Essential Oils for Your Thyroid
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
Many of you are taking thyroid supplements or medications already, but you might consider adding one more thing into your thyroid health regimen: Essential oils. The medical community dismisses essential oils (EOs) because after all, how powerful can it be to inhale a ﬂower extract? Once you inhale, this “medicine” goes right into your bloodstream, through tiny capillaries directly into the bloodstream where it then shoots all over your body and activates many biochemical pathways.
It’s a fact that inhaling the aroma of lavender can cause relaxation and sleep. We also know peppermint can sometimes help improve a migraine. As for thyroid loving essential oils, there are plenty.
When your thyroid is LOW…
The essential oils that I recommend when you have low thyroid, are speciﬁcally devoted to stimulating or producing the secretion of thyroid hormones, activating your metabolism, or improving symptoms of the disease itself. I can touch on a few here in this limited space, but if you’re really interested, go to my website and read the longer version of this article. Try these quick essential oil health hacks for low thyroid disease:
Gut problems: People with hypothyroidism are often overweight and commonly experience frequent stomachache or gas. A few gut-soothing essential oils that can bring you relief include peppermint, fennel, ginger and chamomile. You can make teas, apply to your skin or inhale, depending on the EO.
Muscle aches and pain: People with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism often hurt more than regular folks, especially after exercising. I will help you “create” your own soothing balm: Pour 30 drops of lemongrass and 15 drops of marjoram into your favorite bottle of body lotion. Make sure it’s paraben-free. Pick any basic unscented lotion that you like. Then you can rub it onto your sore muscles and body aches.
Fatigue and Exhaustion: My own go-to is a smoked butterscotch latte, double shot – LOL! But we are talking about essential oils today, so try dabbing one drop each of eucalyptus and rose-mary to the base of your neck (right onto your thyroid) and it will wake you up. You should also take a quick whiff.
When your thyroid is HIGH…
It would be unfair if I did not share my knowledge about hyperthyroidism, or Graves’ disease (an auto-immune thyroid condition), so here’s what I suggest from an EO standpoint. Mix 15 drops of lemongrass with 15 drops of frankincense, two drops of myrrh (warning: myrrh smells awful), into a container, with a tablespoon of apricot or almond oil. This can be sniffed or applied topically to your throat area a few times daily. Don’t ingest that, it’s topical. Dilute as you desire, leave out the myrrh or replace with sandalwood. This EO blend should help you deal with anxiety, stress, anger, agitation, tremors and insomnia. You don’t have to have hyperthyroidism to use this. In fact, everyone dealing with stress could try it.