Anti-Tumoral Components of Pure Essential Oils – Josie Davenport, LMT, LCSW Updated June 2013
All of the aromatherapy oils that I have used in this blend have chemicals that are known through research to be anti-tumoral. The application of these pure essential oils may help speed and facilitate the process of shrinking tumors and supporting healthy tissues. Please know that I offer this as an adjunct to medical care and not as a substitute. Also note that all the oils that I use are fresh, have not been altered by heat, light or exposed to air. At Organics International where I buy my essential oils, every batch of oils is tested for its specific chemical make-up and is either organically grown or wild crafted. The percentages that I have listed of chemical components in each oil are specific to the current batch of oils that I am using. Please use the oils as recommended and give me feedback so that I can adjust the formula if necessary. Keep the top on the bottle when not in use, and keep away from heat and light.
From Aromatics International – Known Research on Chemical Components of Essential Oils
d-limonene – activates white blood cells, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulant, inhibits gastric lesions, liver support/protector, skin penetration, enhancer (Frankincense 9%)
Monoterpenols (*Generally Most Skin Healing):
Geraniol – airborne antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxydant, anti-tumoral, cooling (Palmarosa 83%)
Linalol – airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, anti-fungal (candida), anti-inflammatory, anti-oxydant, anti-spasmodic, anti-tumoral, anti-viral, CNS sedative, hypotensive, immunostimulant (Neroli/Petitgrain co-distill 21%)
Cedrol – antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-obesity, anti-tumoral, CNS sedative, hypotensive, PAF receptor binding antagonist, skin penetration enhancer (Cedarwood 22%)
Santalols – analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal (candida), anti-microbial, anti-tumoral, CNS sedative, improves mood, neuroleptic, supports prevention of skin cancer (Sandalwood 70%)
Citral (Neral & Geranial) – Airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, anti-tumoral, antiviral (HSV-1), CNS sedative (Lemongrass 34% neral & 42% geranial)
Emotional Support Components
Cedarwood – Increases endurance during difficult times
Frankincense – Suports emotional healing, facilitates skin penetration
Lemongrass – Elevates mood, eases transitions
Neroli/Petitgrain co-distill – Relaxing, soothes heart
Palmarosa – Lowers anxiety, opens breathing
Sandalwood – Decreases irritation, energetic protection
Essential Oil Transmission
Essential oils chemical effects can contact the body in several ways:
Ingestion: They can be ingested and go through the digestive system, however, this can be dangerous since many oils that would be harmless when inhaled or applied to the skin, become poisons when ingested. The pharmacological use of essential oils is practiced in Europe and requires a high degree of training and skill.
Inhalation into the Lungs: Oils may be inhaled through the mouth by leaning over hot water with drops of essential oil in a carrier oil added or by using a nebulizer where the mist is inhaled into the lungs. The tiny alveoli in the lungs pick up the essential oils where they enter the blood stream.
The following two sections cover Inhalation and Sensors in the Nose and Absorption into the Skin.
How Essential Oils Reach the Brain through Inhalation
In the following illustration, note that the sense of smell is chemical in nature. There is a patch of cells in the upper nose that are chemoreceptors. This means that they pick up scent molecules. The scent molecules are in a gaseous state and must be dissolved by the mucosa in order to be picked up by these sensor cells. These chemicals travel via the Olfactory Nerve (Cranial Nerve 1) which pass into the frontal lobes of the brain and then to the olfactory cortex where the scent is perceived, and recognized. Some of the connections from the Olfactory Nerve go to the Limbic System which affects emotion, learning and memory storage and retrieval. This whole process is almost instantaneous.
Olfaction or the sense of smell, is the only sense that connects directly with the cortex of the brain without going through the Thalamus which regulates what sensory information will become conscious. Although there is still a lot to understand about this whole process, the therapeutic use of essential oils can have a significant impact on the brain and the well-being of the individual.
How Essential Oils Enter the Skin
Essential oils can also be absorbed into the skin which is the largest organ of the body. Outer surface of the skin is primarily protective and made up of dead cells. This acts as a barrier against the elements of sun and rain and infection from outside sources. Under that layer are 3 layers of live skin cells: cells that make protective keratin or pigment, newly made cells, and cells that make the new cells. Under those skin cell layers is the dermis containing nerves, sweat glands, oil ducts, hair follicles and blood vessels. Absorption through the skin with access to the blood is another route for essential oils to enter the body. Some carrier oils and some essential oils act to facilitate absorption into the skin. Please always use a carrier for applying essential oil to the skin such as jojoba or any food grade cold pressed and non hydrogenated oil or aloe vera. Never put essential oils on the skin straight with no carrier as this can cause sensitivity and skin reactions over time. (1)
The essential oils that I blended (into 1 oz. non-scented body lotion or jojoba oil) are:
Sandalwood (wood) 4
Cedarwood (wood) 3
Palmarosa (grass) 6
Lemongrass (grass) 6
Frankincense (resin) 7
Neroli/Pettitgrain (Orange blossoms and leaves) 3
All 6 have primary chemicals that are anti-tumoral. These oils used together have a synergistic effect, the sum being greater than the parts.
Directions for Use:
Apply this oil blend (combined with 1 oz. carrier oil) multiple times during the day directly to your skin. Avoid surgical sutures until completely healed. I recommend application in times of quiet and prayer, however if there is a sense of chaos, this oil blend can help!
This blend is skin nourishing.
Please keep the oil blend out of heat and light (don’t leave it in your car). Heat will change the structure of the oils – they can become much harsher on the skin, and we are depending on the unaltered chemistry of each oil in order to get results.
Avoid getting any oil in your eyes! If you do, remove with unscented oil like olive oil, NOT water. Water will make it worse.
Recap - important notes:
Please understand that this treatment is not a substitute for medical care.
You are NOT being advised to take any essential oil products internally
Keep all essential oil products out of the reach of children
Could be poisonous if swallowed
Can change chemically if not stored in a cool, dark place
May irritate the skin if not stored or used properly
Must not be used with animals
Must not be used on the skin of babies or children under 1 years old
Must be used with caution for children under 5 years old.
I didn’t mention this – but besides being chemically beneficial – I think that this blend smells amazing and beautiful. If you don’t like something about the fragrance – I can help you adjust it. I believe that a huge part of the therapeutic benefit of pure essential oils is the lovely aroma that they offer!
Enjoy and let me know how this works for you!