Hypothyroidism is a fairly common in middle aged or older women. It’s causes aren’t totally known yet, but science thinks that a variety of factors including age and lack of sufficient nutrition is to blame.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid has become underactive. Since the thyroid is what controls your level of activity, or your energy output, it can cause lethargy, apathy and just a general downturn in your willingness to put forth energy.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease, a disease which causes your immune system to attack you thyroid. Stress and poor nutrition are the other two leading causes.
While treatment for thyroid problems can be achieved easily by a doctor, while waiting for your medication to kick in, you may need help getting rid of your symptoms.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism are varied. Most can be treated with additional vitamins or with certain essential oils to stimulate the central nervous system.
- Fatigue: Cinnamon Leaf, Citrus, Lemon Grass
- Increased sensitivity to cold: Lemon Grass, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom
- Constipation: Mandarin
- Muscle weakness: Lemon Grass
- Muscle aches or Inflammation: Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary
- Depression: Citrus Essential Oils
- Impaired memory: Cinnamon, Cardamom
Can aid hypothyroidism overall by helping balance hormones. Use the oil in a bath (15 drops) or mixed in a massage oil (1 drop per tablespoon).
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Stimulates digestion and the lungs function. Also known to combat chills brought on by hypothyroidism. It also helps relieve mental fatigue and improves concentration. Note: cinnamon leaf must be thoroughly diluted at a drop per ½ cup of carrier oil. Cinnamon Leaf Oil should not be confused with Cinnamon Bark Oil.
Is an antidepressant, known to help relax you in times of stress and can help the body get a more restful sleep to help boost energy. Lavender can also help ease muscle aches and inflammation. 1 drop of essential oils to one teaspoon of carrier oil for a full body massage
Citrus Essential Oils
Pick a scent that you enjoy from a citrus fruit, bergamot, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mandarin…. You name it, it will stimulate your emotions and lift your spirits, particularly if you’re experiencing apathy as a symptom. 1 drop per tablespoon of carrier oil, apply near the neck, and on the chest. Try 5 to 10 drops in a bath.
Mandarin Essential Oil
A special mention for mandarin oil, if you’re experiencing constipation as a symptom of hypothyroidism, a drop of mandarin oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil and rubbed on your lower belly should help stimulate your bowels.
Lemon Grass Essential Oil
Acts as both a stress reliever and stimulator for the nervous system. It’s also used as a painkiller for cramps, bloating and lethargy. It helps poor muscle tone (a side effect of lethargy). It has also been reported to lessen fever and boost the immune system. Note: Lemon Grass should be diluted down to a drop per ¼ cup of carrier oil.
Cardamom Essential Oil
Boosts concentration, mood, and stimulates blood flow. 1 drop of essential oil per tablespoon for an all over body massage or 5-10 drops in a bath.
Vitamins and Minerals
There are a few additional vitamins and minerals you may be missing from your diet that can help with your symptoms.
- Vitamin A
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if pregnant or nursing.
Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.
We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.
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