Essential Oils for Thyroid Support – My Story by Veronica Roman
Essential oils for thyroid support have the ability to regulate, normalize, and support the thyroid gland.* Many individuals have heard of the thyroid, but don’t know where it’s located in the body or what it does. Since I had been diagnosed with a thyroid issue, I’ve found it was important to educate myself about the thyroid, so before discussing the types of essential oils for thyroid support that will help with thyroid issues, see some additional facts about the thyroid, below.
The thyroid is located below the Adams apple at the base of the neck, and is part of the endocrine system that produces the hormones of the body. It is considered the “energy gland” of the body. It is very important and is responsible for many bodily functions including regulating metabolism (T3 and T4 thyroid hormones) and secreting hormones for circulation, immune function, digestion, body temperature and even emotions.
There are generally two types of thyroid conditions that need treatment – HYPOthyroidism (UNDERactive thyroid – the thyroid is not making enough of the thyroid hormones) and HYPERthyroidism (OVERactive thyroid- the thyroid is making too much of the thyroid hormones). Hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism (1-2% v. .5%), according to the Cleveland Clinic for Continuing Education.
A few of the common symptoms of HYPOthyroidism are: lack of energy; fatigue; weight gain; yeast infections; reduced immune function; and hair loss.
A few of the common symptoms of HYPERthyroidism are: restlessness; insomnia; anxiety; nervousness; muscle weakness; fatigue; weight loss; diabetes; arthritis; hair loss; enlarged thyroid gland; premature grey hair; heart palpitations; and vitiligo (a condition in which the skin loses melanin and slowly causes enlarging white patches of irregular shapes to appear).
You may have noticed that a few of the symptoms between the two conditions are similar, such as fatigue and hair loss. However, the cause of the symptoms are quite different – underactive v. overactive thyroid – and both require different treatments.
My own experience with being diagnosed with a thyroid condition started almost a year ago when I progressively became more and more fatigued over time, eventually feeling the need to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon most every day! Thankfully, I have a flexible schedule so this was possible most of the time. But it was a huge red flag because I knew this couldn’t be normal. I’m usually a physically active person and love to bike and hike, so feeling fatigued prevented me from doing activities that brought me joy. When I got to the point where I could hardly take a 20-minute walk with my dog without feeling so weak in my knees that I thought I would fall over, I knew I had to see a doctor!
Being more inclined to seek alternative treatments, I went to my chiropractor who also was certified in applied kinesiology (muscle testing) and nutritional counseling. She thought I might have a thyroid issue, but nothing showed up with her tests which did indicate, however, a virus that was possibly attacking my pancreas. She also found I was extremely deficient in zinc (which means I probably had way too much copper in my body since the two have an inverse relationship). She gave me a supplement for viral infections and some aqueous (liquid) zinc, but also sent me to a nearby lab to have some blood work done, a very smart thing (in my opinion) for anyone to do in conjunction with other diagnostic therapies if they are experiencing ANY symptoms that are not normal.
When she called me with the blood test results, she told me I had HYPERthyroidism, as indicated by the thyroid hormone levels on the blood test. I also had borderline high blood sugar levels, also a symptom of hyperthyroidism. Those two indicators, along with my general fatigue; weakness in my legs; occasional heart palpitations and nervousness/anxiety all pointed to hyperthyroidism. And depending on the cause, different medical treatments were available.
Because this is such a new diagnosis for me, I’m in the process of making choices regarding my treatment options. My belief in following a more natural and complementary treatment plan (versus something more traditional) led me to do a lot of my own research where I learned that, especially with hyperthyroidism, there can be many different causes and that a combination of lifestyle changes, done simultaneously, will help dramatically.
I learned that eating a gluten- and caffeine- free diet is extremely helpful and that certain personality characteristic are prone to getting hyperthyroidism (personality characteristics that I possessed!). I also found that following these lifestyle changes, along with focusing on relaxation (i.e. meditation) and resting often (NO exercise!), were helpful in the first 6 months of getting hyperthyroidism under control.
Much to my dismay (because I don’t like to take prescription medications) I also found out that it may be necessary for me to take medication for a few months until the thyroid becomes “normalized” again. However, through my research I also determined that some drastic measures, such as removing the thyroid, are usually not necessary. And that another helpful thing to do is to use essential oils for thyroid.
A general rule for using essential oils for thyroid is that for an underactive thyroid, use oils with stimulating properties. For an overactive thyroid, use oils with sedating and calming properties such as our Calming Essential Oil Blend available in concentrate, rollon, massage oil and spray..*
— Veronica Roman
Purchase the essential oils listed above, plus carrier oils to dilute them, below.
Additional information about essential oils and the thyroid can be found here.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.