Essential oils for thyroid support

You may have heard of the thyroid before, and often in relation to weight gain and loss, but it does so much more than that. The thyroid is the master control center for the metabolic function of every single cell in your body - when its functioning at its peak it plays a huge role in producing hormones around the body. These hormones regulate our hearts, digestion, muscle control, and brain development. As a result, you need your thyroid to be performing well to feel well and at your best. Equally because of this huge role it plays, it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and produce serious changes in many aspect of your life including disease, mood, weight gain and low energy levels.

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Importants points to remember:

  • The thyroid, located in the front of the neck, is a small butterfly-shaped organ. 
  • Thyroid hormones affect your metabolism rate, which means how fast or slow your brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other parts of your body work.
  • If your body works too fast or too slowly, you won’t feel well. For example, if you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, you might feel tired and cold. Or, if you have too much thyroid hormone, you might feel nervous, jumpy, and warm.

The thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland which oversees thyroid hormone production. Additionally, it tells the thyroid to make more or less according to what the body needs. The pituitary gland is even smaller, about the size of a pea, yet still vitally important to our health. 

How would you know if you have an underactive thyroid?

This is where it gets really interesting and to be honest, a little overwhelming. For me, I know I have a sluggish thyroid, so I am going to be looking specifically at the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. We'll start with the well known symptoms first:

Depression
Fatigue or flat out exhaustion
Cold feet and hands
Puffy eyes
Memory loss and difficulty focusing
Dry, possibly pale skin
Coarse, thinning hair
Brittle nails
Constipation
Trouble sleeping
Thinning of the end of the eyebrow
Unexplained weight gain with proper diet and exercise

Essential oils for thyroid support

I'm going to give some detail here about individual essential oils and there role they can play in supporting your thyroid. I've gone into some detail here about the science behind them, but I'll add some links for extra information if you would like it!

  1. Myrrh – Because Myrrh is very high in Sesquiterpenes (75%), it is a strong support for the thyroid. Sesquiterpenes also stimulate the limbic system, hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. 
  2. Frankincense – Frankincense, also known as the “King of oils”, is a powerfully supportive oil for the body. Its complex chemistry, coupled with a high ratio of Monoterpenes (25%), make it a multi-purpose oil and a strong support on a cellular and DNA level. Furthermore, Frankincense is calming for the immune and nervous systems, skin and emotions. 
  3. Clove – Clove is a powerful antioxidant and immune support for the body.  High in phenols which stimulate the immune and nervous system, they further help keep your cells performing well. 
  4. Lemongrass – Lemongrass is high in aldehydes (up to 80%). This works to calm the nervous system, relieve stress and promote relaxation while also being uplifting. 
  5. Basil – Basil is actually known as a fabulous support for the adrenal system. When the thyroid is out of balance then the adrenals usually are too, and visa versa. So support for one is support for the other. Dilute Basil and apply over the adrenal glands (on both sides of the back, just under the rub cage) daily.
  6. Peppermint – Peppermint gives us a natural energy boost. If you’re tired, it’s a wonderful pick-me-up during the day, especially in those late afternoon hours. Try it in a diffuser, put a drop in your hands to inhale or just smell from the bottle. It is also supportive to the thyroid.

How to use the oils

There are many ways to use these oils, but below I am going to share two ways in which I incorporate them topically into my daily life.

To be applied daily over the thyroid. You will see this blend is highly diluted in order to make it safe for daily usage. I would apply this 2-3 times a day over my thyroid (located at the base of the neck) In a 10mL roller bottle combine….
3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Myrrh or Peppermint
2 drops Lemongrass
2 drop Clove
Top with Fractionated Coconut oil

To be applied daily on the bottom of the feet and/or thyroid reflexology points (just below the big toes. This is less diluted for use on the feet. I would use this blend first thing in the morning and as I'm going to bed. 
In a 10mL roller bottle combine….
5 drops Lemongrass
8 drops Frankincense
5 drops Clove
8 drops Myrrh/Peppermint
5 drops Basil
Top with Fractionated Coconut oil

Half the dose of both recipes if using a 5ml bottle.

I'd love to know how you get on if you try these recipes and I hope this blog has been useful to you.

Laura x