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nancy591
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Hi Carol,

My sister in law just called me about a class she attended and the women claims she cured her husband of advanced brain cancer using Frankincense Essential Oil. She also went on to state that Sloan Kettering is using it in their therapy. (They are???? I haven't heard about it.)

Anyway, I know you are very educated in the area of alternative medicine. What do you know about Frankincense Essential Oil.

Thank you for your time!!

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carolenk
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Nan

I have used frankincense as an herbal product whenever I need "herbal Advil"--mostly for arthritis both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The other name for frankincense is Boswellia. Cancer is considered to be an inflammatory condition--CA-125 is a cancer marker that is known to elevate with increased inflammation. All that being said, I know nothing about the use of Boswellia (or frankincense) for brain cancer.

If I could get my hands on good quality frankincense essential oil, I would rub it on my belly. I think I will see if I can find some...I'm already using lavender oil on my belly.

If I find out anything more, I'll post it here.

take care,

Carolen

VictoriaSF
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Joined: Dec 2010

Carolen,
please tell more about lavender oil,
what are the benefits?

thanks so much, appreciate all your tips and suggestions
V

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carolenk
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Lavender is known for having anti-fungal & anti-anxiety benefit and being a mild analgesic.

However, I looked up lavender on Wikipedia and learned that there is some recent suspicion of lavender oil having estrogenic effects!

Here's some info from a different web site:

The People's Pharmacy
Athens Banner-Herald | Story updated at 6:21 pm on 9/15/2008

Is it true that lavender oil can increase female hormones in men and boys? If so, shouldn't there be a warning on soaps, shampoos and shower gels? A lot of personal-care products have lavender fragrance, whether you notice it or not.

Lavender does not increase female hormone levels in the body. Nevertheless, this herbal oil may act like estrogen on its own.

The lavender link was brought to public attention in the New England Journal of Medicine (Feb. 1, 2007). Researchers reported that three boys developed enlarged breasts (gynecomastia) after using styling gel, shampoo, lotion, soap or salve containing lavender oil.

The investigators detected lavender oil's estrogenic action in test-tube experiments and cautioned physicians that repeated use of such products might lead to hormonal disruption.

Other scientists questioned the conclusion that lavender oil poses a potential risk to children. But the original researchers pointed out that the breast enlargement disappeared when the products were discontinued.

Well, I think I should quit putting the lavender oil on my belly anyway...hahaha! I think using it as aromatherapy would still be relaxing and not estrogenic.

Thanks for asking me about it.

Carolen

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