Frankincense or Olibanum has been used for thousands of years as an essential oil to help fight disease, inflammation, reduce pain, prevent infections and yes, as a perfume. But frankincense has one more powerful potential benefit and that is to fight cancer.
To learn more about this promising potential of frankincense and about its amazing health benefits in general, keep on reading.
Health Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil has not been used for so long with no reason – studies have indeed shown that this oil supports the immune system and fights inflammation. But besides that, frankincense essential oil has many other health benefits, including:
- Fighting infections
- Supporting the digestive system
- Healing the skin (acne and scarring)
- Boosting the mental and spiritual awareness
Potential Anti-Cancer Properties of Frankincense Oil
Thanks to a compound known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) that frankincense contains, it can be used as an anti-cancer treatment.
According to the study conducted at the University of Leicester in the U.K, AKBA has the ability to target cancer cells even in late-stage ovarian cancer patients. However, the anti-cancer properties of frankincense do not end there; several studies have shown that AKBA, as well as other compounds found in essential oil can fight:
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Colon cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Brain cancer.
Bear in mind that if it’s the AKBA you want to use frankincense for, you need the powdered version of frankincense, since it’s not found in its essential oil. However, frankincense essential oil contains many other super-beneficial compounds known to fight inflammation and boost the immune system, so the oil can (and should) be taken as well.
Also, frankincense gives the best results when used in combination with effective chemotherapy, but studies, along with much anecdotal evidence, have shown that it works even in cases where chemo doesn’t; this is especially true for ovarian cancer patients.