Limonene, found in Grapefruit Oil, shows Cancer Busting Activity

In Aromatherapy, Natural Healing by Debra Reis

The testing of citrus oils such as Grapefruit for carcinogenic activity has been carried out for over a decade. One constituent thought to be a contributor to this activity is Limonene. A substance that clinical studies have shown inhibits tumor growth. Limonene is a major constituent in Grapefruit essential oil. This constituent has been studied at over 50 universities and hospitals worldwide. It is the most studied naturally occuring substance in cancer therapy.

Limonene has been shown to have chemopreventive activity against rodent mammary, lung, stomach, liver and skin cancers (Osaka Medical Center, Japan). In preclinical models of breast cancer, Limonene caused greater than 80% of carcinomas to regress (Purdue University). Another study from the University of Iowa showed that Limonene and other related monoterpenes displayed anti-cancer activity.

Grapefruit essential oil can be a healthy addition to your wellness plan. It is known to be rich in antioxidants that can help boost the immune system. Grapefruit essential oil can be detoxifying and cleansing to your system. This oil can act to cleanse the body from toxins. Emotionally, the aroma can improve self esteem and be mood lifting.

Grapefruit essential oil can be diffused or used topically. You can put a drop in your water or food for flavor as well as health!

Safety Tip – be careful using Grapefruit essential oil with medications. Grapefruit essential oil may interfere with the effect of some medications.

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