Can Essential Oils Help Manage Diabetes?

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Essential oils have been used topically or as aromatherpy for many years and are known to help several health conditions.

There isn’t research that specifically states that essential oils treat diabetes, but there are some specific symptoms that diabetics have that essential oils can help with. These include fatigue, stomach discomfort, and stress.

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Hypertension

There is limited research on whether essential oils are an effective treatment for hypertension. However, researchers did share that essential oils could be used as a relaxation therapy to prevent the progression of high blood pressure.

This theory came from a study where researchers observed the effect on salivary cortisol levels and blood pressure when essential oils are inhaled. The study consisted of 83 individuals with prehypertension or hypertension. The participants inhaled a blend of ylang-ylang, lavender, and neroli for a duration of 24 hours. The blood pressure and salivary cortisol did decrease in the participants that inhaled the essential oils.

Further studies need to be conducted to solidify whether or not essential oils can fully lower blood pressure. If you do have hypertension and/or diabetes it is important to take your medication as prescribed by your doctor. If you are interested in using essential oils as an alternative treatment, your doctor can lead help you decide whether or not essential oils are right for you.

Dilute Essential Oils Before Applying Them to Skin

Essential oils are used in a lot of lotions and beauty products. If you choose to use essential oils directly on the skin, some oils require carrier oils. This helps dilute the oil so it will not irritate the skin. If the oils are used on the skin directly it is important to spot test for potential allergies.

Fatigue

There are essential oils that help reduce fatigue. These oils include:

  • Peppermint oil
  • Wild orange oil
  • Rosemary
  • Clove

Research shows that rosemary is noted as one of the most effective herbs for treating mental and physical fatigue.

Although the effects of rosemary oil as it relates to the nervous system have not been fully studied, there was a study of 20 participants that had an automatic nervous system recording. They also had thir temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate evaluated. The participants did inhale rosemary.

Studies found there was an increase of heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate after inhaling rosemary oil. After the treatments, participants stated they felt refreshed and more active.

Stomach Discomfort

For individuals who have bloating, pain, discomfort, and indigestion, coriander seed is known to help these symptoms.

Essential Oils Are Not Regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Since essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, it is important to discuss use with your heathcare provider.

Circulation

Some of the essential oils that are known to help circulation include:

  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary

There was a study that concluded rosemary oil is known to improve blood circulation and reduce pain.

Wounds

Scientists found that a chemical compound named beta-carophyllene that is found in rosemary, lavender, and ylang ylang showed an increase in both cell migration and growth that is critical to wound healing.

Stress

The common essential oils that aid in relieving stress are:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Jasmine

Studies showed that the effect of jasmine oil on the participants found that they had positive emotions including an overall sense of well-being, and an increased feeling of energy.

A Word From Verywell

Essential oils are becoming more popular as a healing alternative. People use them for different reasons. It is important to speak with your healthcare professional before you use essential oils for
additional therapeutic purposes.

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