Hormones, like estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline, and insulin, are extremely important chemical messengers that affect many aspects of your overall health. Conventional treatments for hormonal imbalances generally include synthetic hormone replacement therapies.
Is it possible to balance hormones naturally? The good news is: yes, in many cases it is possible. Below is information on the best essential oils to help you balance your hormones naturally.
What is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system is responsible for coordinating the relationship between different organs and hormones, which are chemicals released into the bloodstream by the cells of your endocrine glands. Hormones are secreted by various organs and glands, including the thyroid, glands adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas. The entire endocrine system works in concert to control the level of hormones circulating throughout your body. If one or more of these are slightly out of balance, it can lead to generalized health issues affecting growth, development and sexual function, sleep, metabolism and hunger.
The chemical messenger hormones released by the glands
Once your hormones are in circulation, they target specific tissues or cells by binding to receptors inside the cell or on its surface. These hormones work as chemical messengers and play a key role in your body’s daily functions. The endocrine system is made up of many glands, including the pituitary, or “master gland,” which is responsible for sending information from your brain to other glands in your body. The pituitary gland also produces many hormones that circulate throughout the body and have different important functions. The pituitary is made up of two different types of tissue: the anterior pituitary which synthesizes and releases classical hormones, and the posterior pituitary which secretes neurohormones made in the hypothalamus. Other important glands in the endocrine system are the pineal gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, thymus, and adrenal glands.
There are two major groups of hormones circulating in the human body: those derived from amino acids (protein hormones, peptides and amines) and those derived from lipids (steroids).
Here is a brief description of these hormone subgroups:
– Amino hormones: Hormones that are synthesized from the amino acids tryptophan (like melatonin) and tyrosine (like thyroid hormones and dopamine).
– Peptide hormones: Hormones made up of short-chain amino acids, including antidiuretic hormone (called vasopressin) and oxytocin.
– Protein hormones: Hormones made up of longer polypeptides, including growth hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone.
– Steroid hormones: Hormones that are derived from cholesterol and include testosterone, estrogen and cortisol.
When these hormones send messages, these are received by hormone receptors which process the message and signal a specific event or cellular mechanisms that trigger the target cell’s response.
To balance your hormones naturally, it’s important that you eliminate toxins in your body by avoiding conventional body care products that are made with potentially harmful chemicals like parabens, propylene glycol, and sodium lauryl sulfate. A better alternative is to use natural products made from ingredients such as essential oils, coconut oil, or shea butter.
These 5 Hormone Balancing Essential Oils
1 clary sage
Clary sage helps balance estrogen levels because it contains natural phytoestrogens. It can be used to regulate your menstrual cycle, relieve symptoms of painful periods, combat infertility, and even reduce the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. It also serves as a natural remedy for emotional imbalances, such as depression and anxiety. Diffuse 3-5 drops of clary sage to help balance hormone levels and relieve stress. To relieve cramps and aches, massage 5 drops of clary sage with 5 drops of coconut oil on your stomach and any other affected area.
Many times, gut health issues cause autoimmune reactions, including thyroid disorders. Use fennel essential oil to relax your body, improve your digestion and gut health, boost your metabolism, and reduce inflammation. You can rub 2 drops of fennel on your stomach or add 1-2 drops to a class of hot water or tea to take it internally.
Lavender oil promotes emotional balance, as it can help treat anxiety, depression, mood and stress. It can also be used to promote restful sleep, which will also help balance your hormone levels. Diffuse 5 drops of lavender oil at home, add 5 drops to a warm water bath, or apply 3 drops topically to your temples, back, neck, or wrists.
Sandalwood essential oil can be used to increase your libido, reduce stress, promote relaxation, boost mental clarity, and even help you relax. The powerful scent triggers feelings of peace and leads to an overall reduction in stress which can lead to hormonal imbalances. Inhale sandalwood directly from the bottle, diffuse it at home, or apply 2-3 drops to your wrists and soles of your feet.
Thyme essential oil improves progesterone production, which helps with health issues such as infertility, menopause, depression, fibroids, hair loss, and insomnia. To help balance your hormones naturally, add 2 drops of thyme oil to a warm water bath or rub 2-3 drops with equal parts coconut oil on your abdomen.
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