It seems like everywhere you turn, people are talking thyroid health. You've probably heard all kinds of tips on ways to promote a healthy thyroid, like clean eating, exercise, and proper sleep. But one of the biggest roadblocks to your thyroid health might just be the amount of stress that you allow into your day. This means that showing your thyroid some love starts at home with your daily self-care routines. One thing that could be worth a try is essential oils.
While there isn't a significant amount of research to show a direct association between essential oils and thyroid health, there are some studies that indicate essential oils may help, plus anecdotal evidence from integrative medical practitioners.
It's important to note that essential oils won't replace thyroid medication, and it's important to speak to your doctor before using them if you do have a thyroid condition. That said, these essential oil protocols may help support your body as a whole while focusing attention to your thyroid gland:
De-stress with bergamot and frankincense.
The best thing you can do to lower your cortisol levels is establish a self-care ritual of regular deep breathing exercises. Training your body to breathe deeply on the regular—and especially during moments of high stress—can be your first line of defense. To do this, focus on your diaphragm and breathe in through your nose, allowing your belly to inflate like a balloon. Then pause and hang at the top of the breath, repeating a calming statement to yourself, like "I am calm and in control." Then begin to exhale through your mouth, pulling the breath in like a string tugging at your belly button. Hang again at the pause at the bottom of the breath and focus on something you can control. Try to do this at least once every two hours (even if you have to set an alarm). Pairing this practice with high-quality essential oils proven to support thyroid health and lower cortisol levels will put you on the right path.
Both lavender and bergamot essential oils may help your body to naturally lower its cortisol levels while helping to calm the mind and body. Studies show powerful evidence for lowered cortisol levels in only 10 minutes of simply inhaling the scent of calming oils, such as lavender. Lavender and rosemary essential oils may also inhibit the free radical attacks on your body and lower cortisol levels simultaneously.
When blended with oils that support cellular health like frankincense, you can have a powerful support remedy ready for you at any moment. Add in some wild orange or lemon for a detoxing top note, and you have your own thyroid health perfume!
De-Stress Your Thyroid Blend
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops wild orange essential oil
- 8 drops frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops bergamot essential oil
Method: To a 10 mL glass rollerball bottle, add the essential oils and fill the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil. Replace the rollerball top and swirl to blend. Roll over your thyroid and on your wrists and behind the ears to sustain your calm and support your health all day long. Even putting a drop on the end of your scarf or on a leather bracelet can help you to reap the benefits all day long.
Another amazing option is diffusing essential oils. Whether you simply inhale the aroma or use a cool-mist nebulizing diffuser, the essential oils can have an instantaneous effect on your bodily cortisol levels.
Assist your thyroid with lemon and wild orange.
Due to the large amount of chemicals in our world today, everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat to the personal care, cleaning, and beauty products that we use is exposing our bodies to unnatural substances. While it's hard to prevent those chemicals outside your personal environment, you can control what you eat by choosing organic, plant-based options and clean proteins. You can also opt for natural products or make your own.
Because the thyroid helps to naturally filter out toxins, supporting your body with natural detoxifying agents like citrus essential oils can really give your body a head start. Try adding lemon or wild orange essential oil to your water infusions or smoothies for extra support (just read my article on ingesting essential oils, first). Here's a recipe for one of my favorite water infusions that will support your body's natural systems of detox.
- 1 lemon, sliced into wheels
- 1 cup berries of your choice (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
- 1½ cups still water
- 1 drop lemon essential oil
In a 2-quart infusion pitcher, add the lemon and berries and lemon essential oil. Add ice to your pitcher and fill with water. Allow the blend to steep for at least 30 minutes, but the strongest flavor will come after 2 to 3 hours. Be sure to stir your water before serving.
Try a synergist blend.
Using synergist blends as a part of your daily self-care routine may help aid your body in regulating hormone levels. Combined with deep breathing activities, essential oils are natural allies that can aid your body in supporting itself.
Thyroid supportive blends should include clove essential oil, which has antioxidants that can keep free radicals from overloading the thyroid and support your liver in the process. Frankincense and myrrh essential oils also provide anti-inflammatory power that keeps your thyroid from stress due to inflammation and can help to support your body as it rebalances and detoxes. Another amazing option is lemongrass essential oil, which has been proven as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help to detox your thyroid while supporting natural lymphatic function. Any carrier oil that you prefer can be added to a glass rollerball bottle for an on-the-go remedy and support that will help to maintain your calm and keep those hormonal levels at a harmonious balance.
Thyroid Support Blend
- 8 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops myrrh essential oil
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops clove essential oil
- Carrier oil of choice
In a 10-mL glass rollerball bottle, add the essential oils and then fill to the top with a carrier oil of your choice, such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Recap and swirl to combine. Roll directly on the thyroid to support your body with aromatherapy and topically 3 to 4 times throughout the day.
Loving your hormones with essential oils and mindfulness-based stress reduction is a powerful path toward better health. Your thyroid will benefit but so will the rest of your bodily functions. In addition, take the time to get your body moving and fuel it with clean protein and plant-based nutrition. Be sure to get enough sleep and get those stress levels managed with deep breathing routines supported by the power of essential oil. Supporting your thyroid with rollerball remedies that can reduce inflammation and encourage detoxing will get you on the right track to thyroid success and hormonal balance.
Mariza Snyder, D.C., is a functional wellness practitioner and public speaker currently living in Northern California. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West and her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Health Psychology from Mills College. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, Women's Health and O, The Oprah Magazine and is the author of five best-selling nutrition books. Snyder specializes in holistic medicine and nutrition, aiming to help people live a healthy and abundant life.