Diabetes And Essential Oils | Diabetic Connect
Maybe youve heard your running buddy raving that his sore is gone after treating it with lavender oil, or your neighbor bragging on Facebook that her whole family is feeling less stressed after introducing something called bergamot into her home. But when you search online, all of the information about essential oils like these can get confusing. Whats fact, and whats fiction? You cannot cure your diabetes with essential oils, and you wont be able to force your blood sugar higher or lower, but this alternative treatment may be able to help relieve some symptoms that are common in people with diabetes.
The two main diabetes issues where essential oils may help are skin and wound care and stress management. Only a limited number of clinical trials have tested the effectiveness of essential oils at reducing these symptoms, but anecdotal evidence may be enough to make you want to talk with your doctor about adding essential oils to your treatment plan.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated forms of distilled extracts from leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds. Different oils are thought to benefit you in different ways via aromatherapy. Researchers from the University of Maryland define aromatherapy as "the use of essential oils from plants for healing." Oils can be inhaled by wafting from the bottle or from a diffuser that disperses the oils scent throughout a room. They can also be rubbed directly onto the skin (diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil or grape seed oil), often on the bottom of the feet or back of the neck.
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