At all stages of their lives, women face specific health challenges to maintaining hormonal balance. More than ever women are now juggling a lot of roles in life which can lead to elevated stress & cortisol levels which in turn can lead to an increase in anxiety, digestive problems, weight changes, and exhaustion. Hormonal balance is vital to reproductive health but also important for maintaining both physical and emotional wellbeing. Many factors influence a woman’s hormonal balance such as diet, hydration levels and stress. Nutrition plays an important role in women’s health as excess sugar can disrupt hormone balance along with an over consumption of high oestrogen & processed foods. Eating a nutritious diet and reducing stress levels are great ways to promote balance in the body. Using essential oils can also help with hormonal balance and in doing so help avoid conditions such as PMS, cramps, bloating and irregular cycles. The following essential oils are my top choices for supporting hormonal balance for women.

Clary Sage

Clary Sage helps with emotional stress and its antispasmodic properties make it a great choice for applying topically to the abdomen to ease cramps and symptoms of PMS. One of the main benefits of Clary Sage is that it helps promote ideal oestrogen production which makes it a great choice for people with PCOS, Endometriosis and during the menopause. There are many studies proving how Clary Sage oil benefits hormonal balance and simply inhaling it can also help reduce cortisol levels in the body. Clary Sage however, should not be used during pregnancy.

Rose

Rose oil helps support hormonal health and provides a natural mood boost. Often used as an aphrodisiac, applying it topically can help with low libido. It can also assist in regulating ovulation and helps to support emotional balance.

Thyme

Thyme essential oil helps to balance progesterone levels in the body and promotes production of the hormone. Progesterone is essential for regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle and optimum progesterone levels are needed for fertility and pregnancy. Low levels of progesterone may cause pms, hair loss, depression, painful periods and infertility. Using Thyme essential oil is a great way to improve progesterone levels and to balance hormones naturally.

Geranium

Geranium essential oil is often chosen for its stabilising and regenerative properties. It is a great choice for anyone suffering from PMS and imbalance as it can help to balance hormones and applying it topically can help to ease symptoms such as breast tenderness. Used aromatically and topically it helps promote emotional balance and is good choice to use post labour or after miscarriage.

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‘PMS Rescue’

3 drops Clary Sage

10 drops Geranium

3 drops Ylang Ylang

40 drops carrier oil

Apply on the wrists & inhale for calming effect/emotional support.

Apply on abdomen daily for hormonal balance.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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I’m Caroline – a health & wellness coach, Pilates Instructor, wife and busy mother of one. I’m a big advocate for living a natural lifestyle and love learning about ways to improve my overall wellbeing. I love nutritious food and you’ll often find me boring people with my talk of green smoothies, mindfulness and essential oils. I wasn’t always quite so passionate about healthy living but when my own digestive problems became impossible to ignore; I discovered the only way I was going to feel better was by addressing the root cause of my symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes. I learnt that embracing good nutrition was the key to taking back control of my own health. Looking back, I now know many of my health problems began as a teenager, but during that time I saw conditions like acne as normal and something you simply had to ‘grow out of’. I spent my 20s tormented with mouth ulcers and digestive problems but when test results showed I was not coeliac; I carried on eating pizzas, bread and all the other gluten packed staples of a 20 somethings diet. As I approached my 30th birthday I decided I’d had enough and it was time for a major change. I began by doing food intolerance tests and read countless books on nutrition and elimination diets. As soon as I cut wheat & gluten out of my diet the mouth ulcers disappeared, I began to sleep better, my constant thirst went away and I no longer felt those awful afternoon slumps and sugar cravings. My digestive problems went away almost immediately and the more I cooked with basic natural ingredients the better I began to feel. Over the past 5 years I’ve worked hard to prioritise my health and the health of my family. My interest in food and health led me to study dietary counselling and to become a Health & Wellness Coach. My wellness journey has brought me into contact with many likeminded people and has expanded my concept of what it means to be in ‘great health’. Good food and nutrition is one big part of the puzzle for me but I also understand how the way you feel can determine the state of your overall health and wellbeing. I have learnt to practice transcendental meditation and continue to learn and work on my own self-awareness. Shortly after my daughter was born I was introduced to essential oils and using these oils daily has enhanced the health of our family – physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s an exciting time to be a part of a growing ‘wellness community’. I’m passionate about feeling good and helping others on their journey to wellness. I love being involved in the positive changes people make to their lifestyle as they embrace good health.