Essential oils and Herbs used for cancer

I plan to add to this page as I find herbs and foods that help if you or a friend have received a cancer diagnosis.

Some of the most popular essential oils used for supportive care in cancer include:

  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Jasmine
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram
  • Ylang ylang
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Frankincense

And of course you need to apply them to the skin in a  diluted form, in a gel, cream, balm or oil. For more wellbeing tips sign up for the newsletter.

If you find essential oils too strong in scent, then consider using hydrosols instead. Hydrosol contains four constituents; geraniol was the major compound (30.74%) followed by citronellal (29.44%), phenyl ethyl alcohol (23.74%), and nerol (16.12%) (9, 35).  These are beneficial for your skin and mood.

Many major diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s have been linked to chronic inflammation.

antioxidant foods for cancer

Choose the right anti-inflammatory foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.

If you’re looking for an eating plan that closely follows the rules of anti-inflammatory eating, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils or consult a nutritionist that can work out specific anti-inflammatory meal plans. You can also get your levels of inflammatory markers tested, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF).

Let’s look at just a handful of anti-inflammatory foods you should have in your diet:

  • Berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries) contain antioxidants called anthocyanins that have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale) is rich in sulforaphane, an antioxidant that fights inflammation by reducing your levels of cytokines and NF-kB which drive inflammation.
  • Chili peppers and bell peppers are rich in quercetin, sinapic acid, ferulic acid and other antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Grapes contain anthocyanins and resveratrol – compounds that reduce inflammation.
  • Cherries are rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins and catechins, which fight inflammation.
  • Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, potassium and lycopene, an antioxidant with impressive anti-inflammatory properties. Lycopene may be particularly beneficial for reducing pro-inflammatory compounds related to several types of cancer.
  • Dark Chocolate and Cocoa contains flavanols that have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains oleocanthal, an antioxidant that has been compared to anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
  • Turmeric boasts a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Eating black pepper with turmeric can significantly enhance the absorption of curcumin.
  • Mushrooms contain phenols and other antioxidants that provide anti-inflammatory protection (best to eat them raw or lightly cooked).
  • Green tea’s high EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) content reduces inflammation by reducing pro-inflammatory cytokine production and damage to the fatty acids in your cells.
  • Fatty fish  (salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, anchovies) are a great source of protein and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Your body metabolizes these fatty acids into compounds called resolvins and protectins, which have anti-inflammatory effects. In clinical studies, people consuming salmon or EPA and DHA supplements had decreases in the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP).
  • Avocados are packed with potassium, magnesium, fibre and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They also contain carotenoids and tocopherols, which are linked to reduced cancer risk.

An anti-inflammatory diet isn’t just about what you eat, but what you don’t eat. Foods high in salt, saturated fat, sugar, and refined carbohydrates should be limited or avoided.

Chronic inflammation throughout the body can also contribute to increased intestinal permeability (the so-called leaky gut syndrome). When the gut is “leaky” and bacteria and toxins enter the bloodstream, it can cause widespread inflammation and possibly trigger a reaction from the immune system.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates

Anti-cancer herbs

Anti-cancer herbs used in Traditional Islamic Medicine to treat the accumulation of ‘black bile’ -:

Scientific nameArabic common nameEnglish common nameFamilyApplication
Aloe spp.SabrAloeLiliaceaeHealing of cancerous wounds
Althaea officinalis L.KhatmiMarsh-mallowMalvaceaeHealing of tumor injury
Amaranthus blitum L.al-Baghlah al-yamaaniehBliteAmaranthaceaeBlack bile purgative; healing of tumor injury
Anethum gravolens L.ShabathDillApiaceaeNewly developed cancers
Arum dracunculus L.al-LuffDragon wortAraceaetreatment of chronic cancers
Boswellia carteri Birdew.KondorFrankincenseBurseraceaeHealing of cancerous wounds
Brassica oleracea L.al-Karnab al-nabtiCabbageBrassicaceaetreatment of cancer
Cheirantus cheiri L.al-KhiriAegean wallflowerBrassicaceaeFacilitating lysis and excretion of carcinogen
Chenopodium album L.al-SarmaghSquarters goosefootChenopodiaceaeCancer treatment or halting its progression
Cicer arientium L.al-HemsPeaFabaceaeHealing of cancerous wounds
Cichorium intybus L.al-HindebaChicoryAsteraceaeulcerative, pulsating and warm cancers; cleansing the body from black bile
Cinnamomum camphora (L.) T.Nees & C.H.Eberm.KafurCamphorLuraceaeHealing of tumor injury
Cinnamomum cassia (L.) J.PreslSalikhahCassiaLuraceaeHealing of corrosive cancerous wounds
Coriandrum sativum L.al-KozborahCorianderApiaceaeHealing of tumor injury
Cucurbita pepo L.al-GharaPumpkinCucurbitaceaeCancer treatment or halting its progression; black bile purgative; increasing the longevity of cancer patients
Cupressus sempervirens L.al-SarveMediterranean cypressCupressaceaeHealing of corrosive cancerous wounds
Cuscuta epithymum Murr.al-AfthimoonClover dodderCuscutaceaeBoosting organ’s function and black bile removal
Eruca sativa Mill.al-JerjirRocketBrassicaceaenon-ulcerative cancers
Erysimum officinale L.ArisimunHedge mustardBrassicaceaeNon-ulcerative cancer
Gundelia tournefortii L.al-KankarzadGundeliaAsteraceaeTreatment of cancerous swellings
Helleborus niger L.Kharbagh aswadBlack helleboreRanunculaceaeCleansing the body from black bile
Juglans regia L.al-JawsWalnutJuglandaceaeUlcerative melatonic swellings
Latuca sativa L.al-KhasLettuceAsteraceaeHalting tumor progression; healing of cancerous wounds
Lavandula stoechas L.OstokhodoosFrench lavenderLamiaceaeCleansing the body from black bile
Lepidium sativum L.al-HurfGarden cressBrassicaceaeIndurated swellings of breasts and testicles
Linum usitatissimum L.al-KataanFlaxLinaceaeTreatment of cancerous swellings
Malva rotundifolia L.al-Khabaazi al-bostaniDwarf mallowMalvaceaeHealing of cancerous wounds
Matthiola incana (L.) W.T.Aitonal-TudariHoary stockBrassicaceaenon-ulcerative cancers
Phaseolus mungo L.MaashVetchFabaceaeIncreasing the longevity of cancer patients
Physalis alkekengi L.al-KakenjBladder cherrySolanaceaeCleansing the body from black bile
Plantago ispaghula Roxb.IsphaghulIspaghulaPlantaginaceaePrevention of the progression and injury of the tumor
Plantago major L.Lesaan al-hamalCommon plantainPlantaginaceaetreatment of cancer
Plantago psyllium L.Bazr ghatunaaPsylliumPlantaginaceaeHalting tumor progression; healing of cancerous wounds
Platanus orientalis L.al-DolabOriental plane treePlantanaceaeHealing of cancerous wounds
Polypodium vulgare L.BasfaayajCommon polypodyPolypodiaceaeCleansing the body from black bile
Polyporus officinalis Friesal-GhaarighoonWhite agaricPolyporaceaeBlack bile purgative
Portulaca oleracea L.al-Baghlah al-hamghaaPurslanePortulaceaeTreatment of corrosive cancers; healing of cancerous wounds
Rhus coriaria L.al-SumaaghSumacAnacardiaceaeTreatment of corrosive cancers; healing of cancerous wounds
Salix caprea L.al-KhalafGoat willowSalicaceaeHealing of cancerous wounds
Sempervivum tectorum L.Hay al-aalamCommon houseleekCrassulaceaeHalting tumor progression; healing of cancerous wounds
Solanum nigrum L.Enab al-thaalabBlack nightshadeSolanaceaeHealing of cancerous wounds; cleansing the body from black bile; healing of tumor injury
Spinacia oleracea L.IsphanakhSpinachChenopodiaceaeIncreasing the longevity of cancer patients
Terminalia chebula Retz.Halilaj aswadBlack myrobalanCombretaceaeCleansing the body from black bile
Urtica dioica L.al-AnjarahNettleUrticaceaeCorrosive cancers