Essential Oils and Diabetes

Essential oils and Diabetes for Living Healthy Series
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

                Diabetes is a disease marked by chronic exposure to high levels of sugar in the blood. It is a disease that is markedly on the rise, with the children and adolescents group showing the most rapid rate of increase. It is also rapidly increasing in parts of the world like China, Japan and the Middle East as they adopt a more fast food “westernized” diet.  In this article we are going to discuss some of the myths about sugar, how the body copes with sugar and why it breaks down with heavy exposure and explain why certain sugars are essential as our most vital organs like the brain and heart run on sugar. Then we will discuss oil protocols to help assist with diabetes. Essentially if you can master the hormone insulin, the hormone that the body produces to cope with sugar, you can slow down the process of aging, get extra energy, and reduce inflammation which is the underlying cause of all chronic disease in the body.

Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes include blurred vision, an increased need to drink and urinate, feeling hungry, numbness or tingling in the feet, mental fatigue and sometimes weight loss initially followed by stubborn weight gain. Diabetes can lead to additional complications including heart disease, kidney failure, strokes and more. With chronic exposure to the disease gangrene, ulcerations, blindness and amputations have been reported. So this is a serious problem and on the rise. It is detected by a normal blood test, HbA1c levels, and also by conducting a routine urinalysis.

To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down into glucose, stored by the body and then used by the body for energy. If you understand this process you can then understand better the solution that I am going to give you. First of all glucose is essential for the normal functioning of the brain, heart and all of your muscles within the body. Without certain types of sugar your body would not survive. In fact in times of low exposure to sugar, (starvation or low carbohydrate diets) your body will break itself down in order to get it.

Here is the dilemma though. Glucose in the blood is inflammatory. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to take glucose out of the blood and store it in your muscles, heart and liver as glycogen, a much more stable compound than glucose. Again the problem is that your body can only store a certain amount of glucose in this form, enough to last you 24 hours. After that any excess glucose has nowhere to go.

Excess glucose in the blood now becomes inflammatory, causing muscle pains, joint pains, fatigue, thirst and eventually gets converted to triglycerides and stored as fat. It is excess sugar that breaks down your nerve cells to give you the numbness in diabetic neuropathy. It is excess sugar that breaks down your small blood vessels in your eye that gives you diabetic retinopathy that can lead to blindness.

To combat this inflammatory effect of glucose the body produces cholesterol that protects the body against inflammation. So high cholesterol is not an indicator of atherosclerosis or the product of a high fat diet as we are led to believe, but the warning that we have inflammation in the body, usually as a result of too much SUGAR in the diet.  So reducing sugar not only helps lower your blood sugar but also lowers your cholesterol.

If we continually have carbohydrates or sugars at every meal our cells become chronically “bathed” in insulin. Once we get chronically exposed to anything we become desensitized to its presence. This is the case with insulin resistance. Our bodies become so used to it that we get a lot of diminishing returns whenever we are exposed to it. There is only so much water we can drink if we are thirsty. This is why most diabetics have normal or elevated insulin levels but still have high blood sugar. In other words their insulin is not working as their cells just ignore it. What makes matters worse is that in some cases what is administered to patients like this is not less insulin but MORE of it!  So what happens is that we are taken on a blood sugar roller coaster of too much blood sugar followed by too little blood sugar and so on. We never fix the problem we just manage it as we deteriorate further over time. But this process is reversible. We have the ability to directly control how much or how little insulin we produce. We can master our insulin, and once we master it we are not controlled by it.

People with diabetes have high blood sugar because:

•Their pancreas does not make enough insulin. Certain specialized cells are sensitive to sugar in blood and once detected, are instructed to produce insulin. In Type 1 Diabetes, which typically occurs in childhood, but now becoming more prevalent in adults, the cells that produce insulin are being destroyed by the body, either through an autoimmune disease, virus or a genetic predisposition. In this particular case if you do not treat the blood sugar you treat the immune system.

•Their muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond to insulin normally: as in the case above with insulin resistance, or Type 2 diabetes. This is the most common type of diabetes, making up 90 to 95% of people diagnosed with diabetes.  In this particular case you have to reset the system, by eliminating sugars from the diet for a certain period of time to allow the cells to forget insulin for a while, and then respond accordingly when it required. Some essential oils are recommended for assisting the body in utilizing the glucose available in the bloodstream. Follow the 10 day reset diet along with the oil protocol. Follow a daily exercise walking regimen.

•Gestational diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. Women who have gestational diabetes are at high risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life.

Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. Over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes (early type 2 diabetes).

Risk Factors: Over 45, family history, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, not getting enough exercise, ovary diseases, and poor diet.

Type 1 Diabetes

Let’s do something that is rarely done with this disease conventionally, treat the immune system!

So as you have read in previous articles* most of your immune system is within the gut. So resolving digestive issues is paramount. Follow the autoimmune digestive diet when on this protocol for best results.

2-3 drops of Digestive internally before each meal

2-3 drops of immune up on wrists to boost the immune system 2 times a day

2-3 drops of stress out to avoid suppression of the immune system 3 times a day


Type 2 Diabetes

•Take 3-5 drops each of Coriander Oil, Cinnamon Oil and Lemongrass Oil in 12oz water, 2-3 times daily

•    Take 4-5 drops of Beautiful  in 1 liter bottle and drink it all day

•    rub Frankincense Oil on back of neck or on bottom of feet if feeling light headed, usually as a result of low blood sugar following an insulin surge.

•    rub  Cypress oil  on bottoms of feet, each morning

•    rub Lavender on the feet at night


Eat a diet full of  green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, 100% whole grains and foods rich in zinc such as fresh oysters,  ginger root,  lamb,  split peas, egg yolk, rye, beef liver, lima beans, sardines, chicken, and buckwheat.

Many people have reported success with balancing their insulin levels by using the very potent and effective, digestive enzyme. These are enzymes made by the pancreas to help digest foods. These allow the fatigued pancreas to take a break.

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*previous articles:  Inflammation 


 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.