Your thyroid is a gland that does not get the attention it deserves. Often we only become concerned when it becomes a problem. Some of the common thyroid diseases are hypothyroidism (when it doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone) or hyperthyroidism (when it produces too much thyroid hormone). You can also get nodules, which are lumps or abnormal masses in the thyroid which can start as, or be caused by cysts, tumours or sometimes cancers in the thyroid.
Our thyroid is a large endocrine glad found in your throat area above the collar bone. It helps to get your metabolism started and helps control circulation of calcium within the body with the help of the parathyroid gland. The endocrine system of which it is part, sends hormones to targeted organs and tissues. Essential oils can be helpful as they use the same delivery system. Some specific essential oils have been known to help support certain organs and glandular function.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can include fatigue, poor concentration, dry skin, constipation, always feeling cold, fluid retention, muscle and joint pain, depression and a prolonged or excessive menstrual bleeding for women. Hyperthyroidism symptoms on the other hand can include tremors, nervousness, fast heart rate, fatigue, heat intolerance, increased bowel movements, increased sweating, concentration issues and unintentional weight loss.
You can use certain essential oils to help treat your thyroid issues. These oils can be used in two ways, the first can be applied directly over the location of the glands or the corresponding reflex points on the feet. The oils when used in this way need to be diluted with your choice of a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a neutral oil and the reason for this is to avoid evaporation and to help prevent skin irritations as most people have a sensitivity to the undiluted oil.
The second way to use these oils is as an aromatic. You can place 5 to 10 drops of the oils you choose into the diffuser or alternatively you can inhale the oil from the bottle or from a few drops in your cupped hands. Putting the oils onto a tissue also works well.
Essential oils that you can use include:
- Frankincense – helps support the pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary gland
- Sandalwood – supports the pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary gland
- Geranium – supportive of the hormone/glandular, and adrenal gland.
- Ylang Ylang – supportive of the hormone/glandular, and adrenal gland.
- Clove – supportive of the thyroid.
- Lemongrass – supportive of the thyroid especially when used with clove.
- Rosemary – is stimulating to the glands and brain function as well as offering support, specifically to the adrenal glands.
- Myrrh – is beneficial for overall thyroid health and immune system support.
- Basil – is supportive of the adrenal, pancreas, parathyroid, pineal, and the pituitary gland.
If you choose to use these essential oils, remember to make sure you talk to your natural therapist or Aromatherapist to help combine with modern treatment options in the best way for you.