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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Please check the Science & Research tab for summaries of important research.  The article below from Johns Hopkins gives great insights into a broad range of considerations in battling cancer.   If you have contributions for this or other health concerns that you would like to share please go to the ASK (Ask and Share) button or "contact us" on our home page.  Thank you.

Also see Prostate Problems, Skin Cancer, Chemotherapy, and this very interesting article about Frankincense from Oman

Note: Previously we included an article attributed to Johns Hopkins.  The introductory sentence remains below.  We have removed the article because it was pointed out that it is a fraudulent claim that this information was from Johns Hopkins.  In fact, on their website, Johns Hopkins specifically claims that it did not come from them and spends the time to correct misconceptions that are in the article from their point of view.  Included below is the "correction" article from Johns Hopkins with some highlighted information relative to nutritional benefits and cancer.

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:  After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try to eliminate cancer, Johns Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way. (remainder of article removed)

Below is Johns Hopkins response concerning the article:


Information falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins called, "CANCER UPDATE FROM JOHN HOPKINS" describes properties of cancer cells and suggests ways of preventing cancer.  Johns Hopkins did not publish the information, which often is an email attachment, nor do we endorse its contents.  The email also contains an incorrect spelling of our institution as "John" Hopkins; whereas, the correct spelling is "Johns" Hopkins. For more information about cancer, please read the information on our web site or visit the National Cancer Institute's web site at www.cancer.gov.  Please help combat the spread of this hoax by letting others know of this statement.

We’ll go through each statement in the email hoax and provide real responses from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center experts.

Email hoax contentions #1 and 2: Everyone Has Cancer Cells

Cancer is a genetic disease resulting from a variety of mutations and alterations either inherited from our parents or, more commonly, acquired over time due to environmental exposures and behaviors, such as smoking and poor diet. These alterations turn off important cell growth regulators allowing cells to continually divide unchecked, explains Luis Diaz, a clinician-scientist in Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics. This type of cell is called a malignant or cancer cell.  Among the trillions of cells in the human body, inevitably everyone has some abnormal or atypical cells that possess some of the characteristics of cancer cells, most resolve themselves and never result in cancer, says Diaz. 

There is no single or standard test for cancer. There are ways to screen for certain cancers with tests such as colonoscopy for colon cancer, mammography for breast cancer, PSA for prostate cancer, and the Pap smear for cervical cancer, and these tests can detect cancers in a very early and curable stage.  For many cancers, there currently are no screening tests, and they are diagnosed when they begin to cause symptoms.

Diaz and other Kimmel Cancer Center researchers are working on new tests that detect abnormal DNA shed by cancer cells into blood and body fluids and have the ability to find cancers before they cause any symptoms.  Approaches like this could lead to a broad-based screening test for cancer.

Tests like these also are being used to detect cancer recurrences and malignant cells left behind following surgery, and can find cancers that are not detectable under the microscope or in x-rays.

Other researchers are studying cancer stem cells.  They are stealth cells that make up just a tiny fraction of a tumor.  While small in number, investigators believe they may be the cells that drive certain cancers and lead to cancer recurrence. Therapies that target these cells are now being tested in clinical trials.

A team of our breast cancer researchers has developed a method that could make it possible to detect breast cancer from the DNA contained in a single drop of blood.

But, while evasive cancer cells are a challenge and the focus of ongoing research, it does not mean, as the email contends, that all patients, even those treated successfully for cancer, have cancers-in-waiting—undetectable but still there.  People are treated and completely cured of cancer everyday.

Email hoax contention #3: A Strong Immune System Destroys Cancer

When it comes to cancer and the immune system, it is not a matter of strong or weak as the fictional report contends, but rather an issue of recognition.  "The immune system simply does not recognize cancer. In its complexity, the cancer cell has learned to disguise itself to the immune system as a normal, healthy cell.  Cells infected with viruses or bacteria send out danger signals setting the immune system in action.  But cancer cells do not, explains Elizabeth Jaffee, co-director of cancer immunology and leading expert on cancer and the immune system."   By deciphering the methods cancer cells use to make them invisible to the immune system, Jaffee and team have developed cancer vaccines that have successfully triggered immune reactions against prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.

Email hoax contention #4 and #5: Cancer is caused by Nutritional Deficiencies and Supplements Will Correct Them

Dietary habits and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, contribute to the development of many human cancers, says Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson. Our experts recommend a balanced diet (see response #11) as a way of reducing cancer risk.  In terms of supplements, Nelson points out that while they may help mediate vitamin deficiencies, taking doses above what the body needs provides no added benefit.

Email hoax contentions #6, 7, 8, 9, and 10: Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Harms Normal Cells. Surgery Causes Cancer to Spread

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy kills cancer cells with remarkable selectivity, says Nelson.  There are some temporary and reversible side effects common to cancer therapies, including hair loss and low blood counts.  Limiting and managing these side effects is an integral part of treatment.

Surgery is the first line of treatment for many types of cancer. It does not cause cancer to spread. Cancers spread to other tissues and organs as a tumor progresses and cancer cells break away from the original tumor and travel through the bloodstream to other body sites.

Email hoax contentions #11, 12, 13, and 14: Cancers Feed on Certain Foods

The premise is that cancer cells feed on certain foods, and if a person refrains from eating these foods, the cancer will die. According to our experts, a poor diet and obesity associated with a poor diet is a risk factor for the development of cancer.  However, there is no evidence that certain foods alter the environment of an existing cancer, at the cellular level, and cause it to either die or grow.

While there is such a thing as tumors that produce mucus, the mucus made by a tumor does not result from drinking milk.  And, eating less meat, while a good choice for cancer prevention, does not free up enzymes to attack cancer cells, explains cancer prevention and control expert Elizabeth Platz.

Moderation is key, says Platz. As part of a balanced diet, sugar, salt, milk, coffee, tea, meat, and chocolate—the foods the “Update” calls into question—are all safe choices, she says.  The real concern with many of these, particularly sugar, is that it adds calories to a diet and can lead to obesity, and obesity is a major risk factor for cancer. A balanced nutritious diet, healthy weight, physical activity, and avoiding alcoholic drinks may prevent as many as 1/3 of all cancers. Platz recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and limiting red and processed meats, like hot dogs.

Several Johns Hopkins experts participated in the World Cancer Research Fund - American Institute for Cancer Research report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, published in November 2007, which is considered by cancer prevention experts to be an authoritative source of information on diet, physical activity and cancer. Their recommendations for cancer prevention and for good health in general are:

Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.

Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.

Avoid sugary drinks.

Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).

Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.

Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.

If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.

Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).

Don't use supplements to protect against cancer.

Our experts recommend that people meet their nutritional needs through their food choices. While vitamin supplements can be helpful in people with nutritional deficiencies, evidence suggests that supplementation above what the body can use provides no added health benefit. 

Email hoax contention #15: Cancer is a Disease of Mind, Body, and Spirit

Cancer is a disease caused by genetic alterations.  Many times, these alterations occur through our own behaviors—cigarette smoking, a poor and unbalanced diet, virus exposures, and sunburns, says cancer prevention and control expert John Groopman. 

How stress, faith, and other factors influence this is largely unknown.  We would like people to be happy, loving, and stress free, simply because it is a nice way to live and can contribute to an overall feeling of well being, says Platz.  There is no evidence, however, that a person prevents or causes cancer based on his or her state of mind.

Still, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can make patients and families feel stressed and anxious, and these are not pleasant feelings.  So, we offer extensive patient and family services, including a cancer counseling center, pain and palliative care program, chaplain services and a meditation chapel, an image recovery center, and the Art of Healing art and music program.

Email hoax contention #16: Oxygen Kills Cancer Cells

Platz recommends regular exercise as a part of any healthy lifestyle, but says there is no evidence that breathing deeply or receiving oxygen therapy prevents cancer.

On its Web site, the American Cancer Society includes the following statement about oxygen therapy, “Available scientific evidence does not support claims that putting oxygen-releasing chemicals into a person's body is effective in treating cancer. It may even be dangerous. There have been reports of patient deaths from this method.” 


Oils, blends & products recommended:

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Editorial comment: The various treatment methods for cancer by mainstream (allopathic) and alternative medicine is sometimes controversial and confusing.  We have been advised that it is prudent to not include individual successes or experiences using essential oils as it may lead others to believe those results could be their's as well. For that reason we have removed some information that was previously available here.

There is research being done on the use of essential oils and other alternative modalities for helping cancer patients. We have included some reports and results of these tests and will add more in the future.

For pain and other discomforts that may come from treatment please refer to those specific subjects in other areas of this website. Many also suggest the relaxing benefits during stressful occasions that comes from massage-like techniques such as the Spinal Technique (Young Living) or the Massage Blend Technique ((...)). Also recommended are the benefits that come from nutritional supplements such as (...)'s Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).


Ms. Stevens' research results (see Science & Research tab):

Editor's note - From the tables published by Ms. Stevens and the criteria mentioned the following seems to be the most interesting essential oils for further study.  Shown are those oils found to inhibit a cancer cell line by at least 50%, while not affecting the healthy cells by more than 25%.  (Bold inhibited the cancer cell line by at least 75% and bold/blue by at least 90%)

·  Cervical Cancer:  Galbanum, Hyssop, Patchouli, Douglas Fir, Thyme (linalol), Tsuga, Tarragon, Nutmeg, Geranium, Sage, Sandalwood, White Fir, Dill, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Tangerine, Melaleuca, Ravensara, Thyme, Valerian

·  Prostate Cancer: Western Red Cedar, Myrtle, Thyme

·  Breast Cancer: Myrtle, Sandalwood

·  Skin Cancer: Tsuga, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Tarragon, Thyme, Thyme (linalol),

    The following oils inhibited two or more cancer cell lines: Hyssop, Myrtle, Sandalwood, Tarragon, Thyme, Thyme (linalool), Tsuga


Experiences and Testimonials of others

Anonymous - Can someone please tell me what I should recommend to a person that just found out she has breast cancer .  I am overwhelmed with what to suggest for her.  What should she be doing?   So where would you start?  This person knows nothing about oils. Thanks so much.

Pat - Use the cancer protocol that Tamalu (see below) has documented and the (...) LLW. Teach a member of her family to do the Massage Blend Technique. And follow through with them, making sure they are consistent. Just let her know that she is fighting her cancer with oils that were put here by our creator and He knew what He was doing.


                   CANCER PROTOCOL

Tamalu - The following information began with Nicole Stevens, MS.  The original research was her dissertation on therapeutic-... essential oils and their response in the body to cancer.

We know that chemotherapy is highly toxic and kills healthy cells along with the cancerous cells.  According to the research done by Nicole Stevens, MS, it is not unusual for cancer therapies to kill a large percentage of good cells along with the bad.  This is why we see the signs of hair loss, yellow eyes, grayed hair, nausea, fatigue, etc, from patients on chemotherapy.  According to the research, in a cell count of 100, anything under a healthy cell death rate of 25 is phenomenal. With therapeutic-... essential oils the cell death count is less than 25 cells.  Nicole Stevens tested repeatedly and has not yet found a toxicity level, even at extremely high concentrations of essential oils. 

Dr. Jaime Matta (Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico) found Frankincense to be very effective against even chemotherapy-resistant strains of breast cancer.  The National Institute of Health research shows effectiveness against bladder cancer. Google "Frankincense" and "cancer" and as of today you will find 42 papers published.  Watch for more publications of this research. 

There are also other oils which are found to be anti-tumoral; some of them also encourage the re-growth of healthy cells.  Among them are Sandalwood, Thyme, Lavender, and Clove.  Understanding the costliness of pure Frankincense and Sandalwood oils it is exciting to learn that other, less expensive oils may be combined with Frankincense and Sandalwood and actually increase the effectiveness of a cancer treatment.  Combined with (...)'s Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) Trio, (these are) powerful tools for healing!

NOTE: Frankincense and Sandalwood both require much time and care to distill while retaining the proper therapeutic constituents.  For this reason the (...) products are relatively expensive.  On the other hand, be careful because other sources commonly extract using solvents or shortened distillation to save cost but loose the proper blend of constituents for maximum effectiveness.

This protocol is beginning to be used on a larger scale, by doctors in private practice and in US hospitals at this time.  I was taught to combine it with the Spinal Technique (similar to Massage Blend Technique), daily if possible, and lots of good water to drink.

1)   One 00 capsule Frankincense, One 00 capsule Sandalwood, One 00 capsule Lavender morning and evening for 3 days.  Frankincense, Sandalwood and Lavender topically morning and evening for those same 3 days.

2)   One 00 capsule Frankincense, One 00 capsule Sandalwood, One 00 capsule Wild Orange morning and evening for 3 days.  Frankincense, Sandalwood and Wild Orange topically morning and evening for those same 3 days.

3)   One 00 capsule Frankincense, One 00 capsule Sandalwood, One 00 capsule Lemon… (Repeat process)

4)   One 00 capsule Frankincense, One 00 capsule Sandalwood, One 00 capsule Thyme… (Repeat process)

5)   One 00 capsule Frankincense, One 00 capsule Sandalwood, One 00 capsule Clove… (Repeat process)

The oils may be rotated as often as necessary. 

I am not a doctor, but I do work with doctors whom I trust, and this is what they would do for their family.  I have shared this protocol with family members and friends with tremendous success when the need has arisen. 

Spinal Technique (Massage Blend Technique): Grounding Blend and Lavender for stress management; Melaleuca and Protective Blend for immune support; Massage Blend and Soothing Blend for inflammatory response; Wild Orange and Peppermint for homeostasis (balancing). Go to the page on Massage Blend Technique for more information.

Pain Formulas

·  White Fir and Frankincense applied topically. 

·  In a capsule for internal consumption:

*  12 drops Wintergreen

*  8 drops Vetiver

*  8 drops Helichrysum

·  For nerve-type pain, equal parts Vetiver, Peppermint, and Soothing Blend topically and internally in a 00 capsule.

Some may work better for you than others.  The secret with any treatment is finding what works best for your biochemically unique system.

“You will not find concentrations like those in (...) oils anywhere else.”


Sunny - Hi, Tamalu!  You are truly an angel!  I have a few more questions, if you don't mind.

My friend, takes Armor Thyroid medication.  Do you think this will conflict with the essential oil cancer protocol?  I told her that it probably would not but IF it did, to cut back on the amount of essential oil drops.  What would you add?

Also Sandalwood comes out pretty slow from the bottle.  In fact, I find it challenging to get it to drop out of the bottle.  Do you have any tricks to get it to flow more quickly?

The capsules I know can be bought at any health food store.  When you fill them, don't they dissolve in a short time with the oils in them?   What I'm asking is how long those capsules remain good after they are filled with essential oils?

Tamalu - According to everything I have seen and studied, there will be no conflict with her meds.  I agree, however, that if she is ever uncomfortable or thinks that she sees a problem, she should increase the amount of water she is drinking and decrease (slightly) the amount of essential oils.

Sandalwood is pretty tricky, because it is so thick, but if you remove the reducer from the bottle and insert a hot needle into the vents in the reducer (move the needle around until the vents are enlarged) you can speed it up a LOT.

I know a gal who fills all her capsules a month ahead, but I have heard of others who have had their capsules dissolve.  I generally fill them just as I need them, but it would probably depend on the capsules you're using, what they are made of and such. 

Pat –  The cancer protocol has also been effective for other things including and not limited to renal failure. This is a suggestion only and not a diagnosis or a prescription to treat.


Marie - I have a family member with cancer, so have been studying the cancer protocol. There are some wildly varying opinions expressed about how many bottles of frankincense and sandalwood are required, which left me quite confused. The higher estimates would be very cost prohibitive and may discourage people from proceeding, as it almost did me. I looked up the volume of a 00 capsule and it's just under one ml. The protocol suggests two capsules per day which would equal 14 ml. per week. so one bottle per week of each of these two oils is what's called for. Adding on a bottle each of the 5 rotating oils, the LLV pack, an Massage Blend kit and the veggie caps adds up to about $800 per month to implement this protocol. Just thought others might find this info helpful!


Tamera - do you keep repeating the cancer protocol until the cancer is gone? do you do the protocol with chemo and radiation?

Pat - Yes, yes and yes. And one year after you are cancer free you repeat it for another 30 days just to stay on top of those evil cells.

Tamera - Thanks I am nervous to suggest oils to a family member because things don't look good for her. I don't like talking about cost. But if this could save her life I should let them make their choice. I am new to oils but I have seen them bless my life already thanks again.

Kathy - I felt that way in the beginning - but now I have more confidence that these oils can beat cancer and other things that may look terminal or critical.  I have no fear of someday getting cancer because I feel I know first of all how to prevent it and if I get it I feel confident I know how to beat it.

I was told the candida clease, if done regularly, is like a pre cancer protocol.  That is, a great preventative protocol.

Sunny - My friend has started the cancer protocol.  We need a little clarification.  The protocol says to fill the 00 capsules up - one each for Frankincense, Sandalwood, and the other alternating oils.  I also heard that 3 Frankincense and 2 Sandalwood bottles would last a little over a month.  My friend has been using a bottle of Sandalwood every 3-4 days (26 drops a day).  Did I understand incorrectly about the number of bottles necessary for a month of Sandalwood?   Or is it not necessary to fill the entire capsule with Sandalwood?

Pat -  I have never been aware of how many bottles the protocol takes, but when my friend was using the protocol they would use 12 to 16 bottles of Sandalwood a month. So it does take a lot but if she stays consistent she will notice the benefits. Yes, the capsules are 00 in size and you should fill them.

Samara - Just to ease your mind my dad uses (...) Lavender for his diabetic sores on his legs and to help him sleep.  He has only had wonderful results.  I just found out tonight that my mom started putting Lavender and Frankincense on some cancer type spots on his ears and they have been going away and/or falling off.  He had a large spot melanoma on his face last year and had to have it surgically removed, so to be able to treat these spots without them getting out of hand is so exciting and comforting for his family.


Rhonda - I wanted to add to this. My husband's uncle was diagnosed with cancer 10 months ago. Colon cancer. They told him he had 30 days to live. My father in law immediately took him Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Protective Blend, along with the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV). The uncle immediately started taking all these oils in capsules (now just straight) plus rubbed them on his stomach and feet twice a day. He lived through Chemo with not one side effect and the tumor is gone. This was 10 months ago. Uncle feels great. Doctor's are amazed. Thought I'd share. Too excited not too.


Vona - Is there someone who has used the cancer protocol (with breast cancer preferably, but others would be great too) who would be willing to talk to someone about questions they have?

Kerry - I am presently being treated for breast cancer and have had full axillary clearance.  I am using the LLV and the cancer protocol oils, and before starting treatment I also did a gentle cleanse with Detoxifying Blend.

My medical team has been very, very impressed with my progress both in terms of recovery from surgery/wound healing ( also using Anti-Aging Blend and Frankincense topically on the surgery sites) and in terms of getting through chemotherapy. I am very grateful that I was introduced to (...) just months before I was diagnosed with cancer. I am happy to share any information about my experience and any resources on lymphedema prevention.

Pat - Thank you, all of us would be interested in what you did and how you are feeling about the protocol. We see it being used and hear back from some but we are always wanting to hear about your success with these incredible oils.

Kerry - I am still undergoing treatment but am happy to do updates!

My diagnosis was in late March this year, having joined (...) in February, with Frankincense as part of my LRP for March- with a free bottle of Anti-Aging Blend (how good is this company!!!)! I started using the Frankincense internally and topically around the cancer site and waited for my order of the rest of the cancer protocol oils and Detoxifying Blend (capsules and oil). I found all the information from the (...) sites, this forum and my upline on diet, Candida, acidity/alkalinity etc very, very helpful and made dietary changes as well.

I completed the Detoxifying Blend cleanse before I started chemotherapy (AC) and am still taking the cancer protocol oils - although not on the day of chemo or on either side as the antioxidant properties of the oils could counteract the action of the chemo ( I know a lot of people on this forum would prefer not to involve Chemotherapy but I am happy with the research results I have found, I have a medical background and I personally feel very strongly about incorporating both 'traditional' and complimentary approaches to health- but that is what I am comfortable with.) I am LOVING the sense of taking a positive attitude to making a contribution to my treatment and am very, very happy with the surprised looks on my medical team at my progress and my response to chemo after the first round! The hair loss has also proved to be a very liberating change.

The protocol I am using is Frankincense each day in a capsule with Clove oil (3 days am and pm), with Wild Orange(3days am and pm) with Melaleuca(same), Lemon, then Thyme. Sometimes I am not as thorough as I should be but I am also taking the LLV as support for getting though things generally. I am trying to remember to use Protective Blend each day and am diffusing this regularly in the house, especially during my "midpoint" in the chemo cycle. Oregano, Digestive Blend and Peepermint are also handy.

I substituted the Melaleuca for the Lavender recommended in the protocol (as my cancer is oestrogen sensitive) after a suggestion from Pat, I felt more comfortable with this. This was reinforced after meeting Emily during the Australia Tour recently in Sydney, who was generous enough to do some muscle testing. Melaleuca was a winner! She also recommended spreading it out over 4 times a day rather than twice.

I had two rounds of surgery as the cancer had spread and I used the oils, especially the Anti-Aging Blend as a treatment for the surgical site and a massage oil for the arm that may be affected by lymphedema in the future - along with doing all of the exercises that were recommended. I also found that the Soothing Blend really helped with the lingering neuropathic pain in the arm.

How am I felling about the protocol and the supplements? AWESOME!!

I have chosen not to go with the second 3 months of chemo using Taxane as I am not convinced by the research and my oncologist is supportive about this decision. Radiation therapy starts in September and I am looking forward to the oils supporting my skin during this part of treatment as well.

Dr Hill will be in Sydney in a couple of weeks and I am also hoping to get some more advice from him regarding progress and the use of Lavender.


Editorial comment - the following testimonial is from Christine and Tamalu who had helped her use essential oils coupled with medical treatments.

Christine - On Dec 18, 2008, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and a blockage of the small intestine. Then on Jan 5, 2009, they also found cancer in my stomach and colon.Dr. Waterhouse did a bypass called an iliostomy so I could eat and try to put weight back on. I weighed 131 in December and when I came home from the hospital, I was 98 lbs. On January 24, four days before I started chemo, we started the (...) oils therapy on me. On Feb 11, 2009, when they did my blood tests, the cancer markers had dropped to 29.9. On Mar 11, 2009, they had dropped to 12.9. So this was a great sign that the cancer may be starting to sink.

While doing the (...) oils and supplements, I have not been sick or lost any hair, or had any muscle aches. I have put weight back on. By April 21, 2009, the markers had dropped to 5.7. May 6, 2009, they had dropped again to 3.7. I had a total of 12 chemo treatments, and on July 1, 2009 I am now considered in remission with all of the cancer that I had. I know it was my faith in God and his blessings, and I have faith in the (...) oils that they would work as they took my pain and kept me from having side effects of the chemo. And having someone helping me with questions about the oils and what to take in the oils sure has helped me get to where I’m at today in remission from the highest level of cancer there was. I will still continue using the oils as an ongoing cure for the cancer. I would strongly recommend the (...) oils to anyone who has cancer of any kind.

Tamalu - Chris was diligent about following the cancer protocol. The only variation we did with her was swap out Basil, Marjoram, Cypress, Wintergreen and Peppermint for Massage Blend in the spinal technique, as it shortened the time required to do it and she was only able to lie for short periods of time with her bypass. On the rare occasions she did get nauseated from the chemo, I advised her to add Peppermint to her water or apply it directly. It was a delight to watch her go camping and enjoy family and church activites throughout her chemo treatments. She is currently waiting for a surgery date to reverse the bypass.


Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Asparagus & Cancer printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979. The article presents cases theorizing the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer.

Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it.  By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced.. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cure her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is theoretically just as effective, although you want to ensure there are no pesticides or preservatives used. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.  I prefer organic, fresh asparagus, wild organic asparagus is even better, but if you have to use canned, it is the next best thing.  

Nutrition of asparagus is best preserved by steam cooking.  This is best done in a double boiler or asparagus cooker. When steaming a bunch you can accommodate for the differences in cooking time by arranging the spears upright and placing them in about two to three inches of water.  You can also add a small amount of quality sea salt. Cover and cook for about five to ten minutes, depending on the size of the spears.  Place the cooked asparagus in a blender with 1-2 drops of quality Frankincense essential oil ((xxx)) and liquefy to make a puree.  It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week..

Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases. I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold.

For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink. I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.  Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic.

In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good.  It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

A note about the “asparagus cancer cure”… There are no peer-reviewed medical studies proving that eating asparagus alone "prevents" or "cures" cancer. That's not to say asparagus offers no cancer-fighting benefits whatsoever — there's a good chance it does, given that it contains vitamin D, folic acid, and the antioxidant glutathione, all thought to play some role in lowering risk factors for certain cancers. By all means, eat your asparagus!

What Science & Research are saying

Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity

Frankincense and bladder cancer Research Article abstract.  Co-authored by Dr. HK Lin.  This synopsis is taken from www.BioMedCentral.com

Published: 18 March 2009

Mark Barton Frank1, Qing Yang2 , Jeanette Osban1 , Joseph T Azzarello2,3 , Marcia R Saban3 , Ricardo Saban3 , Richard A Ashley2 , Jan C Welter4 , Kar-Ming Fung5  and Hsueh-Kung Lin2,3,6

1  Arthritis and Immunology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Microarray Research Facility, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA

2  Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA

3  Department of Physiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA

4  Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA

5  Department of Pathology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA

6  Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA



Originating from Africa, India, and the Middle East, Frankincense oil has been important both socially and economically as an ingredient in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. Frankincense oil is prepared from aromatic hardened gum resins obtained by tapping Boswellia trees. One of the main components of Frankincense oil is boswellic acid, a component known to have anti-neoplastic properties. The goal of this study was to evaluate Frankincense oil for its anti-tumor activity and signaling pathways in bladder cancer cells.


Frankincense oil-induced cell viability was investigated in human bladder cancer J82 cells and immortalized normal bladder urothelial UROtsa cells. Temporal regulation of Frankincense oil-activated gene expression in bladder cancer cells was identified by microarray and bioinformatics analysis.


Within a range of concentration, Frankincense oil suppressed cell viability in bladder transitional carcinoma J82 cells but not in UROtsa cells. Comprehensive gene expression analysis confirmed that Frankincense oil activates genes that are responsible for cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression, and apoptosis in J82 cells. However, Frankincense oil-induced cell death in J82 cells did not result in DNA fragmentation, a hallmark of apoptosis.


Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by Frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.


Natural Synergy, Essential Oils in Cancer Research

The following is a synopsis of information presented by Nicole Stevens of Brigham Young University and UNLV Cancer Research Institute.  Her presentation was based on research she had done and was titled, “Natural Synergy, Essential Oils in Cancer Research

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.  Lung cancer is the most common, followed by breast cancer in women and prostate in men.  One out of every two men and one out of every three women will develop cancer in their lifetime.  This leads to about 1500 deaths each day in the United States costing more that $143 billion annually for medical treatment and early mortality.

Simply stated cancer comes from mutation of cells and the body’s inability to repair DNA mutations.  These mutations come from intracellular problems (DNA copying errors, DNA division errors, and free radicals) as well as extracellular sources (radiation, chemicals, and the environment).

Cancer proves to be difficult to treat for a number of reasons.  Detection is difficult because there is often considerable time between inception and diagnosis complicated by the fact that there are many different types of mutations making them difficult to identify.  Treatments after detection have their problems.  Chemotherapy targets the rapidly proliferating cells typical of cancer cells but may also include good cells such as those in the GI tract, hair , bone marrow, etc. Meanwhile some cancer may not be the rapidly proliferating type.  Radiation is also used but may only kill some of the cancer cells and even further mutate others.  Beyond this each treatment may have the undesirable side effect of compromising the immune system.

Cancer research must look for new treatments.  Plants have a long medicinal history.  Hyssop, spikenard, Myrrh and Frankincense are all mentioned in the Bible and others have long histories with tribal and other cultural uses. There has been good success so far with plant research as many anti-cancer drugs currently on the market were developed from plants including  Taxol,  Colchicine, and Vincristine.  .  With only about 1% of the higher plants being exhaustively studied there is a very high probability that new drugs remain to be found. 

Plant extractions (essential oils) contain many physiologically active chemical constituents (i.e. terpenoids, phenols, and coumarins) making them of interest for research.  They have the proven capability (individually or in combinations) to have beneficial properties:

·  Protective: coping with environmental stress

·  Destructive: killing or inhibiting growth of invaders

·  Stimulatory: promoting cell growth

Ms. Stevens’ initial research screened 69 essential oils and 5 blends, testing them against cervical, breast, skin and prostate cancer cell lines as well as non-cancerous 3T3 (mouse) fibroblast cells.  Her criterion was to recommend for further study as potential anticancer drugs any oils showing 50% or more cancer cell inhibition and 25% or less inhibition of non-cancerous cell.  Also of note were any correlations between which oils are active against which cancer cell lines.


These results noted were:

·  58% of the 74 oils showed general cancer inhibition of 50% or greater

·  34% of the 74 oils showed cancer-specific inhibition

·  Seven of these were active against two or more cancer cell lines

Ms. Stevens noted these conclusions:

·  Essential oils have potential as anticancer drugs

·  Screening processes (such as the one used in this study) that are fast, inexpensive and useful provide good leads about which compounds should be further investigated

·  Further research should be done on promising essential oils—this may lead to new cancer drugs

·  Areas of interest

*   Stimulating apoptosis  

*  DNA repair  

*  Proliferative senescence  

*  Immune protection and stimulation  

*  Preventing metastasis

Included below is a summary chart of Ms. Steven's results:

Nicole Steven's Chart

Editor's note - From the tables published by Ms. Stevens and the criteria mentioned the following seems to be the most interesting essential oils for further study.  Shown are those oils found to inhibit a cancer cell line by at least 50%, while not affecting the healthy cells by more than 25%.  (Bold inhibited the cancer cell line by at least 75% and bold/blue by at least 90%)

·  Cervical Cancer:  Galbanum, Hyssop, Patchouli, Douglas Fir, Thyme (linalol), Tsuga, Tarragon, Nutmeg, Geranium, Sage, Sandalwood, White Fir, Dill, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Tangerine, Melaleuca, Ravensara, Thyme, Valerian

·  Prostate Cancer: Western Red Cedar, Myrtle, Thyme

·  Breast Cancer: Myrtle, Sandalwood

·  Skin Cancer: Tsuga, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Tarragon, Thyme, Thyme (linalol),

    The following oils inhibited two or more cancer cell lines: Hyssop, Myrtle, Sandalwood, Tarragon, Thyme, Thyme (linalool), Tsuga


The following sources were noted:

• American Cancer Society. 2004. Cancer Facts and Figures.

• Baladrin, M.F., A.D. Kinghorn, and N.R. Farnsworth. 1993. Plant-derived natural products in drug discovery and development. In: Human Medicinal Agents from Plants (ACS symposium 1992). A.D. Kinghorn and M.F.Balandrin, eds. American Chemical Society: 2-12.

• Balick, M.J., and P.A. Cox. 1996. Plants, People and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany. Scientific American Library, New York.

• Beuchat, L.R. 1994. Antimicrobial properties of spices and their essential oils. Nat. Antimicrob. Syst. Food Preserv. 167-79.

• Cragg, G.M., D.J. Newman and K.M. Snader. 1997. Natural products in drug discovery and development. Journal of Natural Products 60: 52-60.

• Deans, S.G., and G. Ritchie. 1987. Antibacterial properties of plant essential oils. International Journal of Food Microbiology 5: 165-180.

• Hostettmann, K., A. Marston, and J.L. Wolfender. 1995. Strategy in the search for new biologically active plant constituents. In: Phytochemistry of Plants Used in Traditional Medicine. Clarendon Press, Oxford: 17-45.

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The Induction of Apoptosis in (MCF-7) Human Breast Cancer Cell Line by Frankincense Essential Oil

Research Report on Frankincense and Breast Cancer co-authored by Jaime Matta PhD.

41st ACS Junior Technical Meeting & 26th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting (PRISM), University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

Santos Colón, Karla Marie, UNIV. CATOLICA; Ruiz Abigail, Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology Ponce School of Medicine; Matta Jaime Ph.D., Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology Ponce School of Medicine

Breast cancer (BC) is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States and in Puerto Rico. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths among young women. Despite significant advances in BC diagnosis and treatment, resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs is one of the most important challenges in the treatment of this disease. The MCF-7 cell line is a model for an aggressive human BC that is highly resistant to chemotherapy. Frankincense essential oil (FEO) is an essential oil distilled from Boswellia carteri and B. serrata. It contains at least 70 compounds including limonene, sabinene, monoterpenes and pentacyclic triterpenes. The compounds present in FEO can synergistically suppress the proliferation and apoptosis of different tumor types. Boswellic acids present in FEO have been identified as a pharmacologically active compounds which inhibit leukotriene biosynthesis, 5- lipoxygenase and exert antiproliferative activity. Prevention, inhibition, and regression of various cancer types have been induced by chemicals component of FEO. Previous studies in our laboratory showed that FEO at doses ranging from 80 to 180 μg/ml decreases up to 94% the cell viability of MCF-7 cells. The purpose of this study was to determine if apoptosis (programmed cell death) is one of the mechanisms associated with this decrease in cell viability induced by FEO. Previous studies established IC50 of around 100μg/ml a dose in which grow of a drug resistant cell line is inhibited. The MCF-7 cells were treated with the established IC50 for 24 hours. Apoptotic and necrotic cells were respectively detected with annexin V and propidium iodide. This study will determine if FEO has chemotherapeutical properties in vitro against MCF-7 BC cells.


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