Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Empowering Benefits of Essential Oils During Diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder wherein the body is not able to deliver the glucose in the blood stream to cells throughout the body.  When we eat food it is broken down into a form of sugar called glucose.  Glucose then is delivered by the bloodstream to muscle, fat, and liver cells where it is the fuel for our bodies.  In order for our cells to assimilate the glucose it must be accompanied by an enabler called insulin.  Insulin is produced by our pancreas.  If our pancreas does not produce proper amounts of insulin or if our cells cannot properly process insulin it results in diabetes.  Since the glucose is not properly utilized it accumulates in the bloodstream resulting in the common indicator of diabetes, high blood glucose or sugar.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
·   Fatigue
·   Increased thirst
·   Increased urination
·   Feeling hungry
·   Weight loss
·   Blurred eyesight
·   Numbness or tingling in the feet
There are three major types of diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes; Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form affecting 90 – 95% of those with diabetes; and Gestational Diabetes that occurs during pregnancy in about 4% of all pregnancies.  Also the conditions of pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome are related.
Type 1 Diabetes
This is an autoimmune disease.  The body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas (beta cells) that produce insulin.  Presently it is not known what triggers this but genetics, environment, and viral infection are all suggested.  Once this process is triggered within 5 to 10 years all of the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed.  Without insulin the body does not receive the necessary fuel to the cells hence it must be supplied artificially.  Those with Type 1 diabetes monitor their glucose levels and take shots or use an insulin pump to supplement or provide the necessary insulin.  Those with this condition can improve their quality of life by making wise food choices with proper nutrition, keeping their body systems strong, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes
About 90 to 95% of those with diabetes have type 2.  Of those that have type 2 about 80% of them are overweight but type 2 might also be associated with a family history of diabetes, older age, physical inactivity, and a history of gestational diabetes. Some ethnicities are predisposed as well, including African American, Mexican American, and those from the Pacific Islands.
In this condition the pancreas functions properly and produces insulin but the body does not utilize it properly.  This is labeled insulin resistant.  Type 2 symptoms usually develop slowly as the body cannot use the insulin supplied by the pancreas.  Eventually insulin production decreases.  Help for this condition comes from proper diet, nutrition, and physical exercise. Some essential oils are recommended for assisting the body in utilizing the glucose available in the bloodstream.
Gestational Diabetes
This type of diabetes affects a small number of women in pregnancy.  It typically develops in the later part of a pregnancy and may even go undetected.  It does increase the risk of other complications to mother and baby.  After pregnancy the diabetes disappears but in 40 –60% of the cases there is a likelihood that the mother will develop type 2 diabetes in later life.
Closely associated with diabetes are:
This is the when blood glucose levels are measured to be higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  It is estimated that 1 in 4 of adults in the U.S. fall in this category.  Those with pre-diabetes not only have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years but they are also at risk to have cardiovascular problems.  These risks are reduced significantly with a 5 – 7% reduction in body weight and with improved diet, nutrition, and exercise.
Metabolic syndrome
This is the term used to describe someone with a group of risk factors for type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke.  The two most important of these risk factors are 1) obesity, particularly central obesity or extra weight around the middle of the body and 2) insulin resistance, or having the condition that the body is not able to use insulin in the proper way.
The A1C Test
For those not familiar the A1C is the scale used to measure blood glucose and how it relates to diabetic conditions.  This is the common blood glucose test used to diagnose diabetes and help those with diabetes manage the condition.  It is also know by the names glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C, and HbA1c.  This test show the average blood glucose level over the last 2 or 3 months where normal home monitoring tests gives the blood sugar level at the time of the test.
Those without diabetes will be below 5% and those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes will be above 6.5 – 7% on the scale below.
 A1C                Average Blood Glucose
  5 %                              95.5
  6 %                            125
  6.5 %                         139.75
  7 %                            154.5
  8 %                            184
  9 %                            213.5

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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Balance, basil, coriander, lavender, On Guard

Non-doterra essential oil controls blood sugar levels: Moringa Oil 2oz, Moringa Oil 4oz

Essential oil based products: Life Long Vitality supplements,

Also consider: cassia, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, helichrysum, marjoram, peppermint

Suggested protocols:
Most often suggested for all types of diabetes is good eating habits with proper nutrition, the Life Long Vitality supplements are a must.  This should be coupled with physical activity and weight loss if you are overweight.
Essential oils protocol most often suggested is:
·    rub Balance on the feet in the morning    
·    take 8-10 drops of coriander and/or basil in a capsule during the day
·    consider 2 drops of OnGuard in the above capsule as well    
·    rub lavender on the feet at night
Other oils should be considered.  Learn to read your body and sense what you need.  Sometimes in chronic conditions like diabetes the body seems to "tire" of one particular essential oil.  That is, it losses its effectiveness over time, and you need to switch temporarily to another.

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Testimonials   (shared by Rob James)

Julie – My friend has type 2 diabetes and refuses to make changes in her awful diet and pretty much ignoring the diagnosis she got a few years ago so she is heading down a bad road. What is appropriate to suggest to her?
Karen - My mom has had type 2 diabetes for 30 years. She has been using Dr. Hill's protocol for about 6 weeks now with amazing results. She has cut out one of her two insulins and cut back on the other. Dr. Hill recommends Balance on the feet in the morning and lavender at night. A capsule every morning with 8 drops coriander and 8 drops basil. She started out with 4 drops each in the capsule and is now at 5 drops each. She saw results from the very first day using the oils. I recently started adding 2 drops of OnGuard and the results were even better. The oils are amazing! 
Pat - I would suggest a capsule with 5 drops of coriander daily, and getting her on the LLV.  This is what I would do if I were diagnosed with diabetes.
Julie Ann - I would add some Balance to the above recommendations. It works wonders for my son!

Carla - Can coriander be used for all diabetes types?  My mom is trying to get off her diabetes medicine as it makes her sick and is looking for other ways to control it.  She is not on insulin.  Would coriander also help her and how would she use it, internally or externally?
Julie Ann - On the toes, bottom of foot and over the pancreas area.
Chris - When I started using essential oils in August, I began using the Life Long Wellness supplements and  5 drops of basil in a capsule everyday.  In the first 3 months, my A1C went from 6.1 down to 5.8.  That doesn't sound like a lot, but it is!  And that was before I had access to coriander.  I am now using 2 drops of coriander with the basil everyday.  I am excited to see my next blood test.   So...YES....These oils work!!
Chris, Dec 2010 a follow-up - My A1c test result in Aug 2009 was 6.1.  I was taking medication for diabetes.  I started using DoTerra products that same month and started on the LLW right away.  I also learned from Dr. Hill that 5 drops of basil in a capsule each day would help .  In November 2009, my A1c was down to 5.8.  I asked my Primary Care Physician if I could go off of my medication and she agreed. My next test results were 3 months later and I was down to 5.7 and the last one in August of 2010 was 5.5!!  Hooray!

Jon - Our neighbor and good friend was just diagnosed with diabetes (not sure what type).  We'd like to help out and are wondering if anyone knows what oils are good for diabetes and how to use them. We've done some research and cinnamon/cassia, wild orange, basil, thyme, rosemary, etc. are recommended in various sources.  Any idea which ones have actually worked for people with diabetes?
Pat - One of the best things for diabetes (along with oils) is good nutrition. Whatever you recommend include balance supplements like the LLW pack.
Tamalu - I agree that nutrition is crucial to supporting and rebuilding the body.  I have seen blood sugar issues respond within 18-24 hours to the LLW pack.  I would add OnGuard to their arsenal as well, starting out in very small amounts and letting them decide what dosages work best for them (remember, the best help you can provide is empowering self-care!).  Topically works or ingesting works well.  I suggest starting with a drop or two at a time.  The cinnamon and wild orange can be so helpful in managing blood sugar levels, while the blend works to combat the cause of the problem and assist the pancreas in rebuilding.  I am finding that even in people where the root cause of their health issue is emotional, OnGuard is equipped to isolate that and assist the person in overcoming.  I would also add Balance to the bottoms of the feet.
Samara - My dad is using oils for the first time in his life.  He is using lavender on the sores he has on his legs and after just a few days, they are healed!  His legs haven't looked this good in years!  

Kendra - I would like more information on helping diabetes with cassia and wild orange.  I read someone say that these 2 oils help to rebuild the pancreas. Help me with this, as I know an older gentleman who is diabetic and suffers from neuropathy.  He is very concerned about his feet but their finances are very limited.  (Neuropathy is diabetic nerve pain)
April - I am trying to help a  65 year old man with diabetes and neuropathy. He has started taking the LLW supplements and I have given him several oils for the neuropathy.  I made him 2 different blends in glass bottles with droppers and he rubs them on his feet in the morning and at night. He uses each blend for one week at a time, alternating them. I suggested he use a warm compress at least one of the times. He also rubs lavender on his feet at night after he uses the blend, and that seems to calm the nerves in his feet so he can sleep better. He takes a capsule of basil everyday as well. He has been doing this regiment for about 2 weeks and is seeing great results! We don't know about the diabetes quite yet, but his feet are feeling 100% better than before the oils, and he tried several different things to help them, for several years.
Here are the blends we are using:
Diabetes, Type 2
·    Rub Balance on feet in the morning
·    Take 8-10 drops of basil in a capsule during the day
·    Rub Lavender on the feet at night
(since Balance is included in the neuropathy blend below, he doesn't rub it on his feet. He just uses it in the blend instead. However, he does rub the lavender on his feet at night after rubbing in the blend.)
Neuropathy Blend 1:
Apply to feet and cover with a hot, moist towel. Cover that with a dry towel to keep in the heat longer. Be consistent in application, at least once or twice per day. Use 2-4 drops each of the following oils: 
·    Balance 
·    cypress 
·    basil 
·    marjoram 
·    peppermint
Neuropathy Blend 2:
Use oils that would benefit a stressed nervous system.  Eat healthy, whole and raw foods... it is a change that must be made now. Daily massage to the feet and lower legs using: 
·    geranium 
·    peppermint 
·    lavender 
·    Balance with helichrysum or clove. 
Be consistent morning and night or more. Change up oils or blends every so often.
Rob - I know there are some other protocols that people have attested to, however, lately, I've used the AromaTouch blend successfully for relieving neuropathy. Remember the importance of good diet, it doesn't help to use oils if your diet is poor.

Valerie - Diabetes is particularly of interest because my mom has type II diabetes and she is currently using some essential oils. Someone stated to me today that you should not use lavender on anyone with diabetes as it can harm him or her.  Is this true?
Pat – Whoever experienced negative results using lavender were using one that was not pure (there are many out there). DoTerra CPTG lavender is highly tested for impurities and assured to be pure and should not have negative results.
Samara - Just to ease your mind my dad uses doTerra lavender for his diabetic sores on his legs and to help him sleep.  He has only had wonderful results.  I just found out tonight that my mom started putting lavender and frankincense on some cancer type spots on his ears and they have been going away and/or falling off.  He had a large spot melanoma on his face last year and had to have it surgically removed, so to be able to treat these spots without them getting out of hand is so exciting and comforting for his family.
I have both of my parents using lavender and both of them have type II diabetes.  Each of them take a different medication for their diabetes, (I can call them to find out what they are on if you'd like) and Lavender doesn't interfere with either medication.  Pat is right, the doctor probably wasn't educated about pure oils.  I don't know about any body else, but the purity of the oils takes some getting used to, in a good way.  You know, no warning labels, no horrible side effects to expect.
Penne - I am type II diabetic and have used lavender for burns and healing with great results. In fact I had surgery a few months ago and dōTerra oils, including lavender, were instrumental in one of my incisions healing with minimal scaring. Here is a test I did so I could tell if the oils were doing what I thought they should, I used the oils on only one incision.  The incision I used the oils on is dramatically different (in a great way) than the one I didn't.  Now I am in the process of oiling the second site to get it as healed as the first one. Use the lavender!
Pat - I have a neuropathy blend that may be a less expensive way to begin help.  We have used cassia and wild orange in a capsule and also massaged it on the bottom of the feet.  

Muffy - I have been told I might be pre-diabetic.  Is there any oils that I can use to control my sugar levels?
Jessica – Dill Oil!  When I was pregnant with my last baby, I had borderline Gestational Diabetes.  One morning I decided that it had been years since I ate a bowl of cold cereal,so I joined my kids for breakfast.  Word of warning never eat Coco Puffs when you have diabetes! An hour later I felt lousy.  I called my best friend (who is an OB/GYN) and told her, she asked what I ate, I sheepishly admitted to the "chocolate frosted sugar bombs!"  She had me test my sugar and it was almost 300!
I immediately applied dill oil.  I put five drops in my mouth and then drank water fast.  I retested in 40 minutes and my blood sugar was down to 95!  For this reason I always have dill oil on hand.
Rob - I have heard dill oil is effective, unfortunately
With respect to pre-diabetic help right off the bat, I would remind you of the importance of proper nutrition and the benefits of using the LLW pack. Beyond this exercise and diet are most important.  You must exercise at least 1/2 hour each day, if possible work up to twice daily.  There are many sources for pre-diabetic diets, they will be mostly what you expect... smaller, more meals, low fat, no fried, minimal dairy, more whole grain, raw foods, lean meats.
It will also help to use the essential oils.  Do a twice daily routine of oil pulling, preferably with VCO and I would use lemongrass and/or OnGuard.  Also rub oils on your feet and vita flex points every night.  For this use cassia, cinnamon and wild orange.  Then remember to drink lemon every day by adding a drop!

Hannah - At a recent meeting there was made mention of a basil oil and the diabetes protocol. Does anyone have details on this?
Pat - Dr. Hill reported the chemical compound linalool is the subject of a pharmaceutical patent that makes the claim it can treat, control, and prevent diabetes mellitus (diabetes). Common essential oils which have the highest linalool content are rosewood, at over 90% (in the doTerra blend, Balance) and basil at 40-50%. I would not hesitate to put this on the feet of a regular basis. Also use OnGuard. It is awesome for balancing blood sugar and will boost the immune system allowing the body to build more effectively. And the supplements (LLW) are a must for diabetics. Here is a protocol that might help:
·    rub Balance on the feet in the morning    
·    take 8-10 drops of basil in a  capsule during the day    
·    rub lavender on the feet at night

Jenyce - I have a friend that has a diabetic ulcer on the pad and crease of her baby toe. It is about 3 centimeters in diameter. She is not taking care of herself or her diabetes and I'm afraid she is going to lose her foot.  I recommended and she just started taking the doTerra wellness supplements (LLW).  She is already feeling amazing.  But, what oils would help with the ulcer and her diabetes?
Pat - Helichrysum regenerates tissue and could be considered for the wound.  Also the idea of increasing circulation with cypress oils and/or the AromaTouch blend is very good.
For diabetes some have used cassia or lemongrass in a capsule.  5 drops of the essential oil with 2-3 drops of EVCO  Take the capsule with food daily.  Be consistent and allow at least 30 days to see changes.  Cinnamon can be used instead of cassia, but with the lemongrass use one or the other.

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  1. I have just been diagnosed with Gestational diabetes. What is the best oil/combo to use and is there any danger of certain oils to my baby?

    1. Thanks for your question! ... Generally the oils are not harmful for anyone of any age but they should be diluted with coconut oil and it should always be tested first on the skin. If you are pregnant it is a good idea to consult your doctor ... these are the oils and supplements for Gestational Diabetes:

      -Drink Slim & Sassy several times a day in water (or 3-5 drops in an empty capsule) to balance glucose levels.

      -Take the Life Long Vitality supplements to repair and rebuild your cells and reduce inflammation in the body.

      -Drink 3-4 quarts of water with citrus oils (lemon, lime, grapefruit, wild orange) throughout the day.

      -Topically rub Zendocrine oil over your liver.

  2. Hi Jan ... I have just now added Moringa Oil which is especially good for mothers and has not ever had any reports of adverse effects ... it is also wonderful for nursing mothers as it increases the nutrition of the milk ... there is a also a 4oz bottle in the store ... the 2oz can be purchased here: http://mkt.com/i-heart-life-balance/moringa-oil-oz

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  4. I have a HGB AIC of 6.5 which is considered diabetic. I started taking Dr Hill's diabetic protocol and LLV Supplement was recommended . I had taken LLV supplements before and it raised my blood pressure up. I took 1 tab of each of the supplement for 6 months, and did fine but when I upped the dose to 2 tabs , my blood pressure went up. Does anyone know which of the supplement causes elevation of blood pressure? Any suggestions?

  5. Thanks for sharing Sali! … maybe go back down to 1 tab every 6 months … being that I am not diabetic, I don't have much personal experience with the supplements but I know that drinking 2 large glasses of water with the lemon oil in it every morning cured other diabetics that I know … this must be coupled with changing the diet to less/no sweets for a time, maybe even a few years … also blood pressure can be eased with a daily walk … hope this is helpful … would love to hear how it goes

  6. Thank you Makamae Maren:) I appreciate your suggestions here! I will deffinitely try the lemon oil in water. And also the LLVpack. I have a check up in 3 months. I've already cut down on carbs and exercising more:) feeling better already:)

  7. Great job Sali! :) … Sounds like you are already an inspiration to many, though they may not tell you … eating lots of greens will also be helpful in balancing blood sugar … if you have it, bitter melon works wonders for balancing blood sugar … in Okinawa it is used so much that they even have a cartoon character and Okinawans are one of the strongest peoples in their elder years and live longer than most people as well

  8. these are all good post I will be saving these. my Husband has been having a terrible time. Numbers very high maxed out on oral meds. The dr wants to put on one of the expensive new meds but they are not covered by insurance. He is ready to try my oils wish me luck.