Diabetes Mellitus is a disease wherein the body is not capable of delivering glucose in the blood stream to cells throughout the body. When we eat food it is broken down into a small molecule of sugar called glucose. Glucose is delivered by the bloodstream to muscle, fat, and liver cells where it is used for fuel in our bodies. In order for our cells to take in and use the glucose it must be accompanied by an enabler called insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by our pancreas. If our pancreas does not produce proper amounts of insulin or if the cells in our body cannot properly process insulin it results in the health condition called diabetes. Since the glucose is not properly used it accumulates in the bloodstream resulting in the common indicator of diabetes, high blood glucose or sugar.
The symptoms of diabetes are fatigue, increased thirst, increased urination, feeling hungry, weight loss, blurred eyesight, and numbness or tingling in the feet.
There are three main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes “juvenile diabetes”, type 2 diabetes, and Gestational diabetes that happens during pregnancy in about 4% of all pregnancies.
Type 1 Diabetes
This type of diabetes is called an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the bodies cells. In the case of type 1 diabetes the immune system attacks the pancreas cells that are responsible for producing insulin. It is not fully understood what triggers type 1 diabetes. Some research suggests it could be the result of genetics, environment, or a viral infection.
Once type 1 diabetes 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
In most cases people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Out of those that have type 2 diabetes 80% are overweight. Type 2 could also be associated with a family history of diabetes, older age, lack of physical activity, and a history of gestational diabetes.
With type 2 diabetes the pancreas functions properly and produces insulin but the body does not use it properly. This is referred to as insulin resistant. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes usually develop slowly as the body cannot use the insulin supplied by the pancreas. Eventually insulin production reduces to smaller amounts. Help with this health condition comes from proper dieting, nutrition, and physical exercise. Some research suggests essential oils can help body in utilizing the glucose available in the bloodstream.
Gestational diabetes affects a small percentage of women in pregnancy. It typically develops towards the end of pregnancy and may even go undetected. It can 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 related health conditions to diabetes are pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and A1C test.
Suggested Oils to Use
Basil, Coriander, Lavender
Suggested Ways to use
For all types of diabetes it is recommended first to maintain good eating habits with proper nutrition along with vitamins and minerals. This should be maintained along with adequate physical activity and weight loss if you are overweight.
Essential oils protocol most often suggested is:
Other essential 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.
Some indications are that Type 1 Diabetes, at the onset, may be triggered by a viral infection and then develops into an autoimmune disease wherein beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed over an extended period of time. Therefore, if someone is at the onset also see Autoimmune Diseases.
Some report good success stabilizing and reducing insulin needs by maintaining proper nutrients in the body namely vitamins and minerals. Beyond this cleansing or detoxifying the body using essential oils helps the pancreas and the digestive process.
There are a number of reports and articles online where individuals who have diabetes have made significant reduction in insulin needs with very strict diets including vegan diets.
Lavender applied topically usually works well for simple ulcerations but if they are more serious you may add these oils as well:
Apply at least 2 times daily, topically to the affected area. Consistency of application is important.
Note: Serious diabetic ulcers can be very dangerous and professional medical help should be involved.
Certain cleanses, maintaining good nutrition, weight management, exercise and cessential oils suggested for Type 2 can help reduce pre-diabetic symptoms.
In all types and scenarios of diabetes it is important to consult a medical professional.