Although skin cancer is one of the more common cancer types in the United States, it also has some of the best prognosis. You may wonder is melanoma treatable? In fact, melanoma and other types of skin cancer are highly treatable, especially when caught early. There is a wide range of skin cancer treatments available that are designed to remove skin tumors and prevent their growth into nearby tissue. New studies suggest that using essential oils may be an effective skin cancer natural treatment. Keep reading to find out more information on treating skin cancer with essential oils.
Understanding Skin Cancer
Skin cancer refers to any cancer that originates in the cells within the skin. The most common skin cancer types include basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell cancer. Skin cancer is characterized by the unregulated, abnormal growth of cells, forming into masses or lesions known as tumors. These skin tumors are typically what help in identifying skin cancer as they are the first signs of melanoma or other types of skin cancer.
It should be noted that not all skin cancers are malignant. Moles and warts are forms of benign skin cancer, meaning that they will not spread to healthy tissue or grow at a rate that is too slow to result in metastasis. However, moles can potentially become malignant over a long period of time. Examine your moles for any changes and consider seeing your doctor if you are concerned and aren’t sure if you have a wart or skin cancer.
Frankincense Oil for Skin Cancer
Studies on essential oils for skin cancer are ongoing, but one of the most widely studied essential oils is frankincense oil. Frankincense comes from the sap of trees in the Boswellia genus. The main active component in frankincense essential oil is boswellic acid, which possesses natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies on frankincense oil and its effects on bladder cancer found that the essential oil presented potential anti-tumor activity and activated multiple cell signaling pathways that triggered bladder cancer cell death. Results suggest that, along with its potential to suppress cancer cell viability, frankincense oil may actually be able to distinguish between healthy tissue and cancerous tissue.
A similar study on breast cancer cells found that frankincense oil may effectively induce breast cancer cell death. The essential oil may also suppress the growth and aggressiveness of tumors and disrupt the development of new cancer cells.
If you do decide to use frankincense oil, do not apply it undiluted to your skin tumors or lesions. The topical application of undiluted frankincense essential oil can cause skin irritation, inflammation, or burning sensations. Instead, dilute a drop of frankincense oil in a carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut oil, which may help to reduce any adverse skin reactions.
Other Essential Oils
Studies on other essential oils remain limited, but some essential oils good for skin cancer may include:
- Sandalwood Oil
Aromatherapy for Skin Cancer
Along with topical application, essential oils can provide potential treatment via aromatherapy. While frankincense oil may imbue its anti-tumor and cancer-suppressing effects through aromatherapy, most forms of aromatherapy are designed for supportive treatment, usually to enhance comfort and reduce symptoms from other forms of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy. Using aromatherapy along with other treatments may help to enhance mood, improve wellbeing, and reduce feelings of:
- Physical fatigue and tiredness
Some aromatherapy experts also believe that inhaling essential oils may help to lessen nausea and vomiting. Some of the ways that aromatherapy can be applied are via:
- Beauty products
- Oil diffusers
- Aroma sticks
It should be noted that most studies involving aromatherapy with essential oils focus on its effects on mood, sleep, infection control, and general quality of life. Specific effects on skin cancer or tumors still require further study.
Holistic Cancer Treatment: Pursuing Natural Alternatives
While the use of essential oils for skin cancer still requires more research, initial studies, particularly those involving frankincense essential oils, show some promising evidence for frankincense as a natural remedy for skin cancer. At Immunity Therapy Center, we look at the bigger picture and believe in fighting your skin cancer in a number of ways. Diet, alternative cancer treatments, and unique attention to your specific cancer all play a part in our treatment program. We’re strong supporters of pursuing natural alternatives for different types of cancer because conventional treatments, like chemotherapy, don’t have to be your only option. Your health and well-being are the most important and we know that big hospitals have to follow regulations that aren’t necessarily in the patient’s best interest. This is why we believe in integrating natural therapies that are custom to you. If you do want to try essential oils for your cancer, just make sure to dilute them and consult your doctor for more information.
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