 shows that thyme can help kill breast cancer cells, prostate cancer cells and lung cancer cells. Most likely, the active compound thymol is responsible for destroying cancer cells.

Rosemary is an aromatic herb used for pest control, cooking, gardening, and perfumes. This herb has some wonderful antioxidant properties that protect against free radicals and can cause the death of healthy cells. Some recent studies also show that rosemary has anti-tumor properties in the colon, breast liver, stomach, skin, and blood!

Oregano, native to the Mediterranean, is actually part of the mint family. The oil of oregano contains carnosol and has some of the same properties as rosemary. Oregano essential oil has the ability to stop the growth of colon cancer cells and kills selective cancer cells. It is also effective against prostate, breast and skin cancers.

Chamomile, an ancient herb, is used for many ailments such as inflammation, gastrointestinal disorders and hemorrhoids. Chamomile essential oil is much more potent than chamomile tea and can be therapeutic in breast, skin, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

Frankincense is made from the resin or sap of the Boswellia tree in Asia and the Middle East. It has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on cells. Essential oil from frankincense is effective in fighting tumor development and is especially potent against bladder cancer.

Although chemotherapy and radiation are effective in treating and reducing tumors, there is much to be said for holistic medicine and non-invasive treatments. Essential oils have many healing and nourishing properties because they contain antioxidants and beneficial compounds that are natural. Research some of these essential oils and talk to your doctor to see if they will be helpful to you (Source: The Alternative Daily).