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


See the following pages for specific types of tumors:





  Uterine fibroids

Abscess, cancer, cyst, polyp or tumor?

Here are some differences between terms used to describe “masses” or “lumps” that may form in the body.  Common terms are abscess, cancer, cyst, polyp and tumor. 

  Tumor – a mass of tissue or abnormal cellular growth. They may be cancerous (malignant), or not (benign).

  Cancer – a rapid cellular growth that may spread from one part of the body to another.

  Cyst – a closed sac filled with gas, liquid, or a semi solid. They are usually not cancerous. 

  Lipoma – a benign growth filled with apidose (fat) cells usually just beneath the skin.

  Abscess – similar to a cyst but is filled with pus.

  Polyp – a tissue growth that protrudes from a mucous membrane (nasal passage, cervix, colon) usually benign.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

For specific types of tumors go to Cancer, Cysts, Lipoma, Thyroid, Uterine fibroids.

Benign tumors in general:

Oils & Blends:  Essential Oil Cellular Complex , Frankincense

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Basil, BergamotE, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Roman ChamomileE, Thyme

Suggested protocols:

The most common success has been 2 - 3 drops of Frankincense applied topically to the area of the benign tumor 2 or 3 times per day. If internal taking the Frankincense by placing it under the tongue, rubbing on bottoms of the feet or in a capsule proved helpful.

Essential Oil Cellular Complex is a blend that includes Frankincense plus other oils that have shown in clinical studies they support cellular health and vitality. (Clove, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Summer Savory, Thyme, Wild Orange)

Other blends folks reported success with are:

  Cypress, Basil and Frankincense, in a capsule 2 times per day for 2 weeks then switched out the Basil for Oregano.

  Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass

  Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint and Thyme

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Testimonials for a variety of tumors and cysts

Chari - My 14 year old daughter has 4 major health issues happening.  One is a bone tumor in her left wrist.  It is benign but extremely painful.  We were given some frankincense in June and the tumor actually shrunk on the Aug MRI.  Anything else we should add to that? 

Erika - I am not a medical professional and I definitely do not claim to understand all the aspects of your daughter's condition.  So this is just my personal recommendation based on my own experiences. … I would also recommend using the new DDR blend of oils.  It has frankincense as well as several other oils that combined are very effective against mutagenic cells such as the tumor in her arm.  I would apply the DDR oil directly to her arm and possibly along her spine and feet.  You may want to experiment or muscle test for the correct dosage and application.


Kris – An acquaintance’s son (who is 50) has Neuro Fibromas-- benign tumors intertwined in the peripheral nerves of his legs. Some have been cut out, but they grow back. Do you use the tumor protocol? Thanks for all the help out there.

Sabrina - I don’t know if that is what I have in my leg but they are little hard balls or lumps down one side and they used to hurt all the time but I have found that if I rub Frankincense on them, the pain goes away for a day or two,..or longer. When I first started it helped release the pain for a day but now its getting longer and longer that I don’t have to rub Frankincense on the painful bumps. Try it.


Mysti - What oils work the best for Fibromyalgia? I'm thinking a combo of Massage Blend, Soothing Blend and Grounding Blend. Any thoughts?

Julie Ann - I have seen success by starting off on the liver cleanse...1 drop Peppermint, 1drop Lemon in 1 Tbsp of fresh Lemon juice with approximately 2-3 ozs of water every morning FIRST thing. Your liver is capable of 732 functions daily and with Fibromyalgia a toxic liver is a sign of a toxic body.    ASAP the LLW program with the Massage Blend oils and technique.  I then add a 40-minute detoxification bath using Lavender, Wild Orange or Calming Blend for the soothing aspect they bring.  If they will get the acidity out and alkalinity in, their problems will ease and over time go away.

Chris - I have not heard of this cleanse before.  How long do you do this?

Julie Ann - I have been doing it for years.  I had a very toxic liver with a pain in my upper back which was not a backache.  Come to find out it was the pressure point for the liver.  I had a test done which showed my liver was extremely toxic with numbers off the charts.  I started on the liver cleanse and within 3 months my liver had improved over 700%.  The doctor was astounded.  He said he had never seen such an improvement and asked what was I doing?  It was just this simple liver cleanse.  I have been in the natural field for 27 years and sometimes the simple things are the most potent.  The detoxification baths are absolutely vital if someone is going to get well.  The sicker they are the more baths they take.  I tell others to take one every day if they have serious issues.  I myself did away with a breast tumor that was 3 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 2 1/2 inches deep in 8 weeks to the day I started the daily detoxification baths and using the essential oils on it.


Tahna - A lipoma is a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue. Has someone successfully "treated" one of these? If so, how?

Pat - Right now I know two people taking the following oils with tumors: Equal amounts of Frankincense, Helichrysum, Sandalwood and Geranium. These are all anti-tumor oils and I cannot tell you if it works yet. One has a benign tumor on her thyroid, the other has fibroid tumor on her ovaries. They are also taking internally the Lemon, Melaleuca and Oregano blend that Dr. Hill recommended.

Kathy - Pat's protocol seems spot on.  I would have included Grapefruit. Frankincense and Grapefruit neat twice daily.  Eat good!  No Soda!


Katz - I recently developed a cyst the size of a golf ball on the inside edge of my breast. It was very sore and bruised looking on the top. I put Wild Orange on it (mostly because I craved the smell) and Frankincense alternating. I had a friend look at it and check the size so we could monitor what would happen. I applied the oil twice a day, neat, and in three weeks it was the size of a grain of rice. Yea oils!


Vikki - There was a great testimonial on cysts I heard last night. A lady from Seattle had a friend who was going to be having surgery to remove a cyst. Three weeks before the surgery she gave her friend Cypress, Basil and Frankincense (I believe it was in a capsule) 2x a day, then switched out the Basil for Oregano.. The lady went to the doctor prior to surgery to locate the cyst by ultrasound and they couldn't find it.


Marti - Does anyone know what helps with a ganglion cyst?  Thanks.

BK - I had 3 different cysts on different parts of my body until recently. I never went to a doctor and had them officially diagnosed.  But I had friends say that they were cysts, calcium deposits, bone spurs, or bible bumps.  I'm not sure, but I think these would also be called ganglian cysts.  I had one on my foot on my hand and a small one that had barely started revealing itself on my wrist.  Here's what I did.

My foot spur was bothering me the most, so I started using a blend of Eucalyptus, Marjoram, Cypress, Lavender Peppermint, Thyme and Basil. 5 drops each in an15ml bottle then match the amount of essential oil with coconut oil. I would rub this blend on my right foot every morning and night. Without fail for 3 months.  I had tried a similar mix using oils from Young Living, but it never helped, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try (...) oils.  One day it was strange, I realized that it was almost gone!  It seemed almost overnight or I just hadn't been paying attention.  Then I also realized that the bump on my hand and wrist were completely gone!.  No doubt, using the blend on my foot everyday, also helped with the bumps on my hand and wrist.

I am also a huge (...) Frankincense fan, and used it often for massage for myself and my family, so I would credit the Frankincense for aiding in the blend as well.  It definitely wouldn't hurt to add frank to the blend. I hope this helps.  Do it daily or more.  Be patient.



Amelia - I also have a sebaceous cyst but it's on my inner wrist and I have been applying a mixture of Lemongrass, Lavender and Frankincense to it. When I do apply these it goes away almost instantly but then it returns and when it does I just apply the oils again. If it were me I would put it in a carrier oil just because of where the cyst is located and because it's for a child...hope this is helpful...

LMD - Hello, Does anyone have any information or success stories on Sebaceous Cysts?

Suzy - My husband has these and has been using Frankincense.  The ones that have not gone away entirely, have shrunk by at least half their beginning size.  He just applies it every night before he goes to bed, after his shower.  He just tips the bottle onto his finger and dabs each cyst.

Amelia - Yep Frankincense...I have one on my wrist and I just keep applying Frankincense...and Grounding Blend for whatever reason seems to make it go away even faster. Weird thing is that mine has not totally gone away but when I use the Frankincense it immediately shrinks it...like it disappears completely for a few hours or a day but then it comes back. I just keep applying Frankincense to it and I believe eventually it'll disappear forever.


Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen

Abscesses are nature's way of purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells, therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic, can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.

In general, the brighter and tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.


Abscesses heal when the discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to close.

According to Dr. J. Christopher “The basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the accumulation of impurities in the blood.”

Poultices will bring the abscess to a head and clean it out.

A poultice made of 1 part Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out the toxins as well as relieving pain

· A poultice made of hot onions put directly over the abscessed area

Add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.


How to make a poultice:

Dried Herb Poultice

Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.


Fresh Herb Poultice

Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.


Dr. Mom the Kitchen:

Garlic Tea

1 small garlic Clove minced and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey

Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of mint or sage

½ teaspoons minced parsely

Let steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint, however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator and will be good for two days.

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