Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common endocrinological diseases of modern society. Diabetes is, to put it bluntly, a condition of elevated blood sugar. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the process of taking glucose from the blood into most cells in the body. If insufficient amounts of insulin are secreted, or for some reason, it does not affect the entry of glucose into the cells, then it is retained in the blood and hyperglycemia or elevated blood sugar occurs.
In addition to genetics and modern lifestyles, exposure to stressful situations, sleeplessness, unbalanced diet are factors that can also stimulate the onset of this disease.
The most common classification of diabetes is type I diabetes, type II diabetes and gestational diabetes.
Type I diabetes is the type of diabetes most commonly associated at younger ages. It is due to a lack of insulin and elevated glucagon. In this type of diabetes, the pancreatic cells practically do not secrete the hormone insulin. The most common symptoms are frequent urination, thirst, weight loss, impaired vision.
Type II diabetes was also called insulin-independent. More than 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Most people are between the ages of 40 and 60, although it has been increasingly seen in younger people lately.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are mild, the disease often goes unnoticed, affects both sexes and is detected when complications are already present.
Medicines coming from nature can also help lower blood sugar levels. Natural remedies additionally help in the treatment of diabetes, but that does not mean that you do not need to take care of your diet, increase physical activity and follow the treatment prescribed by your specialist or doctor. Celery, dandelion, fresh carrots can help lower blood sugar. Vegetables that are also helpful are the green leek, garlic and onions. Another way of fighting diabetes is the usage of essential oils.
Essential Oils for Diabetes
Black cumin oil
One of the most valued oils in the world is black cumin oil. This cold squeezed oil is widely used today and has been used not only for medical purposes but also as a dietary supplement.
The use of black cumin oil dates back to the Ancient Egyptians. Bottles of black cumin oil were found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun while Cleopatra nourished her body with just this oil. For more than 2000 years, cumin has shown a wide range of effects against a variety of diseases, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, allergies, asthma and migraines but over the past 60 years, its many effective properties have come to light.
Black cumin oil is rich in unsaturated and essential fatty acids. The highest content is linoleic and oleic acids (as much as 75 to 90%), followed by palmitoleic. The most saturated fatty acids are stearic and palmitic acids. In addition, it also includes vitamins A, C, E, vitamin B complex, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium, sodium, copper, phosphorus and folic acid.
Studies have shown a wide range of effects of black cumin oil: helps with heavy breathing, cough, asthma, stimulates immune functions, reduces digestive problems such as flatulence, gas, diarrhea, has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, hypoglycemic, antihypertensive, antioxidant and antioxidant properties. Oral intake of the oil in combination with some other active substances such as vitamin E, beta-carotene and biotin eliminates the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and pollen allergy and helps with eczema, dry skin and itching.
This essential oil has shown its effectiveness against type 2 diabetes in many studies, so it can be used as an adjunct to standard therapy in the treatment of this widespread disease. It acts on the cells of the pancreas by increasing the secretion of insulin in the body while lowering blood sugar levels. People with diabetes often also have a disorder of fat metabolism whereby this magical oil lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Cinnamon sticks essential oil
Another oil that helps lower blood sugar is cinnamon stick essential oil. It has a beneficial effect on diabetes because it lowers blood sugar levels, facilitates the secretion of insulin from the pancreas (in type II diabetes) and reduces insulin resistance in peripheral tissues. Thanks to these properties, this oil delays and slows the onset of complications of diabetes.
It is effective as olive oil, avocado or peanut oil
Scientific Fact: Just a little almond oil every day is enough to control diabetes. Monounsaturated oils obtained from almonds, olives and avocados are good for reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) without negatively affecting good cholesterol (HDL).
“Two in three diabetics die from a heart attack, so it’s important to keep your heart healthy, and these oils will help you do that.” advises Dr. Barbara Alan.
Melissa Oil (Lemon Balm Oil)
A study from 2015. has shown that this oil can successively help people with high blood sugar levels. This is because Melissa oil encourages cells to consume glucose. The team carried out the test in a lab, not with humans, but it suggests that the oil may be beneficial for blood sugar levels when a person uses it in a diffuser or applies it to the skin. The effectiveness of lemon balm oil is huge, even small amounts of the oil may help to curb type 2 diabetes.
The antioxidant properties of oregano are mild and have a central effect on the enzyme amylase, which is essential for the treatment of high blood sugar. A 2004 scientific study found that ‘marjoram’ oregano oil can reduce enzyme amylase by 9-54%, and is ideal for preventing hyperglycemia and other complications caused by diabetes. Oregano is also good for treating parasites and bacterial infections.
Other essential oils that are helpful in fighting diabetes are grapefruit, black pepper, coriander and black seed oils.
People who have diabetes know well that they have to live a certain way of life, to eat healthily and to control their blood sugar regularly. All these essential oils could be really helpful in their therapy.