Scents that are Anti-Cancer


To say that merely some scents can help the cancer tumors go down might appear superficial but however, it does have a scientific backup that affirms this clause. A research in Frontiers in Physiology (a medical journal), reveals that cancer tumors in bladder have olfactory receptors that are responsive to scents. They can smell the scents and respond accordingly. It is an addition to what we keep discovering about the baneful diseases.

Women suffer less from bladder cancer as compared to men who have more chances to develop it, in fact, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among men. People with age over 55 suffer from this disease more, about 90% of the cases, with the average age being 73.

The researchers discovered that the scent of sandalwood can diminish the bladder cancer tumors. The compounds in sandalwood, sandranol and santanol, hampers the division of tumor cells. It also lessened the movement of these tumor cells. The overall effect on the cancer is not clear but sandalwood proves beneficial for preventing the tumor cells from spreading in the body.

A study published in Phytotherapy Research (again a medical journal), reveals sandalwood to contain anti-inflammatory action against skin inflammation, which can be helpful for cancers as it is linked to inflammation. Sandalwood essential oil has been found potent for this result. Another study in Anticancer Research claims that sandalwood shows anti-cancer properties for prostate, breast and skin cancers (both melanoma and non-melanoma).

Sandalwood main form of availability is in essential oil form, which can be applied on the skin directly, after having tested it first on a small skin portion on the inside of the wrist or anywhere suitable. The diluted form is better for its application on the skin, with the use of coconut oil. Otherwise, a diffuser can be used for its diffusion. (8-10 drops of sustainably harvested pure essential oil of sandalwood, diffused as per diffuser instruction, for an hour.)

With 81,000 expected cases of bladder cancer in the US alone, this discovery is a beckon of better remedy and better treatment. It is hoped, that this research yet thriving in its infancy, reveals more beneficial ways to fight against cancers.