Could essential oils help people with diabetes?

Could essential oils help people with diabetes?
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Meet Elize Cloete, living with Type 1 diabetes and using essential oils to help her diabetes control. She’s answering the question: Could essential oils help people with diabetes?

A diabetes diagnosis in the 1990s

I was diagnosed in August of 1994, when I was only 5 years old. At the time, my mom had a friend whose daughter had diabetes, and our house doctor also had diabetes – so they
immediately could advise and send us in the right direction. My mom took a deep dive into learning about diabetes and attended a nursing course to find out more about how it
all works.

Treatment changes

Treatment back then was very different. We had to draw up insulin into an ‘old school’ needle from a vial, and a few years later we were introduced to the pens as we know them today.

I have been on pump therapy and CGM for the past 8 years. However, it has not been an easy journey.

I had diabetes burnout; going through phases of eating minimal amounts and deliberately not injecting (which I now recognise as a form of diabulimia), and completely rebelling against diabetes and the world as a teen.

This all led to me suffering from severe depression. But in recent years I have taken the decision to prioritize myself and my health. This has honestly been one of the best decisions I have made!

Where it all changed

I decided to choose things that could only benefit my health and to manage my diabetes journey as well as my future. So in May of 2020 when a friend of mine shared on her social media page about essential oils, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. After doing some research, I finally took the dive in July 2020 and I have fallen in love with these small bottles from nature. That’s how I got introduced to a low tox lifestyle.

As a person with diabetes, I knew I wanted to make choices to boost my immunity and support my health by incorporating natural products.

Could essential oils help people with diabetes?

There are many essential oils on the market and not all of them are equal. I have chosen the therapeutic grade oils, which have been inspected for the quality and purity of the oil. There is basically an oil for almost every need on the market. And so when I started I got a bundle of 10 oils and a diffuser. Below is an example of three popular ways essential oils can be used:

  • Aromatically: includes diffusing or inhaling the essential oils.
  • Topically: includes making rollers for specific needs. My favourite rollers include a Wellness Roller and a Headache Roller. These rollers are specific essential oils blended
    with a carrier oil.
  • Internally includes supplements that have been formulated to include essential oils in them. By adding essential oils to supplements it increases the efficacy and bio availability in your body. I have integrated these supplements in my day-to-day life and have seen a tremendous improvement in my health and improvements in my blood sugar too.

Connect with Elize on Instagram @joilful_dreamer

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