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uterine fibroids

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


see also Menstrual Problems

Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors that are found in the uterus.  There are a number of medical terms used to describe the various locations of the tumors Uterine Fibroidswithin the uterus. (see diagram) The reason for the growth of these fibroid tumors is not understood but some suggest they are linked to the hormone estrogen.  They occur in the majority of women but often go undetected because they are very small or cause no noticeable symptoms. 

Typically if they develop during child bearing years there will be more than one and they will slowly grow. They can be a factor in heavy menstrual bleeding and/or menstrual discomfort but seldom are they a factor in uterine cancer or do they become cancerous tumors.


[search helps: fibromyomas, leiomyomas, myomas, pedunculated fibroid, intracavitary fibroid, subserosal fibroid, submucosal fibroid, intramural fibroid]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Essential Oil Cellular Complex , FrankincenseC, Geranium, Sandalwood

Essential oils based products: GI Cleansing Formula, Probiotic Defense Formula

Also consider: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Rosemary

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Suggested protocols:

Dr. David K. Hill in his presentation on Hormonal Balance gives this important observation, "Frankincense should also be considered for disorders of the uterus such as fibroid cysts, etc.  Use it to reduce existing abnormalities or consider it to prevent their formation.  Frankincense will also balance the endocrine system.  Use it by placing 2 or 3 drops under the tongue every night and every morning."

Dr. Hill and others suggest there is a connection between uterine fibroids and candida and suggest the candida cleanse using GI Cleansing Formula  and Probiotic Defense Formula.  Also see candida.

Others suggest at the onset using Frankincense internally by placing 6 - 8 drops on the end of a tampon, others have used the Frankincense in a capsule and filled the remainder with FCO and inserted it vaginally just before retiring. Also take LLV and Essential Oil Cellular Complex (2 capsules) daily and after the bleeding is controlled continue with Frankincense under the tongue daily.

Pain and Cramps - here are two protocols folks have found successful: 

  -  Take 8 -12 drops of Sandalwood internally in a capsule at the outset.  On the second day take 6 - 8 drops of Sandalwood in a capsule.

  -   Apply 2 - 4 drops each of Cypress and Rosemary topically to the abdomen.  Use a warm compress on abdomen after applying oils.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Miki - I would like to ask about my sister who has been suffering with female problems for years. She has had a couple of surgeries already in the past for uterine fibroids and an ovarian tumor. She still has lots of pain, sometimes the pain is so severe, she can't do anything but roll around on the floor!  She's gone to doctors after doctors, the last one told her that they just couldn't find any cause.  She is in her early 40s, never been married, no children.  I would like to help her with something.

Julie Ann - I would definitely start the GX and Probiotic Defense Formula ASAP along with the LLW. Candida yeast is the fall guy for many women and it leads into much heartache and distress to top it all off.    If she wants to help with the cramps use 8-12 drops of Sandalwood in a capsule the second she thinks they are starting. That alone was a miracle for me when I still had periods.   I usually only had to take one capsule the first day and 6 drops the second day (but if you need more, take another capsule). The rest was clear sailing until the next month. It totally saved my sanity I can tell you! Also for the outside of the abdomen help,  Dr. Hill says to use Bergamot topically on the lower abdomen. He says that it takes care of cramps. Hope this helps.  

ps....If she wants to find out if she has systemic Candida yeast....do the spit test.   first thing in the morning get a clear glass drinking glass, fill it with water and spit in it.  If the spit has tentacles that head to the bottom of the glass, then for certain she is dealing with yeast.  This is where the GX and Probiotic Defense Formula come in, along with the LLW.


Jenny - I have a friend that has been experiencing very heavy uterine bleeding for several months now. Her biopsies were negative for cancer (thankfully). She has some fibroids but doctors don't seem to think those are causing the bleeding. She is taking progesterone but it isn't helping. She's trying to avoid surgery and is looking for some suggestions. Any help would be much appreciated!

Pat - I would try the tampons with about 8 drops Frankincense on the end and inserted. Each time the tampon is removed remove for at least 48 hours and see if this helps.

Mary - I can second the frankincense; my friend had a lot of success with putting frankincense under her tongue twice a day.

Sheri - I'm the friend that Jenny was referring to. This morning I read Pat's recommendation and I tried it. Before I tried it I was bleeding heavy. That was around 8am, then I applied the frankincense a total of 5 times today and by 1:45pm, I wasn't bleeding! I'm amazed! Not sure what to do now. Will the bleeding stay gone ? Should I switch to putting the oil under my tongue since wearing a tampon when I'm not bleeding isn't safe.  I’m willing to try anything!!

Brenda - I always use the oils in a capsule and insert it vaginally when I need this sort of thing because I don't have tampons in my house any more.  I just put a capsule with frankincense and then top it off with fractionated coconut oil, I insert right as I go to bed, and it is done!! Hope that helps. 

Pat - Thanks for letting us know how you feel. Whatever problem you have is not totally gone. I too would suggest the frankincense under your tongue twice a day. At least 2-3 drops. Also if you haven't started the LLV and Essential Oil Cellular Complex you might want to consider them, in order to put your body into good nutritional balance so it can start its repair.

Riki - Has anyone suggested Helichrysum in a capsule?

Gretchen - I've suffered from heavy periods since I was in high school. My fibroids were a definite contributing factor. Losing weight helped some, but since I heard about it I've been using DDR. I wasn't sure what to expect once I started taking it, but one of the best "side effects" was my periods got lighter and 2 days shorter.


Rebecca - I have a question about uterine fibroids. My mom has a couple and is wondering if there is an oil that would help possibly get rid of them? She is 56 and is at the beginning of menopause and also has struggled with high blood pressure. I am encouraging her to do the candida cleanse and then start some oils for her other issues. Thankyou!

Dian - In preparation for a hysterectomy, this past March, I was inspired to use 4 drops of Frankincense on a cotton tampon  seven days before surgery.  I thought I had done something that would postpone my surgery.  I started having pain like never before and bleeding that was dark and smelly.  That lasted for about 4 days and then I felt great and ready for surgery.  I had the opportunity to talk to Emily Wright.  She told me I had done the right thing as the Frankincense would help get rid of the bad stuff and promote the good healthy tissue. When the tests returned from the lab, the uterus and ovaries were in good shape, other than there was a polyp forming in the uterine wall.


Joni - I have a friend with a uterine fibroid about the size of a 14 week fetus.  She wants to avoid having a hysterectomy.  Emily suggested Frankincense, Lemon and Cyprus taken internally.  Any other suggestions, or experiences.

Pat - I talked to Dr. Hill about this and he told my friend about the candida blend: Lemon, Melaleuca and Oregano taken internally and also internally (meaning the mouth and vagina). The important thing is consistency.

Jessica - Oregano vaginally, really? I am a tough oil chick and even I wouldn't do that!

Pat - I know, that's what I thought, but that's what he told her to do. Even if you didn't do it that way, taking it by mouth would be helpful. Take it by mouth for 15 days then change the formula to Frankincense, Sandalwood and Thyme for three days then change the Thyme for Lavender, three days then the change the Lavender for Clove, three days, then change the Clove for Orange, three days. Then start over repeating the same procedure. Part of this procedure is the cancer protocol but it helped to reduce her cysts. This is a suggestion only and is not meant to cure or to replace your medical attention.

Dian- I would suggest at least Frankincense on a tampon.  I used it before having a hysterectomy and had a little bleeding.  My thoughts on the bleeding are that what ever was in the uterus that needed to come out before surgery did so.  I was following the same path as my mother toward uterine and cervical cancer. I also use Helichrysum on the outside of my lower abdomen. Lavender would also be good.

Kathy - Frankincense is excellent for fibroids.  I would insert 4-5 drops vaginally using a syringe at least 2 times daily also an equal blend of Frankincense and Lavender applied to the lower abdomen every night. Finally I would drink Lemon in all my water.  It may take some time, but I would expect some shrinkage.. 

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