Essential Oils For Diabetes Treatment, Recipes, and Tips

The essential oils for diabetes aim to inverse the degenerative processes, especially in the case of type 2 diabetes. Renouncing sweets and juices is a big change in the life of a person that was diagnosed with this disease.Essential oils treatment can reduce cravings, allowing you to eat less and to enjoy the unsalted or unsweetened foods more. It is a direct beneficial aid for living with diabetes or even curing it.

Even if we live in a society oriented towards consuming medicines, many people start to understand the importance of essential oils for diabetes. Foods and natural remedies are our best friends, especially if we are talking about a disease coming from our eating habits. 90% of chronic and degenerative illnesses, including diabetes, have as cause or are related to our lifestyle.

Essential oils are not a replacement for medical cures for diabetes, but they are an important aid. Natural remedies, and especially essential oils, are not new, and at some point in the existence of humankind they were the only treatment for some common diseases.

Good habits must start as you are diagnosed with diabetes

Follow the insulin medical treatment (if you were recommended one). Start eating more of the foods healing the damages brought by insulin resistance in your body. This usually means starting an anti-inflammatory diet, as bad digestion is one of the causes of diabetes. This inflammation destroys the cells producing insulin in the pancreas.

A diet completed with the next essential and vegetal oils will help you control diabetes. Most people suffer from type 2 diabetes, which is good news, considering that type 1 diabetes depends less on the habits of the patient. The essential oils for type 2 diabetes aim to change the eating and mood habits before anything else.

Essential oils for type 2 diabetes with proven effects


  1. Extra-virgin olive oil and walnut oil

Extra-virgin olive oil and walnut oil

If you have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, controlling the sugar level in blood will help enormously. Olive oil as a vegetal base combined with essential walnut oil is a combination known by few when it comes to treating diabetes. It is well known that people living in the Mediterranean area are less predisposed to diabetes, and this is owned mostly to the consumption of olive oil instead of sunflower oil, and to the consumption of salads. The walnut essential oil gives a more pleasant smell to the olive oil, but it has its own positive effects. Walnut oil reduces inflammations and blood sugar level. Use olive oil in your salads and consider a Mediterranean diet for a change. Unfortunately, the common olive oil that we can find in supermarkets is diluted and sometimes fake. Make sure you are buying your olive oil from trusted sources, and think about other essential oils that you like to enrich the benefits of the olive oil and its taste.

  1. Onion Essential oil

Onion Essential oil

Onion is one of the top sources of mineral chrome, which regulates the levels of glucose in blood. Consumption of onions in salads will help the insulin be used more efficient, maintain the equilibrium levels of sugar in blood, and reduce the need of specific medicine for diabetes. The deficit of chrome usually comes with diabetes. It is not a surprise: the deficit of chrome means lack of glucose, insulin, and triglycerides. Onion Essential oil can be used in baths, or for local application. It has a very unpleasant smell, so it is not recommended for ingestion, unless you really like onions. Even so, make sure you dilute it in water or foods

  1. Cinnamon essential oil

Cinnamon essential oil

There are many chances to have cinnamon in your condiments collection. Cinnamon is a great medicine against diabetes and it has been used since antiquity to treat obesity problems. It reduces the levels of glucose, especially for persons suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Even if you can use cinnamon in many other ways (tinctures, raw or powder), the essential oil of cinnamon can be a part of your ‘arsenal’ to fight diabetes.

It can be inhaled directly or dispersed in the air with a candle. Apply on skin, diluted with coconut oil. Don’t apply undiluted, as it may affect the skin. It is safe for cooking. You can add a drop of essential cinnamon oil for diabetes in purified water, or in honey. Don’t drink drops of cinnamon oil directly, as it is really strong.

  1. Nuts essential oils

Nuts essential oils

Those small diabetes fighters are an explosion of good fats, vitamins, and minerals. For pre-diabetics, nuts will help you manage the sugar level in blood, and your weight loss diet. Almond essential oil is also beneficial, rich in proteins and antioxidants, with reduced glycemic content. Nuts contain nonsaturated fatty acids that inverse resistance to insulin. Consumption of nuts is important for a healthy heart, fighting diabetes and cholesterol at the same time. Almonds, basils, and walnut essential oils diffused in the air will reduce your appetite, helping you appreciate healthy foods more. They are perfect before meals, especially for people suffering from type 2 diabetes, at the beginning of the diet change, when it is harder to stay away from bad foods.

Make your own essential oil for type 2 diabetes!

You will need 8 bars of cinnamon and 400 ml olive oil as a base. Put the cinnamon bars in a jar where they fit. Pour the olive oil until you cover the cinnamon bars. Put the jar near the window, cover it with a thin material just to keep the dust (not the air) out, and leave if for three weeks. Don’t forget to shake it every day. This way, the essential cinnamon oil will be diluted in olive oil. Use gauze to separate the cinnamon bars from the oil and deposit the oil in a dry place.

For diabetes, you can add two drops of this oil to each plate of food you eat, but you can also add it to salads. Those drops of oil will give you the nutrients contained in cinnamon, which are useful when it comes to reducing the appetite and regulating blood sugar levels. The functions of the pancreas will also be improved.

Essential oils for type 1 diabetes

Diabetes type one is less debated and known, as it is a little different, and it affects a slightly different category of patients. While type 2 diabetes is associated with patient’s habits (bad eating, obesity), diabetes 1 is an auto-immune disease attacking the pancreatic cells producing insulin. The causes of this disease are unknown, therefore it is harder to treat and control with modern medicine. The causes may be a combination of genes of the patients and the action of some environment factors. Another difference is that type 1 diabetes is diagnosed usually in the early stages of life, while type 2 diabetes is common for people aged over 40. Diabetes 1 is not associated with obesity.

Even if we don’t know the cause of this disease, type 1 diabetes is treated relatively in the same way as type 2 when it comes to habits. The importance of injected insulin and continuous medical surveillance is not under debate. However, some essential oils will help the patient increase the effectiveness of those and gain the healthy habits allowing them to gain the efficient diet habits required to live with the disease, sometimes for the entire life. Use a combination of the next essential oils for type 1 Diabetes to determine which one is good for you.

  • Essential oil of Clove
  • Essential oil of cinnamon
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Thyme essential oil
  • Cypress essential oil
  • Immortelle essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil

The cure is recommended both for adults and children. Make sure your body benefits of enough nutrients; keep an eye on your weight. Consider detoxifying cures to sustain the well-functioning of the pancreas and digestive system to optimal levels.

Recipes of essential oils for treating Type 1 Diabetes

Recipe. 1 Massage blend


  • 8 drops of essential oil of clove
  • 8 drops of essential oil of cinnamon
  • 15 drops of an essential oil of rosemary
  • 10 drops of essential oil of thyme
  • 60 ml of fractionated coconut oil or any pure vegetable oil

Preparation and application:

  • Mix all essential oils in a non-reactive bowl and stir well
  • Add carrier oil of your choice and mix
  • Heat the mixture and let it cool for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Apply as a massage blend on feet, or any other preferred area a few times a week
  • Store the mix in a cool, dark place

Recipe. 2 Aromatherapy blend


  • 5 drops of essential oil of cinnamon
  • 5 drops of cypress essential oil

Preparation and application:

  • Mix the essential oils
  • Diffuse the mixture in a diffuser no more than one hour a day

Essential oils for diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy, especially the peripheral one, is at first asymptomatic. Patients must check with the doctor regularly to diagnose this condition in time, and to treat this problem before severe complications. If the nerve is already affected, the symptoms will widen in time. If glucose stabilizes, the symptoms will ameliorate.

While neuropathy is a complicated disease, which requires medical treatment and support, it is more severe when associated with diabetes. Ask your doctor about the opportunity of a cure with essential oils for diabetes, and make sure they don’t interfere with your medicine effects.

On the other hand, some essential oils for diabetes can help your treatment for neuropathy directly. Neuropathy manifests with tingling, numbness, and stings in legs and hands. At the second stage, integument lesions may appear on the skin. It is important that those are examined by the doctor as soon as possible to determine the cause of those lesions, as they may be a symptom of your diabetes. After establishing the internal cause, you can intervene to heal the lesions. And this is where essential oils for diabetic neuropathy intervene.

Neuropathic diabetes may evolve through a long period of time, and if you are one of the unfortunate persons to suffer from it, you may need to control those lesions for a long time. Even if they appear rarely, it is a good idea to have some essential oils at hand in your house at all times, and to use them for different cures to prevent the cause of those.

Lesions of the skin appear mostly because of broken blood vessels. Treating the wounds with essential oils for neuropathy will also help the blood vessels, as those will not break that easily, even in the lack of insulin.

  1. Yarrow essential oil is most effective in treating those lesions, especially because it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and calming effect, beneficial to treat other possible pains associated with diabetes, especially for type 2. All those benefits come from the germacrens and beta-caryophyllene content of the oil.

Yarrow essential oil can be diffused in candles. There are also special devices used to diffuse essential oils. You can mix it in bath salts, but the simplest method is to apply it locally. It can be diluted with quality vegetable oils. The recommended dose is 1/10 essential oil/vegetable base oil ratio.

  1. Almond essential oil comes with benefits both for treating and preventing possible skin lesions given by broken blood vessels for people suffering from diabetes, as it also may come with possible benefits for treating diabetes itself.

Whether we are talking about the bitter or sweet almonds essential oil for diabetes, they are both useful. However, the bitter almonds essential oil is recommended for external use, while the sweet almonds oil can be used internally.

Almond essential oil

Here are some therapeutic effects of the sweet almonds oil on neuropathic diabetes:

  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammations (internal and external)
  • It is anti-oxidant – it comes with varied antioxidant capacities
  • Accelerator of immunity – using this oil accelerates and ensures a really good protection against varied diseases. It is a hepatic protector, known as help for liver in processing foods, helping it to eliminate harmful substances that are at the base of cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
  • Hydrating – it is an excellent hydrating method in cases of excessive skin dryness.
  • Analgesic – reduces the pains associated with lesions of skin caused by diabetes factors.
  • Healing – helps those wounds to heal faster

Diabetes is a condition with which some of us must live for their entire lifetime. For this reason, you must consider any possibility of helping the treatment you must follow for all your life. The essential oils for diabetes are a great helper in the battle for health. They can’t be considered wonder products in fighting and healing this complicated disease, but they have their important role in controlling diabetes.

Sources and References

  1. HealthDirect Diabetes
  2. MedlinePlus Diabetes mellitus
  3. CDC Managing Diabetes

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