Thursday, March 19, 2015

Essential oil and cancer research

The following provides a summary of scientific research related essential oils and cancer. Essential oils have been shown to kill cancer cells in cultured human cells. 

(This post is still in progress because there are many more studies out there. We will be adding more studies as we have more time to compile them).

Frankincense

A scientific study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal demonstrated that Frankincense essential oil induces pancreatic cancer cell death in cultured human pancreatic cells. Read the scientific study here. 

A scientific study published in the journal of Chinese Medicine demonstrated that frankincense results in cancer cell death in cultured human bladder cancer cells via oxidative stress. Read a summary of the scientific study here and the full scientific study here.

A scientific study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal demonstrated that frankincense results in bladder cancer cell death in bladder transitional carcinoma J82 cells through cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression and apoptosis. Read a summary of the scientific study here and the full scientific study here.

A scientific study published in the journal of Oncology Letters demonstrated that frankincense has anti-cancer effects on tumor cell lines. Read a summary of the scientific study here and the full paper here.


Myrrh

A scientific study published in the journal of Oncology Letters demonstrated that myrrh has anti-cancer effects on tumor cell lines. Read a summary of the scientific study here and the full paper here.


Sandalwood

A scientific study published in the journal of Chinese Medicine demonstrated that sandalwood results in cancer cell death in cultured human bladder cancer cells via DNA damage and cell cycle arrest. Read a summary of the scientific study here and the full scientific study here.


Citronella
A new study published in the journal Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics suggests that the scent of citronella can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, including cancer of the liver. Researchers from the Ruhr University Bochum, say terpenes, a main component of essential oils, can prevent or slow cancer cell growth. Link to scientific paper here. 

Reference: D. Ma├čberg et al. 2014. Monoterpene (-)-citronellal affects hepatocarcinoma cell signaling via an olfactory receptor. Arch. Biochem. Biophys.

Read more scientific studies about frankincense and cancer here, and essential oils and cancer here.

More reading
  • Dr. Eric Z has a great article about essential oils and cancer here.
  • Dr. Eric Z's DIY Essential Oil Protocol for cancer here.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, or treat any specific medical condition. Please consult with a qualified physician or health care professional concerning any condition or treatment

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reduction of pain and depression in patients with terminal cancer

Aroma hand massages with bergamot, lavender and frankincense have been shown in a scientific study to reduce pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.

Read a summary of the scientific paper here. Read the entire paper here.



Disclaimer: The information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, or treat any specific medical condition. Please consult with a qualified physician or health care professional concerning any condition or treatment.