Diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on hormone balance but the powerful effects of making simple modifications are often over-looked. Even less well-understood is how effective nature’s own medicine cupboard can be at re-balancing hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers, relaying information around the body, however it is very easy for levels to become disrupted and women are especially susceptible to common challenges such as:
- Lack of sleep
- Blood sugar instability
- Nutritional deficiencies
- High intake of stimulants e.g. caffeine, sugar
- Environmental toxins
- Chronic inflammation
- Low or extremely high levels of exercise
Essential oils can be used therapeutically to support hormone health and, when combined with dietary and lifestyle modifications, they can be very effective. Here are my 5 favourite oils for hormone balancing….
Lavender – Supports sleep and can help to reduces anxiety, which will inevitably lower stress hormones. Blend with coconut oil and apply to wrists and temples or inhale.
Bergamot – Calming and uplifting this is one of my favourite citrus oils. I often combine this with geranium in a diffuser, which freshens the house and lifts my mood!
Rosemary – supports adrenals and is good for fighting fatigue as well as boosting memory. Can be applied *neat to reflex points, taken internally in a vegetable capsule or used in cooking.
Clary Sage – helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It can be applied *neat to reflex points, taken internally in a vegetable capsule or used in cooking.
Thyme – Has an adaptogenic effect on oestrogen and progesterone. Dilute and apply topically to wrists, inhale or add to a vegetable capsule. Thyme also blends beautifully with citrus oils and can be used in cooking.
* Always dilute with fractionated coconut oil if you have sensitive skin!