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 Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and apps for essential oils and carriers. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.

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 Harris CCA.

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