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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Women and Sleep

March 6-13 week is Sleep Awareness Week 

Make this year’s Sleep Awareness Week your ‪#‎7Days4BetterSleep‬. Start the week by making time for the sleep your mind and body needs. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours to function properly.  SleepAwareness_Infographic

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The 2007 Sleep in America™ poll finds that stressed out American women have no time for sleep, and that stay-at-home mothers are the most likely to sleep poorly. Women’s lack of sleep affects almost every aspect of their lives, making them late for work, stressed out, too tired for sex and left with little time for friends.

About one-half of women say they woke up feeling un-refreshed (50%) and/or were awake a lot during the night (49%) at least a few nights a week in the past month. Learn more about poll results bit.ly/1X9tgjm

Women are more likely to suffer sleep problems like insomnia and to experience excessive sleepiness. In one large study of adult women, roughly 20 percent reported having excessive sleepiness, fatigue, or both, and younger women were especially likely to have sleep troubles. Why are women sleepier than men? This article may give you some insight published by Sleep Foundation.

Having sleep problems? What have you tried to help you sleep better?

One of my favourite things I carry with me when I travel – lavender essential oil.  Lavender oil and chamomile oil are effective at reducing stress, therefore naturally lowering cortisol levels, which is very important for the body when it’s trying to overcome thyroid disease and insomnia.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. It is great for winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that make it just as beneficial for boosting stamina and energy. Lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. The French scientist René Gattefossé was the first to discover these properties when he severely burned his hands in a laboratory explosion.

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Lavender oil does not mimic estrogen nor does it enhance the body’s own estrogens. It is therefore not a ‘hormone disruptor’, cannot cause breast growth in young boys (or girls of any age), and is safe to use by anyone at risk for oestrogen-dependent cancer (ref. Robert Tisserand, world’s leading expert in aromatherapy.)

Not all essential oil is crated equally – some are diluted or most commonly sold synthetic, so may not have the same effect. Always go with pure therapeutic grade essential oil bit.ly/1GnE0Ax

To learn more about sleep and sleep health, please visit the National Sleep Foundation’s new website,  Sleep.org.