I mentioned last week that I received Progessence Plus serum, EndoFlex, and Ocotea for Christmas. These three oils had been on my wish list for such a long time, and I was so excited to get home after the holidays and start using them!
I was especially excited about Ocotea essential oil, as it claims to help reduce blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. Some people even claim it helps tame their sugar cravings!
If you have PCOS, chances are that, when you eat carbs, your blood sugar spikes, and insulin runs rampant, with nowhere to go. Insulin resistance is a big deal when you’re trying to balance your hormones and/or lose weight. And if not dealt with, it can lead to Type 2 Diabetes.
No, thank you.
What is Ocotea?
It’s in the cinnamon spice family, and has a cinnamon/vanilla scent that is nice and subtle. It is thought to work with your body to stabilize your blood sugar levels whether they are too high or too low! There are other benefits to using this oil, but I am, of course, specifically focused on its benefits for PCOS.
How is it Used?
You can put 1-2 drops of Ocotea under your tongue, 2-3 times per day. You can also add it to your hot tea if you prefer. I use one drop when I wake up in the morning, another after I eat lunch, and then another after I eat dinner. Since I do not monitor my blood sugar, I cannot say for certain whether or not it is helping. In the past, if I wait too long before eating breakfast in the morning I will get a little shaky, and I’ve noticed that doesn’t happen if I use the oil first thing in the morning. My energy levels seems to be a bit more stable throughout the day. I don’t know if this is thanks to diet, Progessence Plus, or Ocotea.
I’ve been using Ocotea for only about a week now, and have been happy with the differences I have noticed so far. Whereas the Progessence Plus takes several weeks before making a noticeable impact, the affect of the Ocotea is noticeable more immediately, which is really nice! The biggest issue I have with the Ocotea is the taste. Even though the smell is subtle, the taste is really strong. Initially it tastes like a Red Hot candy, but it leaves a lingering aftertaste that I really dislike. It’s not a deal breaker, but I wanted to mention it anyway, in an effort to be totally honest about my experience so far! (:
Ocotea During Fertility Treatments and/or During Pregnancy
Because Ocotea is one of the newer oils in the Young Living collection, there are no case studies showing the impact Ocotea may have on an unborn baby, or on a woman who is taking synthetic hormones (like birth control, etc.) If you are undergoing fertility treatments, you should check with your R.E before using the oil, and if you’re pregnant, you would want to talk to your doctor before using any essential oils.
I hope this info is helpful to some of you. I know it can be really hard to navigate through different channels of PCOS management, especially if the diagnosis is new to you. It’s been years for me, and I still feel like I am learning so much all the time; constantly changing something: my diet (although I think I’ve finally found my niche there,) my supplements, and now my essential oils. Thank you all for hanging in there with me, and being patient with me as I learn.
If any of you have any personal experiences with Ocotea, Progessence Plus, or any other essential oils for PCOS, I’d love to hear your stories!