8 Important Essential Oils for Hormonal Balance
Hormones control most of our bodily functions. They are incredible chemical messengers. But when they get out of whack, they can wreak havoc on our lives.
For many women in particular, hormonal imbalances come in puberty, childbearing years, and menopausal years.
There are many negative side effects that will encourage women to try and balance those hormones:
- They are struggling with painful periods or missed cycles
- Their mood swings dramatically or they find themselves dealing with anxiety and depression (often worsens throughout different times of their cycles)
- They have difficulty losing weight
- They have hormonal acne
- They have a low libido
- They are battling conditions like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome
- They are struggling to have a baby
The list goes on and on.
There are many ways you can go about treating a hormonal imbalance from diet changes to medications. But one of the top natural solutions comes through essential oils.
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What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are exactly what they sound like – the oils pulled from natural plants and flowers that still contain all the “essential” health benefits. They are considered the “pure essence” of these natural plants, which means you are getting the health benefits in a concentrated form.
Now here is my list of eight essential oils that can help you treat any hormonal imbalance:
1. Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil is one of those all-round hormone enhancers. It should be one of your go-to oils.
First off, clary sage has been shown to help balance your estrogen production. This is a huge help to anyone with infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, PMS symptoms, and any other hormone-related condition.
On top of all that goodness, simply inhaling clary sage will drop your cortisol – AKA: the stress hormone – by 36%. Stress hormones can do all sorts of bad things to your natural fertility, including preventing ovulation.
2. Lavender Oil
Without a doubt, lavender oil is one of those “jack of all trades” essential oils. So it is no surprise that it can be extremely beneficial to those trying to balance out their hormones.
First up – lavender helps in the process of balancing hormones.
But when it comes to menstrual periods, it offers great support. It can ease cramping, and help soothe emotions of sadness, anger, or fear during PMS.
3. Thyme Oil
When we talk about balancing hormones in women, estrogen often steals the spotlight. But balancing your progesterone is important too. Women with low progesterone can have trouble getting pregnant – and staying pregnant.
Even outside of matters of fertility, progesterone plays a big role in regulating your menstrual cycle and your mood. So when your progesterone is out of whack – so is your whole hormone system.
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Thyme oil, thankfully, comes in to save the day by balancing progesterone.
4. Sandalwood Oil
We have already talked about estrogen and progesterone – now let’s take a look at testosterone. The proper balance of this “male” sex hormone is essential for a woman’s fertility.
Sandalwood has been shown to help balance out testosterone levels. This does not mean using sandalwood will boost your testosterone levels (so women, fear not!), but it does have a balancing effect that can be great if your hormones are off.
Many times a woman’s libido diminishes due to hormone changes. Sandalwood oil also offers a big boost to the sex drive.
5. Basil Oil
Basil oil will help you combat stress. It works to help balance out your adrenal glands, which just so happen to produce your stress hormones.
When your adrenals are messed up, it often leaves you feeling exhausted during the day and unable to sleep well at night. You may also have brain fog or strong food cravings.
Science even backs up basil’s effectiveness. One study split people into two groups: one on a placebo and one on basil. Basil was found to be “39% more effective in the management of stress symptoms.”
Geranium is one of those underappreciated essential oils. We may hear about lavender and peppermint all the time, but this flowery oil is a powerhouse.
Geranium oil works as a hormone stabilizer, lessening the amount of fluctuation in hormone levels. This benefit is even known to help women going through menopause. Plus, it can boost your energy and help balance out your moods.
Geranium is also known as a big helper of the skin. This means if you are having skin issues due to imbalanced hormones, you may want to try geranium as an acne spot treatment and a wrinkle reducer. (But always test it on a small area of skin first to make sure you do not have any negative reaction).
As an added bonus, geranium is also known as a good essential oil for overall ovary and uterine health.
7. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass is another oil known to help with the balancing of female hormones – estrogen and progesterone. This means it aids women suffering from conditions like heavy periods, hormonal acne, and even infertility.
If you suffer from menstrual cramps, lemongrass tea can be a pain reliever. Either add a few drops to a glass of hot water or to brewed herbal tea (like chamomile or peppermint).
8. Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang is a fabulous essential oil for dealing with PMS. You can use it to calm your cramps and boost your mood. It can fight against mild depression and boost feelings of peace and confidence.
It is also known as a big aphrodisiac – it will boost your libido, as well as your partner’s.
If hormonal changes have left you with thinning hair (an all-too-common side effect!), ylang ylang is a fabulous hair care oil. Add a drop in with your conditioner.
How To Use These Essential Oils
Now that you know some of the top hormone balancing oils, you may be thinking: now what? How do I use these?
Here are the three primary ways to use any essential oil:
- Inhaling: One of the quickest and easiest ways to benefit from essential oils is simply to smell them. You can buy essential oil diffusers for your home. Or you can boil a pot of water on the stove, add a few drops of essential oil, and let the steam infuse your house with the healing properties.
You can also make your own reed diffuser. Check out this YouTube video for instructions:
- Topical Application: Putting the essential oils directly on your skin allows their health benefits to soak into your skin. Know that you should always apply them with a “carrier oil” (like coconut oil or jojoba oil) to protect your skin.
- Ingesting: It is extremely important to double check that your essential oil brand is safe for ingesting. Not all essential oils are made equally. If it is labeled safe for food consumption, you can take these oils in a glass of water or tea (only use glass cups) or you can add them to capsules.
While you can absolutely try the hormone-balancing essential oils one at a time through these different methods, it can sometimes be helpful to blend them together. Below, I want to share some popular recipes for essential oil blends to help your hormones.
Hormone-Balancing Essential Oil Blends
Here are three simple essential oil blends for balancing your hormones. Of course, the options are endless, and these do not even include all the wonderful oils I have listed above. But they can show you great ways to start including essential oils into your life.
PMS Hormonal Balance Blend by Wellness Mama (Diffuser recipe): 2 drops of clary sage oil, 1 drop of geranium oil, and 1 drop of ylang ylang oil.
Menstrual Massage Blend by Wellness Mama (Topical Recipe): 6 drops of lavender, 3 drops each of clary sage and 3 drops of rose oil. Combine these with 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil. Rub the blend on your abdomen, back, or all over the body.
4-Ingredient Essential Oil Serum For Balancing Hormones by Mind Body Green (Topical recipe): 1 oz. evening primrose oil, 30 drops clary sage oil, 30 drops thyme oil, 30 drops ylang ylang oil. Add ingredients to a 2-ounce roller bottle.
Pregnancy Reminder - be mindful of your hormones
Since these essential oils are all fabulous for boosting your hormones, many women may turn to them in times of infertility. This can be a great, all-natural choice to help you boost your chances of conception.
But not all essential oils are safe during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or midwife which essential oils should be stopped immediately once you do become pregnant and which you can continue to use safely.
Essential Oils And Your Hormones
No matter your reason for balancing your hormones, including essential oils is a safe and simple choice. Adding them to a balanced diet, exercise, and other supplements can be a fabulous support.
You can start by adding a few of them to your everyday routine. Perhaps you make the recipe for a rollerball and then diffuse one or two each evening after work. Notice changes in your moods, health problems, and even fertility. If you are feeling great, try adding in a few more.
When it comes to these essential oils, find what works best for you and your hormones.