A Public Apology: Lavender & Diabetes

This week, we posted one of your favorite products and made a mistake in the information we posted about diabetics and the use of lavender. Questioned by a fan who follows us on IG, we went back and fact checked so that we could further explain our reasoning for posting the claim. We were wrong in stating that diabetics should avoid lavender altogether. Our data got crossed somewhere and after having gone back to research, we found that somehow, in our research notes, lavender had made the list of essential oils to avoid if you have diabetes.

First, and foremost, this information in which we were posting about was related to oral dosage which was never stated on the site. The further we dug, the sooner we saw that lavender is actually beneficial to those with diabetes as the scent can help relieve some of the symptoms of diabetes. Stress can make diabetic symptoms worse, and that’s where lavender comes into play.

We spend a lot of time researching and documenting studies done on essential oils as a basis for all of our products so that we can assure the safe handling of the oils by those who have health conditions like diabetes or are on certain medications which can interact with certain essential oils due to their constituents. This is the entire foundation we stand on when creating new products, that’s how important it is to us.

That being said, we crossed our data and this is our public apology for the giving of misinformation. It can be scary to admit when we’ve made mistakes. There are a lot of people in this world who never own theirs because they fear that people will question their integrity or fear that more questions will arise from it. That’s okay. It’s important that we have the discussion when findings or writings are wrong, it’s what makes everything better!

In turn, we are very excited in knowing that you’re paying attention, listening & asking questions. This is the proper way to become advocates of our own health. Oftentimes we wonder if anyone is really reading the content, if we shouldn’t continue the studies but perhaps not invest the time in writing about it and sharing with the public…but this further solidifies to us that we should continue to write about it and have the discussions, because people want and need to understand, just like me. I personally thank you for that. This is our purpose and our sole reasoning to continue doing what we do. If and when we make mistakes, we’re not going to cover them up and act like it didn’t happen, we’re the type of business who will own it, admit it, retract it and tell you what’s really going on. Transparency is very important to us as well.

Since we’re on the subject, we would like to note that there is a list of essential oils that should be approached with caution if taken orally by diabetics because of their function in blood-sugar levels. This list comes directly from the Second Edition of Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young, and fore worded by Elizabeth M. Williamson, which states that:

“The following essential oils should be used with caution orally in diabetic subjects whose blood glucose levels are being controlled by orthodox drugs”:

  • Anise
  • Anise (star)
  • Basil (lemon)
  • Black Seed
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Dill
  • Fennel (bitter)
  • Fennel (Sweet)
  • Fenugreek
  • Geranium
  • Lemon Leaf
  • Lemongrass
  • May chang
  • Melissa
  • Myrtle
  • Myrtle (aniseed)
  • Myrtle (honey)
  • Myrtle (lemon)
  • Tea Tree (lemon-scented)
  • Turmeric
  • Verbena (lemon)

Again, we’d like to express that this list reflects those that should be avoided orally by diabetics because of their actions to blood sugar levels and potential interactions with orthodox drugs taken by diabetics.

We really appreciate those who listen and pay attention to this portion of our hard work. It’s why we do what we do! Thank you.

Nikki C.

Noble Theory LLC Owner