We rarely care or think about hormones, but if they aren’t balanced, huge problems may follow. Different hormones in our body are responsible for proper growth, metabolism, sexual function and mood. Estrogen for example is a female hormone that regulates menstruation, the division of cells in the body and also plays a part in the development of female characteristics.
Hormonal imbalance is one of the main problems nowadays, and is all because of the unhealthy lifestyle we all lead and the amount of stress we deal with every day. Here are the main problems caused by hormonal imbalance:
- Estrogen dominance
Estrogen dominance occurs due to high estrogen levels and causes symptoms such as PMS, mood swings, loss of libido, breast tenderness, depression and water retention. If you’re suddenly suffering from these symptoms for no reason at all, you should visit your doctor.
- Adrenal fatigue
The adrenals are glands located on top of the kidneys and are responsible for many important functions in the body. Hormonal imbalance may overwork these glands and cause adrenal fatigue, a condition which causes joint pain, depression, low blood glucose and low blood pressure as well.
- Thyroid problems
The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones which are responsible for almost all important body functions. The thyroid hormones enter all tissues in the body and are vital for our health. The most common problems caused by hormonal imbalance are hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Hypothyroidism may cause weakened metabolism and immune system, irregular and weak heartbeat, muscle weakness and sensitivity to cold, while hyperthyroidism may cause excessive sweating restlessness, anxiety, increases appetite and sudden weight loss.
Although hormonal imbalance is usually treated with medications and hormone replacement therapies, there are natural ways that can help as well. Here are 5 essential oils that can regulate your hormones:
Lavender oil can improve your sleeping pattern and promotes relaxation and proper circulation. This makes it ideal for treatment of adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalance.
The basil essential oil can reduce stress – just rub some of it on your forearms or ears and you will balance your adrenal hormones.
This oil has the ability to reduce adrenal fatigue while also treating estrogen dominance and thyroid problems. Licorice oil has been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine for centuries against gastric ulcers and as a metabolism-boosting remedy. Rub a few drops of the oil on your palms, then inhale deeply to regulate your hormones.
Myrtle oil can treat thyroid and ovary hormone imbalance as it boosts the function of the thyroid. Rub a few drops of the oil on the thyroid points on your body (the base of the neck, the soles and beneath the big toe) to fix the hormone imbalance.
Clary sage oil
This unusual oil can balance your hormones and reduce the symptoms of PMS. Add a few drops of clary sage oil in your bath then soak in it every day to soothe the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
As you can see, there are many essential oils that can regulate hormonal imbalance and offer a variety of health benefits. They can be used by people of all ages, but we suggest consulting with a doctor first if you’re pregnant or suffering from allergies.