Skin cancer natural treatments – citrus oil and red clover

skin cancer home remedy treatment

This type of cancer affects the largest organ of our body which protects against injury and infection. We know that our skin has different layers known as epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. When the healthy skin cells change and grow uncontrollably to form a mass of cells, then skin cancer is happening.

This mass of cells results in the formation of tumors. The most common type of cancer is skin cancer.

Skin cancers are either malignant or benign.

Benign cancer can be cured easily because it is not spreading to other parts of the body, while malignant cancer can spread to other parts of your body. In both genders, skin cancer is very common, and also this cancer is the most common cause of death. [1]

There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (this is cancer that is associated with basal cells), squamous cell carcinoma (Squamous cells are present in the epidermis, and they are flat scale-like cells), and melanoma (melanocytes are present between the epidermis and dermis and they are in a scattered form).

Skin cancer happens when errors happen in the DNA of skin cells. These mutations are causing cells to grow out of control, forming a mass of cancer cells. Every single person can get skin cancer, but if you have less pigment in your skin, then it provides less protection from damaging UV radiation. If you had one or more blistering sunburns as a child or teenager, then it increases your risk of developing skin cancer as an adult. If you are spending too much time in the sun (especially if your skin is not protected by sunscreen or clothing), then you are having increased chance of getting skin cancer. [2]

You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from skin cancer before you start using some of the below-mentioned natural remedies for this dangerous disease.


19 Home remedies for skin cancer

Avoid tanning beds

It is known that lights that are used in tanning beds emit UV rays, and they can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. [3,4]


This is a less-known herb that naturopaths have been using for decades as a natural treatment for skin cancer. You should dilute the tincture with water and then apply it to the affected areas. This natural cure has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help to eliminate free radicals, which help in the growth and spreading of the tumor. [5]


It is known that an herbal concoction of the bloodroot can do wonders in the natural treatment of skin cancer, and it can alleviate the side effects of this condition. If you are using this herb in excess, then it can burn your skin. It is one of the best natural remedies for skin cancer, but you need to use it with caution. [6,7]

Iodine solution

This is also a very effective home remedy for skin cancer. You should buy a 7% iodine solution, and you should apply it to the affected parts of your skin. Do this natural treatment at least two times per day for a period of five days. Then, you should bring down the application to once per day for the next ten days. Your skin may turn dark, but this is an indication that the iodine is in action. This home remedy can help to destroy skin lesions.

Ice packs and sandalwood oil/paste

It is known that sandalwood oil possesses anti-cancer properties. You should treat your arms and legs with sandalwood paste and ice packs, which in turn, will help to prevent skin cancer. Also, this can help to alleviate the side effects of radiation if you are already undergoing treatment for cancer. [8]

Natural cures for skin cancer

Avoid saccharin and dairy products

You should avoid the excess intake of caffeine-containing drinks, dairy products, and saccharin because this can help to prevent and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Chamomile and lavender

These essential oils can help to protect your skin from the sun, and also they can protect your skin against skin cancer. You should add a few drops of these oils into the water. You should have a soothing bath by soaking yourself in the water for about thirty minutes.

Cat’s claw extract

We know that the cat’s claw is a woody wine. It is found in the Peruvian rain forests. The extract of a cat’s claw can enhance immunity which in turn acts against skin cancer. The required dosage for the treatment of skin cancer is 1 gram of extract, 3 times a day. Also, you can find it in form of capsules or tablets. [9]

Cruciferous vegetables

There are some studies which are shown that the consumption of veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and kale can help in combating skin cancer. Also, you can consume grape seeds because they are rich in proanthocyanidins which are very helpful in treating skin cancer. You can grind grape seeds, mix them with water and drink a glass of this home remedy on daily basis.

Avoid meat products

You should avoid eating processed food and red meat because this can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

Flax seeds

These seeds have Omega – 3 fatty acids which can help to prevent skin damage. Also, these fatty acids act like antioxidants when your skin is exposed to the sun’s UV radiation which generates free radicals. You can chew them, or you can use them in many different recipes to imbibe their health benefits. Also, you should increase your consumption of safflower oil, olive oil, or fish oil because all of them are rich in Omega – 3 fatty acids. [10]

Citrus oil

The oil which is extracted from citrus fruit like orange peels have D–limonene, and this is a very effective home remedy for skin cancer. There are some studies that were done on the effects of D–limonene on animals, and they have shown that this component offers protection against skin cancer. The effects of the D–limonene on human cancers has not been studied, but it was generalized that it is safe, and this is the rating from USFDA.

Red clover

The red clover extract is an effective and safe home remedy for the natural treatment of skin cancer. You can use a liquid form of the red clover as a compress on your skin. It can help to prevent the formation of new skin tumors. You can find the red clover in both capsule and liquid forms. It can be used to effectively curb the growth of new blood vessels that impede blood supply to tumors. You should brew 4 grams of red clover tea and then bathe in it. [11]

Avoid sun exposure

You should avoid going in the sun during the mid-day because this increases your risk of skin cancer. You should plan outdoor activities in the evening because this will minimize your risk of skin cancer.

Coconut oil

This natural cure has several saturated fats, and a few of them have cancer-fighting properties. Coconut oil has 9% palmitic acid, which selectively kills damaged cells. You should make a paste of coconut oil and a melatonin tablet. You should rub this paste vigorously on the lesion. Also, you can add other ingredients to this paste, such as quercitin tablets, green tea extract that contains EGCG, Vitamin D tablets, and pomegranate extract that contains ellagic acid. All of the mentioned components have cancer-fighting properties.

Eggplant extract

The eggplant extract has some ingredients which can help to cure skin cancer, such as solasodine glycoside or BEC5. There was one clinical study which was conducted by Dr. Bill E Cham in 1991, and it was said that preparation of low concentration of the eggplant extract can effectively keratosis, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma in human skin.


You can use raspberry to make skin creams which can help you in the natural treatment of skin cancer. Generally, the extract of raspberry seeds is used to make skin creams.

Wear protective clothing

You should know that sunscreens do not provide complete protection from UV rays. You should cover your skin with dark and tightly woven clothing which covers your arms and legs. Also, you should wear a broad-brimmed hat which provides more protection than a baseball cap or visor. There are some companies which are selling photoprotective clothing. You should talk with your doctor about the appropriate brand. You should not forget sunglasses. You should look for sunglasses that block both types of UV radiationUVB and UVA rays.

Gingko Biloba

It has antioxidant properties, which can help you to reduce the risk of skin cancer. When this natural cure is used in combination with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, then it is an effective natural treatment for skin cancer.


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