We’re all aware of the wide array of benefits that herbs have to offer. We’re also aware of how delicate the balance of hormones is in our bodies. But, what is the connection between the two? Turns out, essential oils could actually help reset your hormones.
Hormones And Essential Oils
Hormones are released by various glands in the endocrine system. They control biological processes in the body such as blood sugar control, functions of the reproductive body, body growth, and energy production.1
Essential oils are found in various parts of plants (roots, flowers, barks, stems, and seeds). They are natural, volatile compounds that give plants and herbs a distinctive aroma. The composition of these essential oils differs based on geography, season, weather, and the distillation process used to produce them. Studies show that some of these herbs and their essential oils could help the body regain hormonal balance essential for smooth functioning.2
5 Essential Oils To Reset Your Hormones
Thyme essential oil is distilled from its flowers and leaves. It contains medicinal components and is commonly used as a herb and spice in many cuisines around the world. One of the most important qualities of thyme is its effect on the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which makes it very useful in the treatment of breast cancer. According to a study, a diet rich in thyme honey may prevent cancer-related processes in the breast, prostate, and endometrial cancer cells.3
Additionally, thyme essential oil is also known to improve blood circulation, strengthen the immune system, and remove scars. Apart from this, thyme is known for its antispasmodic and anti-rheumatic benefits.
Basil is a culinary herb and is referred to as the king of herbs. It has been used around the world, especially in Indian Ayurveda and Chinese medicines, for thousands of years. Basil could stimulate hormones that regulate the body’s natural response to stress. It also relieves exhaustion and sleep-related problems.4
Rose might stand for all things related to romance, and it’s used in a lot of beauty treatments. One of its least-known aspects, however, is its therapeutic effects. It relieves anxiety, helps balance your hormones, and reduces depression. Rose oil is said to balance sex hormones and thus affect the libido.5
Patchouli is a small bushy herb cultivated in Asian countries like China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Mauritius, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan. It has been used in perfumes and insect repellents for a long time now and also as an antidepressant. Inhalation of the patchouli essential oil is said to release serotonin and dopamine in our body. These hormones play a role in relieving anxiety and anger.6
5. Clary Sage
Clary sage is hailed for its benefits for women. It helps with womb- and uterus-related issues and also in regulating menstrual cycles. It also brings down cortisol levels in women. It affects the estrogen hormone, which soothes symptoms of menopause in women.7
The potential of essential oils has just been tapped into. Not only are they all natural but they also don’t have as many staggering side effects as most other medicines. However, before you use essential oils to reset your hormones, make sure to check for any allergies that you might have. Use it as a supplementary alternative medicine and see how well it works out for you.
|↑1||What is the Endocrine System? United States Environmental Protection Agency.|
|↑2||Zava, David T., Charles M. Dollbaum, and Marilyn Blen. “Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices.” Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine 217, no. 3 (1998): 369-378.|
|↑3||Tsiapara, Anna V., Mari Jaakkola, Ioanna Chinou, Konstadia Graikou, Tiina Tolonen, Vesa Virtanen, and Paraskevi Moutsatsou. “Bioactivity of Greek honey extracts on breast cancer (MCF-7), prostate cancer (PC-3) and endometrial cancer (Ishikawa) cells: Profile analysis of extracts.” Food Chemistry 116, no. 3 (2009): 702-708.|
|↑4||Saxena, Ram Chandra, Rakesh Singh, Parveen Kumar, Mahendra P. Singh Negi, Vinod S. Saxena, Periasamy Geetharani, Joseph Joshua Allan, and Kudiganti Venkateshwarlu. “Efficacy of an extract of ocimum tenuiflorum (OciBest) in the management of general stress: A double-blind, placebo-controlled study.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 (2011).|
|↑5, ↑6||Battaglia, Salvatore. The complete guide to aromatherapy. International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003.|
|↑7||Ali, Babar, Naser Ali Al-Wabel, Saiba Shams, Aftab Ahamad, Shah Alam Khan, and Firoz Anwar. “Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review.” Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 5, no. 8 (2015): 601-611.|