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.
- Adrenal Fatigue
Stress is the biggest reason why adrenal fatigue has become so common issue everywhere around the world.
According to Dr. Wilson, adrenal fatigue is mostly caused by long periods of stress or several stressful situations, as well as severe respiratory infections. Over time, adrenal fatigue can lead to the development of Addison’s disease (click here for more info). Some of the most common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include low blood pressure, low blood sugar levels, joint pain, and depression.
- Estrogen Dominance
According to an article published by ZRT Laboratory, ‘Estrogen dominance refers to an excess of estrogen when progesterone levels are inadequate‘. This excess estrogen can lead to numerous problems, including breast tenderness, PMS, loss of libido,water retention, frequent mood swings, and depression.
So, if you notice any of the above symptoms, we strongly recommend you to visit your doctor to see what he thinks about your issues. Also, you should start using some of the essential oils listed below.
- Thyroid Problems
The job of the thyroid gland is to produce hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body (American Thyroid Association).
When the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can cause harm to many organs. There are many types of thyroid disorders, but the main thyroid conditions that are present in most people who suffer from thyroid illness are hyperthyroidism (thyroid overactivity) and hypothyroidism (thyroid under activity).
Here are some of their symptoms:
- Excessive sweating and heat intolerance
- Weight loss despite an increased appetite
- Sensitivity to cold
- Muscular weakness
- Slow heart beat
5 Essential Oils That Can Help Reduce Your Symptoms
- Basil Oil
One recent study conducted on men and women who were often experiencing stress symptoms has shown that Basil essential oil can reduce stress with 39% more efficiency when compared to some common medications used in the treatment of this condition.
How to use it – You can easily restore hormonal balance in your adrenals by rubbing a few drops of organic basil oil onto your forearms or your ears adrenal gland point at the tragus.
- 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.
- 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)
- Licorice Oil
Licorice oil is a powerful antidepressant that can help reduce estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, and thyroid problems. In addition to this, it can also speed up your metabolism.
How to use it: Place a few drops of licorice oil on your palms, rub together, and inhale. You will feel a mood boost in a matter of seconds.
- Clary Sage Oil
Clary Sage oil can help reduce the PMS symptoms by balancing hormones.
How to use it: All you need to do it add a few drops to your bath, sit back and relax. The oil and the heat of the bath will soothe any PMS pains you may be feeling.
NOTE: It is recommended to consult with your doctor before prior to using any of the oils mentioned above.