Chemotherapy and radiotherapy aren’t the only way to kill cancer cells. Essential oils appear to be able to do this, at least under laboratory conditions and in certain concentrations. This leads one to hope that in future patients will be able to use them in treatment instead of having to suffer from the well-known side effects of current treatments.
A study by researchers from China and Germany (Zu Y, Yu H, Liang L, Fu Y, Efferth T, Liu X and Wu N, 20101) on the antibacterial effects of ten essential oils on in vitro toxicology against three human cancer cells was published in the Molecules Journal. It demonstrated that cinnamon, thyme, and rose essential oils had the best antibacterial effect.
So which essential oils will help you fight cancer?
Oils from citrus fruits
One of these plant compounds extracted from tangerine peel can kill certain human cancer cells, research shows. A team from Leicester School of Pharmacy in Great Britain found Salvestrol Q40 was turned into a compound toxic to cancer cells, destroying them. The researchers suggest the modern trend to throw away the peel may have contributed to a rise in some cancers!! Lead researcher Dr. Hoon Tan said his work was still at an early stage, but together with his colleagues he is further investigating the potential todevelop natural anti-cancer therapies. He said: “It is very exciting to find a compound in food that can target cancers specifically.” Salvestrol 40 is a chemical produced by the plants immune system to repel attackers, such as insects or fungi. It is converted into a toxic compound by an enzyme, found in much higher levels in cancer cells. In other words, cancer cells use the Salvestrol to create their own killer compound! As a result, the researchers found, it proved to be 20 times more toxic to cancer cells than to healthy cells.
It exhibits numerous properties which makes it anti-cancerous because of it even in the present day it is the most preferred remedy during cancer. Frankincense oil and cancer have a close link associated with it can be dated back to the pre historian days also as it has the unique property to curb infections, inflammation and improve the immune system. In many cases individuals are still unaware about its cancer fighting potential. With the help of rigorous scientific research it has been confirmed by the University of Leicester in the UK about the added anti-cancerous properties associated with it. Otherwise known as boswellia, frankincense guarantees high nutrient value as it has a special component known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid or AKBA. Frankincense oil is considered as the most effective remedy of ovarian cancer. Indeed even the patients who are detected with ovarian cancer in the latter stages are prescribed AKBA found in frankincense oil.
Lavender is excellent for its ability to calm the nervous system and ease stress and anxiety. It also helps improve the quality and depth of sleep.
Lavender has long been used for pain relief, and in recent years has been studied extensively for its inhibitory effects on cancer tumor growth. Other uses for lavender essential oil include its ability to heals burn and skin irritations, relieve allergy symptoms, and as an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal.