Frankincense and Cancer
There are so many theories out there that Frankincense Essential Oil can cure cancer. So many companies are alluding to this fact. There is a problem about all this.
There are 18 species of Boswellia Frankincense Trees to date and each one has totally different therapeutic properties. The resin from these trees is what is distilled to make the essential oil. The essential oil has some very good chemical properties in it but what is being researched and experimented on is the Boswellic Acid that is inside the resin itself. The majority of the percentage of Boswellic Acid is in the aftermass that is leftover after the resin is distilled. It does not come through the distillation because it is too heavy a molecule so it is not in the Essential Oil at all.
Boswellic acid is made up of pentacycle triterpene molecules. These molecules are very anti-inflammatory. There is some evidence that some of these Frankincense resins can shrink cancer cells but there are no long term studies yet on humans that show it completely shrinks and destroys the cells nor if they grow back. If you try using the resin there is no guarantee of anything, you are basically doing this at your own risk. We suggest always check with a doctor first before doing anything.
I have included links that you can check out yourself that explains all that I am telling you.
Tisserand Institute has a great article about this
This one is on Boswellic Acid
Boswellic Acid. (n.d.). In Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from February 24, 2019
This is another interesting one.
Schmiech, M., Lang, S., Werner, K., Rashan, L., Syrovets, T., & Simmet, T. (2019). Comparative Analysis of Pentacyclic Triterpenic Acid Compositions in Oleogum Resins of Different Boswellia Species and Their In Vitro Cytotoxicity against Treatment-Resistant Human Breast Cancer Cells. Molecules, 24(11), 2153. Retrieved April 5, 2019
Robin B. Kessler, CCA
I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in Seniors and Hospice. My passion is also these resins and support those who keep the sustainability of the all plants.