At the Young Living Convention last week, we had the privilege of experiencing Young Living’s newest essential oil single, Ocotea. This oil has an aroma and taste similar to cinnamon and is distilled from the stems and leaves of the Ocotea tree in Ecuador.
Gary Young has been studying this amazing oil for around 3 years. It has shown great potential in lowering blood sugar, lowering cortisol, digestive support, and as a disinfectant, antidiarrheal, antifungal and antiparasitic. Ocotea has the highest level of alpha-humulene of any essential oil. Alpha-humulene can balance the body’s internal response to irritation. Only copaiba essential oil has comparable levels of this natural plant compound.
An oil that lowers blood sugar AND cortisol could theoretically result in weight reduction. That has been the experience of many who were able to have access to the oil prior to its official unveiling last week.
A naturopath who experimented with this oil found that with just taking a few drops a day his cravings for food went away and he was able to lose weight effortlessly. He also applied the oil to an area of athlete’s foot. A few days later he checked the area and the fungus was dead.
The naturopath recounted several experiences of lowering patients’ blood glucose levels.
- A type 1 diabetic was able to balance their blood sugar with 4 drops under the tongue, 3 times a day.
- A child with ADD-like symptoms showed markers for blood sugar imbalance. He put her on ocotea, cinnamon, and Jerusalem Artichoke (supplement) resulting in a complete turn around. Her behavioral problems were gone and she also lost excess weight.
- A fungal infection of the skin was helped with topical application of ocotea when other products produced no results.
- 67 year old female with low energy and grumpy attitude. April 21, 2009, blood sugar was 340, Naturopath put her on supplements and ocotea. On April 28, 2009, her blood sugar was down to 212. On May 7, 2009, her blood sugar was down to 140. She was feeling better every day. She quit coming to the naturopath but continues to use ocotea.
- A pregnant woman on insulin whose blood sugar was out of control: After taking 4 drops 4 times a day her blood sugar had lowered 100 points down to a safer level for her and her baby.
Marc Schreuder, Director of Product Formulation for Young Living, says for weight reduction, take 2 drops of Ocotea under the tongue, 4 times a day.
Ocotea is safe to take internally as well as apply topically. Internal usage suggestions typically range from 1 – 3 drops orally 3 or 4 times a day. What a simple way to use this exciting new oil! It tastes good, too! While ocotea is a “relative” of cinnamon, it has a low concentration of cinnamaldehyde (less than 5%), which makes it less likely to cause the skin sensitivity that cinnamon and cassia sometimes cause. Traditional cinnamon can contain up to 50% cinnamaldehyde.