Essential Oils For Curing Hormonal Imbalances

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How Does Hormone Impact Your Health?

Hormones serve as chemical messengers within your body that is responsible for regulating various body functions such as growth and development, reproductive functions, metabolism, and tissue functions, among others. Although they are necessary to maintaining your health, any form of alteration among these hormones could lead to consequent health impacts. They travel to different parts of your body (mostly through the bloodstream) until it reaches specific glands or systems to produce the desired effect or send the chemical message.

Research has pointed out that several human activities can cause this alteration to happen as it intervenes with the production and travel of hormones through the different parts of the body. Hormone is also very important since it affects not just your physical health, but also the emotional and psychological health. Therefore, hormonal changes does not only result to experiencing physical conditions but also affect your mood and psychic state.

Balance Hormones with Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Hormonal Balance

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance does not isolate certain age groups and anyone is certainly vulnerable to these conditions. In order for you to address it properly, identification of the symptoms is an important first step in your effort to treat hormonal imbalances. Here are some of the most common and reported ones:

  • allergic symptoms
  • osteoporosis
  • hair loss
  • urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • fibrocyctic breasts
  • decreasing libido
  • wrinkly skin
  • uterine fibroids
  • headache
  • endometriosis
  • depression and anxiety
  • weight gain

How Do Essential Oils Affect Hormones?

One reason why the use of essential oils in aromatherapy has gained immense popularity is because of its ability to address internal health problems, in addition to improving function on the external parts of the body. People, women especially, suffer from hormonal imbalances due to changes in your endocrine system that results in an abnormal production of hormones. The reason is not yet fully known but it can be a combination of several different factors.

However, there are a few approaches that have been identified to control and regulate your hormone system to avoid complications. One of them is through the use of essential oils. The essences and the properties contained within the essential oil used stimulate your brain cells to regain the natural activity of your hormones. As soon as you are able to regulate your body’s hormone production, you will notice significant results on your body as well.

Geranium Essential Oil

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Suggested Essential Oils

Essential oils are most effective in addressing health problems concerning your hormones and its effect on your overall health. There are quite a few choices available when it comes to using essential oils that trigger the root of imbalances and restoring its normal function.

There are four identified essential oils that work best for hormonal imbalances. These are clary sage, geranium, petitgrain and sandalwood essential oils. Each one is discussed in detail below.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

This particular essential oil has been used widely in the field of aromatherapy due to its ability to cure nervous tension. But clary sage oil is also popular for its ability to treat various women’s health issues due to its affinity with the female reproductive organ. Hence, this is a reliable oil to use to deal with female hormonal imbalances such as premenstrual syndrome, irregular menstrual cycle, painful menstruation, headache, nausea, or depression associated with any type of menstrual activity. You can boost its effectiveness by creating a blend using geranium essential oil.

Geranium Essential Oil

While geranium essential oil is effective in itself, the Bourbon type is best suited for treating female hormonal imbalances. Research has proven its ability to produce such health benefits and health experts are forging their research efforts to learn how they can optimize the chemical component present in geranium oil that produce these benefits. Geraniol is the chemical component present in this type of oil that addresses issues in your system responsible for producing hormones – the autonomic nervous system.

Petitgrain Essential Oil

This type of oil comes with a refreshing and citrusy aroma, which explains its popularity in the field of perfumery. But its scent does more than just to please your senses because it has been known to affect your psychological state of mind, thus lifting your mood and reversing the negative effects of imbalances in your hormonal make-up. The phyto estrogen components found in petitgrain essential oil help to stabilize your emotions while creating a balancing effect on your hormones.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of both somatic and mental disorders. A study investigating the effects of inhalation of East Indian sandalwood oil and its main compound, α-santalol, on human physiological parameters found that the compounds elevated pulse rate, skin conductance, and systolic blood pressure.
Sandalwood oil is relaxing, soothing, cooling and centering. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. It's considered an aid in meditation and prayer. It's grounding in times of emotional distraction and helps bring peace and acceptance in times of loss.

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Essential Oils for Specific Hormonal Conditions

There are various conditions that could come as an effect of fluctuations in your hormonal activity. Therefore, it takes different kinds of essential oils to treat specific conditions and you cannot afford to take a generic approach if you want to achieve effective relief against these conditions.

Below are some of the common conditions associated with hormonal imbalances and the corresponding essential oils that are used to treat them:

*Menopause – Lavender oil contains properties that help to soothe and calm your nerves so you can effectively address its symptoms and other entailing conditions.

*Irritability – When your hormones are involved, it will very likely affect your mood and emotional well-being. If someone becomes highly irritable as a result of hormonal fluctuations, simply let them sniff the scent of either patchouli or cardamom essential oil for a grounding effect.

*Hot Flashes – Women who undergo hormonal changes will most likely be suffering from this condition. Good thing there are quite a few choices of essential oils to balance your hormones and regain vitality to your senses. These include peppermint, grapefruit, lime or lemon essential oils.

*Depression – Acquiring a depressive behavior is a very likely occurrence with hormonal fluctuations in women. To cope with that and avoid worsening condition, you can use either ylang ylang or lavender oil.

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Method of Application

Just as important as choosing the type of essential oil to use in treating hormonal imbalances is your method of application. This will enable you to acquire the essential properties for faster healing and regulation of your hormonal activity. A significant indicator to your choice of method to use relies on the type of oil used.

Two common methods that you can use for hormonal imbalances (particularly irregular menstrual cycle and other menstrual conditions) is massage or adding essential oil to your bathwater. Bth these methods enable the properties of the oil to quickly penetrate through your skin and enter your bloodstream to normalize hormonal production and activity.

You can also prepare homemade female toner using essential oils, especially for women who are constantly plagued with hormonal imbalances. This will ensure you have immediate source of relief from this condition. To prepare this, you need a synergistic blend of essential oils composing of blue tansy, geranium, lavender, rosewood, clary sage, petitgrain, frankincense, and rose essential oils. Mix them together and it will serve as a natural tonic and regulator for the female hormones.

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MJ Degno 10 months ago

Synergy is a process of trial and error. Some oils respond in much smaller addition to blends than others. I recommend trying a beginning blend of 4 oils, and start there. Sometimes, 2 oils that work so well together- (peppermint/lavender) (helichrysum/manuka) may have a great effect in that aspect than others where there is a call for 6 oils. Clary Sage and Geranium work well together for purposes of this discussion. I would most likely add another, but you get the idea. I am currently working on this particular aspect as well. Good luck to all, any questions are welcome. I will provide advice on what blends have worked for me, but I AM NOT a Certified Aromatherapist. I hold a few minor certifications in the field, and 20+ years experience, and I have plenty experience with some of my own blends, and blending. As always, practice safety, and I welcome all comments and questions.


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Gina Welds-Hulse 10 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

I loved this article. I use a blend every night that incorporates clary sage ,frankincense and myrrh. It's the first time in months that I'm not doubling over with pain from fibroids and cramps. I'm a lupus patient and love aromatherapy "treatment." Thanks for sharing.


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Vicky022389 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Thanks for the information! I recently started using essential oils and natural supplements to help with Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome, need to try more aromatherapy!


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Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon

Helpful information! Thanks! I was looking into geranium for hormonal imbalance and found the info I was looking for here.


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

This is the first that I heard of essential oils for hormonal balance...great information.


wholefoodgal 6 years ago

Wow, I never thought essencial oils could do that. I just thought they were used for smell. Recently I have been thinking that I have hormone imbalance so if this becomes bothersome I will give this a try.

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