Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, it’s probable that you’re aware of essential oils. You might not know exactly what they are or how they work, though. I’m going to change that today. This is a post I’ve been so excited to write because I could talk about oils all day. So without further ado, let me fill you in on my top-rated essential oils for thyroid and adrenal function.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated liquids containing chemical compounds from plants. They are used to treat a huge variety of ailments and the therapeutic use of them dates as far back as Ancient Egypt.
The practice of Aromatherapy has since been developed and is generally accepted by mainstream science and medicine as an effective treatment for many health problems. In fact, pubmed (the national library of medicine) has over 21,000 peer reviewed studies on essential oils.
What Are They Used For?
There is really no end to the application of essential oils. They are used to treat stress, anxiety, skin conditions, headaches, muscular pains, infections, toothache, breathing problems, to aid sleep, and even as an insect repellent.
In this post, I’ll be looking specifically at oils that support your adrenal and thyroid health. However, most oils have more than one use. Whilst they may have a primary target application, they also aid and improve many other issues at the same time.
Furthermore, the ability to mix oils and create unique blends means that you can target your own very specific health issues and ditch that “one size fits all” treatment route.
Check The Quality!
There are many oils out there that are scented. This does not mean they are essential oils.
Essential oils are extracted and distilled in such a way that allows the compounds to remain intact, therefore maintaining their healing properties.
An easy way to ensure that you are buying/using essential oils is to check the label. You want to be looking out for any label that states they are organic, therapeutic grade oils. This means the plant has been grown in pesticide free soil, and the oil itself is pure and has retained its therapeutic value.
Buying from a reputable company is generally a good step in making sure that you are getting oils with medicinal and therapeutic benefit. I buy my oils here, from DoTerra.
How To Use Essential Oils
Firstly, always read the label on the bottle. This might seem a little obvious but essential oils are very potent and each individual oil is best applied in a specific way. If you purchased a good quality oil from a reputable seller, it will say on the bottle how it can be used.
Topically – All essential oils can be applied topically but they need to be diluted in a carrier oil first, such as Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, or even Coconut Oil. Only Tea Tree and Lavender are safe to apply neat without professional supervision. You can mix the oils into your usual lotions, creams, body scrubs, or mix them in a roller and use as a perfume.
I always find it works well to apply the blend directly to the area that I’m treating. For example, I make a blend to help my daughter’s kidneys, so I put the mix right on her kidney area. Similarly, if you are treating adrenal issues, massage the oil blend onto your adrenals.
Inhalation – The most common way to use essential oils is to inhale them. This can be done by adding them to a bowl of warm water, wearing them as perfume, or adding them to a diffuser. Be sure to use them in a well ventilated open space or to limit the amount of time they are released.
Ingestion – Not all oils are safe to ingest. Those that are can be added to recipes, mouthwash, applied on the gum, added to drinking water or put in a capsule as a supplement.
Essential oils are strong and effective so a little goes a long way. For example, a full bath of warm water requires around 6 drops of oil. A diffuser needs only 3-4 drops. Topical dilutions should have a maximum of 5% essential oil for an adult.
How To Store Essential Oils
The shelf life of oils is largely dependent on the quality and how it is stored. You’ve probably noticed that most oils you buy, whether it’s for health or simply cooking oils for the kitchen, come in dark glass bottles. This is to prevent oxidation. It’s recommended that oils are kept out of sunlight and away from the heat. In fact, the best place to keep them is in the fridge.
Most essential oils will last around 2 – 3 years before starting to degrade, if they’ve been stored properly. Blended or diluted products can be safely stored in plastic containers if necessary. I always opt for dark glass just to be safe.
Essential Oils For Adrenal Health
Your thyroid and adrenals work as a unit. If you’re having thyroid problems, it’s unlikely that they can be fixed unless your adrenals are working well. This is true in reverse, too. Using essential oils to improve your adrenal and thyroid function is a simple step that offers lots of opportunity to customize the remedy to your exact specifications.
Some essential oils bring balance to the body and may help alleviate some thyroid imbalances, especially those brought on by stress.
Essential Oils for Adrenals
- Basil – treats fatigue, reduces stress, supports the immune system.
- Rosemary – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibiotic, reduces cortisol levels.
- Holy Basil (Tulsi) – helps regulate cortisol.
- Turmeric – good for irritable bowel conditions, leaky gut, and reducing stress caused by too little T3.
Essential Oils for Thyroid
- Clove – antioxidant and high in phenols (about 80%) which clean the receptor sites of cells.
- Myrrh – inflammatory, antioxidant, and has shown improved thyroid functions in mice, including improved conversion of T4 to T3 and increased uptake of iodine.
- Frankincense – blocks inflammation, aids the uptake of other oils, reduces free radicals in the body, pain reliever, and is one of the best oils for hypo/hyperthyroidism.
- Lemongrass – potent anti-inflammatory and great for reducing pain.
- Marjoram – supports the spleen, an important organ in the immune system.
Whilst I am a huge advocate of essential oils. They do need to be used with caution. Some oils can cause irritation or reactions. Some oils should not be used during pregnancy, or alongside other supplements or medications.
Additionally, some underlying medical conditions may contra-indicate the use of certain oils.
A good rule of thumb is when in doubt, dilute or diffuse. If you have other health complaints, then seek medical advice before using the oil. Always carry out a patch test on a small area of skin before using liberally. And as always, keep essential oils stored safely away from children.
Have you tried any of the oils I mentioned? I’d love to hear what blends are working for you. Let me know in the comments.