Essential Oils for Heart Disease and Diabetes

 Essential Oils for Heart Disease and Diabetes


What do heart disease and diabetes have in common with oral health? Yes, they are increasing in prevalence, and yes they are top causes of mortality. But there's more, and you may not have any idea:

All three – oral health, diabetes, and heart disease – are completely intertwined.

It should have been obvious for years, but studies are just now drawing clear lines between the three. Oral health, incidentally, is at the crux of it all. And it's completely possible to using essential oils to stop the root cause of heart disease and diabetes!

Atherosclerosis is Rooted in Oral Health

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Where we once were told that cholesterol in the foods we eat could dredge through our arteries and clog them like sewage, we now know that dietary cholesterol has very little to do with blood serum cholesterol. On the other hand, researchers evaluated over 600 senior citizens who had no prior incidence of cardiovascular disease and found a definitive link between periodontal bacteria and thickening of the arteries. (1)

The connections had been made a full ten years prior, when a Clinical Microbiology Reviews article explained possible mechanisms for this connection between oral health and heart disease. (2) They explained the connection as one of three metastatic instances:

  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Inflammation

The theory of metastatic infection introduces detrimental bacteria to the blood stream from the mouth, infecting the entire body. Metastatic injury is explained as that same bacteria producing exotoxins that “are considered the most powerful and lethal poisons known.”And finally, metastatic inflammation is simply the inflammatory response to oral health, which has promising implications since inflammation is one of the most prominent – if not the most prominent – cause of heart disease.

Diabetes & Oral Infections

With these pathways and connections in mind, the leap to diabetes is not unreasonable. In fact, another ten years before these three mechanisms were detailed, researchers from New York were issuing their own concerns. If you are keeping track, we have now traced the alarms all the way back to the 1990s!

Diabetes is a risk factor for severe periodontal disease…In this model, the combination of these 2 pathways, infection and AGE-mediated cytokine upregulation, helps explain the increase in tissue destruction seen in diabetic periodontitis, and how periodontal infection may complicate the severity of diabetes and the degree of metabolic control, resulting in a 2-way relationship between diabetes mellitus and periodontal disease/infection. This proposed dual pathway of tissue destruction suggests that control of chronic periodontal infection is essential for achieving long-term control of diabetes mellitus.” (3)

Oral Health-Diabetes-Heart Disease Axis

Diabetes and heart disease have long been interconnected, so at this point you have a good picture of our vast and twisted crisis of chronic illness in our country. The AMA sums it up clearly: (4)

Heart diseases and stroke are the No. 1 causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, at least 65% of people with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes.

They go one to explain that diabetes patients can reduce their risks of heart disease by keeping their illness in check, but it takes more than stable glucose levels. The lines between risks and results of diabetes and risks for heart disease are blurred, including:

  • High cholesterol and fat levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Overweight and obesity

With diabetes and heart disease interwoven and oral health centered squarely behind each, we clearly see the importance of conscientious and holistic attention to oral health.

We've failed the public and each other by not making this connection clearer over nearly 30 years of research. It's time to set our sights on complete wellness and effective disease prevention!

Stop Gum Disease with Essential Oils!

It's a safe bet to assume that most Americans don't consider oral health problems as one of our major health epidemics. But it is. The most recent data reveals that: (5)

  • Half of American adults over the age of 30 have periodontal disease – otherwise known as “gum disease.”
  • Nearly all of these cases – resting at 42% of the total adults in our country – have reached moderate to severe levels, risking decay to the point of tooth- and bone-loss.
  • When we look at older adults, at least 65 years old, the incidence rate jumps to over 70%.

Yet, somehow, the American public remains completely oblivious to the severity of the problem – our health rotting quite literally under our noses without an eyebrow raised. The media, public health officials, and even doctors are strangely silent on the connection between the prevalence of both gum disease and major chronic illnesses.

Oral Health & Chronic Illness

It's less a question of what is connected to oral health than what isn't. Poor oral health is implicated in many chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis – even low birth-weight for premature babies! (6, 7, 8)

The cycle perpetuates itself, with oral health disturbances noted as a cause of chronic, systemic illness and chronic illness causing poor oral health.

Even the most insidious diseases are intertwined with oral health deterioration, such as cancer, HIV, and pneumonia requiring ventilators. (9)

Gum Disease Demystified

While gum disease is chronic, infecting not only the gums but the bones beneath them, and can ultimately cause tooth loss and more severe chronic illnesses, it is widely preventable and hardly complicated. Simple oral hygiene practices can change the course of periodontal disease substantially.

In addition to the inherent dangers of conventional oral health treatments, some other risk factors that can increase chances of gum disease include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Broken or defective fillings
  • Poor-fitting bridges
  • Dry mouth, especially caused by medication
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy, contraceptives, and other hormonal changes
  • Crooked teeth
  • Underlying immune deficiencies
  • Diabetes

With poor oral hygiene as a significant contributor, however, natural solutions such as essential oil applications can turn it all around.

Simple Gum Disease Prevention

With the list of risk factors in mind and a focus on whole-body health, oral hygiene can become a primary focus for prevention of gum disease. It isn't complicated or costly to take care of your teeth and gums. Simply build the following habits:

  • Brush thoroughly, each time you eat
  • Floss each day, preferably at night
  • Find and visit a holistic dentist for regular check ups
  • Make your own oral hygiene products

Even the most natural of oral health care products found on the shelves can be loaded with preservatives and additives that add nothing but risk. Protect yourself and your family by making oral hygiene a DIY project.

These are some of my favorite oral health care recipes that are sure to keep your family smiling bright.

DIY Bentonite Clay Essential Oil Tooth Powder and Toothpaste

This recipe is for tooth powder, but it makes a great toothpaste too! The color of your finished product may vary depending on the color of your clay and the essential oils used.
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a food processor.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the hot water and coconut oil together and let stand till the coconut oil melts. Add to the food processor gradually till combined. While the food processor is still on, combine and add the essential oils all at once and process a few more seconds. Mixture should be granular and slightly damp.
  3. Store in a glass jar with a lid.
  4. Toothpaste Variation
  5. Once the tooth powder is complete, gradually add more coconut oil, blending as you go, until you reach the desired consistency.

* No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

* Essential oils are great for oral health and these are some of our favorite blends:

DIY Mouthwash

  • 1 cup of distilled filtered water
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp carrier oil*
  • 2 drops of essential oils or blend of your choice
  1. Mix your essential oil into a glass and mix with carrier oil and baking soda
  2. Fill glass with distilled water.
  3. Swish in your mouth and rinse.

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

 Let me help take out the guesswork and download my FREE roller bottle guide HERE.

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

<< CLICK HERE to Download My FREE EO Roller Bottle Dilution Chart! >>

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.



This post currently has 17 comments.

  1. Judy Taylor
    August 18, 2017

    I just want to know which essential oil to take , I take Levemir insulin 52 units a day and metformin 1000 mg. 2 times a day and blood sugar is still ruining 160 a day I need something else to help out. And how to use it

    • Dr. Z
      September 9, 2017

      Hi Judy,

      It’s not an easy answer because no one really knows how drugs interact with natural substances like supplements and essential oils. The best thing to do is find a trained natural health care provider who can run tests and walk you through trying different things to ensure safety and efficacy.

  2. Deanna Van horn
    June 26, 2017

    Diabetes can you give me the protocol for it??

  3. Lynn Tapper
    January 9, 2017

    I think there is much more to it than this…conventional dentistry eventually destroys your teeth (metal caps cause tooth erosion, root canals cause infections, etc.). Much of our dental problems are caused by lack of minerals and other nutrients. Homeopathy is a much easier cure, in addition to making sure you are getting your minerals, your thyroid is working, etc.

  4. Kati Reyburn
    November 18, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z,

    Do you have any specific suggestions for essential oils and gestational diabetes? I can’t find much information on it.

    Thank you!

    • Dr. Z
      November 20, 2016

      Hi Kati,

      Unfortunately there’s really no research on gestational diabetes. My friend Dr. Brian Mowll (the Diabetes Coach) and I are putting together an online program to help fill in this information gap because he’s worked with diabetes patients for years. Stay tuned!

      In the meantime…

      If you haven’t, please consider joining my EO Club – we have lots of people that have joined and they share their tips and testimonials!

  5. nicky
    August 15, 2016

    can this toothpaste be used for small dogs?!

    • Customer Support
      August 15, 2016

      I would not use it for animals, no. Most animals don’t do well injecting essential oils.

      ~ Customer Service

  6. Ann
    August 13, 2016

    Are you familiar with doTerra’s toothpaste, onGuard? I have used it for years and wonder if would fit your description above?

    • Dr. Z
      August 19, 2016

      Hi Ann, I just checked out the ingredients and it looks pretty solid. Not the best, not the worst. DIY is the ONLY way to guarantee purity, though…

  7. CCJjCCJCyJoy
    October 6, 2015

    I think Calcium looks like the better clay to draw out and Wyoclay food grade Calcium Bentonite OR same for LIVING CLAY company on Amazon seem well-described to use…are either okay or is there a preferred key I need to look for?
    Can you send me a link that you use in an email?

  8. Perrie Forehand
    September 23, 2015

    There seems to be a minor mistake in this article; The recipe for “Remineralizing Tooth Powder” looks like it would be a paste, rather than a powder.

    I know it’s kindof nit-picky, but, as a user of a tooth powder, I can tell you the two are VERY different, in taste and feel.

    • Dr. Z
      September 23, 2015

      Hey Perrie,

      Duly noted. Changed and updated! 😉


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