Essential oil of incense has a balsamic, sweet, warm aroma with refreshing effects. Helps raise awareness and enhance spiritual ties, calm down, reduce stress, and mitigate emotional blockages. Incense is a valuable component of aging and dry skin care products, and old Egyptians used it in rejuvenating masks. But incense not only can stimulate the immune system but can also destroy cancer cells, as some studies have shown.
One of the most important recent studies was conducted by researchers at the University of Leicester, England in 2013. Researchers have found that acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) has targeted and destroyed ovarian cancer cells. The findings were particularly significant because they showed that AKBA had this effect even for patients with advanced ovarian cancer, not only in laboratory studies performed on isolated cells. “Incense is taken by many people, with no known side effects,” said lead researcher Kamla Al-Salmani. This finding has enormous potential for a future clinical trial and thus for the development of an additional treatment for ovarian cancer.
Another study published in “BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine” in 2009 found that incense can trigger the death of bladder cancer cells by activating several different cell pathways. Another study, conducted by researchers at Nihon University in Tokyo and published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, showed that several chemical components of incense were able to kill three cell lines separated by neuroblastoma cells. The same study also found that incense inhibited the growth of Epstein-Barr virus. Other studies have shown that incense can destroy brain, breast, colon, pancreas, prostate and stomach cancer.
The anti-cancer properties of incense come partly from its strong effects on the immune system. A study by researchers at the Baylor University Medical Center found that incense works on genes that help regulate the immune system, leading to cancer cell death. Another study, published in “Phytotherapy Research”, found that mice that received incense had increases in several key markers of immune function, mainly white blood cell levels (lymphocytes).
Numerous studies have confirmed that incense is a powerful anti-inflammatory. This may explain in part its utility in combating infections and in treating autoimmune disorders such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and intestinal inflammatory disease. Thymia can also be used to cure the skin, including acne and scars.
Thymia can be taken as essential oil undiluted on the skin or as few drops under the tongue. Also, incense can also be inspired by air. There are numerous incense species, including B. carteri, B. serrata and B. sacra. All three species showed strong anti-cancer effects in scientific tests.