2018, Vol. 6 Issue 1, Part A
Toxicity of thieves oils to mcf-7 and mda-mb-231 breast cancer cells
AUTHOR(S): Sara A Siegfried and Jennifer R Schroeder
ABSTRACT:Cancer treatment is costly and can be just as harmful as helpful to the patient. As a result, patients often seek alternative treatment options, such as herbal therapy including the use of essential oils. Common essential oils include cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary; combined, these oils comprise Thieves. To determine if Thieves and the individual oils influence cancer cell viability, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells were exposed to 0.001% to 1.0% oils and their major chemical components for forty-eight hours, followed by determination of toxicity using an MTT cell viability assay. Although all oils led to some cell death, MCF-7 cells were more susceptible to oil treatment than MDA-MB-231 cells. Of the Thieves components, clove and cinnamon were the most toxic, followed by lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. These toxicities are most likely due to the major chemical components of the oils, including eugenol, limonene, and cineole.
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How to cite this article:
Sara A Siegfried, Jennifer R Schroeder. Toxicity of thieves oils to mcf-7 and mda-mb-231 breast cancer cells. Am J Essent Oil Nat Prod 2018;6(1):01-08.