For the past two weeks we have been discussing the many factors within and outside our bodies that effect our wellness via the health of our hormones.
There are so many influences that can impact us – stress levels, diet, lunar influence, the intensity of our workouts, our age, sexual proclivity, and sleep patterns are just some of the factors to consider.
Left undiagnosed and/or unattended women with hormonal imbalances may experience wide ranging symptoms and side effects – such as: irregular menstrual cycles, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and nausea before and during periods, poor sleep and fatigue, chronic acne, stubborn weight retention, brain fog, irrational anger, irritability, mood swings, depression, anxiety, headaches and vaginal dryness are some of the more common experiences.
Doesn’t sound pleasant, am I right?
The good news is, that balancing your hormones is readily accessible to every single woman (and of course man).
First, it begins with knowing which hormones are out of balance.
The past couple of blogs have covered some of the more common hormonal experiences we woman have with our estrogen and progesterone levels, however it is important to understand that we must also be in tune with our Cortisol, Thyroid and Testosterone levels.
I enjoyed this article for a clear and simple breakdown of each.
As we’ve discussed, there’s a plethora of remedies spanning the spectrum – foods and oils to consume, and moon cycling are just a few.
To wrap up our conversation (for now) on hormones, I would like to dive into the role that essential oils routines can play in long-term health, specifically for hormonal balancing.
It is important to note that many of these oils below should not be used during pregnancy (and no oil should be used during pregnancy without consulting a healthcare practitioner). As some essential oils and blends can cause uterine contractions and cramping during pregnancy.
This post we will focus on the power of a unique group of hormone balancing oils called adaptogens. Insanely beneficial, they have opposing healing properties by way of being both stimulating and relaxing — they adapt to your needs.
Key influencers in finding balance for our hormonal health, adaptogens step up in a big way for us as they naturally take into account which glands may be under-functioning in one system, while over-functioning in another.
In other words, adaptogenic essential oils are capable of balancing opposing conditions without creating further imbalances.
The same cannot be said for many of the pharmaceutical “solutions” women are prescribed.
The most commonly utilized and powerful adaptogen essential oils for achieving balanced hormones are:
- Clary sage
According to Daniel MacDonald, author of “Emotions and Essential Oils: An Emotional Reference Guide” basil, lavender and anise are major influencers when it comes to balancing our adrenal glands.
Your adrenal glands are responsible for how you cope with stress.
Humans functioning within the intense realms of careers, jobs, families, and the happenings of the day to day are often operating with overworked adrenals.
“Cortisol, the “stress hormone” is produced by the adrenal glands and regulates your body’s response to stress. It works on a schedule — good sleep, starting at 10 pm, maximizes adrenal hormone function.
Out of balance cortisol levels lead to:
- feeling exhausted upon waking even after a long night’s sleep
- high energy late in the evening or waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning
- an inability to calmly deal with stress
- food cravings
- brain fog
Basil essential oil increases the body’s natural response to both physical and emotional stress while conditioning you to cope better.
MacDonald says that “basil is best for those who are weary in mind and body and for those in need of strength and renewal, [it] soothes feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and exhaustion.”
Rub a couple of drops of high quality organic basil oil diluted in a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) daily into your forearms or your ear’s adrenal gland point at the tragus (the cartilage above your ear lobe) to bring balance to your adrenals.
A well-known assistant to relaxation and restfulness is lavender aromatherapy. Lavender is an incredible oil that helps balance the adrenal gland and ensures you experience high quality sleep.
Methods, such as diluted lavender oil and water in a spray bottle spritzed on your pillow before bed will aid in a deep sleep. MacDonald suggests to add anise oil to lavender mist mix to amplify the restful qualities of both oils.
Thyroid Dysfunction or at times thyroid disease is suffered by many millions globally. The Thyroid influences the body’s metabolism and temperature regulation. Out of balance thyroid function symptoms include:
- Uncontrollable weight gain or loss
- Dry hair and skin
- Cold or heat fluctuations
Daniel MacDonald shares the benefits of myrtle oil as a powerful adaptogen that can stimulate thyroid activity.
He says to massage a few drops of diluted myrtle oil into your foot’s big toe and the reflexology point for the thyroid located at the base of the foot in the fleshy area below the big toe. Another area suggested, is the thyroid area below the Adam’s apple, at the base of your throat.
Emotions and Essential Oils: An Emotional Reference Guide explains that blending lemongrass oil and myrtle oil will magnify their thyroid boosting effects. Often the two are used alternatively as well.
Lastly, to experience a balanced thyroid, MacDonald explains how licorice oil is a powerful antidepressant.
To fight thyroid imbalance symptoms such as fatigue and depression, he says to rub a drop of diluted licorice oil in your hands, rub them together and then inhale the warm scent for an immediate mood boost.
The last sector of hormones that MacDonald addresses in his book specifically relates to us ladies and that is – ovary imbalances.
While menstruation and menopause are natural processes of womanhood, some of the side effects are not.
The ovaries produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which when imbalanced, lead to several symptoms including:
- difficult or irregular menstrual cycles
- lowered libido
- difficult menopausal symptoms like sweats and hot flashes
As I stated in the last blog post, our liver health is paramount for balancing our estrogen and progesterone levels. So, the best place to start to seek balance is a liver detox and then adding elements back into our diet and health routines.
Diluted lemon oil is a common go to for liver detoxes and can be dropped into hot water to enjoy as a tea. Consumed nightly this can aid in a continual, natural liver cleanse.
Daniel MacDonald wraps up his insightful book sharing the long standing history of clary sage oil and how it has been used for millennia, not only balancing hormones but for also for relieving pain. He says to dilute a few drops in a carrier oil (he recommends almond, however coconut will work as well for those with nut allergies) and rub the dilution into the ankles daily. For painful menstrual cramps – rub the mixture on the stomach and ovaries. Add the adaptogen oil geranium to the blend to enhance pain relief.
To soothe PMS and other feminine discomforts, add a few drops of diluted clary sage and geranium oil emulsified in milk to a warm bath and enjoy a soak.
So my friends, hormonal imbalances can be treated with essential oils safely and holistically.
If you’re still with me Thank You!
Hormones are a complex, non-negotiable element of our sustainable health systems and understanding how to tune into them is most definitely worth the required research.
As always, all content provided via the blog is either personal experience or information researched on the world wide web and for a proper, personal profile of your hormonal health you MUST consult a trusted medical practitioner.
I urge you to begin the journey of balancing your hormones gradually. Implement one – two strategies at a time and note any effects or bodily occurrences. Keep a health journal, a record of your actions and the oils used and enjoy the journey of awareness to a healthier, happier, and sustainable body, mind and spirit.