Sacred Frankincense Shows Promise in Cancer Care

In Aromatherapy by Debra Reis

Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) essential oil is showing great promise in cancer care. This essential oil comes from the Boswellia sacra tree found in Oman. We are familiar with Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) essential oil and its full body fragrance familiar in religious ceremonies today and historically.
This Frankincense has been tested in several cancer trials and shown to be very effective against many types of cancer cells. Sacred Frankincense has similar qualities yet it is a lighter fragrance and higher in limonene than Boswellia carterii. There are also many studies on limonene showing its ability to inhibit tumor growth (Friedman, 2006). Therefore, there is promise that Sacred Frankincense may show even greater ability in its effectiveness against cancer. One study on Boswellia sacra (Suhail et al, 2012) showed that this essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells. Similar to Boswellia carterii, Sacred Frankincense targeted cancer cells and did not affect normal cells. Sacred Frankincense is known for assisting one to greater or deeper spiritual connection as now it is showing promise for cancer care.