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Using Essential Oils to Help Treat Thyroid Issues

Using Essential Oils to Help Treat Thyroid Issues

Thyroid problems are never easy. And if you are on medication for it, sometimes it takes a bit to figure out the right amount of medication and you act weird until it is right and it’s never fun. You feel like your body is no longer connected to you. That you no longer have control over it. So what exactly is the thyroid?

The thyroid gland is located in the front center of your neck, what is commonly called the “Adam’s apple”. It is part of your endocrine system and regulates almost all of the metabolic processes in your body.

Thyroid issues are complex and varied. You could have Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism but each of those has different sub-conditions. So what are we dealing with here? The following is a brief explanation of each issue:

Hyperthyroid: All types of hyperthyroidism are due to an overproduction of thyroid hormones, but the condition can occur in several ways:

  • Graves’ disease: The production of too much thyroid hormone.  It can cause a goiter. It also causes Grave’s eye disease, including a “bug-eyed” look and “frightened stare.” It also causes raised, thickened skin over the shins or tops of the feet.
  • Toxic adenomas: Nodules develop in the thyroid gland and begin to secrete thyroid hormones, upsetting the body’s chemical balance; some goiters may contain several of these nodules.
  • Subacute thyroiditis: Inflammation of the thyroid that causes the gland to “leak” excess hormones, resulting in temporary hyperthyroidism that generally lasts a few weeks but may persist for months

Hypothyroid, by contrast, stems from an underproduction of thyroid hormones. Since your body’s energy production requires certain amounts of thyroid hormones, a drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels.

Symptoms

Hyperthyroidism:

  • Insomnia
  • Hand tremors
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling excessively hot in normal or cold temperatures
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Losing weight despite normal or increased appetite
  • Excessive sweating
  • Menstrual period becomes scant, or ceases altogether
  • Joint pains
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Eyes seem to be enlarging

Hypothyroidism:

Early symptoms

  • Easy fatigue, exhaustion
  • Poor tolerance to cold temperatures
  • Constipation
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (pain at the wrists and numbness of the hands)

Later symptoms

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Intellectual ability worsens
  • Deeper, hoarse voice
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Depression
  • Irregular menstrual periods or lack of menstrual periods

What to do

So now that you’ve seen all of these symptoms, what can you do? There are a few things you can do to help prevent problems, or if you already have any of these issues, to help you in your treatment.

First, check with your doctor before doing anything. Especially if you are already on medication. If your doctor doesn’t like to look at alternative medicine, you could consult with a licensed Naturopath. (To find one in your area, you can click here.)

Second, eat a proper diet. Avoid caffeine, high sodium/fat, highly processed foods, and eat more fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Things to watch for: with hyperthyroidism, there can be too much iodine in your diet. With hypothyroidism, there can be too little iodine. So you’ll need to pay attention to that and talk to your doctor about your diet and see if there is anything you can do differently.

I also read that some people use garlic in their treatment. They add more to their diet or, if you are one who doesn’t like the taste of it, they will take it in capsule form.

Third, you can use essential oils to help regulate your thyroid. Some general ones are Geranium, Rose, Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Lavender, Peppermint, and Myrrh. And more specifically:

  • Hyperactive: Wintergreen, Myrrh, Spruce, Lemongrass, Myrtle.
  • Hypoactive: Peppermint, Spearmint, Clove Bud, Myrrh, Myrtle

How to use

You can take one or more, mix it with a carrier oil like F.C.O. or Jojoba (or both) and use it as a massage oil. Some people will massage it into the neck area, right over their thyroid. Also you can apply it to the bottom of your feet. That will quickly get the oils into your system.

You can diffuse it. The scent will get into your system very quickly through your olfactory senses.

Use it in a bath. Use about 5-10 drops in a bath and just soak for a while. Just be careful if you are using hot oils like spices, Myrrh and the mints. Make sure you can handle them being on your skin before you immerse yourself in the bath.

Other ideas

Here is what some other members of our RMO family have said on facebook:

  • PS said, “I have used Lemongrass diluted and a mixture of Peppermint and Clove Bud 50/50 diluted. Mix it in your hand and apply directly to the thyroid area on neck and thyroid reflexes on feet, then enjoy the scent on your hand for aromatherapy until the smell is gone.  2x’s daily until improvement (I saw improvement of my sluggish thyroid within 30 days).”
  • NC said, “Focus should work well. Uplifting calm.”
  • AH said, “I also have thyroid problems. I overcame my issues with aromatherapy massage and manual lymphatic drainage. I am not a big bath fan, but Himalayan salts with RMO blend Endurance also worked well.”

Using essential oils is a great way to help your body function properly. They help boost your immune system and they help other systems in your body work the way they were created to work. And they give you a good sense of well-being. A sense of being able to take on the world and to do all of those good things you want to do.

And finally,

How do you use oils to help you deal with thyroid problems? What do you like to do to help you feel normal again? To feel like you can handle the world? This is a problem for so many people and we would love to have experiences to share on here. Treatments that have worked for you. So please share! Enquiring minds would like to know!

References:

  1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/544893-aromatherapy-for-hyperthyroidism/
  2. http://women.webmd.com/guide/understanding-thyroid-problems-basics
  3. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/thyroid_problems/page2_em.htm#Thyroid Problems Causes
  4. http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/hh/hypothyroidism/hypothyroidism-natural-remedies.htm
  5. http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/natural-thyroid-remedies.html
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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