Plants have been used for centuries to help us maintain or restore health. The human body knows what to do with components found in plants. Essential Oils are components found in plants - we are more and more learning the benefits for health care.
One of the issues that I get asked about often is managing health blood sugar and helping to manage the effects of diabetes.
Coriander is known for digestive support. A study done in 2009 suggests that coriander may also help to reduce blood sugar levels by increasing insulin levels. Now, this was a study in rats, but it does give us clues. The study found that the beta cells in the pancreas were more active after using coriander seed oil.
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oil may help people with high blood sugar levels, A study in 2015, found that topical application or even diffusing the essential oil helped glucose metabolism - again not a human study, not too many of those out there, unfortunately.
Clove essential oil is another that is known for preventing oxidative stress and helping to minimize cell damage throughout the body. Studies also suggest that the oil reduced levels of enzymes in the pancreas in a way that may help to manage health in those who have been diagnosed with "pre-diabetes" or confirmed diabetes.
Black pepper essential oil also is highly antioxidant and can be use internally, as well as aromatic and topical. A 2013 study showed that essential oil from a common kitchen spice, black pepper, might help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Weight management is a key factor in controlling symptoms related to blood sugar. While being overweight does not cause every case of diabetes, it can increase the risk or make symptoms worse. Losing weight is a first-line treatment for many people with diabetes. This involves exercise and changes to the diet, but essential oils may help.
Helichrysum essential oil and Grapefruit essential oils have been studied in rats and the rats gained less weight and had fewer signs of inflammation and less excess insulin that the rats who did not take these oils as supplements. You could use these oils as a massage with a base oil that contains these oils - very relaxing and uplifting!
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Cinnamon has been sited in many studies and found within the supplemental suggestions of diabetes educators. The essential oil also might improve insulin sensitivity and other features of diabetes. It's a great substitute for sugar in flavoring beverages and dishes as well.
Lavender essential oil oil has numerous uses in traditional and Western medicine, It is "ALL things calming". It has been found to help balance normal blood sugar levels and protect against oxidative stress, which causes complications in people with diabetes...and well, everyone.
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Inhaling and applying to the skin are the two main ways of using oils. receptors in the nose and capillaries of the lungs pick up the particles of many essential oils and carry them into the bloodstream.
Essential oils are not a replacement for what your health care provider recommends. They may help as an accompaniment to standard methods. If you are wanting more natural options, tell your doctor. Let your provider know your preference, your values and ask them to work with you. Don't expect your doctor to know about essential oils- you do the homework. If nothing else, remember too - there are many health benefits we get from essential oils - managing stress, decreasing oxidative damage, overall health - that would make trying them for more specific reasons worthwhile. Essential oils when used appropriately and in small amounts are safe and we have no evidence that any of the above mentioned oils are contraindicated with pharmaceutical approached.
If you have questions, feel free to reach out! I would be happy to give you more guidance on how to safely use essential oils to take control of your health - more naturally!
Helichrysumand Grapefruit: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2014.0088?rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&journalCode=jmf
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Top Three Essential Oils You Need: 99 Ways To Use Lavender, Lemon And Peppermint
There are so many amazing essential oils out there, but knowing which ones to start
with can be confusing! If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to introduce you to the three most popular essential oils from doTERRA that I always recommend; the Beginners Trio Kit of lavender, lemon and peppermint. I’m also going to share with you how to use them andhow to reap some fabulous benefits for you and your family. Remember that these are powerful oils and shouldn’t be applied without a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. You can also use sweet almond oil or even olive oil. You can read more about using essential oils safely here.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender flowers are usually purple, a colour associated with the crown chakra, for higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. This symbolism is so appropriate as lavender is often used for healing and. doTERRA source their lavender essential oil from Bulgaria where the sunny, dry Black Sea climate coupled with dry, well drained, sandy soils are ideal for this aromatic plant.
With a distinct aroma and countless applications, lavender essential oil has been used for centuries topically, internally and aromatically. Known for its sweet-floral aroma and calming properties, the major constituents of lavender oil include linalool and linalyl acetate. The versatile nature of this lovely oil make it a doTERRA favourite, and a must-have to keep on hand at all times.
33 Lavender Oil Uses And Benefits:
As my go-to Swiss Army knife essential oil, lavender is always in my holiday first-aid kit (read more here). Here’s a list of how to use lavender and some of the benefits:
Fun fact: it takes around 16 kilos of lavender flowers to produce just one 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lavender essential oil you can watch this video:
Have you tried any of these suggestions? What is your favourite way to use lavender?
doTERRA sources lemon essential oil from citrus orchards in Sicily, Italy. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA has provided a business opportunity for families who have grown lemon and bergamot for generations continue their family tradition of running an orchard. Clean, fresh, citrusy lemon essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile oils, with variety of uses and benefits, not just in the kitchen. The high limonene content makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent so its deodorising and purifying properties are often used in cleaning and preservative products and diffusers. Lemon may also aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
33 Lemon Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: In one year, a single lemon tree has the potential to produce around 250kgs of lemons, and it typically takes around 45 lemons to fill a 15mL essential oil bottle. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lemon essential oil you can watch this video:
Did you know about all the skincare applications for lemon essential oil? What are your favourite ways to use this lovely citrus oil in your home?
The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times and is now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. It’s well known for its ability to help digestive health, promote healthy respiratory function, and provide flavour enhancement too. No wonder it’s one of doTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.
The main chemical component of peppermint is menthol which gives it the fresh and minty scent. It also makes it energising and invigorating, and is very cooling to the skin, and can be used topically to relieve feelings of tension.
33 Peppermint Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.
Have you ever used peppermint as a breathing aid? Or in recipes? How do you like to use it?
Post by: Tanya Maidment