Essential oils have been used for a millennia as an approach to specific health concerns, including those involving the thyroid gland. Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate metabolism and mood, so it’s important for it to maintain balance at all times.
There are factors in the environment that interfere with thyroid health, and the consistent rise of obesity, depression, and metabolic disorders reflect this change. Fortunately, there are natural ways to protect the thyroid and perhaps even support its normal functioning. Let’s look into how essential oils may help.
Essential Oils for Thyroid Health
The use of essential oils for thyroid health has yet to see a great deal of research; however, it still may provide some natural support. A topical preparation of certain essential oils with a carrier oil can be applied to the neck. It is thought that this application can help balance hormones while providing a calming effect to the mind and body. To get to know more about how essential oils can help, let’s quickly look at each of the specific oils. Essential oils said to promote hormonal balance and thyroid health are:
A note on using essential oils topically for thyroid health: essential oils are highly concentrated oils and can cause irritation to the skin. So, it’s best to use a mild carrier, like jojoba, to dilute the essential oils. Many natural health practitioners advise applying this topical preparation to the neck as well as specific areas of the feet associated with thyroid health (reflexology).
Using a diffuser for these oils may also provide some benefit by promoting an environment conducive for relaxation. When you’re mind and body are relaxed and calm, it stabilizes the hormonal activity that occurs in the thyroid and reduces activity in the amygdala and adrenals. Never ingest essential oils unless you are working with a qualified herbal practitioner or naturopath.
5 Natural Ways to Support Thyroid Health
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While essential oils are a cornerstone to natural wellbeing, there’s plenty more you can do to support your thyroid health. Whether you’re experiencing hyper- or hypothyroid, or you’re just practicing prevention, follow these simple tips to keep your thyroid hormones balanced and in line:
1. Avoid All Plastic
Plastics contain concentrated chemicals, like PCBs and BPAs, and have been linked to thyroid dysfunction. Even BPA-free options contain chemicals that mimic hormones and interfere with proper thyroid health.
2. Eat a Mostly Organic Diet
An organic diet is relatively free of pesticides and chemicals, many of which can interfere with thyroid health. Choose organic whenever possible and try to consume the majority of your diet as raw.
Those with hypothyroidism may find it difficult to summon the energy to exercise; however, exercise remains a strong approach for supporting thyroid health. Physical activity balances thyroid hormones and speeds metabolism, so it’s important to try and get as much exercise as you can.
4. Get Plenty of Vitamin D
One of the most important “vitamins” for hormonal balance is vitamin D. This sunshine vitamin is actually a hormone produced in response to sunlight exposure, yet many people are deficient because appropriate sunlight contact is not always feasible. This is where vitamin D comes in.
5. Supplement with Iodine
Are there any other tips you want to share with readers relating to supporting thyroid health? Please contribute your thoughts in the comments section!
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