The Power of Frankincense Against Cancer

by Aliya Trinity

A recent press release by the University of Leicester revealed that researchers there discovered cancer-killing properties of frankincense in ovarian cancer.

After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing the cancer cells,” explained lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani, cancPhD student from the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine. 

Dr Mark Evans, Kamla’s PhD Supervisor and Lecturer in the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine added: “We have shown that this frankincense compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid derived from the resin) is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations. What has been most surprising is that the cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound, suggesting frankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance, and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.”

They also list in this press release that “this study is at an early stage and has been presented at international conferences.  Upon completion In due course, it will be presented for peer review research publication. None of the results of the study are applicable for treatments in people – the study simply points to potential future applications.”

What they fail to mention is that this tree resin has already been used for thousands of years by people with powerful results.

FrankinsenceEven the Ancient Sumarians and Ancient Egyptians left records claiming it’s importance for health and most of us have heard how it was a large part of the silk trade, it’s value rivaled gold and it was important enough to be presented at the birth of Jesus.

Why do you think that is? It certainly wasn’t being used as a cooking oil or as a burning oil (for light). It was being used for perfumes, flavorings and a myriad of health uses!

It’s really great that modern science is catching on, but they are just beginning to investigate the health and medicinal benefits of frankincense that have been documented in ancient medical texts from Egypt, Europe and India. It’s not really a matter of whether it can help, they are mostly trying to figure out why and how it helps.

Considering the number of studies that have been conducted in the past few decades by our universities showing effective results using Frankincense against cancer and considering that it has been used for thousands of years with no side effects, it seems obvious that Frankincense could only bring good things to your life.

cancerThe US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health published a study of frankincense essential oil (therapeutic grade steam-distilled) against a panel of human pancreatic cancer cell lines. The study cites, “We demonstrated that frankincense essential oil is highly effective in… reversing tumor growth, suppressing tumor cell growth, and inducing tumor cell death.”

In their conclusion they state, “All fractions of frankincense essential oil from Boswellia sacra (frankincense) are capable of suppressing viability and inducing apoptosis (programed cell death) of a panel of human pancreatic cancer cell lines.”

Other recent research also suggests that frankincense can treat cancers, including prostate, colon, skin and breast cancer.

systemMy own energetic work with Frankincense showed me years ago that it helps correct the rivers of the body by clearing away obstacles and restoring proper flow. It was only after this revelation that I began looking into the historical data and ongoing research regarding frankincense and although my words and understanding come from a different perspective, the end effect is the same – frankincense has powerful positive effects on our body.

How Can You Enjoy the Benefits of Frankincense

Alywillow skin care products make it really easy for you to enjoy the smell and health benefits of frankincense and all our products are made with therapeutic plants that help support a healthy body. They do not contain any synthetics, chemicals, detergents, sulfates or other artificial ingredients. We use over 50 different medicinal plants from around the world (including pure therapeutic grade Frankincense essential oil) and we do not claim any cures or medical instruction, just showing a bit of history and research to explain why this lovely frankincense tree resin was chosen for our vegan skin products.

Alywillow’s Warrior Formula



When I was naming my Warrior Formula I was considering the effectiveness frankincense has at protecting our bodies and restoring our health. This secret formula has 9 plants and I have witnessed it remove toxins from the body and clear many types of skin conditions, including shingles, psoriasis, acne, lesions, bites, and even cancer. It also helps keep more outbreaks from occurring (even with MRSA). After using the soaps and moisturizers made of the Warrior Formula, many of my customers report having more energy and feeling better. Although I have to admit, most people use it because they enjoy the smell and want something that is natural and safe for sensitive skin… link to more info about the WARRIOR FORMULA –

Alywillow’s Lavender Formula

lavenderWhen I was creating my Lavender Formula I added frankincense because of it’s ability to calm the body, reduce inflammation and restore clarity of mind. This stress relieving formula contains a total of 9 plants including Marjoram, which has been used traditionally as a mild muscle relaxer, and Lavender, which is world-renowned for it’s calming abilities. See more here…

Alywillow’s Recovery Skin Care Set

1skinAnd when people with skin cancer were asking me for a natural option, I created the Recovery Skin Care Set with a powerful Frankincense Toner. This whole set (which comes with a facial cleanse, exfoliation pad, toner, a day time moisturizer and night time treatment) is designed to help restore your healthy skin (and for those who already have great skin, it helps keep it that way)…. see more…

Wash with our soaps or massage our toners or moisturizers and let your body enjoy their many beautiful gifts (including really healthy skin).


  1. Christmas Gift Brings Treatment Hope for Cancer Patients.” University of Leicester. University of Leicester, 20 Dec. 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2015.
  2. The Story of Frankincense”, from The Middle East Institute.
  3. Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells”, US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. 2011 Dec 15.
  4. Boswellia contains a compound which suppresses proliferation and induces programmed cell death in meningioma cells. GreenMedInfo Summary
  5. Frankincense Can Kill Ovarian Cancer”, Doctors Health Press.
  6. Essential Oils and Their Constituents as Anticancer Agents: A Mechanistic View
  7. A podcast recording of Dr Mark Evans discussing this new research breakthrough is available to download here: