I have type 2 diabetes. I know I have to loose weight, but is there someting more I can do, using essential oils?
Larry, AZ

Natural Help for Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone, made in the pancreas, that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. Insulin allows glucose to enter the cells of the body to provide energy. There are different classifications of Diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is when the body fails to produce insulin. The majority of type 1 diabetes is of the immune-mediated variety, where beta cell loss is a T-cell mediated autoimmune attack.

Causes:The cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown, but it is believed that genetic and environmental factors (possibly viruses) may be involved. The body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.

When glucose cannot enter the cells, it builds up in the blood and the body's cells literally starve to death. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections and regularly monitor their blood sugar levels.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or insulin reaction) or Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or Ketoacidosis (diabetic coma or loss of consciousness) are the key complications of type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes often appears suddenly. Each individual may experience symptoms differently.

  • High levels of sugar in the blood and/or urine when tested
  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger but loss of weight
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme weakness and fatigue
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • In children, symptoms may be similar to those of having the flu.
Type 2 diabetes is when the body fails to properly use insulin or has an insulin resistance. This is combined with a relative insulin deficiency, and characterized by elevated levels of insulin in the blood.
Causes:Overweight / Central Obesity (fat concentrated around the waist in relation to abdominal organs) According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese (i.e., a BMI of 25 or higher). Here’s why excess fat increases insulin resistance:
  1. Fat cells have fewer insulin receptors (the place where insulin binds to open the cell to glucose) than muscle cells.
  2. Fat cells release free fatty acids, and free fatty acids interfere with glucose metabolism.
  3. Excess glucose that can’t be used by the cells for energy is stored as body fat, increasing the cellular mass that the pancreas is trying to “feed” via insulin. In overweight people, insulin production is increased to meet.
  • Heredity-Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes.
  • Ethnicity Being of African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Latino American descent
  • A history of gestational diabetes, or having at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth
  • Hypertension. (High blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or higher.)
  • Poor cholesterol profile. (HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol) levels of 35 or lower and/or triglyceride levels of 250 or higher.)
  • Inactivity. Living a sedentary lifestyle (i.e.,exercising less than three times a week)
  • Having diagnosed prediabetes could eventually lead into type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms:Unlike type 1 diabetes, which frequently has a sudden onset of symptoms and reaches a crisis point before diagnosis is made, the signs of type 2 diabetes may be gradual and more insidious. Often, the first symptoms that people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes experience are those from complications of the disease, such as blurry vision (retinopathy) or foot pain (neuropathy). Other symptoms can also be:
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue, or a feeling of being "run down" and tired
  • Rapid breathing
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Headache
  • Tingling or burning pain in the feet, legs, hands, or other parts of the body
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability, depression
  • Frequent or recurring infections, such as urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and skin infections
  • Slow healing of cuts and bruises
Gestational diabetes occurs during the second half of pregnancy and disappears after delivery. The women suffering from gestational diabetes have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life. Refer to Type 2 diabetes for symptoms to watch for.
Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when the blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to classify into type 2.

Natural Help
A Lifestyle Change is a Must:
  1. Any whole, live, raw foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and a small amount of fresh fish or chemical free chicken.
  2. Avoid all refined flours, cereals, processed foods and meats, animal fats
  3. Avoid refined sugar. Use Honey, Stevia, and Agave Nectar. (Agave nectar has a relatively low glycemic index due to its higher proportion of fructose and lower levels of glucose.)
  4. Celery, Cucumbers, String beans, Onions, and Garlic are highly beneficial in reducing blood sugar.
  5. Cinnamon, which is got from the bark of a tree, has been found to increase the conversion of glucose into energy and also blocks out free radicals.
  • Regular moderate exercise helps to control diabetes. 45 minutes to one hour walk everyday will help normalize body weight, and corrects insulin resistance.
Drink the “Herbal Vitamin and Mineral Formula each day. Diabetics are chronically short of vitamins and minerals. This herbal tea will help give the body the needed nutrients.
  1. The CHROMIUM that is found in Nettle, Oat Straw, and Red Clover is vital in the synthesis of glucose and the metabolism of cholesterol, fats and proteins. It maintains blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Not only does it help in the regulation and production of insulin, but also helps the insulin to perform more efficiently. It also decreases the triglycerides, enhances the HDL levels, and helps to loose weight.

Taking Dr. Christopher's Pancreas Formula can help:
This formula helps the pancreas and other affiliated glands, that through malfunction, cause high or low blood sugar (namely hypoglycemia and diabetes). This combination has assisted many that have had hypoglycemia or diabetes. Many have had a glucose tolerance test with a clean bill of health after using this formula. Many reports have come in about heavy insulin users who continue using the insulin but by watching litmus paper or other types of diabetic checking have gradually tapered down on the insulin; and many within a year, have found complete relief using two to three or more capsules, three times per day, six days a week. Of course, the closer a person stays on the mucusless diet and eliminates the unnatural sugars, soft drinks, candies, pastries, bread, etc., the quicker the results.
All encapsulated products are in a pure 100% vegetable based capsule.
Ingredients: Golden Seal, Uva Ursi, Cayenne, Cedar Berries, Licorice Root & Mullein.
Ailments traditionally used for: Alzheimer’s Disease, Blood Sugar (Diabetes), Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemic), Goiter, Hypoglycemia, Macular Degeneration
Directions: As a dietary supplement take 2 capsules 3 times a day or as directed by your health care professional.
Learn more about this at http://www.drchristophers.com/products/capsules/pancreas-formula-caps.html

Diabetes and Essential Oils
  • Apply 2-3 drops Coriander, Dill, Fennel, equal parts, on the feet in the morning before launching into your days. At night apply these same oils on the pancreas area of your body with a warm compress. If it gets too hot, apply some Carrier oil to dilute the oils, and put the warm cloth back on.
  • 2 drops each of Coriander, Dill, & Fennel in capsule, filled with carrier oil, take 1x a day. Research at Cairo University indicates that Coriander lowers glucose levels by normalizing insulin levels and supporting pancreatic function.(Can drop all EO’s on a spoon and swallow)
  • Another oil that helps diabetic neuropathy is Cypress. Apply 3-4 drops to the feet and lower leg, massage in, apply more if needed. Apply 1x daily.
  • Cinnamon Bark oil will assist in circulation, lowering glucose, strengthening the heart, and is an immune stimulant. Can make a tea by mixing 1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark oil, ½ cup warm water, and 1 tsp. Honey or Agave nectar.
  • Apply 1-2 drops Geranium oil to the bottoms of the feet to help with the emotional side of Diabetes, as it will sooth anxiety and reduce stress. Geranium will also assist in lowering blood sugar levels and stimulating the immune system.