Monday, March 21, 2011

What is a Hormone and What Does it Have to Do with Essential Oils?

Nearly everyday we hear someone complain of a hormonal imbalance.  When we do we nod our heads sagely and tsk tsk in sympathy.  How many of us have actually stopped to wonder what a hormone is and how hormones are impacted by essential oils? 

A hormone is a chemical messenger secreted by the endocrine gland.  A hormone will impact the function of another part of the body. Growth hormone impacts the long bones.  Sex hormones impact sexual development and stress will cause the body to secret cortisol.

This article is not meant to be used in lieu of medical treatment. If you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance seek out a doctor to address your concerns. 

So essential oils will mimic the effects of estrogen and in some people throw off the homostasis of the body.  Lavender should not be used by women who have had estrogen based cancers.  Other essential oils that can imitate estrogen include clary sage and geranium.  

You can reduce stress and the production of cortisol by using oils such as sweet orange, bergamot and spearmint which are uplifting.  Other oils to relieve stress and induce sleep include rose essential oils and melissa. 

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