There are so many things we can blame on hormones! Having a bad day? What about fatigue, migraines, mood swings, all types of aches and pains, weight gain.... it must be hormones. Once a month or all month long, hormones.
We may not be able to prove it, but we know. We may not be able to solve it, we can explain it - hormones!
What if we could access a couple tools from nature to resolve some of our issues - and bring us back into a state of hormone balance?
Hormones are always at work, affecting a such a wide spectrum of physiological processes that is is difficult to trace the original source. Two of the main hormones that women deal with are estrogen and progesterone. When these two hormones are in harmony, so are we. When they are not, that is when we experience cravings, unexplained weight gain, migraines, temperature fluctuations - hot flashes, mood swings, tears, fatigue - and more.
What are those tools that I was referring to?
Diet, exercise, natural high quality supplements and personal products, and if you want to start with he simplest of all of them - consistent usage of essential oils.
First, there are SO MANY OPTIONs here. Just like if you were trying a medication that was prescribed by your Provider, you don't just give up if you don't get the exact outcome you were hoping for. You may change dose, or schedule or try a different option all together - same thing with essential oils. I am confident that there is an option here for you. It may take a little tweaking to find what is right for you.
Let's start with 3 of the most popular options that may help you to create hormonal synergy: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and Clary Sage. All know for their calming and soothing abilities, and have been used for centuries to improve the lives of women.
BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL
Combining it with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and using it to massage your abdomen during times of hormonal imbalance or just massaging your body when you are feeling levels of high stress can leave you feeling more relaxed and calm. You can also add it to your favorite moisturizer or some raw coconut oil and use it as a mood-boosting, skin cleanser and purifier. A quick trick for a restful night’s sleep is to apply Bergamot to your feet before bedtime. It is also prized for its amazing powers when diffused. During times of high tension and stress, diffusing Bergamot can lessen these feelings, leaving you with a sense of self-confidence. Also try adding Lavender or Lime in with your Bergamot diffusion for an extra-relaxing effect. And one final tidbit – adding Bergamot to regular tea transforms it into Earl Grey tea, and who doesn’t love a spot of tea when they are feeling extra stressed?
YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL
Pronounced EE-lang EE-lang – it is not only fun to say, it has an amazing calming, floral scent that can change the mood on a most gloomy day.. Massaging Ylang Ylang on a daily basis into the back of their neck and heart can reduce the effects of stress in their lives. It's also an amazing addition to your hair care routine – massage it into your scalp or adding a drop to your shampoo or conditioner. Make washing your hair an aromatherapy experience! Of course, diffusing this oil can be very powerful too. Ylang Ylang has been noted for its antioxidant support on the body,
CLARY SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL
Clary Sage is extremely effective for supporting estorgen and progesterone balance. Application of this oil to the abdomen during that special time of the month both soothes and calms hormonal symptoms. Applying it to your pulse points can definitely help reduce stress, increase cognitive function and improve sleep. We all need our beauty sleep, and Clary Sage promotes a restful night’s sleep when applied at bedtime to the feet or on pulse points, and, like Ylang Ylang, it can also be added to your hair products for shiny hair. Need some heavy duty calm in your life?
If you are pregnant – Clary Sage has been known to promote contractions in a woman’s body, so it is one of those oils that we avoid while pregnant until you are ready to give birth. Once those contractions start or if you are overdue, go ahead and make use of this amazing oil! It is also particularly helpful in balancing your hormones post-birth as well!
CLARY CALM WOMEN’S BLEND
Ok, I may have saved the best for last. This blend is nothing short of miraculous! If this got out to women everywhere, it seriously could change the world. I am not even exaggerating! doTERRA has specifically formulated Clary Calm Monthly Blend for Women, using a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex. They give this to us in a ready-to-use rollerball bottle for super-easy application right to your pulse points or on your abdomen. Clary Calm is a nothing short of a miracle!
I use this daily, applying to my belly every morning. I find that when I am consistent with this - I don't get the symptoms. Why wait to experience the symptoms before reaching for the solution, if you can avoid them all together?
dōTERRA describes the benefits of this blend as the “best oil for your worst week.”
Many of my friends tell me that they don't enjoy the smell of this blend all month long. Did you know that oils tend to smell good to you when you need them the most? It is not unusual that once a month, this blend is simply irresistible and the rest of the month, not so much. Strange, but true! This is part of the amazing nature of essential oils.
I have one of these in my bathroom - put it where you use it so you don't forget! I also carry it with me everywhere! Trust me when I tell you - if you or someone you know suffers from any intensified symptoms once a month - you will love having this in your life!
OK, one more tip, a recipe really...another option for how to use this amazing tool:
Blend together, shake, and spritz for a cooling effect on the skin, especially during those moments of heat in a woman’s later years!
Sometimes it is the simplest, smallest actions that we take that make the biggest impact. Once we tackle those things, we are more empowered to take on the more involved changes, like diet, incorporating daily exercise and relaxation techniques,. Working on developing a daily regimen of hormone-supportive oils into your life can do wonders for your overall emotional and physical well-being, and it can be really fun.
Once you have the tools that you need, I will help you every step of the way to make sure you get the results you are looking for - less of all the crappy symptoms that come with hormone imbalance.
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN