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Essential Oils for Diabetic Neuropathy

download-4Diabetes symptoms can take a multitude of forms. One of these symptoms is associated with the tingling and numbness in the hands and feet as a result of compromised nerves. This term is known as neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy can be soothed naturally through the use of various essential oils. Fortunately, these oils are very versatile and can provide relief through a variety of application methods. The most effective uses of these oils to assist with diabetic neuropathy are use in baths, compresses, and gentle massage.

Bath: Mix 4-8 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. If you have muscle aches, add Epsom salts. Fill the tub with warm water and immerse yourself. Add the essential oil mixture and swirl the water around you. Massage your skin and breathe in the aroma. Remain in the tub for 10-15 minutes.

Compress: Fill a bowl with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times. Leave the last compress in place for 3 minutes.

Massage: Mix 6-60 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, sesame oil, etc.

It is important to note that essential oils should be used with care. A person who is elderly, babies/children, and anyone who is currently in a medically compromised state (post surgery, undergoing medical treatment, pregnant, etc) should use a more diluted concentration. For additional information or questions on using oils safely, email us at or stop by the office for advice before using.

The below oils (and their properties included in parenthesis) are great for use in alleviating neuropathy. They can be used alone or blended with each other to create the perfect oil treatment for you! Over time, some people have noted slight pain as the nerves’ function is restored which typically diminishes over time. Feel free to play with the application methods and oils used to get the best result.

­Oil Recommendations

Peppermint Mentha piperita (antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory)

Juniperberry Juniperus communis (anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent)

Geranium Pelargonium graveolenes (adaptogenic,  stimulating, astringent, sedative)

Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum (antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, nervine)

Lemongrass Cymbogogon flexuosus (analgesic, antidepressant, sedative, anti-inflammatory)

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia (analgesic, anti-depressant, adaptogenic, sedative)

Basil Ocimum basilicum (analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, balancing)

Cypress Cupressus sempervirens (antispasmodic, vasoconstrictor, sedative)

Marjoram Origanum marjorana (anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic)

Patchouli Pogostemon cablin (astringent, sedative and tonic)

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