The trick to getting the best results from essential oils for hormone support is to use multi-tasking oils, that support various systems in the body.
This is because our hormones fluctuate in response to our daily life (particularly food, toxins and stress) and in response to each other.
A good example of this is estrogen and progesterone, which keep each other in check. Or the adrenal and thyroid hormones which also balance each other out.
So, this means that when using a natural remedy like essential oils, you’re better off choosing oils that provide multi-system support. Makes your life much easier!
And to help you get started this post is going to cover the 5 most important essential oils for female hormones, as well as some tips and blends that you can use.
Let’s get to it!
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5 MUST-HAVE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HORMONE BALANCE
|Ylang ylang oil||boosts libido, relieves PMS, increases energy, enhances mood.|
|Clary sage oil||regulates estrogen, supports the thyroid, reduces cortisol, improves sleep, relieves PMS.|
|Geranium oil||improves physical and mental symptoms of PMS, relieves hot flashes, boosts mood, regulates menstrual cycles during perimenopause.|
|Sandalwood oil||regulates testosterone, improves sleep quality, creates a sense of calm.|
|Thyme oil||regulates progesterone, maintains healthy ratio of estrogen to progesterone.|
1. Ylang Ylang Oil
This oil has historically been used as an aphrodisiac, which means it’s great for boosting libido.
In addition, ylang ylang oil is known to relieve PMS symptoms, increase energy and even enhance mood (source).
2. Clary Sage Oil
If you’re looking for an essential oil that supports the thyroid, reduces cortisol, improves sleep and relieves PMS, then clary sage should be at the top of your list (source).
Oh, and in addition to all of the above, clary sage is also very helpful for regulating estrogen levels (source).
Clary sage’s estrogen-regulating powers can be particularly beneficial for improving estrogen dominance symptoms like weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, PCOS and irregular periods.
3. Geranium Oil
Research shows that doing an essential oil massage with geranium (and almond oil) helps improve the physical and mental symptoms of PMS (source).
And it’s that’s not enough, geranium essential oil promotes blood clotting and helps to constrict blood vessels, making it a great remedy for heavy periods!
4. Sandalwood Oil
Similar to ylang ylang, sandalwood is an aphrodisiac oil.
However, sandalwood offers one particular benefit that ylang ylang doesn’t: it regulates testosterone levels (source).
Too little testosterone can lead to low libido, while too much of it can result in symptoms like chronic acne.
So, adding sandalwood to your hormone balance essential oil collection can help you address both issues.
Furthermore, sandalwood improves sleep quality and creates a sense of calm (source).
5. Thyme Oil
Need to regulate your progesterone levels? Then thyme oil is just what you need (source).
Progesterone levels directly affect estrogen dominance (since estrogen and progesterone balance each other out).
And given that we’re exposed to external sources of estrogen daily (from food chemicals, water, birth control and toxins in cosmetics) this means many of us have relatively higher levels of estrogen compared to progesterone.
By using thyme oil, your body is better able to maintain a healthy estrogen to progesterone ratio.
HOW TO USE HORMONE-BALANCING ESSENTIAL OILS
|Method||How to Use|
|Diffusion||Add 4 to 6 drops essential oil to a diffuser.|
|Aromatherapy Bath||Mix 5 to 20 drops of essential oil with 1 tbsp castile soap or carrier oil.|
Add the mixture to bath water.
|Body Oil||Mix 12 to 30 drops essential with an ounce of carrier oil.|
A diffuser is one of the easiest and quickest ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils for hormones.
If you’re new to diffusing oils, choose one oil from this list and add 4 to 6 drops of it to your diffuser. Then just take in the aroma as you go about your regular activities.
As you get more comfortable with diffusing you can combine several few drops from 2 or more hormone balancing essential oils.
Essential oils produce better results when they’re combined, so feel free to play around and come up with your own unique scents.
Essential oils baths are a relaxing way of supporting the body’s detox pathways and restoring harmony to your hormones.
Just keep the following safety guidelines in mind when using essential oils in a bath:
- Avoid using thyme oil in a bath because it’s a strong irritant.
- For all other oils, always mix 5 – 20 drops with 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap (or a carrier oil). This prevents skin irritation or burns. Soap and oils are also more effective at diluting oils than bath salts or milks.
Body Massage Oil
Since everything that touches the skin is eventually absorbed into the bloodstream, body oils are another great way to use essential oils for hormone balance.
In order to make a body oil for hormones, you need:
- A carrier oil: I talk more about which carrier oils in the next section.
- Glass bottle: Ideally, use a 1 ounce (or larger) bottle.
- Essential oils
When applying essential oils to the skin, use a 2% to 5% dilution.
If you’re not sure what the “dilution” means, it simply tells you how many drops of essential oil to use for every ounce of carrier oil.
Here the basic dilution guidelines to follow:
- 2% dilution: 18 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- 3% dilution: 27 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- 4% dilution: 36 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- 5% dilution: 45 drops essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
So, let’s say you want to make a 2% hormone-balancing blend with clary sage, sandalwood and geranium.
Based on the dilution guidelines, you need a total of 18 drops. You could use any one of the following combinations:
- 6 drops clary sage, 4 drops sandalwood, 8 drops geranium
- 6 drops clary sage, 6 drops sandalwood, 6 drops geranium
- 4 drops clary sage, 8 drops sandalwood, 6 drops geranium
As you can see you can experiment with different ratios and see what works best for you.
NOTE: Thyme and ylang ylang can irritate the skin. The recommended topical maximums for thyme and ylang ylang are 1.3% and 0.8% respectively (source). For help figuring out the right dilution rate, read this guide on how to dilute essential oils (includes a handy chart).
HOW AND WHERE TO APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HORMONES
Whenever you apply essential oils to the skin, it’s important to use a carrier oil.
The carrier oil does 3 main things:
- Dilutes the essential oil so that it doesn’t irritate or burn the skin.
- Prevents the essential oils from evaporating too quickly.
- Makes it easier for the oils to be dispersed over the skin.
Some of the most popular carrier oils for essential oils include olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil.
However, if you want to give your blend an extra hormone-balancing boost, then I strongly recommend using evening primrose oil as your carrier oil.
So, why evening primrose in particular?
- first, evening primrose oil contains essential fatty acids which your body needs for hormone production.
- second, evening primrose oil is known to improve skin inflammation and is very beneficial for hormonal acne.
- third, evening primrose is so effective at addressing various hormonal imbalances that researchers recommend it as a base oil for menopausal women specifically (source).
So with all these benefits, why not give evening primrose a try? You can find it at some local health food stores or you can get started with this one.
Now, once you’re ready to use your essential oil blend, you can apply it to various parts of the body, including:
- back of the neck and chest (for symptoms like hot flashes).
- lower belly and lower back (for menstrual cramps).
- entire abdominal area (for heavy periods).
- bottom of the feet (this has been shown to be helpful for hot flashes) – source
- over the kidney area (for adrenal support)
ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLER AND BODY OIL BLENDS FOR HORMONES
If you’re the DIY type and want to make your own blends, then here are a few hormone-balancing essential blends you can use.
Hormone Balance Roller Blend
5 drops clary sage
2 drops geranium
2 drops sandalwood
Evening primrose oil (or other liquid carrier oil)
10 ml roller bottle
How to Use
- Add the essential oils and evening primrose oil into the roller bottle.
- Fill up the rest of the bottle with almond oil.
- Seal and shake to blend the ingredients.
Post-Shower Body Oil for Hormone Support
8 drops clary sage
8 drops geranium
2 drops ylang ylang
1 ounce glass bottle
Evening primrose oil (or other liquid carrier oil)
How to Use
- Add the oils into the glass bottle.
- Fill up the bottle with carrier oil.
- Seal the bottle and shake well to combine ingredients.
- Massage onto the body after your shower.
If DIY isn’t quite your thing, then you can get a premade blend that uses many of the oils we’ve covered in this post.
One that I always recommend is the Hormones for Women blend.
This blend combines clary sage, ylang ylang, thyme and geranium into a powerful natural remedy that supports your hormones during every season of life.
In addition, this blend is made from organic ingredients (so no need to worry about exposing your body to more hormone-disruptors).
But that’s not all 🙂
What I love most about Hormones for Women is that it’s made by CO2 extraction.
CO2 extraction is said to produce the best quality essential oils because there is no risk of the oils getting overheated (which can happen with the regular steam distillation that many brands use).
All in all, this hormone balancing blend combines oils that help you to:
- Get relief from PMS symptoms.
- Feel more vibrant and energetic.
- Sleep better.
- Manage stress and reduce excess cortisol.
- Regulate estrogen and progesterone.
- Regulate your menstrual cycle.
- Support your hormones through perimenopause and menopause.
- Improve PCOS symptoms.
- Support your fertility.
Do essential oils increase estrogen?
Essential oils can help the body regulate its own production of estrogen. However, there is no evidence that essential oils actually contain hormones or that they can mimic (i.e. disrupt) estrogen (source).
Does lavender oil increase estrogen?
According to essential oil expert and chemist, Dr. Robert Tisserand, “Lavender oil does not mimic estrogen nor does it enhance the body’s own estrogens. It is therefore not a ‘hormone disruptor’.” (source).
What are the best essential oils for mood swings?
In addition to ylang ylang, geranium, sandalwood and clary sage some other oils that are great for mood swings include lavender, citrus oils (bergamot, lime, grapefruit sweet orange), and frankincense (source).
Ylang ylang, clary sage, geranium, sandalwood and thyme essential oils are all great for hormone balance.
By combining these oils in the right ratios and blends, you can experience much needed relief and improve your overall hormone health.
I hope this article has simplified your search for hormone-balancing oils.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂