My Top 3 Favourites Essential Oil For Balancing Hormones
I often wonder if there is such a thing as a normal period. Mood swings, hot flashes, cramps, heavy flow—you name it, I've experienced it. Even thou we know that our PMS symptoms are caused by imbalanced hormones, we usually have the wrong hormones in mind. Reducing cortisol levels should be your main goal, which will help to rebalance your estrogen and progesterone levels. This means stress management is the biggest gift that we women can give to ourselves.
High-quality essential oils can support this step by reducing your cortisol levels and allowing your body to find the calm that it needs to support your monthly cycle. They can bridge the gap from imbalance to balance while you work to recharge your system.
While essential oils are NOT hormones and don’t function as such, they are capable of supporting the bodily systems that do influence and control hormones to help your body to heal itself.
Here are my top 3 favourites for diminishing the symptoms of PMS and balancing your hormones:
1. Clary sage (Salvia sclarea):
Often called "the best oil for your worst time of the month," clary sage (CS) is an essential oil that no woman should be without. With the ability to reduce cortisol levels by simply inhaling it from the bottle, CS should be the first oil that you reach for when stress levels run high near your cycle. In fact, research demonstrated its ability to lower cortisol levels by 36 percent as well as improve the levels of your thyroid hormones. It also works well when used as an abdominal massage to relieve tightening menstrual cramps and uncomfortable tension during your period by relaxing your smooth muscles.
Diffused with lavender, it can provide an ultimate calming environment, especially when used in tandem with topical application on your pulse points or an Epsom salt bath for total body relaxation with a dose of much-needed magnesium. If you don’t have it yet, it’s time to get your hands on this amazing oil!
2. Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata):
This oil tops the chart for aphrodisiac essential oils and has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies to encourage this usage. Its intoxicating aroma both calms and uplifts the mind and body while relieving stressful tension. It enables the body to reduce blood pressure while providing total body relaxation with such intensity that it's an almost sedative effect. While many women use this oil daily for hormonal balance and to boost libido, the actual results achieved are a lowering of the body’s stress levels in order to calm the mind and body, allowing for normal reproductive functioning.
3. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris):
Thyme caught the attention of researchers after a study showed its ability to aid in the balancing of progesterone levels due to its phytoestrogen content. Obviously, progesterone plays an essential role in our monthly cycle, preparing the lining of the uterus for potential implantation by a fertilized egg. The grounding and balancing properties of this essential oil helps to keep our stress levels in check but also alleviates the symptoms associated with low progesterone—like mood swings, insomnia, hot flashes, and weight gain. Thyme is also well-known for its ability to support a healthy immune system, which helps your body stay in balance. A note of caution: If you have a problem with estrogen dominance or any condition that would suffer from excess estrogen, you should avoid the use of thyme, as it may exacerbate your condition.
I recommend incorporating some self-care rituals into your daily routine in order to take time each day to reduce those stress levels. Deep breathing techniques, relaxing nighttime routines, yoga, and anything that helps you to find your inner peace are your ticket to keeping stress low while replenishing your energy and mood.