Essential Oils and Cancer

Contrary to what people are being told, in videos and blog posts all over the internet and TV, frankincense essential oil does not cure cancer. It is the *boswellic acid which can be found in frankincense resin* that may help in some situations of cancer, but frankincense oils do not contain boswellic acid. (source)

Please do not rely on frankincense essential oil to cure your cancer and do not buy into feeling like you have to spend a fortune on frankincense oil as there are reputable companies which sell frankincense oil for very reasonable prices. Lea's opinion on brands is here.

Any kind of “anti-cancer” protocol should always be approved by a doctor.

There are many essential oils (and other natural remedies) which can interfere with chemo and actually protect the cancer cells instead of helping eradicate the cancer. Read Frankincense essential oil and cancer: Why EOs and chemotherapy don’t always mix by Robert Tisserand to learn more.

Quotes from UEOS member Ken Meyer RN

“I am a Chemo RN. No oils should be used during your protocol. No oils should be used until 6 weeks after your last infusion. No EOs should be used just prior to your starting chemo. This is a general rule of thumb for safety. Different protocols may have different requirements. Anyone who tells you different is giving misinformation.”

“The Med. community suggests no essential oil use for 90 days to 6 months after start of chemo, and I would be remiss if I did not state that.”

“Be very conservative with any EO use under these conditions without being under the care of a Naturalpathic Practitioner and an aromatherapist.
Please do not deviate from your plan of care without serious talks with the Dr. and Pharmacist.”

If you want to pursue the use of essential oils during your cancer treatment it is highly recommended that you find a local aromatherapist to work with who will work alongside your oncologist and they can work out the best and safest treatment for you.

There are some essential oils which are potentially carcinogenic and so would be best avoided if you have a history of cancer. There are also other individuals who are considered higher risk than the average person. Read more here: Essential Oils and Cancer – potentially carcinogenic, and anti-carcinogenic essential oils

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Lea Jacobson is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and empowering information about using essential oils safely. The Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group founded and run by Lea and her team has over 140,000 members and hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of her bestseller Essential Oil Profiles (available as a full color print book as well as an ebook). Based off the information in the popular Top 60 Essential Oils APP, the print version has sold out in days each time it's been offered. Other books by Lea: The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the Hydrosols Quick Start Guide.

Lea is the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels, designed to wrap around any size or brand bottle, as well as apps for essential oils and carriers, and hydrosols.

You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes, and sign up for the Using Essential Oils Safely BASICS course Lea teaches where you can earn your "Essential Oil Safety Advocate" title.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Jacobson CCA.



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