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Top 6 Essential Oils for Thyroid Health – by Dr. Melissa Esguerra

DR. Melissa Esteguera
Dr. Melissa Esguerra is a doctor of chiropractic, a functional medicine practitioner, and a Kundalini yogini.

Essential oils are my very favorite natural solution tools because they are super simple to apply, you can easily manage your dosage AND you don’t have to worry about your digestive tract having to break them down (like you do with supplements or herbs).

Thyroid issues can be frustrating for so many patients because thyroid physiology is complex, making it difficult to figure out the best approach for each person’s unique needs.

Thyroid hormone “dysfunction” can happen anywhere along the thyroid hormone production belt beginning at the production level at the thyroid itself (this is surprisingly more rare), or along the conversion process taking place at the liver, kidney, or digestive tract.

Thyroid hormone “dysfunction” can happen anywhere along the thyroid hormone production belt beginning at the production level at the thyroid itself (this is surprisingly more rare), or along the conversion process taking place at the liver, kidney, or digestive tract. Hypothyroidism can even manifest at the cellular level, completely outside of the thyroid itself or outside the conversion organs! In some cases, thyroid hormone uptake may be compromised or the thyroid hormone itself may be getting “neutralized” due to excess estrogen or cortisol.

dr. Melissa Esguerra

While you can read more about the details of this physiology in my Essential Oils and Thyroid Wellness eBook, I’m breaking it down to the nitty gritty for you here at Thyroid Central. Let’s talk basic solutions.

While there is certainly a place for supplements and herbs, I think essential oils offer a simple and targeted wellness tool to get started with.

Essential oils are my very favorite natural solution tools because they are super simple to apply, you can easily manage your dosage AND you don’t have to worry about your digestive tract having to break them down (like you do with supplements or herbs).

While there is certainly a place for supplements and herbs, I think essential oils offer a simple and targeted wellness tool to get started with.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass offers a natural lymphatic drainage. The thyroid is very vulnerable to toxicity, especially toxic halides like fluoride and chlorine, which wreak havoc on the gland’s ability to create adequate amounts of hormone. Lemongrass supports healthy drainage of toxins out of the thyroid, making it easier for the gland to remain healthy and functional.

 

clove
Clove is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the thyroid gland from free radical damage.

Clove

Clove is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the thyroid gland from free radical damage. Additionally, Clove’s powerful antioxidant capacity makes it the perfect oil to support healthy liver function. The liver is one of the major organs connected to thyroid hormone physiology. You see, about 60% of the inactive thyroid hormone is converted to its active form in the liver itself. Clove is also an essential oil that is high in phenols, which according to Dr. David Stewart PhD (author of the book “Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple”) can clean the receptor sites of the cells, improving cell-to-cell communication in the body.

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Frankincense

Frankincense supports healthy cellular function and replication. It’s an essential oil that’s high in monoterpenes which can help reprogram information in cellular memory that may be damaged due to thyroid dysfunction. Additionally, Frankincense can help to lower inflammation in and around the area of application. Inflammation is often a factor in poor glandular function, particularly when thyroid dysfunction is connected to autoimmunity.

Myrrh

Myrrh helps to soothe stress and support the thyroid. Myrrh is high in sesquiterpenes which may be able to help erase bad information in cellular memory. Additionally, oils high in sesquiterpenes are known to also support healthy detoxification and healthy digestion, both of which are key in the conversion of thyroid hormone from inactive to active form.

Lavender
Lavender can also be helpful on a spiritual level, releasing energy near our fifth chakra which is located near the thyroid.

Lavender

Lavender helps to soothe histamine response. This may be an important therapeutic tool for those dealing with chronic inflammation or autoimmune issues as histamine buildup is often a side effect of both health challenges. Lavender can also be helpful on a spiritual level, releasing energy near our fifth chakra which is located near the thyroid.

Peppermint for Hypothyroid; Cedarwood or Vetiver for Hyperthyroid

For the hypothyroid, Peppermint can act as a natural energizer. It can also help to soothe and cool an inflamed gland. Many hypothyroid patients struggle with fatigue and sluggish mental capacity, so  Peppermint can be extremely supportive in these cases.

For a hyperthyroid case, we’d choose a more grounding and calming oil like Cedarwood or Vetiver. Vetiver or Cedarwood are extremely therapeutic for those experiencing nervousness or difficulty sleeping, both extremely common symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

If you’d like to combine all of the oils into a DIY blend, here is my Dr. ME recipe whip up in your own at home apothecary (ie. your kitchen 😉 :

Dr. ME Thyroid Harmony Blend

In a 10mL roller bottle combine:

10 drops Clove

10 drops Lemongrass

10 drops Frankincense

10 drops Myrrh

10 drops Lavender

10 drops Peppermint or Vetiver or Cedarwood

Top bottle off with a dilution oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil

You can learn more about essential oils and thyroid health by checking out my Thyroid Wellness Bundle.

Where the heck do I get these essential oils?

Well, I’m glad you asked. You can find many high-quality, pure therapeutic sources online. However, you can learn about where I get my favorite brand (and why it’s my favorite brand) by checking out my website.

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About the author

Dr. Melissa Esguerra

Dr. Melissa Esguerra is a doctor of chiropractic, a functional medicine practitioner and a kundalini yogini. Her mission is to empower women to slip on their OWN white coat and become empowered to take the reigns on their health naturally! She specializes clinically in investigating the underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as autoimmunity, thyroid issues and female hormones. Dr. Melissa is in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been counseling thousands of patients over the past nine years in practice.

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