Essential Oils and Your Hormones

 

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Hormone-balancing essential oils help support our body’s control center, the hypothalamus, in its efforts to produce, release, and regulate hormones. This small brain structure is involved in many processes necessary for survival including behavioral, autonomic (involuntary or unconscious), and endocrine-system related processes. The hypothalamus controls the hormones that are crucial to our everyday physiological functions such as body temperature, hunger, thirst, sleep, mood and sex drive.

The hypothalamus creates homeostasis or balance in the brain. The hypothalamus produces the following hormones: thyrotropin-releasing, gonadotropin-releasing, growth hormone-releasing, corticotrophin-releasing, somatostatin, and dopamine hormones. These hormones then release into the blood via the capillaries, which are small vessels that connect veins and arteries and allow for gas exchange, ultimately allowing us to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. The hormones then travel to the anterior pituitary region, where they are further signaled by the hypothalamus to either be sent out to the target glands: the Adrenal Cortex, the Adrenal Medulla, or the female/male Gonads, or the hormones are returned and flushed out of the body.

Your adrenal gland is responsible for how you cope with stress. Your stress levels may vary from day to day depending on your lifestyle. The hormone responsible for stress-related symptoms is produced by the adrenal glands and regulates your body’s response to stress. Unbalanced cortisol levels can give you feelings of exhaustion, the inability to calm down or sleep on time, and increased food cravings at odd hours of the day.

The posterior pituitary also carries two important hypothalamic hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, and the only difference is that the posterior pituitary also stores these two hormones versus the anterior pituitary does not store its hormones (the hypothalamus does). Research has shown that the increased oxygenation extends to the pituitary and pineal glands as well, which can help to restore hormonal imbalances.

Essential oils can support the natural balance of the progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone hormones. They can also support your hypothalamus in regulating thyroid hormones (T3 and T4). This can possibly help regulate the menstrual cycle and give you some relief from the anxious wonderings of when my next menstrual flow will arrive.

Using essential oils to support your hypothalamus in maintaining its status quo and achieve homeostasis will require time and regularity. Essential oils can be diluted in any carrier oil and then applied to the skin or they can be diffused in various combinations. Fractionated Coconut Oil is recommended because it is also a great hormone-balancing oil.

Clary Sage has a particular affinity with the female reproductive system. This may be the best oil to use for estrogen and hormone balance and good for all things PMS and menopausal. It has an estrogen-like structure to help return balance to the female reproductive system and antispasmodic properties to relieve pain and menstrual cramping… sort of like a block of (raw organic cacao!) chocolate, hot water bottle and binge-watching Netflix all rolled into one beautiful essential oil. 

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Phyotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH). The study was done on 22 post-menopausal women in their 50’s, some of which were diagnosed with depression and at the end of trial the researchers stated that “clary sage oil had a statistically significant effect on lowering cortisol and had an anti-depressant effect improving mood”. This is just one of the many studies proving clary sage oil benefits hormones. This clever oil is reported to work on all levels – mental, emotional and physical. It has an affinity with the skin but may also be very handy for reducing fatigue, inflammation and balancing your mood.

The biggest benefit of clary sage is that it helps balance out estrogen production in the body. A lot of health issues today, even things like infertility, PCOS and estrogen-based cancers, are caused from excess estrogen in the body — in part, because of our consumption of high-estrogen foods. Because clary sage helps balance out those estrogen levels, it’s an incredibly effective essential oil in a wide array of hormone imbalances. So, whether you’re looking for natural remedies for PMS cramps during the month, or possibly already know you have excess estrogen in your body, clary sage is a great essential oil to consider adding to your essential oil regime.

Research discussed in the Proceedings of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine discovered thyme essential oil has progesterone balancing effects. Thyme oil benefits the body by improving progesterone production. Both men and a lot of women are low in progesterone, and low progesterone levels have been linked with infertility, PCOS and depression as well as other imbalanced hormones within the body.  Improved progesterone makes thyme a great essential oil you can use to naturally balance out hormones in your body. Plus, it’s far better than turning to synthetic treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy, which can make you dependent on prescription drugs, mask symptoms while developing diseases in other parts of the body and often causing serious side effects.

Sandalwood essential oil is very effective at balancing out testosterone levels in both men and women. Sandalwood has actually been used as a natural aphrodisiac, making it a desired ingredient in men’s cologne, as well as certain perfumes, for years.

 For men with low testosterone, adding a few drops of sandalwood oil into your homemade deodorant or your own homemade lotion isn’t just a great way to smell good — it’s also a great way to get some extra health benefits of improving your libido and hormones.

Essential oils that can help to balance hormones are: Geranium, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Fennel, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Cardamon,  and Sandalwood.

Geranium – Supports hormonal balance and function; supports the effects of other oils

Frankincense – Has a calming effect, and generally supports cellular function; supports the effects of other oils

Clary Sage – Promotes natural estrogen production

Fennel – One of the most effective pytoestrogenic oils

Thyme – Contains phytoprogesterones

Basil and Rosemary – Support ovarian health

Ylang Ylang – Energizes reproductive organs and supports natural hormone balance

Cardamom– Support detox pathways and help promote healthy cervical mucus

Sandalwood– Balancing out testosterone levels in men and women

References

www.gurunanda.com/blogs/aromatherapy/top-10-essential-oils-for-hormone-balance

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017

The Effects of Lavender Oil Inhalation on Emotional States, Autonomic Nervous System, and Brain Electrical Activity. J Med Association Thai. 2012 Apr;95(4):598-606.

The Limbic System. Aromatherapy Lifestyle, Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2010. Geoff Lyth

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Why is Proper Circulation so Important?

Microcirculation – Healing – Recovery – Performance

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Why is proper circulation so important for a person’s well-being and physical performance?

BEMER is designed to improve circulation thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. Blood is the body’s universal means of transportation. Oxygen, nutrients, chemical messengers (e.g., hormones) and immune cells are all transported through our blood. When our body’s cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are removed, our bodies maintain a healthy balance and function properly. The optimal regulation of circulation is a prerequisite for ensuring good levels of health and fitness.

Improvement in circulation occurs with each application and the results are cumulative. The first noticeable improvements may be detected within in a very short time of use for an individual who is in moderate to good health and longer (4-6 weeks) for those users more metabolically challenged or with chronic health concerns. The BEMER is most effective when the Basic Plan is followed consistently and regularly.

BEMER is designed to improve circulation. Many physical discomforts are directly related to a diminished circulatory system which can result in dysfunctional metabolic processes. Bemer is designed to improve circulation, thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. Blood is the body’s universal means of transport. Oxygen, nutrients, chemical messengers (e.g., hormones) and immune cells are all transported through our blood. When our body’s cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are removed, our bodies become healthy and function properly.

· Better supply of oxygen
· Better supply of nutrients
· Better disposal of metabolic waste

 

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Over the past 20 years, BEMER has been scientifically studied from several perspectives and results published.  Check out http://www.pubmed.gov
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Enhance Sports Training & Performance with BEMER Therapy

Performance for Professional & Amateur Athletes

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Can BEMER help with my endurance?

Whether you’re a pro, amateur, or weekend warrior, BEMER can help improve your performance, strength and recovery. Many top-level athletes as well as many sports team use this technology to help accelerate the recovery process.  BEMER can be used for pre-workout, post-workout and game day advantage for all athletes.

Because of enhanced circulation and blood flow with regular application of BEMER Therapy, one may be able to train more (increased scope and better ability to cope with intensive sessions), increasing endurance with more frequent training sessions at correct training intensities. BEMER may be a supportive addition to any physical or mental training regime.

Given theoretical considerations, using lower intensity levels (1-3) with the B.BODY after intensive training sessions (including strength training) is the most sensible option. Higher intensities may be used before training sessions or competitions depending on the physical capacity of the athlete. Special Applicators (B.SPOT, B.PAD, and/or B.SIT) may be used simultaneously or after the B.BODY application for focused applications using one of the 3 predefined programs (P1,P2,P3).

BEMER has been shown through scientific studies to decrease Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and improve recovery. Performance cannot be expected to improve without adequate recovery. The more efficient the microcirculation, the more expedited ones recovery will be.

Which level should I select after an intensive stamina training session or competition? Is there a difference in recovery after strength training?

Improving microcirculation through BEMER application has crucial effects on the fitness level and training program of athletes. BEMER can help improve the body’s ability to recover from muscle soreness and fatigue from post workouts.

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Essential Oils and The Brain

Limbic System Brain.pngDid you know that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain; which is considered the emotional control center? This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses — taste, sight, touch, and hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have unbelievable physiological and psychological effects.

Each of the essential oils have therapeutic, stimulating, calming, sedative and balancing properties. When we inhale an essential oil molecule, it travels through the nasal passage to a receptor neuron that transports it up to the limbic brain, especially the hypothalamus. The limbic center in your brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, psychological, and emotional responses that your body performs based on the stimulus coming from the outside.

Thus, the ability of essential oils to target your limbic center make them a powerful tool in treating many health ailments. When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.

The limbic area is considered the emotional control center and includes the hippocampus (responsible for long-term memory), amygdala (associated with emotions), hypothalamus (regulates autonomic nervous system and hormones), and cingulate gyrus (regulated blood pressure, heart rate, and attention).

The specific molecules that essential oils are made up of are phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes. All three of these compounds have unique functions that contribute to the healing properties of essential oils, but sesquiterpenes likely have the greatest effect on the brain for several reasons. Sesquiterpenes can pass the blood-brain barrier. This barrier exists to protect the brain and only very small, lipid soluble molecules can pass; sesquiterpenes are one of those molecules. In fact, because they’re so small, they are capable of penetrating deeply into brain tissue. The fact that sesquiterpenes can cross the blood-brain barrier is particularly important since they’re oxygen carrying molecules. This increase in oxygen helps the brain heal. It can improve learning and concentration, increases energy, and supports the immune system.

In studies performed at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers discovered that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Frankincense, can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic systems of the brain, which can have dramatic effects on not only emotions, but on learning, attitude, and many physical processes of the body such as: immune function, hormone balance, and energy levels. They can also reverse DNA damage and delete it from cellular memory.

Phytochemicals are the healing compound in essential oils. It’s interesting to learn that the very thing that gives an essential oil its characteristic smell is also what provides that oil with its healing ability. There can be hundreds of phytochemicals (plant based chemicals) within each drop of essential oil. Science is just beginning to learn exactly how each phytochemical works in the human body. These phytochemicals have funny names like terpenes, aldehydes, esters, ketones, phenols, oxides, sesquiterpenes, and many more. Each one works differently in the body. For instance, ketones (found in lavender essential oil, patchouli, hyssop) stimulate cell regeneration, liquefy mucous, and have calming properties. Aldehydes (found in lemongrass essential oil, melissa, and citronella) tend to be highly anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.

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References

The Limbic System. Aromatherapy Lifestyle, Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2010. Geoff Lyth

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017

The Effects of Lavender Oil Inhalation on Emotional States, Autonomic Nervous System, and Brain Electrical Activity. J Med Association Thai. 2012 April 95 (4):598-606.