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The Best Essential Oils for Diabetes

Updated March 25, 2019 287 votes 158 voters 36.8k views

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.

  • Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Diabetes
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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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    Eucalyptus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Diabetes
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    Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus fructicetorum) is useful for asthma, reducing swelling, stuffy nose, burns, ulcers, acne, bleeding gums, diabetes, fever, flu, loss of appetite, arthritis and liver and gallbladder problems. Eucalyptus oil is unsafe when taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin without be diluted first. It is safe when consumed in the small amounts found in food. It can be used in foods as a dried leaf, applied topically, used in a diffuser, or taken in small doses orally only when diluted first.
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    Myrrh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Diabetes
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    When myrrh is blended into a tea and taken orally it can help to monitor blood sugar levels. Since it has antioxidant properties it also supports the immune system which is important to people with symptoms of diabetes. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrh) is useful for dry skin, elasticity and wrinkles. It is also a natural antiseptic and has antioxidants that contain powerful healing properties. It is regarded as being safe, except for children under the age of 6 or pregnant women. It can be used topically, in a diffuser or as a food grade supplement.
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    Clove is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Diabetes
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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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