Hormone balance is your body’s natural state but when there are too many demands on your body, its ability to balance hormones is overwhelmed. The resulting hormonal imbalance gives rise to skin issues, such as acne, fatigue, trouble sleeping, increased weight gain, irritability, and hot flashes or night sweats.
Though there are different ways of combating hormonal imbalance, essential oils have been proven to be effective. When used as advised by a doctor, essential oils can help alleviate cramp pains in women, reduce PMS and balancing of hormones. Below are some of the best essential oils for hormone balance you should use regularly:
Clary Sage is an essential oil made from a plant in the mint botanical family. This oil is well known for treating hormone imbalances. It contains sclareol, a diterpene alcohol that makes it estrogen-like in its effect on the body. It has a euphoric effect in general, can act as a uterine tonic, help with painful menses, hot flashes, post-natal depression, panic attacks, impotence, and frigidity. It is considered an oil that is a “gift to the female.” It can get rid of the monthly boat, regulate menses, balance the endocrine system including the pituitary and the pancreas making it helpful for diabetics.
Geranium is much more subtle than clary sage. It is used primarily for breast engorgement, vaginal thrush, painful periods, PMS, and uterine hemorrhage. It has a calming, uplifting and strengthening effect. Some find it particularly helpful for hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Used for centuries to aid in sleep and skin issues, lavender oil is one of the most popular of essential oils and fits in a super group of oils called adaptogens. These oils are useful when glands are either over functioning or under-functioning to bring a balanced state. The glands responsible for how you cope with stress are the adrenals. Lavender helps by calming the mind and relaxing the body.
Lavender oil can help with depressed moods, hair loss, period cramps, flatulence, and also mood swings induced by menopause, indigestion, as well as stretch marks. Also, lavender has been proven to help with seasonal allergies and detoxification of the liver. This oil can be inhaled directly, massaged at the temples or wrists or used like we do, in a diffuser at night which helps us get a good, quality sleep.
Another essential oil in the adaptogen group is basil. It is good for cooling the skin (think hot flashes) and also for it’s calming and restorative effects. Basil eases the mind and can also be used either aromatically or topically. Massaging with basil on the ears or the forearms can soothe anxious feelings and balance the adrenal glands.
One of the best essential oils for hormone balance is bergamot, a unique citrus oil that has incredible aromatic aspects. It mainly assists with emotional feelings like self-worth and self-acceptance. Blending bergamot with lavender and cedarwood will help ease the mind and relax the body, all exceptional for dealing with stress.
The essential oil of peppermint is used in supporting joint and muscle health, nervous, digestive and also respiratory systems. This oil is only for the external use and really helps to get relief from the muscle and body pain. So if you are suffering from a severe headache, muscle pain, or even from period pain, then this oil is the perfect solution for you.
Also, because of its cooling sensation, this oil is really helpful to get relief from various skin related problems like rashes, infections, burn skin, minor cuts, itching and many other skin issues. However, it should be noted that peppermint oil might cause tingling in people who have sensitive skin. It should be kept off the eyes because it can be irritating.
How You Should Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance
PMS Bath Blend
Normally, PMS is triggered by both hormonal imbalance and neurotransmitters which occur before menstruation due to hormone fluctuations. To alleviate the pain from these conditions, you should improve hormonal balance as well as the neurotransmitters. This way, you make the symptoms of both the PMS and other hormone issues in women.
You should add 2 drops of geranium, 2 drops of chamomile, 2 drops of lavender and 3 drops of clary sage to warm bathing water. To help keep these oils from floating on the bathing water, it is advisable to add a 1/4 cup Epsom salt. Besides, Epsom salt will provide magnesium properties in your bath.
PMS Hormonal Balance Blend
A mixture of several essential oils can help you enhance hormonal balance. A simple aromatherapy formula is 1 drop of geranium oil, 2 drops of clary sage oil, and then add 1 drop of fractionated coconut or almond oil and rub across the abdomen for pain relief. You can also rub the mixture on the wrist and breathe it in. The aroma instantly calms and helps cool those hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause or post menopause.
German chamomile and clary sage are both hormone-like and act as a decongestant on your system; cypress and niaouli are both estrogen-like and can help to regulate menses; peppermint is an ovarian stimulant and can be cooling. For hot flashes and sweating-clary sage, cypress, peppermint or pine oils for the excessive perspiration. Some find a combination of clary sage and geranium oils to be a life-saver.
Menstrual Massage Blend
Normally, I use a mixture of lavender, clary sage and rose oil to relieve menstrual pains. Prepare a mixture of 3 drops of clary sage, 6 drops of lavender and 3 drops of rose oil. On the mixture, add 4 teaspoons of fractionated coconut, jojoba oil or almond oil. Now, rub the final product on your back, abdomen or use it all over the body.
Before using any essential oil, always remember to do a skin test so that you know which oils you can use safely. It is also important to dilute oils that are highly concentrated and scorching for the skin. Also, essential oils should not be used by pregnant women.
The bottom line is that essential oils should be used as part of a daily routine along with a good diet and exercise regime to regulate the hormone balance.