The Power of Essential Oils on Breast Cancer

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Blog | Jun, 02 2015

The Power of Essential Oils on Breast Cancer

When you think of essential oils you may flashback to the days when you splashed a bit of patchouli or rose oil because you liked the way it smelled. But if you do a search of “essential oils and cancer,” there are over 700 references and almost all of them show that essential oils can kill cancer cells – at least in an experimental model.

It is another beautiful example of how Mother Nature has provided natural solutions to what ails us. So when you focus on Repairing Your Body with Therapeutic Plants as part of your healing or prevention journey, you may want to consider adding essential oils to it.

According to Wikipedia, essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants, or basically the blood” of the plant. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic use, emotional uplifting as well as medicinal use.

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The great protectors against Breast Cancer: Chamomile, thyme, frankincense
In a study that was published at the end of last year, researchers tested the healing properties of 10 of the most popular essential oils – mint, ginger, lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, thyme, rose and cinnamon – and found that jasmine, chamomile, thyme and cinnamon were significantly potent against Breast Cancer cell lines.

Researchers tested the antibacterial potency and the in vitro (Latin for “in glass”) toxicology against human cancer cell lines.

When it came to Breast Cancer cell lines, they were destroyed more consistently by jasmine, chamomile, thyme and cinnamon. However, chamomile killed up to 93% of them and thyme oil killed up to 97% of the MCF-7 Breast Cancer cells.

Frankincense, also known as boswellia serrata, has been used for thousands of years to support the body. In a another study researchers uncovered the cancer-killing properties of frankincense with ovarian cancer. Using the compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), they were able to show frankincense’s ability to target cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer patients. Best of all, there were no side effects.

Boswellia can also boost the immune system, which we know is critical to overall health. In a study published by Phytotherapy Research, mice were given 1-10 mg of Boswellia serrata orally stimulating multiple levels of their immune systems. Astoundingly, frankincense boosted the immune system by proliferating white blood cells, the body’s primary defense team, and by keeping inflammation in check (we know this is the root of most chronic diseases).

Essentially, it’s up to you
The benefits of essential oils can be gained topically, when inhaled, or ingested.

When applied topically, they are absorbed into the blood stream. On inhalation using an essential oil diffuser, humidifier, smelling the bottle or pot of boiling water, essential oils are absorbed into the lungs. Ingesting is also an option, however, you should work with someone who is very knowledgeable about essential oils.

I would caution that quality is key. Many essential oils are synthetically produced and diluted with alcohol and other additives. To be effective, only 100% pure therapeutic grade quality essential oils must be used, otherwise you will not obtain the health benefits.

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, there are several reputable companies such as Young Living Oils. The use of essentials oils should be entered into with a knowledgeable practitioner or someone who has had years of experience in the application of the oils. Not only will you come to appreciate the amazing aroma and scents of the oils, but you will experience amazing therapeutic benefits with regular use.

Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit

48 thoughts on “The Power of Essential Oils on Breast Cancer

    1. Hi Estra, thanks for sharing your mother too has a lump in her right breast about 5 cm. its growing in size each day. Please i want to know which bottle of oil to buy as i could find lot of them on the website of young living.

      Please could you share the exact bottle of oil (Link) which helped you, so that i could help mum with the same.
      Thanks a lot

    2. Hi
      I want to know how you use the essential oil on your breast
      My wife has breast cancer for about 2 years now
      Do you apply directly to the breast? Or it has to be mixted with other oil?
      Thank you very much

      1. Hello Daouda!

        If you apply the oils directly I would suggest testing a small spot on your forearm first to ensure that you are not sensitive to them. Or you can mix a few drops in with a carrier oil like coconut oil and rub that on the skin.

  1. i had a 4 cm lump in my right breast for 7 yr. last June I had a biopsy( was benign). that was the moment when I’ve decided to use essential oils on my breast , two times daily . after 6 months,( Dec 2015 ), no more lumps . i am totally cleared of it. Praise the Lord ! . I still use that blend ( frankincense , lavender , clove )3 times per week .ONLY Young Living , not Amazon stuff..

    1. I had a benign papilloma removed 3 1/2 yrs ago and suffer with chronic pain in my incision area. Mammograms show very little scar tissue. I am very frustrated with the constant mostly aching but sometimes sharp pain in the area. I recently read an article on frankincense for breast health. I know very little about essential oils but am very willing to try anything. How often and how do I apply the oil to my breast? I also read that straight frankincense can be irritating to the skin. Thanks for any and all advice.

      1. Hello Patriece, Thank you for your question.

        I think that this article may be helpful for you. I have used the Healthy Girls Breast Oil for years and really enjoy it.

        Essential oils are very beneficial. I hope that this helps.

      2. Frankincense is wonderful! Mountain Rose herbs hands down is my go to for essential oils you won’t be disappointed! awesome!

    2. Hi,
      How do you use it on your breast ? How many drops? Are you mixing it with a cream and just massage?
      Thank you:)

      1. Hello! It depends on the oil that you are using. If your oil is pure it will be beneficial to dilute it with a carrier oil.

      2. Hi Oresta,
        Did you ever figure out how many drops of frankincense oil to carrier oil? I can’t understand why no one has answered that question when it’s been asked so many times…

        1. Hi, Donna,
          I just took an Essential Oil class with Dr. Z. He says 1-2 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of coconut oil.(or any carrier oil). Just remember not to pour the oil down your sink because it will harden & clog your pipes. Always spit it into the trash can instead. Hope this helps!

          1. Why would you throw it out? Aren’t we mixing a carrier oil & essential oil to use on our body?

        2. Donna, you can mix essential oils with carrier oils in ratio 1 drop of essential oil with 1ml of carrier oil. For me it’s easier to mix in a roller bottle of 10ml and I put 10 drops of essential oil in the roller and fill it up with carrier oil. And it’s convenient to apply. Hope this helps????

    3. Hi Estra, thanks for sharing your mother too has a lump in her right breast about 5 cm. its growing in size each day. Please i want to know which bottle of oil to buy as i could find lot of them on the website of young living.

      Please could you share the exact bottle of oil (Link) which helped you, so that i could help mum with the same.

    4. Estera – thank you for your post on the use of Frankincense, Lavender and Clove to treat breast lumps. Did you use a carrier oil when treating topically, and did uou ever take the oils internally. Thank you in advance for your help.

      1. There are many different options for using essential oils. You can use them topically mixed with a carrier oil (for example organic coconut oil) and massage them to the breast area and underarms.
        Some women also use the oils internally by taking drops orally. Always ensure that your essential oil is approved for internal use and consult a health care professional or coach before doing this.

  2. I would appreciate if someone who has a personal successful experience with implementation of essential oils to breasts, could share that experience with me and other ( all the details instructions of implementation: how many drops of each oil should be mixed together and/or with a coconut oil for topical usage on breasts, and how many drops of each essential oil should be taken internally with water (proportions: 250 ml of water and ” how many drops of frankincense essential oils, for example? ). How often? Once a day. twice a day. three times a day?
    For example, I have now lemon and frankincense essential oils. I was told by people that I should mix frankincense oil with coconut oil before topical usage. So, in what proportions should I mix it? Thank you!

    1. Now brand frankincense oil is likely already diluted with a carrier oil. Read the label closely. You should be able to apply it topically without additional oil. If any irritation occurs, apply carrier oil such as coconut oil to further dilute, but I have never had to do so.

      1. Hi there and all the best with a most poritive outcome to all of us xx
        Frankincense oil can be taken, ask a Naturopath etc but the brand to ingest must only be Young Living or DoTTERA xx I had a lumpectomy only of a 1 cm invasive ductal carsenoma and take a few drops a few times a day as of advice from MY health practitioners.

      2. Now brand not therapuetic be careful no origin on bottle…go to aura cacia young living or doterra….

  3. Thank you for this information. What would you recommend for breast calcifications? I had biopsy back in 2007 for calcifications and it came back fine. This time more calcification on same breast and they are wanting to so biopsy again. I really don’t want to so another biopsy if I can help it. Any thoughts or recommendations? Thank you.

    1. You could certainly consider using thermography as a tool for monitoring your breast health!

      1. I dilute it with grapeseed oil. apply it with a roller bottle. I put it on my feet and now started on my right breast. (Left one gone this year to cancer) which is how I got to using oils!! Thyme is also good, if you were estrogen positive with a breast tumor.

  4. I recently had a lumpectomy and radiation for invasive ductal carcinoma. My cancer is estrogen receptive, and I was cautioned against using any herbs or extracts with phyto- estrogen. Some say all oils except citrus have some form of estrogen.
    How can I be sure I’m not feeding the cancer cells while using essential oils?

    1. Hi Vicki ~ that is a fantastic question. There is a lot of conflicting information about phytoestrogens out there. In the research I have done, there are actually many benefits to certain phytoestrogens. You can learn more by reading this blog post:

      If you would like to go more in depth on this topic, consider connecting with one of our coaches:

      1. I have the same thing however my estrogen is positive but very low in one tumor and negative in another tumor and both are progesterone negative. What oils would be recommended? I’m scheduled fir a lumpectomy and radiation.

  5. hi Veronique I want to know if I can use THE essential oils for open wound breast cancer it closing now and it use to smell but it stop my doctor was using the media honey to stop the smelling. am doing memo and it makes my breast smaller and I don’t like it.can i use the essential oils on my breast cancer on the skin.

    1. Hello Zonia!

      You can consider using essential oils directly on the skin. Of course, if you are dealing with an open wound I encourage you to work with a health care professional to monitor your progress.

  6. How come no one ever answered the very specific questions asking about how many drops of frankincense oil to carrier oil? People need to know how to make the blend! We already have the frankincense oil and don’t want to go buy a pre-mixed blend.

    1. Hi Donna~ you’ll need to get the specific recommendations from your healthcare provider, as we can only make specific recommendations to our clients.

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