Are you having trouble with your blood sugar level and weight management? Blood sugar spikes create a host of problems for the body, including its effect on our mood, immunity and inflammatory response. Left unchecked it can lead to diabetes, loss of eyesight, neuropathy and even gangrene.
If you have difficulties in this area you may wish to consider Ocotea (Ocotea Quixos). It grows in the Amazon, west of the Andes and is distilled from the leaves of the tree. It comes from the same family of plants as cinnamon and bay laurel (Lauraceae). In fact, in Ecuador the locals refer to it as False Canella or False Cinnamon. Cinnamon essential oil is also effective in blood sugar maintenance, but with 50 percent trans-cinnamaldehyde, it’s quite a ‘hot’ oil to try and consume. You would need to mix it with a vegetable oil and use a capsule. Ocotea on the other hand has less than 10 percent trans-cinnamaldehyde and still has a similar taste and aroma to cinnamon. In other words you could take Ocotea as a dietary supplement, putting just a few drops under the tongue.
Ocotea is also high in alpha-humulene, a constituent that’s known to help deal with irritation and agitation. Other properties listed for it in the Essential Oils Desk Reference (5th edition) include anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and a disinfectant. The following are some responses from people using Ocotea. They come from Artemis’ bulletin:
Chris writes: Some feedback re Ocotea – one of my favorite oils. I would drink this oil all day long if it was $15 a bottle!!! I was feeling edgy, agitated, angry, and my blood sugars were all over the place. I felt as though I was about to have an anxiety attack from stress, and I had bad sleeping patterns and a recent bad diet (lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, combined with too many fatty foods). I took three drops of Ocotea oil under my tongue. About 30 minutes later I took another 3-5 drops under the tongue.
About half an hour after taking the two lots of Ocotea, I experienced the following: A deep bodily relaxation, deep opening in the breathing (ie spontaneous deep breaths) and a feeling of relaxation around the chest and heart region. There was also a release from the sense of restlessness and irritation I was feeling and just a general feeling of peace and things being in balance. This is one of my favorite oils because although it is primarily an oil that I use for physical symptoms such as blood sugar levels, blood pressure etc, when these are balanced (which can be very quick) then the emotions come quickly into balance.
Jeane writes: Ocotea works wonders [for my diabetes. I put 3 to 4 drops of Ocotea oil in a gel cap, along with some olive oil]. My blood sugar was running any where from 95-135, everythinng seemed to set it off. I started taking Ocotea in Olive oil every day, and now it runs 65-95. Food that would set it off before – bread, cheese, pizza, etc doesn’t make it go up. In fact I’m cutting back on my insulin now.
The doctor wanted me to go to 17 units [of insulin], but I said no as I was going to start taking Ocotea and wouldn’t go above 14 units. After taking Ocotea for a month, I cut back to 13 and now I’m at 12.
As the blood sugar stays in the lower numbers I will attempt to cut back even more. I just don’t want to rush it. I’m so excited it has stayed at 65-95 for a month. I monitor the blood sugar daily and keep records, then as it stays low I will bring it down.
It used to be I couldn’t eat late at night, as the next morning my blood sugar would be 125-145. I would watch what I eat, and just one slice of pizza would make it go higher, until now. I ate out one evening and it was about 7:00-7:30 and the next morning [my blood sugar] was 85. That alone is a big step for me. Now we can go out to eat.
Thanks, Jeane (sourced from the US Sha-Faun bulletin)
Ocotea is also used in the oil blends: Stress Away, Common Sense, Transformation, Slique Essence and Slique Tea. You can read more about people’s experiences with Ocotea by visiting the oil testimonials site. If you have any questions regarding Ocotea, we’ll certainly try and answer them for you. Just drop us an email. If you’d like to order some Ocotea, just click here, then click on Join Now and select Retail Customer. You will then be asked to fill in a once off membership form, before putting in your order.
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The Power of Ocotea. By D Gary Young, Gary Young’s Blog
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constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.