Frankincense essential oil and cancer: Why EOs and chemotherapy don’t always mix

Hi,
My friend just started taking chemo for colon liver cancer and she was taking therapeutic Sacra Frankincense from Young Living before she started. I read somewhere that you should not take the essential oil with 5FU if you are taking it for skin cancer because it will drive it in the skin deeper and make the chemo 10 times greater. That sounded good to me, but for some reason they say not to use Frankincense with 5FU. Since she has colon liver cancer, and not skin cancer, should she just rub it on her feet and side, stop taking it, […]

By | 2017-03-03T17:50:59+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Q & A, Safety|15 Comments

Can essential oils increase absorption of cancer treatment drugs?

Hello! Thanking you in advance for your time…I have a question regarding something that I read about peppermint and eucalyptus oils increasing the skins absorption of 5-fluorouracil, an anti-cancer drug. The study cited was Abdullah et al 1996, Williams & Barry, 1989. I am unable to find that particular study and wondered if you have any input as to the validity of this statement. If this is indeed true…do you have any special recommendations for those with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy or for those taking cancer relapse prevention drugs?
With great regard, Tiffany

Hi Tiffany,

A number of essential oils enhance the transcutaneous penetration […]

By | 2012-03-07T11:49:58+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Aromatherapy / Research, Q & A|20 Comments
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