Stress, or PMS? Here's 5 Essential Oils To Help Balance Your Hormones
Feeling low, struggling to sleep or suffering from PMS and stomach cramps? It could be that your hormone levels are imbalanced. There's a wide range of symptoms which could point to an imbalance in hormones, because our endocrine system, (a chemical messenger system which produces your hormones) ultimately influences every cell, organ, and function in your body! Hormones travel around and change how every cell does its job, affecting everything from your mood, to the rate of your metabolism. Hormones are behind your everyday actions, such as sleep (melatonin), hunger levels (thyroid), stress levels (cortisol), and aging (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone). This means that if you have a hormonal imbalance, it can have a massive impact on your overall health!
The two main culprits for a hormone imbalance are stress and toxic chemicals (pharmaceutical drugs/ pesticides/ synthetic hormones). They can cause endocrine disruptors to mimic hormones and send false signals, change the actions of your natural hormones, or alter the number of hormones your body is producing.
We also have adaptogens, which can help stabilize and balance your body’s reaction to things like stress. Pretty much all herbs have relaxing properties, but adaptogenic herbs work by (you guessed it) adapting to do whatever your body needs to balance it back out. We’ve listed a few of the most commonly used essential oils for balancing out your hormones, and how to use them....
1. Castor Oil
Castor Oil can be incredibly powerful when balancing out your hormones, from stress to PMS. Castor Oil promotes balance within the immune system, as well as encourages the production of cortisol to alleviate stress and anxiety. Not to mention IBS, gallbladder inflammation and achy joints and muscles! Below, we'll show you how to apply Castor Oil on the specific area, a technique used for years for all of the above, and arthritis too.
It also works as a fairly strong laxative, and it's great for managing menopausal symptoms. It will help calm down hot flushes, recurring headaches, and work as pain relief. Our 100% Organic Castor Oil is cold pressed, and paraben and sulfate free, so by using the best possible quality products and avoiding ones with additives and emulsifiers, you can get the best possible results.
2. Clary Sage
When tested, a 2014 study in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that using clary sage oil reduced levels of cortisol by 36%, and improved thyroid hormone levels, too. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and lowering it, has an anti-depressant effect. It's most commonly used to help balance out estrogen levels, which can further help with things like infertility and PCOS. Because of this, it’s estrogen-like structure can help bring balance to the reproductive system, and help with things like menstrual cramping, as well as acting as an anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and for treating insomnia and high cholesterol.
Geranium works really well to balance out hormones in the female reproductive system, especially estrogen, which is helpful for PMS and menopausal symptoms.
This one covers all the bases; mental, emotional and physical. It’s great for your skin, but also for reducing fatigue, inflammation and balancing your mood.
It’s also known to uplift spirits and mental functioning, helping those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
Thyme is excellent at improving the production of progesterone, which both men and women need, as low levels of progesterone have been linked to infertility, PCOS, and depression. It’s a much better alternative to synthetic treatments, such as hormone therapy, which can ultimately make you reliant on prescription drugs. It also helps with menstrual and menopausal symptoms by balancing out your hormones and improving progesterone production.
Frankincense has anxiety and depression reducing abilities, without the same side effects caused by prescribed drugs. It’s been shown to slow your heart rate and reduce blood pressure. It can also boost your immune system, work as an anti-sceptic for oral health problems, ease digestion and help you fall asleep! Not bad for one oil!
Frankincense is also good at balancing levels of estrogen, which can help with cramps, headaches, nausea, mood swings, and even increase fertility. And, it's even being used to fight cancer.
There are a range of ways you can use your essential oils, but here are a few of our favorites;
Using essential oils in the bath is incredibly relaxing, but be careful not to use too much if you have sensitive skin. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to dilute the oil in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, a teaspoon of honey or half a cup of milk. These ingredients act as emulsifiers so will help the oil diffuse in the water and create a relaxing, hormone-balancing bath.
An easy one, and one which will transform your room! Put around 25-30 drops of essential oil into a ¼ cup of carrier oil and stir. Then all you need are reed sticks to place in, and you’ll have a room full of relaxing essential oils.
A couple of drops of oil on your pillow will be a really easy way to get yourself to sleep, especially when using frankincense, or even lavender, a popular sleep aid. Be careful to drop it on your pillow around 15 minutes before you plan to sleep to avoid getting any oil in your eyes!
For Castor Oil
Soak a flannel or piece of cotton in castor oil, so it's well moistened but not dripping. Lying on your back, place the cloth on your abdomen. Place a hot water bottle over the cloth (it might be best to wrap the cloth in plastic to stop it dripping). Sit for around 30-60 minutes and keep doing this as often as you can.
It’s clear that hormones are such an important part of your everyday life and health, helping you wake up, feel hungry and react to everything that’s happening around you. Apart from the obvious (PMS and menopausal symptoms) having your hormones out of balance can cause an array of problems and symptoms. The ones we’ve listed here today are ones that help with sleep, anxiety, depression, fertility and menopausal symptoms, so it's worth giving a go if you're noticing any changes, or suffering from any symptoms highlighting a shift in your hormones.
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