ORANGE Essential Oil for Immune Support

by Cynthe on April 11, 2010

bottle of therapeutic orange essential oil with fresh orangesEssential oils from the orange tree’s flowers, leaves, and rind have powerfully healing effects… remarkably anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumoral, based on it’s high 85%-96% d-limonene chemistry, ORANGE oil has been documented to combat tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies and is being used by individuals as a holistic cancer treatment.

SOURCE: Essential Oils for Physical Health & Well-Being by Linda L. Smith

Clinical trials using d-limonene as a cancer inhibitor have been conducted for well over a decade. D-Limonene and its digestion by-product Perillyl alcohol have been studied at the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University-Purdue University, with a new JAN 2010 clinical trial taking form at the University of Arizona [currently accepting breast cancer volunteers] as well as various medical center trials.

WHY isn’t Orange Essential Oil’s Awesome anti-Cancer Properties Common Knowledge?

My guess…either most oncologists aren’t taught about or aren’t aware of d-Limonene and Perillyl alcohol’s benefits OR there isn’t enough financial incentive to have cancer patients self-administer orange oil for their own recovery as recounted in the personal testimonials at the end of this article.

June 1997 ~ Cancer Chemoprevention and Therapy by Monoterpenes by M N Gould, Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin, Madison USA

“Monoterpenes are found in the essential oils of many plants including fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They prevent the carcinogenesis process at both the initiation and promotion/progression stages. In addition, monoterpenes are effective in treating early and advanced cancers. Monoterpenes such as limonene and perillyl alcohol have been shown to prevent mammary, liver, lung, and other cancers. These compounds have also been used to treat a variety of rodent cancers, including breast and pancreatic carcinomas. In addition, in vitro data suggest that they may be effective in treating neuroblastomas and leukemias.”

Mark Brudnak PhD, ND is a board-certified naturopath, maintaining a natural health consulting practice in Milwaukee, WI. His interesting article “Cancer-Preventing Properties of Essential Oil Monoterpenes D-Limonene and Perillyl Alcohol is well worth reading.

Dr. Brudnak writes “While the MTs [monoterpenes] are indeed used as cleaning (try placing a small amount on the front hubcaps of your car to clean off the black grime) agents, due to their solvent properties, they are far from being poisons. Indeed, nothing could be further from the truth for these wonderful, naturally occurring, and health-promoting substances. While the solvent properties of monoterpenes have been exploited clinically to dissolve gallstones (1), the monoterpenes are also the focus of much investigation in the area of cancer prevention and therapeutics…

always buy the best essential oilsCancer prevention, inhibition, and regression are the most note worthy attributes of the MTs [monoterpenes].

D-limonene (DL) and perillyl alcohol (POH) have been shown to be chemopreventive against mammary (2). liver, lung, UV-induced skin cancers (3), and chemotherapeutic against both experimental mammary and pancreatic tumours. Perillyl alcohol stands out as effective against human pancreatic cancer (4), colon, liver [cancers] (5), to reduce vein graft intimal hyperplasia (6), as chemopreventive against colon carcinogenesis, prostate and lung cancers. (7)

His article has a fascinating discussion of how healthy bodies deal with natural cell mutations ~ for the most part keeping them under control ~  and destroying abnormal cells. With cancers, of course, something has gone seriously wrong. Dr. Brudnak says “The final stage is metastasis. Here, the cancer cells have progressed to the point where they are no longer localized to one ever-growing tumor. They gain the ability to enter the blood vessels (intravasation), move to a different location in the body, stop and exit the blood vessel (extravasation) and establish a new site of tumor development. Eventually, the body becomes riddled with tumors consuming the bulk of available energy. The body is literally eaten alive as evidenced by the cancer associated cachexia (body wasting).

In that dreadfully bleak picture of cancer development, there are some valiantly shining points of light. The MTs [monoterpenes], found in essential oils, are such points of light, offering some hope in the struggle to prevent and treat cancer. The best news is that DL and POH can not only prevent, but also treat cancer. That is to say, the MTs can act before a cancer is established and, in the cases where cancer is already present, they can cause a regression of the tumor.”

essential oil from orange tree's leaves, rind, and flowers have powerfully healing effects

Personal Orange Oil Anti-Cancer Testimonials are Starting to Surface… even though they are anecdotal, these incredible results should NOT be discounted!

An essential oils education group in Arvada, CO reports ORANGE therapeutic-quality essential oil is demonstrating great promise against cancer…helping the body rid itself of cancer. When people are willing to ingest 10ml of orange oil (in capsules) every day […that’s NOT a typo! And it is a lot of Orange essential oil – 2/3 of a 15ml bottle daily], this replicates the amount of limonene in studies which have demonstrated a regression of cancer.

VO writes in her newsletter: “…It’s absolutely amazing that something as simple as orange oil, which is very inexpensive, rubbed over an area of concern, …neat (without dilution), and liberally (6-8 drops  each [application] ), and often, perhaps even several times a daymight hold the key to the challenges with cancer.”

~ While in Japan recently, a woman of about 45 shared she had been told last summer [2009] her uterine cancer had spread throughout her body and she only had a month to live. The doctors said ~ due to her condition ~ they were not able to offer surgery or chemotherapy. After speaking with a Young Living leader there, she took 10ml of orange oil every day, in capsules. She also rubbed [Young Living therapeutic-quality] orange oil, frankincense, myrtle, sandalwood, and tsuga essential oils all over her belly every day, and drank 4-6 oz. NingXia Red [nutritional juice] each day, as well. She is now CANCER FREE!

~ From CD in New Jersey: “My mother-in-law had a grapefruit-sized tumor on her only remaining kidney. Her other kidney had been destroyed by cancer 5 years earlier. The doctors could not treat her because of her deteriorating health, so she began to take 10 ml of orange oil in capsules. She took 2 full capsules every 2 hours for eight hours a day. After 3 months the tumor was gone. She continues to take 1-4 capsules of orange oil and also drinks 2-4 oz. Ningxia Red every day. Her CANCER has NOT returned.”

SOURCE: April 2010 ISHA Aromatherapy Newsletter

Other studies have shown that FRANKINCENSE (Up to 90% Monoterpenes, 12% limonene), MYRTLE, SANDALWOOD, and TSUGA all have excellent inhibition of cancer cells. (Read the Frankincense link for another incredible cancer healing testimonial.)

If you are considering using ORANGE or any other essential oil for your own well-being or for healing from cancer, it’s essential to ONLY use organically grown, AFNOR or EC or ISO certified products for internal and ‘neat’ (non-diluted) topical* applications to assure therapeutic standards. Essential oils are stored in our fatty tissues, one of the reasons they are SO effective as a breast cancer preventative and/or treatment. Those of us who are plump or “well-endowed” will have lots of citrus oil compounds in our tissues if we use those healing oils on a regular basis.

If you are interested in Young Living’s essential oils, please learn how to order from YLO on our BUY THE BEST page or contact me. I’m glad to walk you through the process.

Safety Data: Some people are genetically sensitive to compounds in citrus essential oils. I’m one of those folks (inherited from my father). Citrus oils used daily by those of us, over time (months to years), may cause a sensitivity that creates a very itchy, persistent rash. Suspect it’s a detoxing reaction ~ annoying and bothersome ~ NOT dangerous.

After using LEMON essential oil as a deodorant for several years (a few drops per day), I now cannot use citrus oils directly on my skin, except for my palms & the soles of my feet, without breaking out into a rash under my arms or on the skin surface where it was applied. I can take the citrus oils internally, but they are powerful detoxifiers and occasionally cause a rash that way, too.

ALL citrus essential oils have compounds that may cause sunburn / skin damage with sun exposure, except for GRAPEFRUIT essential oil. This means if you’re applying citrus oils topically, you need to put them “where the sun doesn’t shine” under your clothing or put them on before you go to sleep or when you know you’re going to be inside all day and stay out of the sun for 12 hours after application.

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used therapeutic essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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Cynthe April 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Hi Stephanie ~ Depending on what sort of meds your mother will be given, you may want to hold off? Introducing two intense protocols at the same time may be overwhelming to her. The only essential oil I definitely know is contraindicated with chemo is Grapefruit EO…and that’s because it’s strongly immune-supportive and detoxes the chemo meds out of one’s body. Your mother could ask her MD(s) and oncologist their opinions as they will be familiar with the course of treatment they are planning for her.

Geri May 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

my husband was dx with metastatic cancer sacral. liver and kidney can you help

Cynthe May 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Hello Geri ~ Metastatic cancer is a challenge using ANY protocol. Folks have cured themselves using essential oils intensively as recounted in various articles on our site (use the search term ‘cancer’ to find them), but no one can ‘guarantee’ outcomes…not even oncologists or cancer surgeons. We are committed to sharing holistic options when conventional treatments are unacceptable or have failed folks.

Options your husband could consider using are described in our articles on Orange and Frankincense Oil for Body, Mind and Spirit essential oils, in our pamphlet: Frankincense For Immune Support, and in comments to readers.

Another excellent option is a highly regarded detox herbal tea made by FlorEssence (available on-line). I highly recommend reading this book and using this gentle herbal tea. From all the testimonials in the book and on-line, the tea supports the immune system to correct MANY health issues, even serious ones. My husband and I have read the book and are now using the tea for our own well-being.

If this research and reading seems too overwhelming (which we definitely understand after being involved with our daughter-in-law’s experience), we also offer personal paid consultations ‘Aromatherapy For You.’

Best wishes for your husband’s return to vibrant health!

Amber June 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

Hi there! I am also a young living distributor and without treating or prescribing (thank you FDA) I would like your opinion. I am meeting with someone tonight that has terminal bone cancer. She is looking for other options as the doctors have basically told her no hope. I have read on Frank and Orange oils but would it be best for her to take the Frank internally or would it be better for her to apply it topically. If internally, how many drops in a capsule and how many times a day? I appreciate your input!

Cynthe June 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Hi Amber ~ What I tell folks is to read our two articles, this one on Orange and our other ones on Frankincense, and do what folks have mentioned in their testimonials. That way we’re not ‘prescribing’ just sharing.

Also, depending on the state you’re in, you could suggest she look into cannabis oil. Medical marijuana is showing remarkable, life-saving, results in many cases of cancer.

And finally what I really encourage folks to use is this remarkable herbal detox tea. It has a very good track record in curing advanced disease, when chemo and conventional treatments are unsuccessful. You may read more in this book. However, as with any cancer methodology, no one can promise or guarantee that one particular method will work.

BTW due to FDA pressure, YLO stripped me of my dealership when I refused to take this educational site down. Big pharma really doesn’t want us to have alternatives!

Brenda July 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

Please email me as per email address for I have some few things to ask you.
I tried to get to you but of no success
Kindly email me

Stephanie August 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Hello my husband was diagnosed with sarcodosis and has tumors growing in his thyroids sinuses and has a tumor on the brain the doctors say their is no cure and all they can do is give him pain pills for pain and steroids to slow the growth , so we have been doing alot of research and he wants to get off of the meds and see if something would help shrink the tumors because he does not want to have brain surgery.. If you have any suggestions on what would help please let me know thank you so much for your time..

Cynthe August 8, 2015 at 5:04 am

Hi Stephanie ~ Sorry to hear about your husband’s health challenges. Replied to you privately via email. Hope the suggestions help.

Deborah Evans October 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

Hello, Cynthe, I am interested in knowing if the 100% pure d-Limonene I bought from bulk apothecary is safe to mix, accordingly with water? I bought it to clean with, and in doing research on how and what to mix it with, I have read a wealth of information for health problems. I read that someone is mixing 1/8oz. Of d-Limonene with 4-8 oz. of water a day for health problems. I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Raynaud’s, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Anti-Phospholipid anti- body syndrome,
And maybe a few more, still being tested for. I am 56 years old, take warfarin, and am looking for a more natural way. I hope to hear from you soon, and thank you for your time.
Deborah Evans

Cynthe October 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hi Deborah ~ The first place to check is with the bulk apothecary you purchased from. They may have a statement about the product or give them a call. I would want to know where the d-Limonene was sourced from? Generally, the closer a product is to its natural source (ie. d-Limonene found in citrus oils / fruit) the safer it is to use.

1 drop of pure steam-distilled Clove essential oil ingested in a capsule daily (dilute with olive oil to fill the capsule), may provide the same blood thinning action as the Warfarin prescription. Do NOT take them both! Work with your doctor to get off the Warfarin, if you want to give the Clove EO a try.

cecil fields October 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

I am interested in you essental oil products. body rubbing concentrate and 10ml capsuals and any other product you might recommend. I have and squamaos carcinoma of the head neck and throat. and now a reoccourance of a left tonsil that was removed. since then i have now been diagnosed of the same cancer from the tonsil with knots on my neck. not sure what the VA Medical centers wants to do next. I just had a PET scan today. Ive read your comments on this Orange product. can you advise me soon and how to order these products. Thanks, C Fields

Cynthe October 28, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Hello Cecil ~ Excellent you are looking for holistic support for this health issue. Essential oils have to be used intensively as mentioned in the article, when facing a cancer challenge.
– Empty capsules are available on-line, from health food grocery stores, or pharmacies perhaps. Fill with Orange essential oil as you are ready to take them.
– Orange essential oil is available from several reputable sellers. I purchase on-line for convenience. You may check NaturesGift, EdenBotanical, OriginalSwissAromatics, etc.

An excellent option, which may be used additionally to essential oils is the highly regarded detox herbal tea made by FlorEssence (available on-line). I highly recommend reading this book and using this gentle herbal tea. From all the testimonials in the book and on-line, the tea supports the immune system to correct MANY health issues, even serious ones. My husband and I have read the book and are now using the tea for our own well-being.

If you want a customized consultation to evaluate what options may be most effective for supporting your immune system, consider an ‘Aromatherapy For You‘ consultation. Also, read through our other articles on lifestyle changes for bolstering your well-being when dealing with cancer.

Keep in touch and let us know how these work.

cecil fields October 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I left you a message once before and am interested in order the orange supplement pills and you have not replied yet. please contact me by e mail at or by phone 941 549 1226 this site does not have an order form. Thanks

Cynthe October 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Hi Cecil ~ Wrote you a long detailed reply last night in response to your inquiry with links suggesting where you can make purchases, etc. Can you not see it? On my browser it shows right above your second inquiry.

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