Hormones play a huge role in everyone’s life. Dr. Lam simply describes them as ‘very powerful chemicals that profoundly control and affect our body’.
But unfortunately for all of us, hormone imbalances have become very common in today’s society. They are caused by a variety of factors, such as diet, chronic stress, car pollutants, and pesticides.
THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF HORMONE IMBALANCES
Hormone imbalances can lead to adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, and thyroid problems, all of which can have detrimental effects on our overall health.
1. Adrenal Fatigue
Stress is the most common reason for the increasing cases of adrenal fatigue. Dr. Wilson explains that it can appear after a series of stressful situations or a long period of stress, after severe respiratory infections, of after longer periods of exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue can damage the adrenal cortex, which in turn can lead to Addison’s disease.
Major Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
– Low blood sugar levels
– Joint aches and pains
– Low blood pressure
2. Thyroid Problems
The function of the thyroid gland is producing thyroid hormones, which are then carried to every tissue in the body through blood, as explained by the American Thyroid Association. Therefore, thyroid which doesn’t work properly can influence the function of many organs.
There are about 200 million people suffering from some form of thyroid disease on a global level. This statistics is given by the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, which explain that there are different types of thyroid disease. The most common ones are hyperthyroidism (over activity of thyroid gland), and hypothyroidism (under activity of thyroid gland). They have different symptoms, and below you can see some of them:
– Weight loss despite having an increased appetite
– Anxiety, restlessness, and sleeplessness
– Heat intolerance and profuse sweating
– Constant fatigue and muscular weakness
– Weak, slow heartbeat
– Cold intolerance
These are the major symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism which can be treated not only with prescriptions, but also with the following 5 essential oils.
3. Estrogen Dominance
This is a condition when the levels of estrogen in the body are inadequate, in most cases, extremely increased. On the other hand, the progesterone is absent or in insufficient amounts.
The excessive levels of estrogen cause:
– Loss of libido
– Water retention
– Breast tenderness
– Mood swings
In many cases, this condition does not cause evident signs and the woman might virtually live with it for decades. Therefore, if you experience these symptoms, you must consult your doctor, and start using the following essential oils.
5 Essential Oils that will provide great benefits in the case of hormonal imbalances:
1. Licorice Oil
Licorice works as an excellent antidepressant while also combating adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, and thyroid problems.
In Chinese Medicine, the root is used to treat gastric ulcers and boost metabolism, but western traditional medicine uses it to treat Addison’s disease.
How to use it: Place a few drops of licorice oil into the palms of your hands, rub together and inhale! Your mood will improve instantly
2. Clary sage oil
Clary sage oil balances the hormones, which makes it a great way to soothe the symptoms of PMS.
How to use it: Add several drops of clary sage oil to your bath. The oil together with the heat of the bath will work its magic and relieve any terrible PMS pains you might be feeling.
3. Basil Oil
A team of scientists investigated the effects of this oil on people experiencing stress symptoms for 6 weeks and found that it relieved the symptoms even more effectively than the placebo drug by 39%. Basil oil treats anxiety and exhaustion.
To regulate the hormones, you should rub several drops of organic basil oil on the ear’s adrenal gland point at the tragus, or your forearms.
4. Myrtle Oil
Many studies have found that myrtle essential oil can effectively reduce thyroid or ovary imbalances.
How to use it: Rub a few drops of organic Myrtle oil to the thyroid points on your body (at the base of your neck or underneath your big toe).
5. Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is well-known for its ability to improve sleep habits. Also, according to this study, lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and can improve coronary circulation. These functions make lavender oil a useful option for reducing the symptoms of both estrogen imbalance and adrenal fatigue.
How to use it: Just place a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow before sleeping.
Note: Essential oils can have incredible results, but they should not be used alone. Instead, they should be used alongside plenty of sleep, proper diet, and daily exercise. If you take any medication, if you have allergies, or if you’re pregnant, speak to your doctor before using essential oils.