If you’re looking to get the most out of hormone-balancing essential oils, then you should definitely consider applying them to your skin.
Topical application allows you target specific symptoms while also getting more of the oils into your bloodstream (as it’s absorbed through the skin).
In addition, topical application of essential oils is safe…as long as you follow the proper safety guidelines and you know where to apply the oils.
Hormone-balancing essential oils can be applied on the lower abdomen, neck, bottom of the feet, as well as over the adrenals, thyroid and liver area. The benefits associated with each type of application varies depending on the symptoms that you’re trying to improve.
So, if you’ve wondering how you can get the best results from topical application of hormone balancing oils, then this post is for you.
We’re going to look at the specifics of:
- where to apply essential oils for hormone balance.
- which oils to use.
- some general safety tips to keep in mind when using essential oils for your hormones.
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ESSENTIAL OILS THAT HELP WITH HORMONE BALANCE
Even though there are plenty of essential oils that help our hormones and hormonal imbalance symptoms, we’re going to cover just a few of them in this section.
Many of the oils listed below are covered more extensively in the article on the top 5 essential oils for hormone support.
You can refer to those other articles (which I’ll link below) if you want more in-depth information on each oil, including links to medical references.
1. Clary Sage Oil
- Regulates estrogen.
- Shown to reduce cortisol levels by as much as 36%…just by inhalation!
- Supports thyroid health.
- Improves sleep.
- Relieves PMS.
- Stimulates hair growth.
This is the queen of hormone-friendly essential oils and you can learn more about it in this post on how to use clary sage oil for hormone balance
2. Spearmint Oil
Based on a study on PCOS-induced rats, spearmint oil can reduce:
- Testosterone levels.
- Body weight.
- The number of ovarian cysts.
- Degradation of follicles.
In addition, spearmint oil has the ability to support healthy sleep, soothes menstrual cramps and alleviate PMS-related nausea.
Please keep in mind that for the study on PCOS-induced rats, spearmint oil was taken orally.
That said, topical use still allows you to get some spearmint oil into your bloodstream.
Plus, internal use of essential oils can be quite tricky and is best done under the supervision of an essential oil professional.
By the way, if you’d like to learn more about spearmint oil, check out this article on spearmint oil and pcos.
3. Peppermint Oil
- Provides quick relief from hot flashes.
- Soothes menstrual cramps.
- Lowers inflammation.
- Stimulates hair growth.
4. Geranium Oil
- Improves physical and emotional symptoms of PMS.
- Relieves hot flashes.
- Supports the menstrual cycle during perimenopause.
- Boosts mood.
- Reduces heavy menstrual flow.
5. Thyme Oil
- Regulates progesterone levels.
- Can help with menopause symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia (which are often linked to low progesterone).
NOTE: thyme oil is considered a skin irritant and should be used at a maximum dilution level of 1.3% (source).
6. Sandalwood Oil
- Regulates testosterone levels, which can enhance libido.
- Natural aphrodisiac and mood booster.
- Can be helpful for acne since it regulates testosterone (too much of it contributes to acne).
7. Ylang Ylang Oil
- Enhances libido.
- Boosts energy and mood.
- Relieves PMS symptoms.
NOTE: ylang ylang can irritate the skin and should not be used above a 0.8% dilution.
WHERE TO APPLY HORMONE BALANCING ESSENTIAL OILS
1. Soles of The Feet
There are two main benefits to applying essential oils to the bottom of your feet:
- First, the bottom of the foot contains large pores. This means it’s easier to absorb the oils and get them into your system.
- Secondly, the bottom of the foot is far less sensitive than other parts of the body. So, the risk of irritation or redness goes down.
2. Over The Thyroid
Menstrual cycle irregularities, fatigue, constipation and weight gain are just a few symptoms that are associated with thyroid imbalances.
So, if the thyroid happens to be a major area of concern for you, then you should consider massaging essential oils directly over the thyroid area.
If you’re not sure where the thyroid is located, it’s in the front of the lower part of the neck, above the collarbones.
Some thyroid-friendly oils to use include: frankincense, lavender, lemongrass and myrrh
3. Over The Adrenal Glands
Adrenal fatigue symptoms are often quite similar to thyroid symptoms and they include weight gain, fatigue, low blood pressure, brain fog and difficulty sleeping.
You can provide direct support to the adrenals by massaging essential over the adrenal area. If you’re not sure where that is, the adrenals are located on top of the kidneys, which sit just underneath the ribcage.
Since we have two kidneys – one on the left and another on the right side of the body – be sure to give both of them equal amounts of TLC.
Some adrenal-friendly oils to use include: peppermint, geranium, clary sage and rosemary.
4. The Lower Abdomen and Lower Back
If menstrual cramps are a regular part of your cycle, then focus your essential oil application on the lower abdominal area. You can also massage the lower back as a bonus, but it’s not a must.
5. On The Neck
Applying cooling oils to the neck area is particularly helpful for relieving hot flashes.
If you happen to get headaches as part of your PMS symptoms or during your cycle, then apply essential oils to the back of the neck (as well as the temples).
6. Over The Liver
The liver is a critical part of balancing your hormones because it makes hormones and also gets rid of toxins.
So, this is another part of the body that can benefit from essential oil application.
By the way the liver is located on the right side of the body, underneath the rib cage.
Some liver-friendly oils to use include: grapefruit, ginger, rosemary and frankincense.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY FOR YOUR HORMONES
- No matter where you choose to apply your oils, always dilute them.
- You can make your own body oils or roller blends with essential oils. This way you have a batch ready to go whenever you need it.
- For topical use, the safe dilution to use is 1 to 4%.
- For thyme and ylang ylang, it’s best not to exceed 1.3% dilution and 0.8% dilution respectively.
- If you’re not familiar with essential oil blending and dilution, then please read this guide on how to dilute essential oils.
- To find recipes that are specifically for menstrual cramps, heavy periods, menopause, pcos and more, please visit my collection of essential oil articles. There’s plenty of free resources there that you can take advantage of.
Now, if you’re not the DIY type and you’d rather use a ready-to-go blend (no mixing or dilution required!) here are a few to choose from:
Which essential oil is good for menopause?
Roman chamomile, neroli, clary sage, vitex and lavender are a few essential oils that are beneficial during menopause. These oils provide various benefits including regulating the estrogen to progesterone ratio, improving anxiety and boosting cognitive function.
You can get the full list of oils, their benefits and how to use them in this guide to essential oils for menopause.
As you can see there’s a variety of ways you can use essential oils to relieve hormonal imbalance symptoms.
Now, please bear in mind that depending on your symptoms and their severity, essential oils alone may not fully do the trick.
In many ways, essential oils are a supplement to a healthy diet and lifestyle. They’re not meant to be a substitute or workaround for diet and lifestyle.
So, as you add them to your routine, remember to pay attention to the other areas of your life that affect your hormones.
As you steadily build a diet and lifestyle that supports your health, your hormones will naturally find their way back to harmony.