Ask The Pharmacist: 11 essential oils for your thyroid
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:
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’ll help you “create” your own soothing balm now: Pour 30 drops of lemongrass and 15 drops of marjoram into your favorite bottle of body lotion. Make sure it’s paraben-free, but 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 rosemary to the 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 didn’t share my knowledge about hyperthyroidism, or Graves’ disease (an automimmune 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), as well as 10 drops of lemongrass 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 all of you dealing with stress could try it.
Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. The information presented here is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. Visit SuzyCohen.com.