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2014 Study shows vaping lavender oil may help to reverse diabetes

2014 Study shows vaping lavender oil may help to reverse diabetes

Much has been written about the positive health effects of vaping, but did you know that scientists now believe that vaping lavender buds may help to reverse many symptoms associated with diabetes?   This sweet-smelling herb has been used for centuries to relive pain, induce sleep, and restore a healthy glow to the skin.   In fact, the ancient Egyptians used lavender during the mummification process because they believed its powerful antioxidant properties would keep the remains of their recently deceased Pharaohs and Queens forever young. 

According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report (NSDR) published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.   The entire country only has 300 million citizens. So, that means that 10 percent of Americans suffer from this medical condition. 

Vaping lavender to reverse diabetes naturally

In 2014, a group of Tunisian scientists set out to determine if lavender oil therapies might enhance the body’s regulatory effects on blood sugar levels to potentially reverse diabetes progression naturally.  The 15-day study involved a series of laboratory tests involving rodents.   The researchers determined that lavender oil helps to reduce the following diabetes-related symptoms.

  • Increased blood glucose (the hallmark of diabetes)
  • Weight gain
  • Metabolic disorders (particularly fat metabolism)
  • Liver and kidney lipoperoxidation (when free radicals in the body “steal” critical fat molecules from liver and kidney cells)
  • Liver and kidney dysfunction
  • Liver and kidney antioxidant depletion

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Of course, the Tunisian researchers firmly believe that that further study is needed before they can definitively state that lavender reverses diabetes in humans.  But since the 2014 study, lead scientist Dr. Hichem Sebai and his team have been conducting additional research in this field of study, hoping to achieve a scientific breakthrough in the next decade.  The 2014 study entitled Lavender (Lavandula stoechas L.) essential oils attenuate hyperglycemia and protect against oxidative stress in alloxan-induced diabetic rats is readily available for review via the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI).

Other holistic effects of vaping lavender

There’s a reason why so many cultures throughout the centuries love to bathe in lavender-scented tubs of warm, soothing water.  Bathing in lavender helps to rid the body of excess toxins, pollutants, and free radicals, which leads to a healthier, smoother, complexion.  A 2013 study published in Phytomedicine (NCBI) indicates that lavender oil boosts the activity levels of the body’s most powerful antioxidants — catalase, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase (SOD).

Other healing properties of lavender include:

  • Lavender improves mood and helps to relieve symptoms related to chronic depression.
  • Lavender is a great stress reliver.
  • Lavender supports brain functions and improves cognitive memory (see this 2017 study on NCBI).
  • Lavender improves erratic sleeping patterns.
  • Lavender is a well-documented pain reliever.
  • Lavender speeds up the healing process of cuts, burns, and even sunburn.
  • Lavender promotes healthy skin and hair.
  • Lavender is also a great alternative remedy for headaches and migraines.

Vaping lavender is also non-toxic, and it doesn’t taste half-bad either.  It’s antioxidant properties may even make the lips more vibrant while its fragrant aroma acts as a natural air freshener at the same time.  For patients with diabetes considering lavender vapor therapy as part of their health management routine, always be sure to consult your physician first. 

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