Our hormones can play a huge role in our lives; they are ‘very powerful chemicals that profoundly control and affect our body’ according to according to Dr. Michael Lam, author of the book Estrogen Dominance: The 21st Century Hormone Imbalance
He goes on to explain that the female hormone, estrogen, ‘regulates the menstrual cycle, promotes cell division and is largely responsible for the development of secondary female characteristics during puberty.’
Unfortunately, hormone imbalances are very common in our society. Our diets, chronic stress and even products we buy from the shops; ‘hormone-laced beef and poultry, pesticides, car pollutants,‘ (Dr.Lam) could affect our estrogen levels negatively.
3 Effects of Hormone Imbalances
These hormone imbalances can lead to adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance or thyroid problems which can have dire effects on your health and lifestyle.
1. Adrenal Fatigue
The reason adrenal fatigue is so incredibly common in our world is down to stress. It can be caused after ‘a long period of stress or several stressful situations’, people who have ‘driven themselves to exhaustion’ or ‘after extended of severe respiratory infections’ (Dr. Wilson). Adrenal fatigue can also lead to Addison’s disease, caused when the adrenal cortex is damaged. You can read more about it here. Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Low blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia)
- Low blood pressure
- Joint aches and pains
. And many, many more symptoms you can check out here.
2. Suffering from Estrogen Dominance
According to ZRT Laboratory ‘Estrogen dominance refers to an ex- cess of estrogen when progesterone levels are inadequate.‘ This excess estrogen can cause;
- Water retention
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Loss of libido’ (John Lee, MD)
In Dr. Lam’s article, he gives an example of a woman called Jane who eventually suffers from all of the dangerous conditions which estrogen dominance can cause, including cancer. He says that; ‘Jane had been bathing in a sea of estrogen for 40 years without knowing it.’
So if you are feeling a lot or even a few of the above symptoms then ask your doctor to see what they think. Then give some of our recommended essential oils listed below a try!
3. Thyroid Problems
The American Thyroid Association say that ‘The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body.‘ So if your thyroid is not functioning properly it can affect many different organs.
According to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada ‘About 200 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease‘. That’s a lot of people! They say that ‘There are many types of thyroid disease. However, the main conditions present in most thyroid illnesses are hypothyroidism (thyroid under activity) and hyperthyroidism (thyroid over activity)‘.
Both main types of thyroid disease have slightly differing symptoms, some of them I will list below.
- Weak, slow heartbeat
- Muscular weakness and constant fatigue
- Sensitivity to cold
- Weight loss in spite of increased appetite
- Restlessness, anxiety, and sleeplessness
- Profuse sweating and heat intolerance
Both have many more symptoms you can find through the Thyroid Foundation of Canada link above! If you are wondering whether prescriptions are the only way to combat these three problems then you are wrong!
5 Essential Oils To Help Improve Your Symptoms
Read about the 5 essential oils that could improve your symptoms ten-fold!
1. Basil Oil
In a study using basil oil conducted on men and women who were experiencing stress symptoms, carried out over a period of six weeks. They found that basil oil was 39% more efficient than the placebo drug at relieving symptoms of stress.
How to use it: Basil oil has been known to soothe anxiety and overwhelms exhaustion. By rubbing a few drops of organic basil oil into your forearms or your ears adrenal gland point at the tragus, you will bring hormonal balance to your adrenals (buy it here).
2. Lavender Oil
Stress can definitely affect our quality of sleep. Either making us want to stay in bed all day long or not allowing us to even get a few hours of kip every night. Improve your quality of sleep by using lavender oil.
In this study, a research team from Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan concluded that “lavender aromatherapy has relaxation effects and may have beneficial acute effects on coronary circulation and can improve circulation”. Considering lavender oil helps with sleep and relaxation it is a great way to help with the symptoms of both adrenal fatigue and estrogen imbalance.
How to use it: Place a few drops of lavender oil on your pillows before putting your head to rest at night. It’s known to help relax your body and soothe your soul, allowing a great nights sleep.
3. Myrtle Oil
This essential oil is a great way to lower thyroid or ovary imbalances, it can be found here. It can help stimulate thyroid activity and help balance out hormones.
How to use it: Just apply organic myrtle oil to essential thyroid points on your body, so underneath your big toe on the bottom of your food or at the base of your neck. Apply a few drops and rub it in. Reap the rewards in no time!
4. Licorice Oil
I know what you’re thinking: ew! But trust me, it works. Licorice has been known as a powerful antidepressant. This means it’s an excellent oil to fight adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, and thyroid problems!
Licorice has been known to have a wide range of beneficial effects; from being ‘used to treat gastric ulcers’ in Chinese Medicine to giving your metabolism a kick start. However, one of the most common uses for it is to actually treat Addison’s disease.
How to use it: Place a few drops of licorice oil into the palms of your hands, rub together and inhale! You will feel a mood boost in a matter of seconds.
5. Clary Sage Oil
It has been used for hundreds of years, dating back to the Medieval times. Clary Sage oil is an excellent way to soothe the effects of PMS by balancing hormones.
How to use it: just add a few drops to your bath, sit back and relax. The heat of the bath and the oil will work its magic and soothe any horrible PMS pains you may be feeling!
It’s incredible what natural essential oils can do to improve your health by decreasing stress levels and helping you sleep. I recommend asking your doctor whether you are okay to use these oils before actually applying them, just to double check on any allergies or if you are pregnant.
They smell so good and will make you feel better than new! And if you are as in love with essential oils as I am then why not try some of these natural oils you can use to clean your home.