Diabetes is rampant in America because we love sugar. Even children now succumb to type II diabetes that is directly related to diet. In type II diabetes, the pancreas continues to produce insulin, sometimes even at higher levels than normal. Obesity is a major risk factor for developing diabetes II and 80-90% of people with this disorder are overweight or obese type. Because obesity leads to insulin resistance, obese people need a very large amount of insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal.
Western medicine treats diabetes with diet, exercise, education and for most people, drugs. If diabetics strictly control their blood sugar levels, complications are less likely to develop. The goal of diabetes treatment is to keep blood sugar levels within the normal range as much as possible. People with diabetes benefit from learning about their disorders, understanding how diet and exercise affect their blood sugar levels, and knowing how to avoid complications.
What Can Aromatherapists Offer Type II Diabetics?
Essential oils are most effective with infections and effects at least with metabolic disorders. Diabetes is one of the metabolic disorders. However some individuals drop their diabetes medications and even insulin with great vigilance, diet and exercise. Just as they have learned to test their blood sugar, every day, they will need to continue daily testing when on an essential oil regime.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a very traditional aromatic herb traditionally used in infusion for children’s diarrhea, indigestion, complaining of anorexia and gas pain. It was studied at Egupt for its effect in lowering glucose and insulin levels and supporting the function of the pancreas. These oils can promote digestion and also have a mild euphoria.Many produce our feelings in conjunction with dill oil to improve the health of the pancreas and to help in controlling diabetes. It is generally non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.
Dill (Anethum graveolens) is traditionally used in the East and West as a digestive aid for indigestion, wind, abdominal pain, especially in children. Studies have shown dill to have anti-diabetic, antispasmodic, antibacterial and expectorant properties. These are pancreatic stimulants and insulin-blood sugar regulators. It has many properties that are similar to fennel so good for digestive problems.