Frankincense Essential Oil Superior to Chemotherapy in Destroying Cancer Cells


Frankincense has been around for quite a while. It has long been part of religious ceremonies in the Middle-East and is believed to be one of the 3 gifts offered to baby Jesus. It has been a popular ingredient in ancient cosmetics used by Anglo-Saxons and ancient Egyptians.

Today, this fragrant resin from the Boswellia Carteri tree is transformed into a valuable essential oil used by many aromatherapists and natural health practitioners. It is a great all round essential oil to fight inflammation, infections, and premature aging. It soothes the digestive tract, boosts immunity, and improves oral and mental health.

While all of this is already quite impressive, the best is yet to come. Frankincense has shown to be an excellent cancer fighter, too. Research suggest that it may be more potent than chemotherapy as it doesn’t destroy healthy tissues or cells, doesn’t cause any side-effects, and is able to kill chemotherapy-resistant cancer cells.

Frankincense, a powerful cancer fighter

Researchers from Leicester University found that the resin contains a chemical compound, acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), with the potential to destroy cancer cells at a realistic concentration. They say it may be very successful in treating breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer.

They found AKBA to be very effective in the treatment of last stage ovarian cancer which is extremely difficult to treat.

“After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing cancer cells. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects. This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer,” said Kamla Al-Salmani, a Ph.D. student from the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine.

They also found frankincense to be effective in killing cancer cells that don’t respond to chemotherapy. While more research is needed to back up these findings, the use of frankincense oil to fight cancer looks very promising.

Dr. Mark Evans, Kamla’s Ph.D. Supervisor and Lecturer in the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine added: “We have shown that this frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations. What has been most surprising is that the cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound, suggesting frankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance, and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.”

How to use frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil can be diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil, or add it to your favorite all-natural lotions or creams for topical application. Or add it to a diffuser or vaporizer to promote feelings of mental peace and relaxation or to soothe respiratory issues.

Although there are no known side-effects, frankincense essential oil should not be used during pregnancy as it has emmenagogue (menstruation promoting) and astringent properties.

Sources: The Truth About Cancer, Green Med Info, NCBI, and Organic Facts.

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  • Lisa Bobbitt

    It can also be taken internally.

    • Belinda

      What would the dosage be to take it internally?

  • Inesa Grisajeva

    Would this type of oils be appropriate for patients diagnosed with b-type cell lymphoma? Any research on that. Any natural remedies that you would suggest for before-mentioned Cancer type? Thanks!

    • Baiba Tiluks

      Young Living essential oils are medical grade, they are not allowed to advertise benefits; but the prescription is written in the Torah/Old testament Frankinsense oil was sprinkled on the show bread and eaten by the priest.

  • Jon

    I prefer doTERRA essential oils the only certified pure theraputic grade essential oil

    • isl;andgirl

      the name is unimportant it is how effective they are I am tired of comany.s trying the one up manship I say try and find out for yourself frankly 20 years ago I was introduced to Young Living I took a lot internally and it was very benificial at the time EO was not popular especially to use internally but in Europe physicians are well trained in the use well, I used it because of a serious health issue I also had friends who succcessfully used it to help with cancer but they also did major emotional work which was recommended I tried other oils which were cheaper supposedly better but I always went back to YL.There are far more oils currently available best to work with a qualified aromatherapist not one who uses it in massage but a person who know how it may be applied internally as well, dosages well at the time I was fortunate to have someone who was intuitive so I went with her suggestion, I always wary of anyone whose agenda is purely n a promotional level,external application to the soles of the feet when first starting is best always dilute with olive oil/amlond oil or grapeseed oil preferably organic.

    • HouseofChristina

      thats not remotely a true statement, oils from several other sources- at lower prices- are equally as good

      • Elly Jackson

        Agreed. The brand matters greatly. Doterra is my choice , YL is good but some are trash.

  • Ron

    it is high frequency and positive and so anything low frequency/negative is eliminated and replaced by healthy cells. Many biocompounds are as effective as we see with Canabis, Dandy lion, Ginger, Turmeric, Plantain, and on and on.

  • Ray Po

    Pray, and try in internally , in Jesus’ name