Essential oils shown to kill breast cancer cells

by Bob Livingston

Chinese researchers have shown that several essential oils will kill 90 percent or more of breast cancer cells.

The American brand of breast cancer treatment typically involves the cut and burn method: surgery (often complete removal of one or both breasts) followed by one or more rounds of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. These treatments are often worse than the disease. In fact, researchers have determined that chemotherapy is actually a catalyst for cancer-cell growth.

But essential oils are natural substances that provide an assortment of health benefits beyond their ability to fight cancer cells.

The researchers found that chamomile essential oil killed up to 93 percent of the MCF-7 breast cancer cells in vitro (Latin for “in glass”). Thyme oil was even more deadly on MCF-7 cells, killing them at a rate of 97 percent.

Other essential oils that killed the breast cancer cells were cinnamon and jasmine.

Chamomile can be taken orally (two drops in a capsule, three times daily as need), used topically (two to four drops, undiluted except for those with sensitive skin, applied to the affected area), or as an aromatic several times a day.

The benefits of chamomile can also be obtained from drinking chamomile tea.

Thyme oil should not be used directly on the skin without being diluted with a carrier oil like olive, sesame or almond. It should be tested on a small area of skin to check for an allergic reaction. It should not be taken internally as it can cause nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and muscle problems. It should be avoided by people with high blood pressure and pregnant women.

To apply it topically, first mix three drops thyme oil with two teaspoons of sesame oil. Massage it into the affected area.

How to do a breast self-exam

In the Shower
Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.

Before a Mirror
Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do.

Lying Down
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

When Do I Do It?
Breast Self Exam should be performed a few days after your period ends. Remember this – "When Your 'Friend' is gone, Grab your Girls." This will help you to remember the time each month that you should be performing self-exam.


REMEMBER! Your breast health is in your hands! Check Yourself Out! Feel Your Boobies! Touch Your Ta Ta’s! Grab Your Girls! It’s in Your Hands!

Information sources: NationalBreastCancer.org, e-medicinehealth.com, breastintentions.org