Essential Oils and High Cholesterol

cholesterolIt’s impossible to turn on the television or pick up a magazine without finding an ad for medication to lower your cholesterol count.   Cholesterol counts have become a constant topic of conversation.  So much so, that the definition of cholesterol and it’s positive properties have been lost in the discussion.  Many people know what their cholesterol count is but don’t really understand what cholesterol is.

Cholesterol is a lipid that’s created by the body to protect the cell membrane and the protective sheath that covers nerve cells.  If your cholesterol is out of balance, you can develop plaque or “gunk” in your arteries that clogs them and keeps your blood from flowing properly.   Nature is funny that way – cholesterol is something we need but we need to keep it in balance.

If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, chances are very good that your doctor has prescribed a statin medication to lower it.  While statin medications can be very effective, in combination with lifestyle changes like improving your diet and exercising, they carry some risk.

Two of the bad side effects to statins are:

  • Possible liver damage – if you’re going to take statins, make sure your doctor is monitoring your liver function regularly
  • Peripheral neuropathy – caused by damage to the protective covering on the nerve cells causing pain, tingling, numbness – sometimes severe

It’s another one of those natural balance things.  Cholesterol is something the body needs to function properly but if we let it get out of balance, we pay the price.  And we can also pay a heavy price for putting manufactured chemicals into the body to force the balance.

The good news is that there are therapeutic grade essential oils you can use to help get your cholesterol back into balance more naturally – without the side effects of statins.

Essential Oils for Cholesterol Levels

  • Lemongrass – clinically proven to lower cholesterol – taken internally  – a drop in a gelatin capsule, one drop in a teaspoon of honey or a drop in 4 oz. of soy or almond milk,  followed by a big glass of water or topically diluted with a carrier oil like Young Living’s V6 massage oil or a good quality extra virgin olive oil and applied to the Vita Flex points over the heart and along the arms
  • Clary Sage – used topically, diluted with a carrier oil like Young Living’s V6 massage oil or a good quality extra virgin olive oil and applied to the Vita Flex points over the heart and along the arms
  • Helichrysum (regulates your cholesterol) -same application as clary sage
  • Lavender – applied topically the same as clary sage or diffused into the air and directly inhaled using a Young Living diffuser
  • Dill – applied topically like clary sage or taken internally in a gelatin capsule

A word of caution
If you’re under a doctor’s care for high cholesterol in combination with other medical conditions, talk to your doctor before you start any treatment program with essential oils.  Make sure that your use of oils will not interfere with treatment for other conditions.

A really good option is finding a naturopath close to you to talk about your health as a whole.  The great thing about holistic health care is that it treats the patient as a whole rather than treating symptoms of individual conditions.  Using therapeutic grade essential oils is a great way to start treating the whole body and not just taking a handful of pills every day for all your individual medical issues.

Deciding which oils are best for you to use for your medical issues means looking at all your conditions together and finding the oils that will address as many as possible.  Treating your high cholesterol is a good place to start with a therapeutic grade essential oils treatment regimen.

Once you have your high cholesterol under control, you can help maintain that balance and  keep it in line with Young Living supplements like MultiGreens and True Source.

If you would like more information on how to use therapeutic grade essential oils to treat your high cholesterol, email me at

Mountain Rose Herbs
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3 Responses to Essential Oils and High Cholesterol

  1. Read Article says:

    Oh snap, thank you very much for posting this! It is gonna be so helpful when I get Extra Virgin Olive Oil at the grocery store! Wonderful!

  2. Nancy says:

    How often do you take lemongrass oil in capsule? How often do you apply on arms and heart?
    Thank you

    • Susie Bryan says:

      When you’re just starting, either take the lemongrass oil 3 times a day in a capsule or apply it 3 times a day. After about 3 months, you can cut back to 2 times a day if you like your results. If not, give it about 6 months to really see good results. Hope this helps!

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