Essential Oils & Diabetes – Can Essential Oils Help?

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Natural Essengreen-cross-logotial Oils & Type 2 Diabetes – Latest Research Reveals Exciting Results from Three Special Oils

You likely know someone who has diabetes, or perhaps suffer from this debilitating disease yourself. But did you know certain essential oils have been shown to relieve some effects of Type 2 diabetes? Taking FDA guidance into account, read on and discover which essential oils may assist in Type 2 diabetes (Type 1 diabetes is harder to control as its cause is not diet-related).

While modern medicine has its place in providing FDA-approved treatments for diabetes, and FDA guidance on Type 2 diabetes here must be observed, given the ever-increasing number of drugs Americans are taking each day, doesn’t it makes sense to consider non-drug, natural solutions where we can?

Essential oils are not drugs – but certain essential oils are indeed considered safe as ‘foods’ by the FDA. Proper diet, moderate weight loss and plant-based essential oils have a place in improving our comfort & health. Peppermint, Coriander and Cinnamon essential oils have been used for many centuries, relieving human ailments (example; Peppermint oil for indigestion and irritable bowel). All three essential oils featured in this article are on the FDA-published Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) food list.

What Does the FDA Say About Diabetes?

“An estimated 86 million people in the U.S. (1 out of 3 adults) have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 people of those are unaware of their condition.”

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  • According to the FDA, Type 2 diabetes is preventable and virtually 100% reversible. Simply by implementing simple, low-cost lifestyle changes including; reducing sugars & grains, moderate physical activity, increasing intake of natural foods (research indicates essential oils may play a part, here)
  • Natural essential oils research into Coriander oil, Peppermint oil and Cinnamon Bark oil explores Type 2 diabetes relief – through supporting healthy digestive functions as foods. Millions of Americans are already taking oils from nature (including fish oils) internally each day, using a few drops in water or a gel capsule mixed with an organic ‘carrier’ oil (info below)…

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[full] diabetes.” source: FDA

With Type 2 diabetes (in particular) skyrocketing, it’s important we keep up to date on non-drug, natural treatments that may also ease diabetes. For example, recently discoveries reveal diabetes can be tempered with the use of essential oils including; Cinnamon Bark oil, Coriander oil, Dill oil, Ylang Ylang and Peppermint oils (more info below). Three of these showed particular positive effects. While essential oils could never cure diabetes completely, it’s important to note essential oils can, in many cases, help reduce the impact of diabetes on your body.

While no single diabetes natural remedy is a complete solution, along with diet strategies additional research into natural foods may help reduce the effects of Type II diabetes and improve things for sufferers of Type I diabetes.

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If glucose is not properly utilized, it accumulates in the bloodstream resulting in the common indicator of diabetes, high blood glucose or sugar. Causes of diabetes include; heredity, poor diet, chronic stress, nutritional deficiencies, obesity, and the impact of medications. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes differ in their cause of high blood sugar, but lifestyle treatment can be used for both types of the illness.

Do you suffer from any of these diabetes symptoms? Some of the most common indicators of diabetes include: fatigue, increased thirst, frequent urination, feeling hungry, blurred eyesight and numbness/tingling in hands & feet.

Essential Oils Research Toward Helping Type 2 Diabetes Sufferers

Research indicates three natural essential oils may have a beneficial effect on reducing the impact of Type 2 diabetes;

Coriander Seed Essential Oil – may support healthy digestive functions and has been studied for the support it may offer to a healthy pancreascorianderindian. Coriander essential oil has dual blood glucose-lowering effects in diabetes. Health benefits of coriander are well documented and seed use for health goes back to ancient times in China and Egypt. Coriander essential oil can work by enhancing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas and also has been found to exhibit insulin-like activity at the cellular level within the body. Coriander refers specifically to the seeds of the plant where as Cilantro or Chinese Parsley really refers to just the leaves. The best coriander essential oil is distilled from the seeds, the dry fruit [known as dhania] of the plant (not the leaves). One of our naturally-derived coriander seed essential oil favorites is available HEREcinnamon

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil – has blood sugar-balancing effects (shown to reduce the negative effects of diabetes). Cinnamon originates from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and India. Although the exact way cinnamon works for health benefits is not clear, the extract led to better insulin sensitivity for those one experimental group.  Although the study population was small, it demonstrated that cinnamon essential oil could indeed beneficial to the management of Type 2 diabetes. One of our naturally-derived cinnamon favorites is HERE

Peppermint Essential Oil – according to Medical News Today, one study states that using natural peppermint oil may lower peppermintblood sugar levels. Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, promoting healthy intestinal function and enhancing gastrointestinal system comfort. It takes approximately one pound of peppermint leaves to produce one small peppermint essential oil bottle. Our peppermint naturally-derived favorite is found HERE

How to Take Essential Oils Internally? As always, consult a health professional before you alter any established diabetes treatment routine. Using natural essential oils internally, toward promoting internal health is possible with appropriate guidance. Some recommend adding a drop or two of your essential oil to a glass of water or a teaspoon of honey. If the flavor is too strong for you, some resources recommend putting a couple drops in a gelatin capsule, diluted with an organic ‘carrier oil’ and take with water, starting with only a small amount until you observe how your body will react.

VIDEO: Additional Natural Type 2 Diabetes Treatments Uncovered?

Please click the image below to watch a short video with additional natural solutions to assist with Type 2 diabetes;

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In addition to essential oils and techniques shown in the video above, other natural remedies such as; exercise with weight training, burst training, and adaptive exercise (Pilates, Yoga) all have potential benefits in helping balance insulin levels, leading to healthy blood sugar in your body.

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This article does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your doctor before starting any new natural treatment, particularly if taking essential oils internally as foods. Statements on this page have not been evaluated by the FDA. Essential oils are not a replacement for medicines prescribed by your doctor or medical specialist.

Sources:

1. Medical News Today, August 25, 2013. 2.Essential Oils Desk Reference. 2nd ed. Orem, UT: Essential Science. 3.Heinerman, John. Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam. 4. Ramadan, Mohamed Fawzy., et al. Coriander seed oil improves plasma lipid profile in rats fed a diet containing cholesterol. European Food Resource Technology (2008). Vol 227: 1173-1182. Web. 15 April 2010. 5. Khan, Alam., et al. Cinnamon improves Glucose and Lipids of People with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care, Vol 26: 3215-3218. Web. 6. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website: http://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/Illness/Diabetes/ucm408100.htm

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