Essential Oils: Breast Cancer

Essential Oils: Breast Cancer

Healing Properties of Aromatic Oils

Essentials oils are trending. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve health and well-being. Different oils are said to ease symptoms of different conditions. We’ve compiled a list of the best essential oils to help with symptoms of breast cancer and other conditions. But check with your doctor — if you have allergies or anaphylaxis, you’ll probably want to avoid most essential oils.

Free radicals created by chemicals, pollutants, stress and toxins are said to cause cellular damage and health risks that may lead to cancers and chronic illnesses. Many essential oils, like lavender, have antioxidants that naturally protect us from disease.




Certain oils, like clary sage, are known to have promising anti-cancer effects. Frankincense has similar word-of-mouth claims.

From The Truth about Cancer: “Also known as boswellia, frankincense claims as part of its vast nutrient profile a unique compound known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, or AKBA for short. Scientific tests have determined that AKBA is a sworn enemy of cancer. With funding from the government of Oman, researchers from the University of Leicester were able to uncover how frankincense may be a safe and effective remedy for women who suffer from ovarian cancer.” They also say that some cancer cells respond to frankincense when they don’t respond to chemo.  Read more about frankincense and cancer.

Massage Today suggests these uses for essential oils:

For Pain:  Spike lavender, sweet marjoram, lavender, petitgrain, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, helichrysum, peppermint, ginger, black pepper.

For Stress:  Rose otto, frankincense, clary sage, sweet orange, bergamot, grapefruit, ylang ylang, sandalwood, neroli, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, mandarin, lavender, rose geranium, tangerine, jasmine.

For Sleep:  Lavender, neroli, jasmine, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For Sense of Well-Being:  Frankincense, lavender, rose, mandarin, neroli, helichrysum.

For Headaches:  Lavender, peppermint, marjoram, Roman chamomile.

For Circulation:  Rosemary, ginger, black pepper, peppermint, lemongrass, rose geranium.

Early research shows more possible benefits for essential oils in these areas: 

For Antioxidant Properties:  Lavender.

For Anticancer Properties: Lemongrass, thyme.

For Anti-inflammatory Properties: Myrrh, frankincense.

For Nausea: Peppermint, spearmint.

For  Hormone Regulation: Thyme, coconut.

For Brain Function and Nerve: Coconut.


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  1. Robin says:

    I am just wondering if clary sage is safe to use if I have just been diagnosed with DCIS? Read some controversy on this about “estrogen”…. I had thought about using Clarycalm for hormone balance, but clarysage kept popping up that it is good to use for Breast cancer.

  2. Most the aromatherapy lovers have heard about the relaxing and sleep-inducing effects of lavender essential oil. It is a universal oil and the most widely used of all essential oils. It has a traditional history for calming and balancing the mind & body.

  3. I think frankincense essential oil can be helpful for any skin malady. It soothes burns & rashes & stops the skin from prematurely aging right in its tracks. It has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  4. I think frankincense essential oil can be helpful for any skin malady. It soothes burns & rashes & stops the skin from prematurely aging right in its tracks. It has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  5. BethAnn says:

    Robin and Jeanette, I am not an expert, but in my research about essential oils, you would actually want to use those essential oils. The a Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil will do is pull your cells into homeostasis. In other words, it will balance your body. Clary Sage has been researched as a cancer protocol and can induce or help induce apoptosis, which means it can help cause cancer cells to commit suicide. Everything I have used essential oils for has helped me. Like I said, I am not an expert, and I would also add that I would only recommend doTERRA essential oils because those are the oils that are being tested in the medical field.

  6. Cagsie says:

    As a estrogenic breast cancer patient myself I do not use Clary Sage, as I take meds that reduce any estrogen. Looking at Robert website I found this:-
    “* Sclareol, a compound in clary sage, is not an estrogen, although it can mimic estrogen if there is an estrogen deficiency. If there is not an estrogen deficiency, sclareol will not create more estrogen in the body.

    * Certain essential oils have phytoestrogenic activity. For example, sclareol, a constituent of clary sage, stimulates the body to produce its own estrogen.”

    So as my meds make me estrogen deficient I work on the theory I don’t want anything changing that. I love mandarin as a really safe oil, and I use Oshandhi, good quality essential oils.

  7. Emma says:

    I just wanted to reply to Robin who posted back in February 2019. Asking is it ok to use clary sage? I’m not an aromatherapist so it’s only a suggestion.
    I think it depends if its hormonal oestrogen positive. If it is some oils like clary sage and geranium that I know of but there might be more cant be used for hormonal breast cancer. If its oestrogen negative then it should be ok. I only know this because I have oestrogen negative and an aromatherapist told me. They recommend Frankincense, myrrh, geranium and Nero. If you are worried about what you should or shouldn’t use then try and see a qualified aromatherapist they will guide you the right way. Hope that helps x

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