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Prostate Problems

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


The most common prostate problems are an enlarged prostate, also known as BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy), an inflamed prostate (prostatitis)  and prostate cancer.  The symptoms of all three conditions overlap considerably. Further prostatitis can lead to BPH so in some cases it is difficult to distinguish if one or both exist. Even beyond this is the condition know as Pelvic Pain Syndrome wherein there is long-term pain in or around the prostate gland caused by non-bacterial inflammation. Stress and psychological factors may contribute to this condition.

 The American Urological Association reports that by the age of 60, over fifty percent of men will have BPH and by age 85 ninety percent of men will have this condition.  Since the urethra goes thru theProstate prostate gland as it leaves the bladder (see diagram) the enlargement will affect urine flow.  Increased pressure from the  bladder is required for urinary flow as the prostate enlarges and restricts flow.  This will result in a variety of symptoms such as difficulty in starting urination, more frequent need to urinate (since the bladder does not empty completely), dribbling after urination, etc.

Cancer that develops in the prostate is usually confined to the prostate gland and in the majority of cases is not an aggressive (fast growing) cancer.  (Although in about 1 of 3 cases there can be an aggressive type of cancer.)  The former is the most common type of male cancer and because of the slow growth and minimal symptoms it may go undetected.  Symptoms, as experienced, can be similar to BPH as the prostate enlarges with the tumor growth.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Invigorating BlendC, CloveC, FrankincenseC, LavenderC, Myrrh, Oregano, ThymeC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Clary Sage, CypressC, Helichrysum, Rosemary

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Essential Oils users have reported positive results for prostate problems. The following protocol was reported as successful for someone dealing with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Prepare a 00 capsule with 10 -13 drops of the following blend and take orally 2-3 times daily.


·    5 parts Frankincense

·    3 parts Thyme

·    3 parts Clove

·    3 parts Lavender

·    5 parts Invigorating Blend

Some suggest other blends and to use rectal retention. (see Experiences &Testimonials above.

For prostate cancer consider the cancer protocol described on this website on the Suggested Protocols tab on the page for Cancer

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Vickie - About 2 years ago my husband had prostate cancer and treated using brachy therapy.  He now has to get up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom and has to go very frequently during the day also.  Do you know of anything that will help?

Julie Ann - I have an older gentleman who was having prostate trouble.  I told him that I would apply Frankincense to the privates externally and take it under the tongue, a few drops daily.  He told me that his frequency problem has stopped and he can get a good nights rest now.   It will be interesting to see what others wade in and say.  

Rosemary - My friend has prostate cancer, it is very enlarged and his PSA numbers are high.  He has taken the following formula for two weeks and came back for more.  He said the incontinence has improved; it is easier to urinate and is not painful.  I got this formula from my (...) associate who received it from Dr. Hill.


   Fill one veggie capsule with:

·    5 drops Frankincense,

·    3 drops Thyme,

·    3 drops Clove,

·    3 drops Lavender,

·    5 drops Invigorating Blend. 

You can fill one capsule at a time or I premix the oils in one bottle using the proportions above and then put 19 drops of the blend in a capsule.  A 15ml bottle holds enough oil for 16 dosages.  I figured it costs around $39. 

Vickie - Thank you for this information.  How often does he take the formula?

Rosemary - He is supposed to be doing it 2 to 3 times a day at the first.  He always does it once, but tries to do it at least morning and night.


Catherine -- My husband has been misdiagnosed apparently he is not suffering with urinary infection but prostate enlargement, that's why he had difficulty passing water!  Any good recipe and essential oils to use for that?

Kirsten - Thank you for raising the issue of men's health, particularly prostate health.  It's a sad thing that so many men feel embarrassed about seeking help for this problem.  

An enlarged prostate can be very unsettling for men, uncomfortable and worrying especially when it leads to urinary discomfort and difficulty.  If my partner were affected this way I would be telling him to start the LLW.   Fennel could also be helpful coupled with Fractionated Coconut Oil rubbed over the lower back.  If there is pain and inflammation, Cypress, Thyme and Lavender might also be helpful.  I would also consider Grounding Blend on the bottom of the feet. Incidentally, my associate has a wonderful testimonial about how the LLW has assisted her partner reduce his PSA count.


Rex - A friend is using FloMax because of an enlarged prostate.  Is there an alternative that someone has found to restore normal urinary functioning?

Pat - About 8 months ago I suggested the cancer protocol for a gentleman suffering from prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, and cancer that had spread to the genitilia and the spine. He stayed on the protocol faithfully and the second month he commented that he no longer had frequent urination and that it was like when he was young. I truly feel that the topical application of the daily protocol was what helped that situation. He rubbed the oil daily on the genital area. He was in his mid seventies and used the Frankincense and Sandalwood along with Clove for three days then while always stay on the Frankincense  and Sandalwood, changed the Clove to Lavender for three days, then changed to Wild Orange, then Thyme and lastly Lemon, each for three days. Then start over with the Clove. He continued this procedure for the whole 4 months, but that was for the cancer treatment also.


Pat – I need information on prostate problems.

Debbie - The overwhelming statistics are that half of all men after age 50 will contract prostrate cancer though most don't ever die of it.  I'm sure my dad had it and he lived to be 92, but he was very miserable from the problem.  I don't know the oils, but pumpkin seeds and Saw Palmetto are often used for prostate health.  

Jan -  I've seen suggested that you can use a rectal retention consisting of 10 drops Frankincense, 15 drops Myrrh and 3 drops Oregano mixed with 1 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil.  (see previous protocol)  I would also consider applying a blend of Frankincense, Rosemary and Clary Sage topically on the area between the rectum and scrotum and to the lower third quarter of the foot as a reflexology application.


Pat - I know a gentleman just diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Does anyone know of someone using oils for this?

Kathy - I would use rectal retention and a blend consisting of 10 drops Frankincense, 15 drops Myrrh and 3 drops Oregano mixed with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil. I would use this 3 times/week for 6 weeks. Of course, eat healthy and take the wellness pack daily.  Even using alternative methods, he should remain under the care of his physician.

What is rectal retention? Rectal retention is the use of a syringe enema or capsule implant or other enema devise followed by a retention devise.  Quite simply an anal plug. They are intrusive and not pleasant to look forward to, but for the ailing, it can be welcome relief.   You can get what you need at some Rx stores or on line.

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