Hormonal balance can be achieved by different herbs which have numerous health benefits. Myrtle, sandalwood, clary sage, holy basil, lavender and thyme are some of the herbs that can help you balance your hormones.
But, what is hormonal balance?
- Your thyroid hormones, which produce thyroxin and triiodothyronine, are responsible for regulating the metabolic processes
- The hormones produced by the pineal gland are known as sleep hormones. Melatonin is one of these hormones which promotes good sleep and if these hormones are off balance people can experience bad sleep and they can become prone to diseases
- Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and it helps the metabolic processes and it is able to regulate stress levels.
- Progesterone and estrogen are hormones which regulate the menstrual cycles, vaginal Ph, and female fertility. Testosterone, on the other hand, regulates male fertility, the bone mass, production of blood cells and bone mass.
The endocrine system has a function to regulate the hormones. If any hormone is out of balance, it can affect the others and this might eventually cause numerous problems such as weight gain, fatigue and pain.
Hormonal imbalance symptoms include:
- Weight loss, or weight gain
- Low libido
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Anxiety and depression
- Changes in the appetite
- Digestive issues
- Hair thinning and hair loss
What causes hormonal imbalance?
There are numerous factors which cause hormonal imbalance and some of them include:
- Food allergies and gut issues
- Obesity and overweight
- Increased levels of inflammation
- Genetic susceptibility
- Exposure to different toxins (pesticides, cigarettes, alcohol, chemicals and viruses)
- Poor sleep quality
Balance your hormones with these herbs:
- Holy basil
This herb can help you reduce anxiety because its properties are capable of reducing the levels of cortisol – stress hormone. Also, according to some studies, holy basil is beneficial in the treatment of memory issues, sexual problems, sleeping problems and exhaustion.
According to different studies (done on animals), myrtle can promote sleep and relax the muscles. Myrtle also has anti-anxiety properties and it can slow down your brain function, which eventually leads to a prolonged sleeping activity.
- Clary sage
You can use clary sage if you want to regulate your cortisol levels. It has also been proved that women over 50 who inhaled clary sage oil had reduced levels of cortisol, which consequently led to a decrease of the thyroid hormones and an increase of estrogen which can help regulate the menopausal symptoms.
According to a breast cancer study, thyme is able to interact with the hormone progesterone which is produced during pregnancy and during the menstrual cycle. Thyme contains phytoprogestins and phytoestrogens which have an effect of inhibiting the growth of the cancer cell growth.
According to a new study on the effects of aromatherapy on women who underwent breast biopsy, peppermint oil had a calming effect and it reduced the levels of anxiety in this group of women.
Sandalwood can also be beneficial in regulating sleep disorders.
This herb is extremely effective in regulating hormones and it is especially beneficial in regulating the thyroid gland.
By using fennel oil, you will be able to calm down your body and to improve the digestive processes and improve metabolism and lower inflammation.
Lavender is really good in improving emotional balance, because it is able to treat depression, stress, mood swings and anxiety. Additionally, it can help promote better sleep.
Using herbs medicinally
- Mix the herbs with a base oil, such as coconut, and apply on your skin
- Add them in your warm bath
- Add them in a distilled water and use them as a diffuser