How Essential Oils Balance Hormones
Hormone Balancing Essential Oils help support our body’s control center, the hypothalamus, in its efforts to produce, release, and regulate hormones. This small brain structure is involved in many processes necessary to survival including behavioral, autonomic (involuntary or unconscious), and endocrine-system related processes.
- The hypothalamus controls the hormones essential to our everyday physiological functions such as body temperature, hunger, thirst, sleep, mood, and sex drive. What’s more is that these ten hormone balancing essential oils can help you balance your hormones naturally.
- The hypothalamus creates homeostasis or balance to maintain our body’s status quo. The hypothalamus produces the following hormones: thyrotropin-releasing, gonadotropin-releasing, growth hormone-releasing, corticotrophin-releasing, somatostatin, and dopamine hormones.
These hormones then release into the blood via the capillaries, which are small vessels that connect veins and arteries, and allow for gas exchange, ultimately allowing us to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.
The hormones then travel to the anterior pituitary region, where they are further signaled by the hypothalamus to either be sent out to the target glands: the Adrenal Cortex, the Adrenal Medulla, or the female/male Gonads, or the hormones are returned and flushed out of the body.
Your adrenal gland is responsible for how you cope with stress. Our stress levels vary day to day as we interact with coworkers and strangers and drivers on the road. The hormone responsible for stress-related symptoms is produced by the adrenal glands and regulates your body’s response to stress. Unbalanced cortisol levels can give you feelings of exhaustion, the inability to calm down or sleep on time, and increased food cravings at odd hours of the day.
Life is demanding, but the key to balancing the adrenal gland is to allow yourself to be taken care of. Take time out of your busy day for restorative care and get a minimum of 6 hours of sleep every night.
The posterior pituitary also carries two important hypothalamic hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, and the only difference is that the posterior pituitary also stores these two hormones versus the anterior pituitary does not store its hormones (the hypothalamus does).