Tea Tree Oil and Skin Cancer

In my last post I mentioned that, to me, essential oils are not only about healing, they are about hope.  Here is another example of how essential oils offer hope for a less expensive, less invasive, and less painful treatment for one of the most common forms of cancer.

The application of tea tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) essential oil to skin cancer has shown very promising results in a three year clinical study by The University of Western Australia.  Tea Tree may be a fast, cheap and effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers and precancerous lesions.

Researchers have found tea tree essential oil to be successful in causing the inhibition of tumor growth and tumor regression within a day of treatment (one day!!!).  Within three days the tumors cannot be detected.  The study was conducted using mice and researchers are now hoping to find funding to start a human trial.

It is not surprising to hear that traditional skin cancer chemotherapy involves 3-16 weeks of treatments and can cause nausea and flu-like symptoms.  The tea tree formulation caused some slight skin irritation which disappeared once the treatment was completed.

Dr. Sara Greay, one of the researchers of the study, said further experiments indicated the anti-cancer effect of a tea tree oil formulation appeared to involve activation of the immune system.

Another benefit of tea tree oil is that it is a natural, renewable resource that comes from a tree native to New South Wales, Australia.  The rural areas where the tree grows would benefit from this new-found use for the oil.

Below are some traditional uses for tea tree essential oil

  • fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm)
  • skin conditions (acne, sores)
  • yeast infections (candida)
  • bee stings
  • tooth/gum disease


Tea tree is such a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral essential oil that you will find it in soaps, shampoos, and many other personal care products.  Of course, if it is not a pure therapeutic grade essential oil it will not be as effective or possibly as safe as an oil that is.  Please do your homework and find an essential oil company that you can trust, one that tests every batch of oil before bottling.  Or you can save yourself some time and effort by ordering from Young Living, a company with the highest standards in the industry.

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Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential Oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com


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