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Diabetes neuropathy: Try essential oils to help the condition

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 14, 2016
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Quick Bites

  • Neuropathy is the damage of nerve endings.
  • Diabetic neuropathy is caused due to diabetes.
  • Essential oil treatment can help restore the damage to the nerves.
  • Oils such as peppermint, lemongrass, Cypress and lavender are great for diabetic neuropathy.


Diabetes itself isn’t quite that harmful, but the effects of increased sugar levels in the blood can cause damage to the body in more than one way. Diabetic neuropathy is one of the ways in which the damage shows in the body. In neuropathy, the nerve endings are damaged and can cause pain, numbness and pins and needles sensation. This can happen in any body part, however is usually most common in hands and feet.


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There is no known cure for this disease, as once the nerves are damaged, it is generally not curable. However, improved blood circulation and exercise can help reverse most of the damage. Essential oil treatment helps with the blood circulation which might help with this condition. There are many essential oils for neuropathy, and each has its different use.

Some essential oils to treat neuropathy are:



Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil is made from the herbal extract of the peppermint plant. It has a cooling and calming effect on the body. It also improves blood circulation and regular massage with this oil can help relieve the symptoms and reverse the damage of neuropathy.  To use this oil for your massage, mix a few drops of peppermint oil in a neutral oil such as olive oil or coconut oil, whichever you prefer for your massage. Dip your fingertips in the oil and massage on the affected parts in circular motion.

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Cypress essential oil

Cypress essential oil is extracted from the evergreen Cypress tree. It is amazing for all kinds of nerve related problems as it has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for improving blood circulation. To make a massage oil, use three parts of Cypress essential oil with three parts coconut oil. Use this oil to massage your limbs and extremities of the body.



Lemongrass oil

Lemongrass oil works as an analgesic, that is it provides pain relief; sedative and anti-inflammatory agent. Lemongrass oil mixed with any massage oil can be used to treat diabetic neuropathy. It also has a very soothing and refreshing smell which can help with relaxation of the body.

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Lavender oil

The lovely smelling lavender oil is not just famous for its alluring fragrance, in fact its medicinal properties are well known and have been used for hundreds of years to treat common ailments. Lavender oil can work wonders for diabetic neuropathy as it is known for as a nervous system restorative. Regular use of lavender oil for massage can restore the damaged nerve endings. Mix a couple of drops of lavender oil in your massage oil and use it 2-3 times a week for massage.


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