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The Best Essential Oils for Diabetes

Essential oils have been used for many years, and compounds of plants have been used in many western medications. Studies have even suggested that some oils may reduce enzymes in the pancreas that are linked to diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t make or doesn’t use insulin properly. Type 1 diabetes is when no insulin production occurs; type 2 is when the body fails to utilize insulin that's made correctly.

Essential oils can be one component of treatment along with blood sugar monitoring and use of insulin injections. The best essential oils for diabetes may help lower glucose levels in your blood. The most popular essential oils for diabetes include cinnamon, clove, coriander, clary sage, eucalyptus, and geranium. Aromatherapy for Type 2 diabetics may help lower blood glucose levels as well as triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Essential oils deliver beneficial healing properties from plants directly to your body in a highly concentrated form. When applied properly, they can offer therapeutic properties that have been used for thousands of years. Ancient cultures harvested essential oils by soaking plant flowers and leaves, then purifying the oils to make a potent, concentrated form.

The healing effects of essential oils and blends are limitless, from antibacterial defense to pain relief to emotional therapy. Scientifically, essential oils are extremely effective due to the 50 million smell receptors inside your nasal passageways. They connect directly to your brain’s limbic system, which is the area that is responsible for emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of oils, on a more practical note, they make us feel better simply because they smell so nice! 

This list discusses the most popular essential oils for diabetes. If you’ve ever used aromatherapy as a diabetic, vote up the essential oils that worked best for you - and add any that I missed.

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    Taking cinnamon orally can improve the symptoms of diabetes. Studies have shown that it helps to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels. It also improves how well insulin functions.Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum) has the abilities to balance blood sugars, minimize inflammation and combat infection. It is a natural immune system booster, natural antiviral fungal remedy that also combats bacterial infections. There are no known side effects to using cinnamon; however it may be a skin irritant and may irritate the nasal passages is not diluted first. It can be inhaled, taken as a supplement and diffused.
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    When taken as a supplement studies have shown that using clove can balance insulin levels. It also helps to lower glucose levels and cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes. It is recommended to take 1 to 2 cloves per day to help balance the symptoms of diabetes. Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) is useful for anti-aging, numbing pain, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and rheumatism, infections (skin, flu, bacterial, viral and fungal, hepatitis, parasitic), digestive problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), ulcers, inflammation, cataracts, lice, poison oak, acne, wounds and lupus. It is advised that children and people who take blood thinners not use clove; it can cause extreme skin irritation therefore dilution is recommended. It can be used in a diffuser or taken orally as a food supplement.
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    Lemon Essential Oil (Bioflavonoid) Lemon aids in relaxation and can be used for the common cold, Swine Flu, ringing in the ears and kidney stones. It can be taken internally or applied externally in small doses. Lemon is safe in food amounts and may be safe in higher medicinal amounts. The side effects of higher amounts of lemon are not known.Applying lemon directly to the skin may increase the chance of sunburn, especially if you have lighter skin.
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    Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris CT thymol) is useful as an antiseptic, immune stimulant, an anticatarrhal, diuretic, expectorant, analgesic and used as an insect repellent. It also aids in helping with cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, anthrax, asthma, bronchitis, hepatitis, infectious disease, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, women who are pregnant and children. It can be used as a food supplement, applied topically or diffused.
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