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.