The Truth About Essential Oils for Cancer

Essential Oils for Cancer

As more research is being conducted on natural therapies, it is becoming more than obvious that people do not need to use conventional practices like chemotherapy and radiation to eradicate cancer. Holistic remedies abound and a cursory glance on “Dr. Google” will rank several on the top of most people’s list. Of all the popular natural solutions out there, essential oils for cancer research has gained significant fanfare and for good reason. 

Essential Oils for Cancer Research

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The truth about essential oils for cancer is four-fold.

First – the research suggests that oils can help prevent and treat cancer at the cellular level. Additionally, and oftentimes overlooked, essential oils have been shown to be exceptionally effective at managing the side effects related to cancer itself and the side effects people suffer at the hands of medical interventions.

Second – it is critical to recognize that this is not an all-or-nothing approach. Just because you’re taking chemo doesn’t mean that you can’t use oils. The same is true on the flip side of that coin. Far too many patients and healthcare practitioners dichotomize natural from allopathic therapies, and do not give enough emphasis on the practicality of using both together.

Third – we need to put things into proper perspective and remember that the peer-reviewed articles we have that evaluate the ability of essential oils for cancer to prevent, stop and even reverse the growth of various malignant lines are in vitro. In other words, we don’t many live human trials with hundreds or thousands of participants, we have studies that are testing human cells in a petri dish. This is not to say that these studies are useless. The point we need to take from this is that essential oils for cancer is still experimental.

Fourth – with this said, there are literally thousands upon thousands of testimonials of people on the Internet claiming that EOs cured them of cancer. And this cannot be disputed because a vast majority of them are your normal, not-trying-to-make-a-buck kind of people who are not trying to sell a product. These are legitimate medical “miracles,” which are ultimately going to be the basis for further research.

Best Essential Oils for Cancer Patients

Of all of the studies in the medical literature, this is just a sample of those that suggest essential oils for cancer therapy can benefit patients.

Citrus Oils

The most prominent and noteworthy component of citrus oils is d-limonene, confirmed to be a potent cancer-fighting agent. In the words of the U.S. National LIbrary of Medicin's open chemisry database, PubChem,

“D-Limonene is an oral dietary supplement containing a natural cyclic monoterpene and major component of the oil extracted from citrus peels with potential chemopreventive and antitumor activities. Although the mechanism of action has yet to be fully elucidated, limonene and its metabolites perillic acid, dihydroperillic acid, uroterpenol and limonene 1,2-diol may inhibit tumor growth through inhibition of p21-dependent signaling and may induce apoptosis via the induction of the transforming growth factor beta-signaling pathway. In addition, they inhibit post-translational modification of signal transduction proteins, resulting in G1 cell cycle arrest as well as differential expression of cell cycle- and apoptosis-related genes.”

Clary Sage

Sclareol, the primary component of clary sage essential oil, has promising anti-cancer effects in laboratory evaluations. During studies dating back to 1999 to just last year, it has been shown to impact the way that cancer cells proliferate by literally killing through a process known as apoptosis. (1, 2)

Apoptosis is interesting because it literally triggers the cell to commit “suicide,” more formally known as programmed cell death, which suggests that clary sage oil could have profound effects on the prevention and treatment of cancer lines.

This discovery is particularly promising for clary sage, because it also contains phytoestrogens, which are commonly avoided in people with estrogen-induced cancers. Further research will hopefully help reshape the current medical recommendation that cancer patients avoid specific oils because of their phytoestrogen compounds, which can (in theory) feed into cancer.

Frankincense

Of all the cancer-fighting essential oils, frankincense (Boswellia sacra, B. carterii, B. frereana, and B. serrata) is the most controversial. The research out there has been scrutinized because of its industry-bias, and some claim that there are no chemical compounds in frankincense oil that can kill cancer. With that said, just do a search on the Internet and healing stories abound. It is hard to dispute with the thousands of people who state their cancer was cured after using frankincense.

The biggest issue some chemists and Aromatherapists have is regarding boswellic acids (BAs), which have been proven to be “cytotoxic to ovarian cancer cells at pharmacologically achievable concentrations” and “may form the basis of a novel anticancer treatment for ovarian cancer, perhaps alongside conventional chemotherapy.” (3) A known compound in frankincense resin, the issue is that boswellic acids are too large and heavy to be included in the volatile (evaporated) components that make up essential oils.

In other words, BA's are not in the essential oils, but why who cares? Studies continue to emerge demonstrating the anti-cancer effects of frankincense essential oil on bladder (13), breast (14) and skin (15) cancers!

Additionally, adding frankincense essential oil for cancer to a healthcare protocol goes well beyond the anti-tumor effects. For people utilizing conventional medical treatments, the pain and other side effects can be worse than the cancer itself! This is especially true for brain cancer patients who oftentimes experience cerebral edema (swelling in the head) after their tumors have been surgically removed or at the hands of radiation therapy. To make matters worse, steroid treatment is commonly administered, complicate the side effects even more.

Frankincense extract, which contains the essential oil, can possibly help this particular problem. A clinical trial published in 2011 evaluated 44 patients with cerebral edema and, after taking 4200 mg/day of a Boswellia serrata (BS) extract was administered, the swelling was reduced by 75% or more in 60% of the participants. The researchers conclude that, “BS could potentially be steroid-sparing for patients receiving brain irradiation. (10)

Also shown to help manage depression, pain and boost the immune system. (11, 12)

Lavender

A popular theme in the natural health discussion is that antioxidants are the super healers that we all need. Free radicals created by chemicals, pollutants, stress and toxins are the culprits for a cascade of cellular damage, immune inhibition, and limitless unforeseen health risks – including cancer and chronic illness.

Suffice it to say that, if free radicals are the super villains, antioxidants are the super heroes.

The body itself creates antioxidants in the form of the enzymes catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) among others. Unfortunately, our bodies are exposed to a constant onslaught of free radicals that drain our naturally occurring antioxidants and we are forced to supplement.

Believe it not, lavender essential oil for cancer joins the ranks as an effective natural antioxidant support.

Of the major antioxidant enzyme mentioned above, Chinese researchers observed that lavender essential oil can upregulate levels of all three in mice within the first day of treatment and protect brain cells again stroke and injury! (13) Romanian researchers noted similar activity by simply inhaling lavender for an hour each day. According to the study, “Taken together, our results suggest that antioxidant and antiapoptotic activities [of healthy brain cells] of the lavender essential oils are the major mechanisms for their potent neuroprotective effects against scopolamine-induced oxidative stress in the rat brain,” that can lead to cancer and other illnesses. (14)

Lemongrass

Several studies have evaluated the potential cancer-fighting properties of lemongrass essential oil. (15)

In 2009, an article was published that evaluated the essential oil of Cymbopogon flexuosus (a variety of lemongrass) for its in vitro cytotoxicity ability against 12 human cancer cell lines; as well as its anticancer effects on mice in vivo. The results were remarkable. Researchers discovered that the essential oil triggers a variety of mechanisms that kill cancer cells. “Our results indicate that the oil has a promising anticancer activity and causes loss in tumor cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy.” (16)

Myrrh

The role that myrrh essential oil plays in natural cancer therapies is a becoming a popular topic in the scientific community. Particularly, with how it interacts with frankincense essential oils. In 2013, one of the most thorough studies on the topic was published in the journal Oncology Letters, and this is what researcher discovered:

“The effects of the two essential oils, independently and as a mixture, on five tumor cell lines, MCF-7, HS-1, HepG2, HeLa and A549, were investigated using the MTT assay. The results indicated that the MCF-7 and HS-1 cell lines showed increased sensitivity to the myrrh and frankincense essential oils compared with the remaining cell lines. In addition, the anticancer effects of myrrh were markedly increased compared with those of frankincense, however, no significant synergistic effects were identified.” (17)

Don’t think that researchers are evaluating frankincense and myrrh together as complementary therapies because of the Christmas story. Oh, no. The resins from frankincense and myrrh trees have been traditionally prescribed simultaneously in Chinese medicine for years. Used primarily to treat inflammatory diseases, blood stagnation, frankincense and myrrh therapy is exceptionally effective to relieve swelling and pain. (18) Even though researchers have not observed a synergistic effect regarding cancer, “A previous study identified that the combination of frankincense and myrrh oils exhibited synergistic effects on harmful bacterial infections Cryptococcus neoformans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” (19, 20)

Peppermint & Spearmint

In 2014, the journal BioMed Research International published an article uncovering that peppermint and spearmint is highly effective at managing common side effects people that suffer at the hands of medical cancer therapies; especially vomiting and nausea. Taken directly from the study we find that these oils, as well as some others, can help with a variety of conditions cancer patients suffer from:

  • “Cancer patients suffer from different side effects which can be preferentially reduced by alternative methods. EOs are used in the aromatherapy for reducing the agony of brain cancer patients [21]. EO is efficient in depression and reduction of anxiety in cancer patients [22]. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, one of the most frequently used treatment method in cancer, are prone to various side effects [23]. These are nausea and vomiting.
  • Mentha spicata [spearmint] and M. piperita [peppermint] have been found to be effective in overcoming these emetic conditions (chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, CINV) along with the reduction of expenditure on treatment in the cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy [24].
  • EOs of Leptospermum scoparium [Manuka myrtle] and Kunzea ericoides [Karo Greenfingers] were reported to prevent mucositis in the head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy when used in the preparation of mouthwash [25].
  • Some cancer patients having metastatic tumorigenic ulcers of skin develop necrosis and malodour [26]. Patients suffering from such malodour were reported to have improvement in their state on treatment of these ulcers with the mixture of EOs having eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemongrass, lemon, clove leaf, and thyme on a 40% ethanol base [27].
  • Lavender EO is widely used in aromatherapy and is found to be beneficial in reducing the distress in cancer patients [28]. Hence, EOs serve as the valuable preparations in amelioration of the side effects and sufferings of the cancer patients.”

Thyme

The journal Molecules published a study in 2010 that evaluated how cancer cells were evaluated could stand up against ten powerful essential oils. Included was thyme and it stood out from the crowd as the most beneficial against prostate, lung carcinoma, and breast cancers. (29)

As one of the primary herbs to facilitate estrogen binding, thyme oil can help balance and regulate hormones. (30) Like we noted above with clary sage, thyme is not the only potential estrogenic essential oil noted for its anticancer potential. It should be interesting to note that, because cancer frequently holds receptors for estrogen and can theoretically be “fed” by any compound that is estrogenic, people at risk of developing certain cancer lines are oftentimes advised to avoid estrogen.

With the potent anticancer properties that we have seen in just the few studies noted above, it is more than likely that we will soon discover that the so-called “cancer-causing” plants and foods people are avoiding actually hold the key that our bodies need to unlock the cancer-fighting potential we all contain!

Survey Says

So, to find out what testimonials were out there about essential oils for cancer, I did a quick survey on Facebook. Below is find that image that I used, and this was my survey question:

Share your story!

Have you've experienced a medical miracle or a #FrankincenseCancerCure

after using #frankincense #essentialoil?

I hear the stories all the time, and we'd LOVE to hear from YOU! 🙂

Frankincense Survey

Abundant Life Testimonials

And these are just a FEW of the responses that I received! Overall, the response about essential oils for cancer was quite overwhelming (in a good way!).

Frankincense Survey_Responses

To read more about the abundant life giving benefits of frankincense check out my new article Ancient Healing Benefits of Frankincense. 🙂

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When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

Resources:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10071073
  2. http://pubget.com/articles/elasticsearch_show/25672419
  3. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/270275886
  4. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/9/6
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  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23850473
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  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21287538
  11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18753801
  12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=frankincense+essential+oil+cancer
  13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22895026
  14. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/s0944711312005120
  15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=lemongrass+essential+oil+cancer
  16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19121295
  17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3796379/
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  19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3796379/
  20. http://pubget.com/articles/elasticsearch_show/22288378
  21. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/154106/#B199
  22. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/154106/#B200
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  29. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20657472/
  30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9492350


This post currently has 51 comments.

  1. PammieJo
    May 30, 2017

    What brand of essential do you recommend for internal, diffusion and external?

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  2. LuAnne
    May 25, 2017

    Dr.Z, thank you so much for all your research and information! I saw a comment about cell death working too well, such as in parkinsons, strokes, etc. So should something like Frankincense be avoided in parkinsons and strokes?

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  3. Rowan Murphy
    May 10, 2017

    Hi. I’m wondering, do I need food grade oils for any of the uses of essential oils for cancer treatment?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 10, 2017

      You definitely want a pure essential oil if you’re going to treat cancer. “Food” grade is somewhat ambiguous because it’s a relative term that many companies define differently.

      The key is make sure your EOs are not filled with synthetic materials.

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  4. Karen LPickett
    March 26, 2017

    Diagnosed with Tuberous Schlerosis complex – treating each symptom as it pops up; seizures – Vimpat and Lamyctal, Mood, Clonalan and now I can’t remember starts with a v. memory issues, kidney issues (partial neprectomy already preformed before I knew about lulls. Not certain where to starte – Neuolotisst and Psychiciatrists are “discussing” Lamyctal dose has it helps mood and seizures. help!

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  5. dominique
    March 25, 2017

    HI, I have high platelet count, any great eos to lower them?

    thanks

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  6. Tanya Tizzard
    March 15, 2017

    Hi Dr. Z.
    I wanted to share something interesting with you which I believe is testimony to the power of Frankincense. Early last year I found a lump on my throat when applying my high street brand daily moisturiser. I don’t know how I had not noticed it before because it was actually quite large, I could almost grip my fingers around it, needless to say I was troubled by my finding this and went to see my GP. Upon inspection he thought it may be just a cyst but to confirm this I would need to have it checked by a specialist. I was sent to a local hospital for an ultrasound. The specialist found that I had a large cyst close to my vocal chord and a slightly smaller one tucked behind it, he took a biopsy of the contents which was later found to be nothing more than dried blood and thankfully no cancerous cells. I was grateful for the good news but was still left with this cyst which when pressed upon hurt and was visible which looked a little abnormal, like a badly placed Adam’s apple! By October the cyst was still very prominent. Around this time I was introduced to a new facial cream from an organic range containing Frankincense which they claim to be anti aging and this being the reason I brought it! Now given the size of the cyst & how hard it felt I find this difficult to accept as merely coincidence but after 3 months of applying this cream which in honesty was approx 3 times per week, I was totally surprised to find that the cyst has completely gone. Now I know that the body is clever at dispersing cysts but I can’t help but feel that the frankincense played its part, can you please tell me your thoughts on this? Thanks so much.

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  7. Kim
    March 15, 2017

    Hi, my dad was just diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the lungs and it has metastasized to his lymph nodes, left adrenal gland and right side of his pelvis…he can’t handle chemo and is on heart medication…is there anything I can do at this point to help him? We are desperate

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  8. Cindy
    December 17, 2016

    I would like to know if anyone has had our there’s any research of essential oils to use when getting radiation..to diminish skin irritation and burns

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    • Marnie Clark
      January 4, 2017

      Cindy,
      Lavender is excellent for healing burns. You don’t use them prior to the radiotherapy but afterward. Mix 1-2 drops of lavender with an organic carrier oil (like almond, hemp, coconut) and also apply some organic aloe vera gel. Used this way you shouldn’t have any problems at all with radiodermatitis.
      Best regards,
      Marnie

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      • Wendy
        April 28, 2017

        Thanks for the information. I’m currently on radiation and will definitely do this

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        • Dr. Z
          April 28, 2017

          Praise God!

          Praying for COMPLETE healing!

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  9. Stef Parm
    November 20, 2016

    Can I make a suggestion? I believe most of us who are interested in essential oils and health would rather pay someone like you, say $100 to $200 for a hour session (time is valuable), to find out what they have learned over the years and/or what they would do if they had a particular health issue then to have to dig thru all the information and material that is out there on the internet, etc. (The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:18, “a laborer/worker is worthy/deserves of his or her wages/pay” and you definitely are with all the hard work that you have done with the information that you brought together.) I believe if a person has a serious health issue that may end his or her life, especially soon, they’d rather pay somebody else who has researched the subject matter then to spend the rest their precious time on God’s green earth doing God’s will then trying to learn what works from all the tons of journals of studies. All a person would have to do is to tell the other person that they are not asking for any medical advice about anything but only asking them what they would do nutritionally in a particular situation. People should understand that all a person can do is try to give the body what it needs to heal itself. No one or no product can cure anyone because only the body can do that. With that said, the powers to be won’t be able to do anything to a person for just telling another person what protocol or outline they would do or follow. Doing it this way, there is no medical advice being given. Those who want more help could hire a coach which should be a “well educated” doctor or practitioner. God’s Blessings, Stef Parm

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    • Dr. Z
      November 20, 2016

      Hi Stef, I wish that were the case, but I’d lose my license to practice as a doctor.

      I completely agree with your suggestions, but the system is simply not set up to allow that…

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  10. christy lim
    November 7, 2016

    Dr. Z, I am interested in using Myrrh oil and wondering whether Myrrh has any effect on increasing estrogen level. Have you encountered on any such information? I see lots of benefits of Myrrh oil and make sure before I start using it.

    Many thanks,

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    • Dr. Z
      November 20, 2016

      Hi Christy,

      I think I just answered this in another article, but just in case…

      There is no research to prove this, and EO experts agree – EOs are not estrogenic.

      With that said, regarding the specifics, I apologize – I am limited by what I can and cannot say, and giving “medical advise” is definitely a no-no.

      But we do have way around the regulations!

      If you haven’t, please consider joining Dr. Z’s Essential Oils Club – we have lots of people that have joined and they share their tips and testimonials! http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  11. Bonnie Johnson
    October 18, 2016

    I have had 2 MRIs showing brain inflammation. What oils are strong enough to cross the blood brain barrier?

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    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Due to the molecules being very small, many oils can cross the blood brain barrier. We don’t have a list of them specifically.

      Blessings!

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  12. Rakel
    April 12, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z, I just started using essential oil on my Mom and she has been sick with Multiple Myeloma for 11 years and she is not doing very well right now and her platelets count has been between 8000 and 10000 for the last 2 months and it doest seem to get any better. How do you recommend to use frankincense? Or should i use another oil?

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  13. Chantel Kerwick
    April 1, 2016

    My son was Diagnosted with ALL VHR – He is in Remission (((yay))) in Maintenance – I use the DoTerra Oil but I would like to know what you would recommend!

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  14. Kaye
    March 31, 2016

    In your newsletter I received today you mention a “…shake with the Super Food powders that I mix up for my family; and add in an avocado, banana and some berries.” I am wondering who the manufacturer is on this shake. I tried to look up online, but not sure I found the correct one. Can you tell us the name and where you get this?

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    • Dr. Z
      April 1, 2016

      Ah, good question!

      I actually make my own. About once a year, I buy a bunch of powdered superfoods from Nuts.com, mix them all up in my cooler, and repackage them for the year. I get 13 pounds or so in total. This is a copy/paste from my last order:

      Product name Packaging Quantity Unit price Total
      100% Matcha Green Tea Powder 8 Ounce Bags 1 $18.99 $18.99
      Organic Chlorella Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $22.99/lb $22.99
      Organic Pomegranate Powder 8 Ounce Bags 1 $14.99 $14.99
      Pink Powder Bundle Pink Powder Bundles 1 $22.99 $22.99
      Organic Hemp Protein Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $13.99/lb $13.99
      Organic Wheatgrass Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $11.99/lb $11.99
      Organic Spirulina 1 Pound Bags 1 $14.99/lb $14.99
      Pumpkin Seed Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $10.99/lb $10.99
      Organic Cacao Nibs (Raw) 1 Pound Bags 1 $12.99/lb $12.99
      Organic Cacao Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $10.99/lb $10.99
      Stevia Powder 4 Ounce Bags 1 $11.99 $11.99
      Organic Noni Powder 8 Ounce Bags 1 $12.99 $12.99
      Bee Pollen Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $9.99/lb $9.99
      Goji Berry Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $13.99/lb $13.99
      Organic Red Maca Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $29.99/lb $29.99
      Moringa Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $13.99/lb $13.99
      Green Tea Powder 1 Pound Bags 1 $6.99/lb $6.99
      Shipping charge: $12.49
      Order Totals
      Subtotal: $255.83
      Tax: $0.00
      Shipping: $12.49
      Grand Total: $268.32

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      • Kaye
        April 1, 2016

        Thank you. I hope you don’t mind, I also asked on Facebook, I thought I was on your site, but it turns out I was on a site that had information you had posted. I was on https://www.facebook.com/WarrensburgChiroHW. They were kind enough to reply so, I posted the ingredients you posted here.

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      • LuAnn
        August 10, 2016

        I just came across this list of items that you make up your shake mix with. May I ask…how much do you use for each shake? Do you just mix all of these ingredients from this order together?

        Thanks so much for all the work you are doing and for your awesome Christian testimony!

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        • Dr. Z
          August 11, 2016

          Hi LuAnn,

          I’m so sorry, but I’m not sure what shake you’re referring to.

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      • Ramona
        October 2, 2016

        First I would like to know how large (people) is your family? I am a family of one and don’t think I’d use that much in a year.

        If I am understanding correctly. You mix all of these products together in a cooler.

        What size of cooler?
        Do you hand mix or use a mixer?
        How much do you put in a single bag?
        Do you vacuum seal the bags?
        How much do you put in your smoothie?

        Thank you for your information

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        • Dr. Z
          October 3, 2016

          Ramona,

          1 bag – 1 pound = Good for 1 person

          BIG cooler
          I fill up a 16 oz bag
          I don’t vacuum seal – but that’s a good idea. These powders last a long time
          I put 1-2 tablespoons in my smoothie

          🙂

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  15. Jeanne wokurka
    March 30, 2016

    Love your articles! As a 2 time survivor of ER/PR+/HER2+ breast cancer (since 2011), I’m 44, wife n mom of 2…I love reading about options for cancer. EO are God given gifts and we shouldn’t ignore them. I’ve since started my NFP org for breast cancer survivors and we ship out diffuser necklaces etc. I want to get oils into their hands!! While I’d love to do Frankincense, funds we have won’t allow. But I will definitely share to Google frankincense! No compliance issues that way. 🙂
    Thank you so much for your caring to share. Xo
    P.S. Any recommendations of oil to send? Was planning on Wild Orange because of price and it’s properties.
    Thanks again n again, love the love you share.

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  16. Amanda Steinmetz
    March 28, 2016

    Thank you for such a great article. My mom was just diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. She is going to see the oncologist tomorrow, what articles would you recommend that I could print to take with us, so he would be open about using EO’s in her treatment. Thank you

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    • Dr. Z
      March 30, 2016

      I’m so sorry to hear – praying for complete healing!!

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  17. robert
    March 13, 2016

    I have not seen any reference as to how to take the oils. Internally, rubbed on the area, inhaled?

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  18. Sara
    February 7, 2016

    Dr. Z,

    I have a question about two statements made in this article.

    First of all, my understanding of apoptosis is it is the programmed cell death that normally kicks in when our cells are no longer needed or are mutated. Cancer cells don’t live by this rule so to fight cancer we needs products that will induce apoptosis rather than prevent it.

    The second paragraph under “Frankincense” begins with “Current research demonstrates anti-mutagenic and apoptotic (prevents cell death) abilities.”

    The last paragraph under “Lavendar” includes the following statement: “… and this study also noted protection against the cell death (apoptosis) that can lead to severe illness and cancer. (14)”

    If they promote apoptosis, they are good oils to use for cancer. If the prevent apoptosis, then they promote cancer and should not be used!

    I would greatly appreciate clarification of this issue as I am trying to find the best treatments for breast cancer.

    Thank you.

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    • Dr. Z
      February 7, 2016

      Hello Sara,

      Good catch and good question.

      First off: This is a good description of apoptosis: A form of cell death in which a programmed sequence of events leads to the elimination of cells without releasing harmful substances into the surrounding area. Apoptosis plays a crucial role in developing and maintaining the health of the body by eliminating old cells, unnecessary cells, and unhealthy cells. The human body replaces perhaps one million cells per second. Too little or too much apoptosis can play a role in many diseases. When apoptosis does not work correctly, cells that should be eliminated may persist and become immortal, for example, in cancer and leukemia. When apoptosis works overly well, it kills too many cells and inflicts grave tissue damage. This is the case in strokes and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. Also known as programmed cell death and cell
      suicide. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11287

      To your point:

      1) That was a typo and was corrected. Thank you! For frankincense, should read: “Current research demonstrates anti-mutagenic and apoptotic (programmed cell death) abilities.”

      2) In Romania, researchers noted similar activity using inhaled lavender for an hour each day and, according to the study, “Taken together, our results suggest that antioxidant and antiapoptotic activities of the lavender essential oils are the major mechanisms for their potent neuroprotective effects against scopolamine-induced oxidative stress in the rat brain.”

      Scopolamine is used to treat certain types of muscle problems (eg, some Parkinson-like conditions, certain muscle spasm problems) and certain stomach or intestinal problems (eg, irritable colon syndrome), and for preventing nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. Lavender has been shown to help protect against nerve cell damage caused by oxidative stress when people use lavender. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/scopolamine.html

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  19. Raw Dairy Farmer
    October 12, 2015

    Dr. Z. I Love your work and your website’s information! 5 1/5 years ago I left my law practice and became a raw dairy farmer because my 1st child could not tolerate commercial milk when she was a baby. Our farm now supply raw dairy (A2 milk), 100% pasture raise lamb, pork, beef & chickens, eggs, cheese and Holistic care to over 2500 families each month with cancer, autism, leaky gut, autoimmune disease, and more. Your speech at the Oral summit speech was amazing (I flunked out of dental school because I refuse to work with amalgam in children and did not write enough prescription requirement!) At our farm, we help people heal their gut (now oral too) to heal their body. I will give my best friend, who is a conventional MD, a mix of the oils you recommend, especially Frankincense, for her cancer. She survived 1 set of chemo and refuse to continue the poison. Hope it will help her. Thank you again for all you do!!!!

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  20. LauraLauraLauraLaura
    October 12, 2015

    Hello Dr Z, my mother was just handed her diagnosis this afternoon: Adenocarcinoma (Lung Cancer) and she does not know what stage yet. I would like to start her on essential oils, but was hoping to get a recommendation from you as to which ones might be most effective for the lungs. And should she take them orally and topically? THANK YOU!!

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  21. Marsha Floyd
    October 6, 2015

    So thyme oil is good for someone with breast cancer who is estrogen/progesterone positive? I want to make sure that I am reading the article correctly.
    Thank you for the great article!

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    • Dr. Z
      October 6, 2015

      Hi Marsha,

      According to preliminary in vivo clinical trials, thyme oil has cytotoxic effects against estrogen receptor alpha positive (ER+) human breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20657472/.

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  22. Marlena
    October 6, 2015

    I was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I have been applYing frankensense topically to the area. How do you suggest using the rest of these oils? I already have mostof them. Thanks!

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  23. Kim
    October 5, 2015

    Hi Dr. Z,
    Just recently found out about a woman from our church who has ovarian cancer.Any recommendations specifically for that? Would love to pass on any thoughts!
    Thanks so much, and God bless!

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  24. Tami
    October 4, 2015

    My son is in the military and he loves using the oils. He is getting ready for deployment and I am sending him with about 16 oils. He is also oil pulling so I am sending him coconut oil. I am so thankful for all your information.

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    • Dr. Z
      October 4, 2015

      Thanks for sharing Tami! This scripture oftentimes to mind when I think of the men and women who lay down their lives for OUR freedom… 🙂

      “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

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  25. Kelly Farrell
    October 3, 2015

    Dr. Z! Thank you so much for this info!! I am a member of a private Facebook group and there are often questions about cancer, or stomach problems or inflammation troubles etc….
    Also, I work at a hospice and often see residents and staff who need an oil or blend ….. I have to be cautious though as some are very vocal in stirring up negativity towards the oils due to smell, and close minded thinking .Probably 95% of all our residents are due to cancer. I am grateful for the times I have been able to use the oils and gotten rave reviews!

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