Hormones. They control so many processes within the body and can greatly affect things on the outside as well. Not only do they affect your body, but they can affect the way you feel mentally and emotionally as well as how you react to and interact with the world around you.
In a perfect world our hormones would always be perfectly balanced and we’d never have to deal with any negative feelings or symptoms caused by our hormones. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, reality is that we do have to deal with hormones and hormonally based problems.
The good news is we don’t have to suffer through hormonal changes, there are things we can do to decrease the negative feelings and keep ourselves feeling at the tops of our games. How do we do this? One way is with essential oils for hormone balance.
I want to introduce you to the top 5 essential oils for hormone balance and then we’ll dive into some ways that you can use these oils for balancing out your own hormones.
5 Essential Oils for Hormone Balance for Women
There are many essential oils that can be used to support healthy hormones and alleviate the symptoms that happen when hormones get out of whack. These are the top 5 oils that no matter what’s going on with you hormonally, can be of great benefit in helping to balance your hormones.
1. Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage has been proven in clinical studies to reduce cortisol levels in the body and is also known to balance estrogen levels. It can promote relaxation, emotional stability and PMS relief.
2. Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium oil is known for its effects of balancing the release of hormones into the body which can help keep hormone levels balanced. Also soothes stress and anxiety.
3. Rose Otto
Rose oil is a great oil for anything concerning women’s health. It’s known as a tonic for the uterus and is known to help keep female hormone levels in check.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is the most researched essential oil and for good reason. Lavender can help with so many different issues but when it comes to hormone balance it is great for reducing stress and promoting a sense of relaxation. It’s also a great oil to help with menopausal symptoms.
5. Thyme Essential Oil - Thymus vulgaris
This might be one that you’re surprised to see on this list because thyme is generally thought of to boost the immune system and help fight sickness. Thyme, however, is an excellent essential oil for balancing progesterone levels and can even promote the production of progesterone.
How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone
Knowing what essential oils can help is only part of the remedy – you also have to know how to use them. Below is a brief guide to simple ways to incorporate these essential oils into your daily life.
Feel free to choose 1 or 2 that you like, or to use a mixture of the different techniques, it’s all about what works for you and fits best into your life.
Diffuse Oils for Hormones
You can use any of these oils in a diffuser. Diffuse these oils for 15 – 30 minutes throughout the day. Try our Female Balance diffuser blend below.
Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler
If you can’t diffuse because of little ones or pets in the home, a personal inhaler is another great way of using the essential oils. Simply place 15 drops of your chosen essential oil(s) on the wick and inhale throughout the day.
Aromatherapy Massage Oil
Massage oils are one of my favorite ways of using essential oils because you’re not only getting the benefit of the oils, but you’re also benefiting from the touch aspect of the massage. Use a massage oil with your chosen essential oil(s) for a relaxing evening back massage or you can even apply the oil yourself over your lower abdomen or low back.
Aromatic Bath with Essential Oils
Soaking in an aromatic bath is a great way of addressing hormonal issues. Not only are you benefiting from the inhalation benefits of essential oils, but you’re also getting the topical benefits as well because the oils will soak into your skin throughout your bath.
Safety Note: Ensure that you’re diluting your oils properly for in the bath, read more about how to use essential oils in the bath. Thyme is a hot oil and best avoided in baths because it can cause skin irritations.
While we can’t always control our hormones, it’s nice to know that essential oils can lend us a helping hand in balancing our hormones and overcoming symptoms of hormones that are out of whack.
Hormone Balance Diffuser Blend
Hormones are a delicate balance that can be thrown off by stress, environmental factors, and food choices. Using essential oils for hormone balance can help to bring the body back into equilibrium. These oils are best used in room diffusers or as topical treatments.
There is also some evidence that suggests aromatherapy has an effect on mood and brain function – so it may not just be about balancing hormones!
Female Balance Diffuser Blend
When you’re feeling stressed or your energy levels have dipped try adding this essential oil diffuser blend to your environment to promote relaxation and get over those pesky hormone mood swings.
Directions: Add required water to your aromatherapy diffuser, then add the drops of essential oil to the water tank or as directed by your machine.
General Essential Oil Safety Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.