How to achieve Hormonal Balance using Essential Oils

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The endocrine system severely affects one’s ability to be happy. Hormonal and glandular imbalances caused by damage to the nervous, limbic, lymphatic and other body systems severely increases a likelihood of depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders. “Because of the unique delivery system of the endocrine system (sending hormones to targeted organs and tissues via the circulatory system), essential oils can be especially beneficial since they use the same delivery system! Essential oils can profoundly benefit cells they encounter throughout the body as they circulate. There are also specific oils that have been shown to be incredibly supportive with certain gland/organ functions.” (The Essential Life, 2015). Many essential oils can help to first reduce toxic load, can help repair cellular damage and neural pathways and can also balance hormones and help the body to produce or reduce hormone levels. According to Modern Essentials, “Some essential oils may act as hormones or stimulate the endocrine system to produce hormones that have a regulating effect on the body.” Essential oils of Pelargonium graveolens geranium, Cananga odorata: ylang-ylang, Pogostemon cablin: patchouli and Salvia sclarea: clary sage all have a beneficial impact on hormonal systems. Modern Essentials recommends the oils of “rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint, clary sage, ylang-ylang, Roman chamomile, bergamot, fennel, lavender and rose” to help support the endocrine system. (Modern Essentials, 2015)

One Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Doctor of Clinical Psychology student is researching the effects of aromatic compounds on the brain. She recommends targeting depression via the limbic and nervous systems. Some of the oils she references as anti-depressant are: Citrus bergamia: bergamot, Boswellia carteri: frankincense, Lavandula angustifolia: lavender, Citrus limon: lemon, any oils from the Rutaceae (citrus) family, Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis: chamomile, Salvia sclarea: clary Sage, Pelargonium graveolens: geranium, Zingiber officinale: ginger, Jasminum officinale: jasmine, Origanum vulgare: oregano, Pogostemon cablin: patchouli, Rosa damascena: rose or Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol: rosemary.

Diffusing the oils, and applying them to the reflex points on brain, neck, wrists, or bottom of the feet, as well as applying them to the occipital point on the base of the skull 1-2 times per day is recommended.

She recommends this blend for daily use:


2 drops Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol: rosemary
2 drops Boswellia carteri: frankincense
5 drops Salvia sclarea: clary Sage
5 drops Pogostemon cablin: patchouli
10 drops Lavandula angustifolia: lavender
15 drops Citrus bergamia: bergamot
15 drops Citrus sinesis: orange
15 drops fractionated coconut oil (Daniel, 2015)

 

Exercise, nutrition, hydration, rest, relaxation, fun and adventure, laughter and play, meditation and the use of essential oils will help improve emotional well-being and decrease depression symptoms and frequency.

Adding essential oils to each of the above activities will help improve cellular and limbic function. A daily essential oil regimen is necessary to increase joy and decrease depression.

This regimen will also need to include a foundation of whole, nutritious foods, an adequate daily amount of water, exercise, meditation or time spent in silence, stress reduction including methods like journaling, seeking counseling and getting at least 8 hours of sleep. Some recommendations for daily use of essential oils to combat depression include; A diffuser or two set throughout the house with essential oils that are pleasing and uplifting to the user. Oils such as Citrus sinensis: orange, Pelargonium graveolens: geranium, Citrus limon: lemon, Lavandula angustifolia: lavender, Mentha piperita: peppermint, Mentha spicata: spearmint, Citrus reticulata: tangerine or Cymbopogon flexuosus: lemongrass help increase joy and reduce agitation. Taking a stress relieving bath with oils like Lavandula angustifolia: lavender once a day will help reduce stress and create a restful night’s sleep. Creating a topical blend to help reduce toxic overload will help to improve the efficiency and proper function of all body systems and thus reducing symptoms and occurrence of depression. The Lymphatic system is easily overloaded with toxins as is the digestive system. Removing these toxins on a daily basis will help improve mental and physical health. (Modern Essentials, 2015) recommend using Helichrysum italicum: helichrysum, Rosmarinus officinalis: rosemary, Juniperus communis: juniper berry and Coriandrum sativum: coriander for detoxification by applying diluted oils topically over the liver and intestines, and reflex points on the feet. Adding oils such as Cananga odorata: ylang ylang and Pelargonium graveolens: geranium will help balance hormones and using oils such as Boswellia frereana: frankincense and Santalum album: sandalwood will help restore cellular function.

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Based on the taxonomical breakdown of plant families according to Modern Essentials, the most effective essential oils for combating depression and its physiological contributors are as follows:

For the nervous system: Mentha piperita: peppermint, Ocimum basilicum CT linalol: basil, Lavandula angustifolia: lavender, Citrus limon: lemon, Citrus x paradisi: grapefruit, Boswellia carteri: frankincense

For the endocrine system: Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol: Rosemary, Mentha piperita: peppermint, Salvia sclarea: clary sage, Cananga odorata: ylang ylang, Melaleuca alternifolia: melaleuca, Origanum vulgare: oregano, Ocimum basilicum CT linalol: basil, Cinnamomum cassia: cassia, Pogostemon cablin: patchouli, Pelargonium graveolens: geranium

For the Limbic system: Melissa officinalis: melissa (lemon balm), Boswellia carteri: frankincense, Santalum album: sandalwood, Citrus bergamia: bergamot, Rosa damascena: rose

For detoxification: Helichrysum italicum: helichrysum, Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol: rosemary, Juniperus communis: juniper berry, Coriandrum sativum L.: coriander, Cupressus sempervirens: cypress, Citrus x paradisi: grapefruit, Cymbopogon flexuosos: lemongrass, Citrus sinensis: orange, Thymus vulgaris CT Thymol: thyme, Eugenia caryophyllata: clove, Zingiber officinale: ginger

For cellular repair: Mentha piperita: peppermint, Lavandula angustifolia: lavender, Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol: rosemary, Ocimum basilicum CT linalol: basil, Foeniculum vulgare: fennel

For Emotions/Depression: Cupressus sempervirens: cypress, Pelargonium graveolens: geranium, Lavandula angustifolia: lavender, Rosa damascena: rose, Mentha piperita: peppermint, Citrus limon: lemon, Boswellia carteri: frankincense, Citrus bergamia: bergamot, Melissa officinalis: melissa (lemon balm), Salvia sclarea: clary sage, Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 Cineol: rosemary, Cananga odorata: ylang ylang, Citrus x paradisi: grapefruit, Citrus aurantifolia: lime, Zingiber officinale: ginger, Juniperus communis: juniper berry, Ocimum basilicum CT linalol: basil, Santalum album: sandalwood, Pogostemon cablin: patchouli, Citrus sinensis: orange (Modern Essentials, 2015)

By using a combination of the any of the above oils, we can restore our body systems to the point of homeostasis over time.

If we think of our bodies as a circle of life, with one system affecting the other and so on until we’re back at the first system then we can see and understand how every cell, organ, strand of tissue matters when it comes to our mental health (or any other facet of wellness for that matter).

If the cardiovascular system is backed up and not functioning well, then the blood will not flow properly to the brain or other organs, affecting those systems and so on. It is (in my opinion) full-body wellness that allows us to not only be physically well but mentally happy. With daily use of essential oils, we can reduce stressors and toxic overload, balance hormones, improve organ function and cellular health and increase brain health. The end result from this balancing of all body systems is a decrease in symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. By addressing wellness in terms of body systems and the connection they share with each other as well as with the mind and spirit we can see that a holistic approach must be taken to target our ailments. Depression might be seemingly overwhelming and unmanageable but through the consistent use of essential oils and other holistic approaches we can target all areas of the source of the problem and combat it, repairing the source of depression from the inside out over time.

 

Works Cited

  1. Daniel, Danielle. Essential Oils and the Brain. Pleasant Grove: AromaTools, 2015. Print.
  2. “Depression (mood).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Aug. 2016. Web. 27 Aug. 2016.
  3. The Essential Life: A Simple Guide to Living the Wellness Lifestyle. Place of Publication Not Identified: Total Wellness, 2015. Print.
  4. Goldberg M.D., Joseph. “WebMD – Causes of Depression.” WebMD. WebMD, 27 Feb. 2016. Web. 27 Aug. 2016.
  5. Goldsmith Ph.D., Barton. “10 Little Known Facts About Depression.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, 15 July 2009. Web. 27 Aug. 2016.
  6. Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. 7th ed. Vol. 2. Pleasant Grove: AromaTools, 2015. Print.

 

 

 

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