Essential Oils for Everyday Living: Essential Oils that Support the Thyroid
January is thyroid awareness month, and before this month comes to an end, I wanted to share several essential oils that have shown they may support the thyroid, especially for individuals who have an underactive thyroid or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Hashimoto’s disease has been a large part of our family’s daily life since our daughter was diagnosed at the age of six. At the time of her diagnoses, I had never worked with a client who had suffered from a thyroid auto-immune, and there wasn’t a lot of alternative health solutions be discussed. If you have this disease you know how debilitating, get can be and how difficult it is to find physicians who REALLY understand your symptoms. I have put in countless hours of research and have seen results first-hand with our daughter; some which I still cannot explain. The essential oils I have listed below have made a significant impact on our daughter’s health and well-being (this is our results, and they may not be the same for you).
Note: Please consult your physician before starting any supplement or essential oil protocol.
Here Are 8 Essential Oils that Support the Thyroid:
Helps support the thyroid it also supports easing, muscle, and joint discomfort while helping the body achieve balance. Lemongrass has antioxidant properties that may prevent the growth of some bacteria’s and yeast.
Recommended use: Add a few drops of fractionated coconut oil along with a few drops of lavender, apply to the feet (area 7) see the diagram below.
Frankincense is one of the leading essential oils used for immune system health. Frankincense is high in Monoterpenes thus playing a significant role in human remodeling tissue and the dermal inflammation process. It may also help to relieve pain, constipation, anxiety fatigue, and mood swings. Frankincense is also high in sesquiterpenes which stimulate and oxygenate the limbic system of the brain; this allows the brain to process better and supports retention.
Recommended use: A few drops on the tops of the head, and diffuse.
(Avoid this oil if you have Graves’ Disease)
Cedarwood contains the highest level of sesquiterpenes more than any other essential oil. Sesquiterpene molecules deliver oxygen molecules to cells as hemoglobin does in the blood. These compounds are known to increase brain oxygenation, thereby increasing attention and clearing the mind.
Recommended use: Diffuse often and apply to the base of the neck or behind the ears.
Myrrh has been used for centuries to reduce stress and support the thyroid. Myrrh is also rich in Sesquiterpenes which can help “dimmish miswritten codes in cellular memory” helping to reduce brain fog. Due to its anti-inflammatory support, myrrh may minimize pro-inflammatory cytokine which may help reduce the autoimmune response.
Recommended use: This is an excellent essential oil to blend with Frankincense. It is a perfect one-two punch against brain fog. Add to a diffuser or add a few drops to a carrier oil, and apply to your wrists, behind the ear, or nape of the neck.
Supports the adrenal glands. When the body needs thyroid support, it usually requires adrenal support too, so it’s a good idea to use this oil on a regular basis. When you address the adrenal glands, you can also ease symptoms of fatigue.
Recommend use: Diffuse with peppermint, and combine peppermint, lavender, and basil in a roller-ball bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to wrists and feet (right below the ball of the foot and at the base of the thumb), and lastly, massage at the lower back just above the kidneys where the adrenals are located.
Peppermint is beneficial for hypothyroid sufferers by easing brain fog, boosting energy, and overall thyroid support. Peppermint also is known for supporting digestion.
Recommended use: Add a few drops to fractionated coconut oil and massage around the belly; you can also diffuse or apply to the wrist.
One symptom many underactive thyroid patients deal with is hair thinning or hair loss. Many studies have shown rosemary essential oil can improve cell regeneration. Studies have shown when compared to popular hair growth treatments rosemary essential oil has proven to increase hair count without drying the scalp.
Recommended use: Mix several drops of rosemary essential oil with fractionated coconut oil and apply directly to the scalp, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. You can also add rosemary essential oil to your chemical-free shampoo too.
Nodules are a common symptom for Hashimoto’s patients, and they can be down-right uncomfortable. (1) After years of nodule inflammation, this blend of essential oils not only eased Sophia’s discomfort, it reduced the size of her nodules. I cannot say enough about this oil. These results may not be the same for all of its users, but this was our experience.
Recommended use: Add 8-10 drops to a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil apply directly to the nodule area daily.
How to Apply Essential Oils to Support the Thyroid:
Apply topically (diluting oils with fractionated coconut oil) to the base of the neck; preferable around the thyroid gland. Also apply generously to the lower back where the adrenal glands can be found. Lastly, apply to the bottoms of your feet. The feet boast the largest pores of the body which allows for quick absorption. See the diagram below.
By using therapeutic grade essential oils daily, its user has the potential to experience tremendous health benefits.
Do you know of any essential oils that support the thyroid that did not get mentioned above? If so, please share them with us in the comments section below!
See you back here this time next month!
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