INFLAMMATION: Friend and foe!

Inflammation is crucial to healing, essential for our survival, and not necessarily an indication of something gone wrong. It helps protect our bodies from infection and injury, but it can also cause severe damage and contribute to disease when the inflammatory response is inappropriate or excessive. Chronic inflammation has been found to promote cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, periodontal disease, allergies, asthma, depression and osteoporosis.[1]

The body’s internal pharmacy produces inflammatory and anti-inflammatory products that are distributed throughout the body.  Inflammation brings body fluids to a site to provide necessary nutrients and healing substances, and removes waste. The body’s normal healthy inflammatory response should be offset by a normal healthy anti-inflammatory response. Inflammation can also be a result of body pollution and toxicity or the result of a ‘skewed response’ that the body/mind is making due to a past association (injury). Toxic chemicals contained in personal care, household and laundry products can cause chronic inflammation, in part due to your body’s attempt to remove them. Resolving body pollution and reprogramming the body’s faulty responses can help remedy these types of inflammation. Inflammation produces free radicals.

Inflammation – the diet factor – fats:

The body requires a mix of both saturated and unsaturated fats in the diet to be healthy. Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, while Omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect (1). It isn’t a matter of one is “good” and the other is “bad.” Each fat performs distinct biological functions and offer their own unique health benefits.  You need a mix of plant and animal-derived fats for optimal health.

Fatty Acid Content

For healthy, symptom free longevity, it is important to have a balance of healthy fats including essential fats in our diet. The ideal recommended ratio is 2:1 of omega 6’s to 3’s instead of the standard American diet which is more like 20:1! The need for essential fatty acids (EFA) will vary for everyone, depending on age, health status and other factors.  People eat much less Omega-3, but they are eating large amounts of processed seed and vegetable oils, which are loaded with Omega-6. Large body fat stores of Omega-6 fatty acids are a part of the overall body pollution with resulting symptoms and it can take years to get rid of them.

Omega-3’s, with the anti-inflammatory effect, plays an important role in brain function as well as in growth and development. They are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for memory and performance. They are found abundantly in flax, fish such as salmon and walnuts. The best and healthiest way to increase your Omega-3 intake is to eat seafood once or twice per week. Fatty fish like salmon is a particularly good source. Wild caught fish is best, but even farmed is better than no fish at all. Plant sources of Omega-3, like flax and chia seeds contain a type of Omega-3 called ALA. Humans are inefficient converters of ALA into the active forms, EPA and DHA.

The standard American diet is excessively high in Omega 6’s as a result of grain fed meat and processed oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut and soybean oil, which are primarily 6’s and found in many processed foods. Processed foods also contain high amounts of unhealthy partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

Animals are usually fed grain-based feeds with soy and corn which reduces the Omega-3 content, so the polyunsaturated fats in the meat are mostly Omega-6. Some conventionally raised meats like chicken and pork are particularly high in Omega-6. To bring your intake of Omega-6 down as much as possible choose the leaner portions of those meats. Grass fed meat is a healthier choice. Buy pastured or Omega-3 enriched eggs, which are much higher in Omega-3 compared to eggs from hens that were fed grain-based feeds.

Inflammation in the brain:

A high Omega-6 intake is associated with violence and depression, possibly due to the inflammation that it causes throughout the body, while Omega-3s reduces inflammation, linked to almost all brain problems like autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder[1].

David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N., is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, author of the Grain Brain. In his book Dr. Perlmutter aims to expose the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar – your brain’s silent killers. Dr. Perlmutter advocates a gluten free, sugar free and low carbohydrate diet for disease prevention including dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Essential Oils for Inflammation:

Essential oils are a safer option for symptom relief, including inflammation and pain, to over the counter and prescribed medication which comes with potentially harmful side effects.

Frankincense is considered the best essential oil to handle inflammation both topically, internally and diffused. Research shows that it can actually cross the blood brain barrier. Melaleuca, eucalyptus, oregano and soothing blend are also recommended for inflammation. For pain associated with inflammation deep blue, peppermint and marjoram are recommended. Use only 100% pure third party certified essential oils for therapeutic use. Learn more about managing inflammation contacting me

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C.C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,

[1]The Ultra Mind Solution, Mark Hyman, M.D., SCRIBNER, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

[1]  J. South, America’s Inflammation Epidemic. The new “plague” of our times. Vit Res News. November 2006; 2011.



Frankincense, the gift given by the wise men to the baby Jesus has many incredible healing properties. It is considered to be one of the most precious essential oils and I value it as a precious gift, particularly in December.

Researching therapies with the potential to stop cancer growth is an ongoing quest for me. I am more passionate in December of each year because of my husband’s death on Christmas eve 2010 of melanoma skin cancer.  I wish that this information on the anti-cancer properties of essential oils had been available when my husband was diagnosed with melanoma.

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Frankincense Research:

Most Frankincense comes from Somalia. Research shows that Frankincense, along with other essential oils, can alter cancer cells. Following you will find research information about frankincense and how it can affect cancer cells.

According to the BBC, immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense. Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.

“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.” Research continues to isolate the key cancer abating ingredients in Frankincense. Research shows that essential oils are effective in cancer cell inhibition.

According to additional research frankincense oil can discriminate bladder cancer cells and normal urothelial cells in culture. The oil suppresses cell survival and induces apoptosis in cultured bladder cancer cells. Based on this preliminary observation, frankincense oil may represent an alternative intravesical therapy for bladder cancer. You can read more about this research at the following link.

Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity –

According to the Omani Government “Using the compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), the Omani government-funded research has for the first time shown frankincense’s ability to target cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer patients. Lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani, PhD student from the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine explained:

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 the 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.”

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Melissa Research:

Exploring Melissa Officinalis Properties for Glioblastoma Multiforme Treatment –

Apoptosis-Inducing Effects of Melissa officinalis L. Essential Oil in Glioblastoma Multiforme Cells

Melissa Officinalis Essential Oil – Glioblastoma Research – 
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Rosemary Research:

Anti-Proliferative Effect of Rosmarinus officinalis L. Extract on Human Melanoma A375 Cells –

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Cassia Research:

Cinnamomum cassia Essential Oil Inhibits α-MSH-Induced Melanin Production and Oxidative Stress in Murine B16 Melanoma Cells –

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Ginger Research:

Ginger causes ovarian cancer cells to die, U-M researchers find (press release) –

Ginger Kills Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Cells –

Yarrow essential oil research on melanoma – research

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Sandalwood Research:

“Studies suggest that α-santalol is a safe and promising cancer chemopreventive/therapeutic agent with potential to target various pathways involved in carcinogenesis (Figure 2). Based on available data from cell line and animal studies, the mechanisms of action through which α-santalol functions as an anti-carcinogenic agent include proapoptotic, antiproliferative, antiangiogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities (Table I). α-Santalol is relatively non-toxic to normal tissues, which minimizes undesirable systemic side-effects and improves patient compliance.”

“Studies indicated that the major component of sandalwood oil is α-santalol,  The available experimental evidence suggests that sandalwood oil could function as an inhibitor of tumor initiation and promotion stages of carcinogenesis.”

“A study which used a physiologically relevant dose of UVB (30 mJ cm2) to induce photocarcinogenesis in SKH-1 mice showed that α-santalol pretreatment has potential to target various pathways involved in photocarcinogenesis. This dose of UVB is in the range of human exposure to sunlight that can cause skin cancer (14). α-Santalol has been shown to suppress proliferation of non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer cells in culture (711).

“Studies from our laboratory demonstrated the induction of apoptosis by α-santalol in various cancer cell lines and in vivo cancer models (7101214).”

“In UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis, topical application of α-santalol before each UVB exposure resulted in the activation of caspase-3 and cleavage of PARP in skin of SKH-1 hairless mice, indicating its photoprotective effect through induction of apoptosis (14).”

“In another study, α-santalol prevented skin cancer development in UVB-irradiated mouse skin by inducing pro-apoptotic proteins viaan extrinsic pathway (10).”


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Essential oils exhibit strong cytotoxicity against certain variants of prostate, lung and breast cancer –



An impressive list of specific Essential Oil bearing plants studied for anticancer potential in in vitro models and major observations reported. The essential oils are listed by their botanical name so you will have to translate by entering a google search.,

Essential oils from different plants have been reported to have anticancer potential against mouth, breast, lung, prostate, liver cancer, colon cancer, and brain cancer and even in leukemia –

Essential oils reduce cancer cell proliferation, metastasis, and MDR which make them potential candidates toward adjuvant anticancer therapeutic agents.

Essential oils and their constituents target multiple pathways in cancer cells.,

BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 154106, 23 pages
from Review Article

Essential Oils and Their Constituents as Anticancer Agents: A Mechanistic View

1Centre for Environmental Science and Technology, School of Environment and Earth Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, India 2Centre for Biosciences, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, Punjab 151001, India. Received 26 February 2014; Accepted 11 April 2014; Published 9 June 2014. Research into the healing powers of essential oils is ongoing.

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Research links on essential oils targeting cancer cells


Research shows that essential oils exhibit strong cytotoxicity against certain variants of prostate, lung and breast cancer Learn more:

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Check with your regular healthcare practitioner before adding any essential oils to your cancer treatment plan. There may be contraindications.

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