Cancer & Essential Oils
Cancer is among the most complex and difficult of any human disease to treat. A patient diagnosed with cancer should always defer to his/her physician for primary care. Keeping this in mind, a number of individuals have achieved successful remission by following a natural protocol and some of the principles outlined in this section.
It is important to note that many natural therapies – especially those using essential oils – work best in the early stages of cancer. In fact all clinical trials are showing that frankincense is the number one inhibitor of many cancers. Citrus oils, high in d-limonene. Including orange, grapefruit, and tangerine, work better as cancer preventatives than cancer treatments, although they have been tested to have powerful, anti-cancer properties in all stages of cancer.
A 1996 study at Charing Cross Hospital in London, England, achieved close to a 15 percent remission rate in patients with advanced colon and breast cancer using doses from 1 to 15 grams of d-limonene from orange oil as their only treatment. In patients with only weeks or months to live, limonene treatment extended patients’ lives by up to 18 months in some cases.
The Foundation of Natural Cancer Treatment
Emotions and Cancer – cancer should always be treated first by discovering the underlying emotions that contributed to the onset of the disease. In many cases, negative emotions and trauma not only trigger the beginning of cancer but can further its metastasis. Any kind of negative emotion – anger, fear, rage, helplessness, abandonment – can cause the cancer to spread faster.
When essential oils are used as the basis of an emotional care program, they can have powerfully positive effects in improving the attitude and emotional well-being and potential outcome of the disease. Essential oil blends such as White Angelica, Release, Grounding, Inner Child, Trauma Life, Forgiveness, Joy, Common Sense, Hope, Believe, Peace & Calming, Valor and SARA can form the centre of any emotional care regime.
Cleansing and Removing Toxins – Industrial pollutants such as benzene and lead, along with lifestyle toxins such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, heterocyclic amines from overcooked meat, and many others contribute to a vast majority of cancers. Even daily radiation from computers, cell phones, and a vast number of electrical appliances may contribute to a toxic overload within the body.
Today’s fast-food industry is a major culprit in selling so much nutritionally deficient food that we eat. Processed food is fast and convenient, but is it worth the threat to our health? Cosmetics, hair sprays, dyes, soaps, paints and household cleaners add to an endless list of pollutants in our environment and toxicity to which we are subjected.
To help lower the risk of cancer, it is important to reduce the exposure to these chemicals and change our diet and the products that we use in our environment. The chemicals should be avoided at all cost, as they can damage DNA, decrease immunity, promote oncogenes (genes that can turn normal cells into cancer cells), and accelerate cancer development.
Cleansing and Chelation – The foundation of any cancer program should begin with a period of cleansing. Cleansing and chelation can help remove some of the toxin and petrochemical build-up that may have triggered the cancer initially.
Fasting can be one of the single, most powerful, anti-cancer tools available, particularly in the early stages. Anyone who is an advanced stages of cancer must cleanse very slowly to see how their body responds. Going without food and drinking only juices immediately could be detrimental to a sick body. Common sense needs to be used in all situations.
Essential oils that improve liver function and promote glutathione can form the center of any detoxification program. Lemon and orange oils, in studies at John Hopkins University, have shown to substantially increase glutathione levels in the liver and colon, which have beneficial effects in detoxification.
Chelation can be particularly important in removing carcinogenic metals from the body. Studies in Germany have shown that transition metals such as iron, mercury, lead, zinc, nickel, and cadmium can accumulate to high levels in tumors, particular in breast cancer tissue. A series of chelations to eliminate these metals can produce tremendous benefits in the earliest stage of cancer.
Rice bran is a good chelator of metals and contains anticancer phyto-nutrients such as gamma oryzanol and other compounds. It is also rich in immune stimulating arabinoxylans that increase cancer cell death.
The Ningxia wolfberry is rich in poly-saccharides that similarly amplify immunity.
A number of clinical research trials have shown that wolfberry compounds can dramatically improve cancer remission, particularly when combined with immune-stimulating therapies.
Why Fasting Works – New research has uncovered that insulin receptors make cancer cells different from normal cells. Cancer cells have over 10 times the number of receptors for insulin as a normal cell. Excess insulin can stimulate cancer cells disproportionately compared to well-differentiated cells. Similarly, because cancer cells are fast-growing, they require far more glucose (blood sugar) than normal cells.
The most effective way of lowering both insulin and blood glucose levels is with a fast. Bernard Jensen, ND, used a 180-day fast, made initially on only barley grass juice, to fight and eliminate metastatic prostate cancer. Even a partial fast in which refined carbohydrates are eliminated and caloric intake is reduced to 500-1,000 calories can be potentially very therapeutic.
Inflammation and Cancer – The link between cancer and inflammation has become stronger in recent years. It is well known that the salicylates in aspirin have high anti-inflammatory effects and reduce the risk of colon cancer dramatically.
The natural salicylates found in the essential oil of wintergreen are very close in structure to the acetyl salicylic acid found in aspirin. According to Erica Leibert of HarvardUniversity, wintergreen oil is 40 percent stronger than an aspirin equivalent with very similar anti-inflammatory properties.
Clove has been researched as a potential chemo-preventive agent for lung cancer because of its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. The biochemical alpha-humulene in the oil, also found in Indaho balsam fir and copaiba, has been shown to have significant cancer prevention properties through its anti-inflammatory action.
Frankincense and conifer oils like balsam fir containing l-limonene are coming to the forefront of attention in cancer research in various cancer-treatment study programs at Oklahoma State University, Wake Forest University, and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
The l-limonene found in frankincense and Idaho balsam fir shows a remarkable ability to suppress tumor growth, particularly melanoma. Boswellic acids found in frankincense gum resin have also been shown to have powerful, anti-inflammatory effects. Myrrh gum has been studied for its ability to combat various cancers, including breast cancer.
Anti-inflammatory Essential Oils suitable for most cancers:
- Idaho balsam fir
- Palo santo
Immunity and Cancer – Enhancing immune function is a vital component of both traditional and complementary approaches to cancer. Typically, chemotherapy and radiation can drastically break down populations of T-cells and NK (natural killer) cells that are responsible for fighting tumor growth. Certain natural compounds can restore levels of these critical immune components.
Immune-Enhancing supplements suitable for most cancers: – ImmuPro, Super C, Super C Chewable, Maser Formulas HIS or HERS, Essentialzyme, detoxzyme, Carbozyme, MultiGreens and NingXia Red.
Singles: Sacred frankincense (boswellia sacra), frankincense (boswellia carteri), Idaho balsam fir, sandalwood, palo santo, hyssop, thyme, clove, melaleuca
Blends: Citrus Fresh, Thieves, Exodus II, Melrose, GLF, ImmuPower, 3 Wise Men and Di Gize.
Skin Cancer – Frankincense, thyme, sandalwood, grapefruit, hyssop and tarragon
Breast Cancer – Frankincense, sandalwood, myrtle, tsuga
Prostate Cancer – Frankincense, sage, Canadian red cedar, thyme, sandalwood, myrtle and dill
Lung Cancer – Frankincense, palo santo, sandalwood, clove, thyme, hyssop
Cervical Cancer – Patchouli, sandalwood, galbanum, valerian, frankincense, tsuga, Douglas fir, hyssop, nutmeg, and tarragon.
Dosages – Essential oils recommended as part of the therapy should be used at initial dosages of 800 mg (approx 20 drops) twice a day (taken internally) Add 1-3 drops of peppermint to prevent acid reflux. This dose can be increased as needed (up to 6 times per day)
It may be necessary to rotate amount several different essential oils over the course of 90 days so that the cancer cells do not develop a resistance to a particular essential oil. The same oil should bot be used for longer than 3 to 4 weeks before rotating to a different oil.
Taken from The Essential Oils Desk Reference (EODR)