There are many things that can cause our hormones to become imbalanced — stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, pregnancy, puberty or menopause. Hormonal balance is essential for our overall health, and using essential oils can be a great natural approach to holistic wellness.
Hormones, (which are our chemical messengers, relaying information around the body) very easily become disrupted and women are especially susceptible to common challenges such as:
Lack of sleep
Blood sugar instability
High intake of stimulants like caffeine and sugar
Low or extremely high levels of exercise
Loss of libido
Diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on hormone balance but the powerful effects of making simple modifications are often over-looked. I switched to essential oils over 4 years ago, and they have helped with many health issues from a simple headache, to helping me manage stress & PMS symptoms. Some of my favourite essential oils include:
Many studies have been done (on animals rather than humans), but nonetheless, studies have shown that cortisol levels in participants were reduced by 36% and serotonin (a neurotransmitter linked to mood) levels increased after inhalation of clary sage oil. Clary sage can also help balance estrogen in your body. This is a HUGE deal! Because a lot of women deal with menstrual cycle issues rising from excess estrogen, myself included! And that’s not all.. Research has also shown it can be effective for relief of menstrual cramps. I love to use this essential oil in the diffuser, on pulse points, and also in the bath!
Lavender essential oil has been shown to have a beneficial effect on hormonal balance, pain relief, headaches, and reducing feelings of depression and stress. Lavender lowers the amount of cortisol released by the adrenal glands, particularly important for mums who lead stressful lives. Lavender has also been shown to aid both men & women in having better, deeper restorative sleep (for this, I simply put a drop in my hand and rub in on the back of my neck, and through my hair. You can also add it to water and spray onto your pillow). Because it’s an adaptogenic oil, lavender can be particularly useful in hormonal balance because it can adapt to the specific needs of your body. So if one hormone is too high, but another too low, lavender might be able to help level out both without adverse side effects, as seen from prescription remedies.
Rose essential oil balances testosterone levels in your body, which is important for women as well as men! (Although not sure your man will enjoy smelling like roses, lol). Rose is known as an aphrodisiac, which can aid in boosting your libido if you’ve been feeling a little flat. But here’s what I love, Rose essential oil can also help in balancing cortisol and supporting the adrenal glands and has demonstrated the ability to decrease blood pressure and breathing rate and improve serotonin levels, further promoting a sense of calm. This one’s worth getting into your “hormone kit”.
Ylang ylang is best-known for its intoxicating aroma, which can calm and uplift the mind and body while relieving stress and tension. Its ability to calm and strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, and provide overall relaxation may be why it is so effective as an aphrodisiac. This oil can also help your body in the detoxification of the liver & gallbladder. This is one of my favourite essential oils, and you’ll quite often find this sweet scent filling my home! I really love using this essential oil as an alternative to perfume, just dilute in some carrier oil before applying.
Rosemary essential oil can help your body remove excess estrogen from the body, and is a great aid in healing hormonal imbalances. Rosemary may also help by lowering cortisol in saliva, has anti-cancer properties, improves memory and positively impacts your mood.
Thyme essential oil impacts hormonal balance by raising levels of progesterone. Since infertility is correlated with low progesterone levels, PCOS and depression, and can also impact the levels of other hormones, thyme oil can be a big help in restoring balance. Many women suffer from PMS (pre-menstrual symptoms) right before their period, often a result of the drop is estrogen, and not enough progesterone to balance this shift in the menstrual cycle, so try this oil to balance you out.
These are just SOME of the essential oils you can purchase and fill your “hormone kit” to help aid you in approaching your menstrual cycle with a holistic perspective. If you are like me, and do not like having to rely on medications for my body, I encourage women to take a proactive stance on their own hormone health, and essential oils can be one piece of the puzzle in helping you gain balance. One of my favourite way to use essential oils, particularly in my luteal phase, is in the bath. Because as a Mum, who doesn't love 30 mins of peace and quiet away from the kids relaxing! Grab a great book, a glass of bubbly kombucha, and run the bath water!
Here’s my recipe for an Epsom salt bath blend, perfect to unwind and relax.
½ cup Epsom salts
½ cup bicarb soda (aid the body in detoxification)
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops clary sage essential oil
10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
Place all of the ingredients into a glass jar, and shake. (This helps disperse the essential oils through the dry ingredients).
Then pour into your warm bath water, and mix until dissolved.
Simply soak in your relaxation bath for 30 mins.
Enjoy! If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear your feedback and how relaxed your felt afterwards. Please feel free to change the essential oils you use also… to aid whatever part of your cycle you need support on! The world is your oyster when it comes to essential oil blends. X
Please Note: I have chosen to use doTerra essential oils as my oils of choice. Please feel free to use whichever brand of oils connects with you & your philosophies. The content in this blog is for information purposes only and does not equal medical, or nutrition advice. Any and all health information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with your allied health professional, especially if you are on medication, have a medical condition, are pregnant, or suspect you could be pregnant.