The Innate Wisdom and Safety of Essential Oils for Emotional and Hormonal Balance
This week, I focused on debunking the media-hype that falsely claimed that lavender and tea tree essential oils were “endocrine disruptors.” In my two-part series, I provided several reasons why this “scientific conclusion” was not accurate. First, the researchers extrapolated their findings from a petri dish to humans, when evidence with essential oils does not hold this to be true. Other problems with the validity of the study included: isolating constituents from the pure essential oils and ignoring their synergy, the difference between synthetic and plant estrogens’ actions, ignoring the quality of the essential oils, and several others.
The fact is that quality essential oils, when used as directed, can safely balance hormones, not disrupt them. In a previous two-part series, I highlighted the factors that impacted male libido, fertility, and reproductive health and how to support them using essential oils and lifestyle medicine.
I previously discussed how essential oils can be part of a preventative approach to address a risk factor for infertility for both men and women, exposure to environmental chemicals. I also highlighted that the power of belief and positive emotions can have profound impacts on health outcomes and desired results. I used the example of an essential oil as an emotional blend to support the physical body and bring about emotional shifts that benefit the whole body. I promised last week to do a brief review of the mind-body-oil connection highlighted in my video blog.
Here it is!
Essential Oils’ Mind-Body Effects
Essential oils can benefit physical and emotional balance concurrently in several ways. These include:
- supporting healthy cell growth, defense, repair and function in multiple organ systems for better mind-body communication
- modulating neurotransmitter and molecular signaling pathways for improving brain and physiological function
- regulating biology, biochemistry, and psychology simultaneously through their secondary metabolites (constituents) and aromatic properties
- balancing nervous system tone and immune regulation, psychoimmunology, which can influence sickness behavior (I call it “grumpy fatigue”) and mood
Enhancing Emotional Regulation for Better Relationship Connections with Essential Oils
Essential oils’ ability to affect mood makes them a perfect tool to assist with reprogramming the negative mindsets that impact behavior and communications. This can result in alleviating dysfunctional patterns which could be sabotaging healthier human connections. In the case of fertility, essential oils can help to support intimacy and bonding with enhanced communication, as they alleviate stress and assist with hormonal harmony.
The quality of human relationships has been associated with overall morality, various risk factors, and many diseases. The following list provides links to tools and techniques for using essential oils for better connections and overall wellness:
- Essential oils to calm the brain and body, balance hormones, and promote bonding.
- Essential oils to create more heart coherence in combination with HeartMath techniques. This influences mood and allows for “space to regulate” during times of perceived threat, harm, or stress.
- Essential oils to change our epigenetic blueprint to alter DNA expression and create different cellular programming to improve physical and emotional wellness.
Diffusing for Hope
For this month’s weekend oily tip, I suggest two things:
- If you haven’t yet, try implementing one of the tips above using this emotional oil blend.
- For everyone, diffuse one your favorite, or needed, emotional essential oils. Or, you can be daring and put in a drop of a new blend or single oil.
Here is a blog that I have written that explain the benefits of diffusing and the how-to’s of aromatizing your life!
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.