If you are interested in cancer prevention — perhaps because there is a history of it in your family, or because you believe in being proactive with your health — then you want to be using these three essential oils on a regular basis. Essential oils are now being extensively studied for their cancer fighting properties and the results show that several oils have the potent ability to combat cancer and fight it at a cellular level.

Please note however, that scientific studies conducted on essential oils and their impact on cancer cells were conducted in vitro—testing of human cells in a petri dish. Large-scale human trials have yet to be conducted. Although scientific research into essential oils and cancer is in its early stages there is much anecdotal evidence to support the success of the in vitro studies and much reason to view the results as exciting, encouraging and potentially life changing.

Frankincense Oil Boswellia Serrata


Research on a compound in frankincense called AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) shows that frankincense is effective at killing cancer cells in ovarian cancer patients.

Dr Mark Evans from the University of Leicester, who supervised the research, says: “We have shown that this frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations. The study is yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal however, this is important and promising research.

Further studies also demonstrate that AKBA can target other types of cancer cells found in breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate and brain cancers.[1] [2]

Frankincense oil is a strong anti-inflammatory with powerful immune-boosting properties. It can also act as an anticancer agent by increasing your white blood cell count (your body’s defense system) and helping your body to fight infection.

If you can only afford to include one essential oil into your daily routine, make it frankincense oil.

Thyme Oil Thymus vulgaris


The active compound thymol, found in thyme oil, is effective at killing and suppressing cancer cells.[3]

A study conducted in 2010 found that thyme essential oil exhibited cytotoxicity (toxic to cells) toward MCF-7 breast cancer cells, A-549 lung cancer cells, and PC-3 prostate cancer cells. In fact thyme oil led to a 97 percent kill rate of the MCF-7 breast cancer cells.[4] (Research was performed in vitro.)

Thyme oil is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It can treat intestinal infections, skin infections and it can inhibit bacterial growth in the body and on the skin.

Chamomile Oil Matricaria chamomilla


Chamomile essential oil contains very high levels of antioxidants,[5] even more than lavender. These antioxidants are bioactive compounds called apigenin, which can inhibit human cancer cells. Studies have found that apigenins are able to block a type of cell-splicing that cancer uses to reproduce itself[6]. Chamomile essential oil can help to fight skin, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.

The previously mentioned cancer study regarding thyme essential oil, found that chamomile essential oil killed 93 percent of breast cancer cells. As with thyme essential oil, this is an impressive result that demonstrates the cancer-fighting potential of these essential oils.

Chamomile essential is also a calming oil that can ease stress and anxiety, it can soothe the digestive system and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin.

Essential oils can provide a powerful natural solution for cancer prevention. You can apply the oils topically with a carrier oil, where they will be absorbed into the blood stream. You can also use a diffuser on a regular basis and inhale the oils where they will be absorbed into the body via the lungs and respiratory system. However, if you are considering ingesting essential oils it is best to work with a qualified practitioner.

Whichever way you choose to use the essential oils, be assured that they can be a powerful ally in your cancer prevention plan.


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22066019

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2664784/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26437948

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657472

[5] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0926669093900107

[6] http://www.pnas.org/content/110/24/E2153


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