Acupressure with essential oils for thyroid disease

Thyroid is the master control center for the metabolic function of every single cell in your body. Because of this, it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and produce serious changes in every aspect of your life including serious disease, mood, weight gain and low energy levels.

Every day, more people are turning to a holistic approach to life. For those of you embarking on a quest to learn more, may try acupressure and pure essential oils and to incorporate them in your everyday life to improve your thyroid health. Performing pressure point stimulation with essential oils, add an extra bonus in healing thyroid condition and speeding up recovery. By learning how to stimulate your own pressure points, you can relieve minor or moderate symptoms, and reduce the need for nonprescription drugs. Unlike most drugs, relief is usually immediate.

Dr. Michael Reed Gach is an acupressure expert and his site offers ‘Acupressure therapy for thyroid conditions’. It is interesting to know that his wife, who had a hyperactive thyroid condition, healed herself over the last few years using this holistic program. Take a look at YouTube video “Thyroid Acupressure Points for Self-Healing”.

Essential oils are 50 – 75% more powerful than the herb or plant itself,                              

a little goes a long way.

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There’s nothing new about the medicinal use of plants. Our ancestors have used plants, seeds, wood and resins from nature to care for themselves and their families since the beginning of time.

Best Essential Oils for Thyroid

  1. Myrrh is an adaptogenic aid, which means it brings balance to the body however needed, much like maca, rhodiola and ashwagandha that you may have heard of. Myrtle oil has been researched by Daniel Penoel, M.D. of France for normalizing hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries. According to Dr. David Stewart, Ph.D., myrtle oil can help increase or decrease thyroid function depending on what type of imbalance occurs. Since it helps reduce stress and inflammation associated with an underactive thyroid, it can also help decrease stress on an overtaxed thyroid.
  2. Frankincense can help with many different symptoms of an underactive thyroid. One is a weak digestive system, specifically in the form of indigestion and constipation. A tiny drop of food-grade frankincense oil taken orally may act the same way that digestive enzymes do and help to speed up the digestive process. Frankincense can also balance hormone levels to reduce stress and help you sleep better at night. It is also helpful for relieving dry skin associated with low thyroid function.
  3. Clove Oil – this oil has an antioxidant (ORAC) score of over 1,000,000! So, this is definitely an oil you’ll want to consider for supporting your entire body. Clove is also high in phenols (about 80%). “Phenols clean the receptor sites of the cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness.” – Dr. David Stewart
  4. Lemongrass can help with inflammation, headaches and digestive upset associated with an underactive thyroid. Though the plant is very useful in cooking, the EO can be used just as easily.
  5. Clary Sage EO – A 2014 study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research found that inhalation of clary sage oil had the ability to reduce cortisol levels by 36% and improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH). Finally, clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect which is one of the hypothyroid leading symptoms. The biggest benefit of clary sage is that it helps balance out estrogen production in the body. A lot of health issues today, even things like infertility, PCOS and estrogen-based cancers. Because of that, it’s an incredibly effective essential oil in the a wide array of hormone imbalances.
  6. Peppermint oil can help reduce fatigue, depression, brain fog, headaches and digestive woes associated with underactive thyroid.
  7. Lavender is an excellent essential oil to fight anxiety, hair loss, stress and insomnia.

When choosing essential oils, always go for CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils like dōTERRA® essential oils. (More info on oils and where to buy is HERE)

How and Where to Apply Essential Oils

  1. Topical use

Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they’re easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes “neat” (undiluted). Chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body. Also once they’re applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the area where applied. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and in combination with acupressure.

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Areas to apply: neck thyroid area, thyroid acupressure points on hands, wrists and feet. The bottoms of our feet boast the largest pores on our body and allow quick absorption.

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One of my favorite essential oil uses is to simply mix some coconut oil with the essential oil, itself, and rub it on different areas of the body. If you have sensitive skin, dilute  blends well.

  • Rub 2-4 drops of myrrh and lemongrass oil directly on thyroid area, big toes, and wrists several times each day.
  • Put 2-3 drops of Myrrh essential oil (EO) directly onto the thyroid area 2x daily to help decrease symptoms.
  • 1 part Lemongrass, 1 part Myrrh, 1 part carrier oil (I like fractionated coconut oil because this kind of coconut oil soaks into the skin quickly and stays liquid at colder temperatures)
  • 25 drops Lemongrass, 25 drops Clove, 10 drops Frankincense, 25 drops carrier oil

2. Diffuse

When I learned that I could scent my home with something organic and purify the air we breathe, I was in! I like Lotus diffuser by dōTERRA. The essential oils are atomized into minute ion particles and active oxygen anions, which are more easily absorbed by the human body than oils diffused by conventional diffusers. Diffuser releasing the aromatic and therapeutic benefi of essential oils quickly and safely.

Lotus_NEW_Detail_US_WEB_v1The other way to diffuse EO is by taking an aromatic bath. Use 3 drops of frankincense mixed with 5 parts of clove oil and 5 parts of lemongrass oil in your Epsom salt bath.

You can experiment with various blends of essential oils to figure out which one works best for you. It is recommended that you use low or no heat diffusers since they do not interfere with the chemical structure of the oils.

 

3. Internally

Use caution when taking essential oils internally.

Put 2 drops of frankincense oil daily on the roof of the mouth.

Remember that essential oils can be helpful for treating underactive thyroid, but you should also be sure to improve your overall lifestyle and diet.

To your health, ~ Vilma

Dr.Vilma Brunhuber, CHHC is a health coach for Woman’s Health & Thyroid Wellness. She is most passionate about helping others discover the gift of holistic health, showing others how to create healthy lifestyle. She suffered with thyroid disease for many years which lead her look into alternatives how to feel better because medication was helping only partially with thyroid condition.

 

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24802524

Dr. Michael Reed Gach

Dr. David Stewart

 

Disclaimer

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.

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Frankincense – the Liquid Gold

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and healing properties as part of the practice of aromatherapy.

Frankincense-treeFrankincense oil is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara small, shrubby tree with white flowers that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This tree is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.

The word frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which means quality incense in old French.

 When in doubt start with Frankincense

Research shows traditional use of Frankincense in driving away evil spirits (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, French, Asian folklore and rituals), and if we think of these spirits as obsessions, fears and anxieties which may have become manifest as physical illness, we understand the benefits of applying Frankincense for all occasions. In Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian cultures, it is suggested that burning frankincense daily in the house brings good health.

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A little bit of oil goes a long way; it should not be ingested in large quantities as it can be toxic.

If you’re purchasing essential oils, avoid oils that say “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” as these can be synthetic and don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure therapeutic grade essential oil”  for the highest quality essential oils.

Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits

FRANKINCENSE: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant, astringent, carminative (relieves gas), cicatrizant, cytophylatic (stimulating regeneration of cells), digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, immune boosting tonic, anti-carcinogistic.  In Ayurvedic medicine frankincense (Boswellia serrata), commonly referred to in India as “dhoop,” has been used for hundreds of years for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormone system and purifying the air. The use of frankincense in Ayurveda is called “dhoopan“.

  1. Balances Hormone Levels

Frankincense oil reduces symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause by balancing hormone levels. It can help relieve pain, cramps, constipation, headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and mood swings. Frankincense oil also helps with regulating estrogen production and reduces the risk of tumor or cyst development in pre-menopausal women.

2. May Help Fight Cancer, or Deal with Chemotherapy Side Effects

Frankincense has been documented all over the world to have a very strong Cancer deterrent factor –Nicole Stevens has produced current research on effectiveness of essential oils with eliminating cancer. Dr. Hsueh-Kung Lin, published his research on doTERRA’s Frankincense clearly stating that in eliminating many forms of cancerous cells this is the most potent and effective oil he has had the privilege of working with – the fragrance made him more energetic too. Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight cells of specific types of cancer. (4) A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy.

3. Managing Emotional and Behaviour Problems – profound psychological and spiritual benefits

Frankincense is the most valuable essential oil for slowing and deepening breathing, helping to allay fear, anxiety, nervous tension and stress. One of the gifts of Frankincense is its’ chemistry – sesquiterpenes–can cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and facilitates oxygenation of cells for optimal communication at the cellular level. In a study that has already triggered follow-up work, sesquiterpenes were shown to increase the number of certain receptors in the brain and are now considered prospects for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.* (Frankincense, Sandalwood, Valerian, Myrrh, Vetiver research). Frankincense is helpful in allowing the past to be in the past, and creating an environment in which optimism and an expectation of freedom in dwelling on current successes that allow peace and self-acceptance to take place.

In a 2012 study, researchers found that the “behavioral effect [of insensole actetate] was concomitant to reduced serum corticosterone levels, dose-dependent down-regulation of corticotropin releasing factor and up-regulation of brain derived neurotrophic factor transcripts IV and VI expression in the hippocampus. These data suggest that IA modulates the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and influences hippocampal gene expression, leading to beneficial behavioral effects supporting its potential as a novel treatment of depressive-like disorders.” (*)

4. Heals Skin and Prevents Signs of Aging

Skin treated with the sesquiterpenes allows polar compounds such as water to penetrate more effectively. In skincare, Frankincense is particularly helpful for older skins, and has a definite tonic effect, helping to restore some tone to slack looking facial skin, and slowing down the appearance of wrinkles. Frankincense is safe to use during pregnancy -beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin. reduces appearance of scars and it may also help reduce the appearance of dark spots caused from acne blemishes.

5. Eases Digestion and Supports Detoxification 

It helps to flush out excess water from the abdomen that can cause bloating, and even relieves PMS-related stomach pains.(*) by speeding up the secretion of digestive enzymes. It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, colitis and IBS. (*)

Frankincense oil can also be used for relief from stings such as scorpion stings.

All suggestions shared are effective only with doTERRA CPTG products! 

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FRANKINCENSE blends well with most floral, woods, spices and citruses, also with patchouli, clary sage, rosemary, basil, vetiver and my favorite mix is with Wild Orange – protector on several levels.

Instant Mind Clarity: Frankincense 3 drops, Wild Orange 3 drops; blend in palm of hands by rubbing palms together and when warm apply to back of neck and forehead and focus on accepting positive thoughts. Makes the Heart Happy.

Dry Skin/Wrinkles on arms and legs: Blend Frankincense EO with DoTerra’s Essential Therapy Hand and Body Lotion and apply to dry areas – especially when going in and out in the cold weather – drink more water to hydrate cells – keep young.

Frankincense is an amazing gift, it helps the cells of our body’s remember how to be perfect again as our original recipe was written. Frankincense seems to be the master mind of oils – it makes everything remember how to be perfect – the cells, the tissues, the organs, the systems, whole body.

Become a healer at your own home

Dr. David K. Hill has a book on Frankincense and see webinars on www.builddoterra.com Dr. Hill has created on Frankincense for our education.

Resources:

Wikipedia, Modern Essentials, Abundant Health, LLC, 2009 Healing Oils of The Bible, David Stewart, 2005. Aromatherapy in Medicine, Jacque du Preneau, 1908. Dr Axe. Aromatherapy, Essential Oils for Vibrant Health and Beauty, Roberta Wilson, 2002 Clinical Aromatherapy, Essential Oils in Practice, by Jane Buckle ,RN,PhD.,2003 Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair and Skin Care, by Erich Keller, 1992 Aromatherapy For Healing The Spirit, by Gabriel ojay, 1997 The Art of Aromatherapy, Robert Tisserand, 1995

 

NOTE:

Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.