Saturday, 10 December 2016

Can Essential Oils Balance Hormones & Mood and Reduce Stress?

Essential Oils are able to balance the body’s hormones naturally.  By bringing balance to the body’s hormones they lower it’s stress levels. It is well documented that oxidative stress is the root of all disease. Synthetically made hormones in pharmaceuticals simply can’t compete.

This was shown in a study published in May 2013 where natural bergamot essential oil and a synthesized chemical essential oil were trialled on the work related stress of teachers with various workloads. It says - 

“We analyzed the performance of the aromatherapy treatment on the teachers who had various workloads. We measured the teacher’s heart rate variability to evaluate their autonomic nervous system activity. The results show that only the natural bergamot essential oil had an effect and that the aromatherapy treatment relieved work-related stress of teachers with various workloads.”

A 2014 article published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research, found that simple inhalation of clary sage improved the body’s cortisol levels (stress hormone) and thyroid hormones by 36%! That was just an inhalation. They also found that clary sage lifted the mood of these women and had anti-depressant properties. According to Dr Joshua Axe, there are consistent studies that demonstrate clary sage’s essential oil’s ability to balance women’s estrogen levels in addition to other hormone imbalances.

Other essential oils are also very successful at lowering the body's stress levels, blood pressure and hypertension. In 2006, a study using lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot concluded 
"The results suggest that the inhalation method using essential oils can be considered an effective nursing intervention that reduces psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension."

Thyme essential oil balances progesterone in men and women according to the Proceedings of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine. Low progesterone is linked with infertility, poly cystic ovaries and depression.

Sandalwood essential oil balances testosterone levels in men and women, stimulates the release of melatonin (the sleep hormone) and reduces anxiety. 

Cedarwood essential oil stimulates the pineal gland which releases melatonin, an anti-oxidant hormone associated with deep, restful, peaceful sleep.

Myrtle essential oil balances hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries. It was myrtle that brought enormous healing to my body when I had Hashimoto’s disease, an auto-immune disease of the thyroid. My Hashimoto’s Disease has been gone for several years now.

Rose essential oil balances the body’s serotonin levels.

According to Dr J Axe,

 “In general, one of the best essential oils for thyroid function and autoimmune issues is frankincense oil, which reduces inflammation, also helping to lower those cortisol levels.”

Lavender and chamomile also naturally lower cortisol levels. A study published in March this year in the Iranian Journal of Midwifery found that

“inhaling the scent of lavender for 4 weeks can prevent stress, anxiety and depression after childbirth.” 

Another study reported similar findings

 “Efficacy studies of lavender or orange and peppermint essential oils, to treat anxiety and nausea, respectively, have shown positive results.”
In 2015, the effects of aromatherapy in reliving symptoms related to job stress among nurses was published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice. Inhaling lavender essential oil 
"was shown to be effective in the reduction of the number of stress symptoms for 3 or 4 days. The stress symptoms of the experimental group decreased....whereas the stress symptoms in the controlled group increased."

Essential Oils are able to balance our moods. A systematic review of 16 randomized controlled trials on the anti-anxiety effects of essential oils in people with anxiety symptoms in 2011, found that

 “most of the studies indicated positive effects to quell anxiety. No adverse events were reported.”

In 2012, a pilot study was published on the effects of essential oils on women with post-natal depression and anxiety. 

“The pilot study indicates positive findings with minimal risk for the use of aromatherapy as a complementary approach in both anxiety and depression scales with the postpartum woman.” “There were no adverse effects reported”.

In 2002, Melissa Essential Oil was shown to safely and effectively manage agitation in people with severe dementia. This double blind, placebo-controlled trial also demonstrated that the participants improved in other key quality of life parameters.

Now, it is important to know that not everything that is marketed as ‘natural’ is good for us. According to Havard Medical School,

 “any product whose principle ingredient has an animal, plant or mineral source is technically natural. it doesn’t matter whether the substance is ground, put into capsules and sold over the counter - or extracted in a laboratory, manufactured by a pharmaceutical company and made only available by prescription.” 

But the Bible teaches us otherwise. It tells us that God didn’t give us everything as food and medicine. Somethings He told us not to touch or eat. I think a perfect example of this can be seen in the drug Premarin where the estrogen for the drug comes from pregnant mare’s urine. It doesn’t surprise me then that when this drug was tested in the Women’s Health Initiative, concerns were raised because users had a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. The Bible tells us that we were not given pregnant mare’s urine as medicine. We weren’t even given their milk to drink! A wonderful book on that particular topic is “What Does the Bible say about Healthy Living?” by Dr Rex Russell. Beware of ‘natural’ marketing. Know first what we are allowed to have as food and medicine then you will find it much easier to navigate your way through the maze of worldly opinion on health.

Medicines manufactured by man cannot compare with the healing capabilities of essential oils, made by an all-knowing God. Man-made pharmaceuticals lack the same life giving healing found in essential oils. They are synthetic imitations of the healing nutrients and properties that God created in essential oils. Essential oils on the other hand, are affordable for all, non-addictive and a very little goes a long way. There’s no need for ongoing scripts or increased doses.

Synthetic prescriptions all have undesirable side-effects even when taken according to the doctor’s advice. Some effects can even be deadly. No drug is capable of true healing. Furthermore when more than 1 drug is taken at a time, they can work in disharmony and there are often drug reactions between the drugs. 

If all this inspires you to learn more about God's wonderful world of essential oils, then let me encourage you to read and discover more. There are library books,, free youtube videos, naturopaths and aromatherapists who can guide you. Many medical doctors are now using essential oils in preference to pharmaceuticals to help heal their patients. Do your homework and find the resources you need to support your desire for a more natural, wholesome approach that is in line with Scripture.
"Oil and perfume bring joy to the heart, 
so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend" Prov 27:9
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