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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Yoga Nidra Workshop

Yoga Nidra Workshop

Healing through deep relaxation with Alison DeNicola

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REST & RESTORE

Restorative yoga is a deeply restful practice that invites us to visit the many levels of our being and open the door to ease and bliss.  Paired with aromatherapy and sound healing, it is an amazing way to access and release energy that is held in the body.

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Join Alison DeNicola to experience a deeply relaxing restorative practice accompanied by sound healing and yoga nidra. Using essential oils, crystal bowls, chimes and other sound- take a break to honor yourself, reset and restore your energy and receive the gifts of this practice.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

2:00pm – 4:00pm

 ($40/person) Cash or Credit Card

To register call 203.644.6688

All are welcome!
No prior experience necessary


Holistic & Integrative Wellness Center

Norton Heights Shopping Center

300 Heights Road, Darien CT 06820

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Inspire Train Fit night at LYMBR

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

7:00pm – 8:30pm

LYMBR of Darien

Goodwives Shopping Center

25 Old Kings Hwy North

Darien, CT

Please RSVP to allison@inspiretrainfit.com or call 203-644-6688 to reserve your spot.

Free!! Space is limited!

An evening of FREE 20 minute stretch sessions with LYMBR.

LYMBR provides Personalized Stretching in their studio in Goodwives, Darien CT. Their method works to lengthen the muscles, increasing blood flow and space within the joint, leading to greater flexibility and decreased neural tension in the body. You will feel the results of your session immediately – feeling taller, more grounded, more relaxed and able to move with ease

Wellness Gratitude Raffle, Essential Oils, and Reiki Healing with Inspire Train Fit.

Inspire Train Fit, LLC is a multi-dimensional health and wellness business that believes in helping people move, feel, and live better through a message of change, empowerment, motivation, love, gratitude, and overall positivity. Whether you want to promote a healthier lifestyle for your employees, focus on your own fitness goals, host or attend a women’s motivational seminar, or enjoy inspirational active apparel, CEO Allison Stolar and the team at Inspire Train Fit can help you reach your goals.

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Reiki Healing, Meditation & Aromatherapy

Reiki Healing Helps to Fight Off Flu

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Reiki has healing power which includes helping to build up your immune system. Studies* have shown that Reiki can improve your white blood cell count which boosts your immune system.

While there are no guarantees to prevent the flu, there are many things you can do to improve your chances of avoiding it. Getting the flu shot, good hand-washing, maintaining a good diet and using Reiki can help your odds of preventing the flu. See below for more tips on flu prevention.

In addition to helping your immune system, it also helps with relaxation and improves sleep all which lead to better health.

Reiki is a gentle healing technique that reduces stress, relieves pain, and facilitates healing, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

*Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since originating in Japan, Reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is allegedly transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

The 5 Spiritual Principles of Reiki

  1. Just For Today Do Not Worry
  2. Just For Today Do Not Anger
  3. Honor Your Parents, Teachers, and Leaders
  4. Earn Your Living Honestly

“Reiki is the art of inviting happiness”… Mikao Usu

Allison Stolar has been a certified Reiki Practitioner and Energy Healer through the Center of Living Light since 2002. She is an experienced healer who has treated hundreds of client using the Usui Healing System, crystals and aromatherapy with essential oils.

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Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is a natural way to de-stress, unwind, relax, energize, balance and revitalize body, mind and spirit.  Pure essential oils are the essence of nature that are extracted from flowers, leaves, bark and berries.  It is through the sense of smell that the plant’s fragrant essence can impact emotions, memories, and suit every mood.  Try adding just a few drops in the tub for a relaxing bath or in a bowl of hot water to scent a room.

February is the perfect month to make your own home aromatherapy to fight off the cold and flu season. Here are two of my favorite oil mixes for the season.

Colds & Flu

Distilled water 1 fluid ounce

Lemon 5 drops

Clove 5 drops

Sage 5 drops

Colloidal Silver 5 drops (optional

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Room Disinfectant

Pure water 2 fluid ounces

Tea Tree 10 drops

Thyme 10 drops

Eucalyptus 10 drops

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