5 Essential Oils to Balance Your Hormones
While some symptoms of hormonal imbalances in your body are easy to identify - acne, disrupted sleep cycles and irregular body temperature - others cause discomfort in the body that you might not immediately associate with hormonal imbalances. Because hormones play a pivotal role in your health, even the smallest of hormonal imbalances can have disproportionate side effects in your body.
When it comes to severe hormonal imbalances, it is important to seek the advice of your doctor who will be able to prescribe hormonal therapies.
Essential oils offer a powerful and effective way to augment the treatment your doctor recommends. They can also be used to help you balance your hormones before and after your period.
Balance Your Hormones Naturally with Essential Oil
Essential oils to treat hormonal imbalances
Geranium essential oil
Geranium essential oil is created through the steam distillation of the stems and leaves of geranium. Like many floral essential oils, geranium has a soft, floral and feminine scent and has strong balancing effects on hormones as it helps to regulate oestrogen levels.
By regulating oestrogen levels, geranium essential oil helps to curb cravings related to PMS and, when applied topically, geranium essential oil will help prevent acne outbreaks associated with hormonal imbalances and PMS.
To use geranium essential oil to balance your hormones, try diffusing 8 - 10 drops of geranium essential oil in your aromatherapy diffuser. To apply geranium essential oil topically, blend 6 - 8 drops into your favourite carrier oil (we LOVE jojoba essential oil - especially when it comes to skincare).
Sandalwood essential oil
While commonly discussed as a female issue, hormonal imbalances impact men as well. Sandalwood essential oil is a powerful oil when it comes to stimulating the production testosterone. For this reason, aphrodisiac essential oil blends commonly contain sandalwood.
Diffusing sandalwood essential oil in your home is a great way to boost testosterone levels. Add 6 - 8 drops of sandalwood essential oil to your diffuser in the evening while you sleep to enjoy the benefits of balanced testosterone levels throughout the day.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is the most versatile of essential oils. Among the therapeutic benefits of this essential oil is its affects on hormonal imbalances, particularly those related to PMS. blend 8 - 10 drops of lavender essential oil into one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil (have I mentioned we absolutely LOVE jojoba oil?) and apply the mixture to your lower abdomen as needed throughout the day.
Rose essential oil
Like sandalwood essential oil, rose essential oil works as an aphrodisiac. Rose also has similar hormonal balancing properties to geranium essential oil which make it a powerful solution for treating acne outbreaks related to hormonal imbalances.
To apply rose essential oil topically, blend 4 - 6 drops of rose otto essential oil into your favourite carrier oil and massage the mixture into your skin after cleansing. This mixture can be worn alone or with your daily moisturiser.
Clary sage essential oil
When it comes to balancing hormones, clary sage essential oil is the most powerful and effective essential oil. Inhaling clary sage essential oil reduces your body’s cortisol levels and drastically improves the function of your thyroid.
To enjoy the healing benefits of clary sage essential oil, diffuse 8 - 10 drops of clary sage in your aromatherapy diffuser.
In addition to reducing cortisol levels and improving thyroid function, clary sage essential oil helps reduce anxiety and depression associated with hormonal imbalances and menopause. Diffusing clary sage essential oil also helps balance oestrogen levels which improves fertility and aids in the treatment of PCOS.
Essential oil recipe for balancing hormones
The following recipe is intended to assist in balancing hormones and can be blended directly into your aromatherapy diffuser. If you are, or might be pregnant, please avoid diffusing this blend or applying this recipe topically.
6 drops - clary sage essential oil
4 drops - lavender essential oil
4 drops - geranium essential oil
2 drops - rose otto essential oil
1 drop - sandalwood essential oil
For improved results, mix the above essential oil blend into one tablespoon of your favourite essential oil.