Hormonal imbalances in the body can wreak havoc on the system and can masquerade as other diseases for years without being discovered.
Yet, the best way to balance the hormones in your body which naturally become disrupted from time to time is by using essential oils. Some of the best essential oils for balancing hormones include myrtle, sandalwood, clary sage, lavender, holy basil, and thyme.
First, here is something you need to know about hormones:
Thyroid hormones: They are produced by the thyroid gland, and they regulate the metabolic processes. These hormones include thyroxine and triiodothyronine.
Sleep hormones: The pineal gland produces sleep hormones (melatonin), which may greatly affect the overall health. If the hormones are imbalanced they cause sleeping problems and weaken the human body, making it prone to diseases.
Adrenal hormones: These hormones are produced by the adrenal glands, such as cortisol, which lowers stress and helps the metabolic processes.
Reproductive hormones: These hormones, progesterone, and estrogen regulate female fertility, menstrual cycles, and vaginal pH. Testosterone regulates libido, male fertility, the production of red blood cells, and bone mass.
Any hormonal imbalance causes numerous health issues. Here are the most common symptoms and conditions caused by hormonal imbalances:
- Low libido
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Irregular menstrual periods or infertility
- Anxiety and depression
- Appetite changes
- Digestive issues
- Hair thinning and hair loss
Hormonal imbalances can be a result of numerous factors, like poor diet, stress, genetics, medical history, and exposure to toxins in the environment. Factors that contribute to hormonal imbalances include:
- Obesity or being overweight
- Elevated levels of inflammation due to unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles
- Lack of sleep or poor sleep quality
- Food allergies and gut issue
- Toxicity (exposure to toxins, pesticides, cigarettes, viruses, alcohol, and chemicals)
The following herbs will help you balance your hormones and prevent these symptoms:
1. Sandalwood for reducing stress
Scientists have examined the effects of aromatherapy on women undergoing a breast biopsy and found that the combination of sandalwood and lavender oil gave even better effects than peppermint oil and orange oil, as it lowers anxiety and has powerful calming properties. Sandalwood also improves sleep quality.
2. Clary sage for healthier menopause
Clary sage is known for the ability to reduce the levels of cortisol and it also decreases the thyroid hormones. Additionally, clary sage can increase the levels of estrogen in women, who have menopausal symptoms.
3. Holy basil for reducing anxiety
Holy basil is a proven herb that reduces cortisol levels (the stress hormone). The extract of holy basil has the ability to reduce the levels of anxiety, treats memory issues, sexual issues, exhaustion, and sleep quality.
4. Thyme for preventing breast cancer
In vitro study determined the effects of a few herbs extracts on breast cancer, and found that thyme was able to act with progesterone, a female sex hormone produced in pregnancy and menstrual cycle.
It is rich in phytoprogestins and phytoestrogens, which affect the growth of the breast cancer cells. This beneficial herb inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells and prevents the function of the progesterone.
5. Myrtle for improved sleep quality
It has been used as a hypnotic herb and a sedative by some cultures, but in order to discover many other effects, there have been conducted numerous studies on animals. The findings of the studies were very positive in improving sleeping and anti-anxiety properties of myrtle.
6. Lavender essential oil
Lavender oil significantly treats depression, anxiety, stress and mood swings which actually enhances emotional balance. Additionally, it is used to improve sleep quality, which in turn helps to regulate hormones.
7. Fennel for gut health
Fennel improves gut health and treats gut health issues which are believed to cause autoimmune reactions and thyroid disorders. It improves metabolism, treats inflammation, and helps digestion. All you have to do is to pour a few drops of the oil in lukewarm water or tea or rub 2 drops of fennel essential oil on the stomach.
It is a proven herb of regulating hormonal balances and is very beneficial for the thyroid as it promotes elimination of free radicals. It can be also used to enhance an overactive thyroid gland and helps in overcoming adrenal fatigue.
Ways to use essential oils
One of the best essential oil uses is to simply mix some coconut oil with the essential oil, itself, and rub it on different areas of the body. And, because essentials oils are so small molecularly, they can actually be absorbed into your body through your skin, so you can get full body effects simply by putting essential oils directly on the skin.
You can also use the herbs as herbal teas and tinctures. For best effects, use tinctures on an empty stomach for 1 – 2 ml. If you purchase herbal teas, make sure they are whole leaf ones and not tea bags. Drink these teas three times daily.