You may have seen the headlines — “Cure Diabetes with Essential Oils!” Unfortunately, as of today there is no cure for diabetes. And no matter how much essential oil you rub on your feet or inhale there is no scientifically backed evidence that essential oils will cure you of diabetes.
But that doesn’t mean you should shrug them off just yet. Essential oils may have some benefit after all. While they won’t cure diabetes, they may be able to help relieve some of the symptoms.
What are essential oils?
An essential oil is a concentrated natural oil from the compounds of plants. The oil is obtained by distillation, expression or extraction. They are used as flavorings in foods and drinks, and also in beauty and cleaning products.
Essential oils and the symptoms they may help with:
Eucalyptus has been shown to work as an anti-inflammatory. Eucalyptus can be used in a diffuser, and should not be ingested on it’s own or put directly on the skin without diluting.
Traditionally cumin has been used as an anti-inflammatory, and is also a powerful antioxidant.
Coriander has demonstrated the ability to lower blood glucose.
Ginseng has been found to be useful for the regulation of blood glucose and assist in weight loss.
Fatigue and Stress
Peppermint, basil and helichrysum were used in a pilot study that looked at the effectiveness of combating mental exhaustion and moderate burnout. The results showed that inhaling the oils through a personal inhaler may reduce the perceived level of mental fatigue and burnout.
There have been studies that looked at using essential oils to help treat stress in diabetics. “Essential oil can also ameliorate the stress of the coping with a lifelong chronic condition such as diabetes,” says a study in the Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences.
Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet and before adding the use of any essential oils to your daily routine. Everyone will react differently, so it’s important to contact your doctor prior to any treatment changes.