Essential Oils For Hormone Health

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There are many essential oils which are extremely useful for supporting hormone health, and there are many that can help restore hormonal health once it’s been lost.

Our environments are now comprehensively polluted by hormone disrupting substances. Regular readers of this blog will know some of the most egregious culprits to be:

But, in truth, most synthetic substances exert an hormone disrupting influence on our delicate bodily hormone balance.

Both men and women are suffering at the hands of Xenoestrogens as we both don’t have enough Progesterone to combat the destabilising, debilitating and even mutating effects… Sadly Oestrogenic cancers are on the rise… but it’s no wonder considering what we have done to our immediate environments…

***Learn how stress translates into Hormone Issues exceedingly quickly in women, and why we have to take this immensely seriously. Also learn how men can help women achieve this objective…

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Essential Oils For Hormone Health

As promised at the end of Hormone Health Part Four I have listed all of the essential oils which can help restore balance to our hormones within this article.

These are becoming increasingly vital due to environmental Xenoestrogens… but, believe it or not, even a lot of our conventional skincare products are drenched in these health destroying substances…

Xenoestrogenic Skincare & Beauty Products

There are so many things within our beauty regimens that are Xenoestrogenic…

Read Skincare Ingredients To Avoid for more information on the lotions, potions and shampoo ingredients that are making us sick.

You can also check out the Wild As The Wind essential oil based hormone balancing blends to help you to restore your hormone balance in a purely natural way.

There Are Many Essential Oils For Hormone Health

There’s quiet a few essential oils which help support hormonal health.

Clary Sage Essential Oil is the queen of them all. But the following all have a part to play in achieving hormonal balance:

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Hormone Balancing Essential Oils

Every list of hormone balancing essential oils should start with Clary Sage Essential Oil, but should also include some of the lesser known oils like Peppermint Essential Oil.

Two of the most important additional hormone balancing essential oils for both men and women are Sandalwood Essential Oil and the exceptionally important Thyme Essential Oil.

Here’s why…

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil is the queen of all hormone balancing essential oils. It contains natural phytoestrogens which go to work on our Oestrogen levels.

It can be used for all manner of dysfunction:

  • Treating infertility issues.
  • Regulating our menstrual cycles
  • Relieving PMS
  • Treating PCOS
  • Improving Thyroid health by increasing TSH
  • Restoring hormonal balance during Perimenopause and Menopause
  •  PMS cramps 
  • Reducing excess Oestrogen
  • Reducing Cortisol by 36%
  • Reducing Anxiety & Depression
  • Improves restful sleep

Treating hormone related depression and anxiety

Clary Sage Essential Oil is even used during childbirth to appease anxiety and to help with contractions.

Clary Sage Essential Oil also lowers the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.

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). The study was done on 22 post-menopausal women in their 50’s, some of whom were diagnosed with depression… at the end of trial the researchers stated that “clary sage oil had a statistically significant effect on lowering cortisol and had an anti-depressant effect improving mood”.

Dr Axe

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The key benefit of Clary Sage Essential Oil is it’s ability to balance out Oestrogen production in the body. A lot of our more serious health issues these days, including infertility, PCOS and even Oestrogen-based cancers, are caused from excess Oestrogen in our body.

***It is vital to lower our consumption of high-oestrogen foods, especially unfermented Soy. Soya milk should come with hazard warnings!

How to use: Add five drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil to a small amount of good carrier oil, (Sweet Almond for example) and massage into your abdomen.

Fennel Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil & Peppermint Essential Oil

Fennel Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil or Peppermint Essential Oil are ideal for treating gut issues that lead to hormonal imbalances and autoimmune conditions.

***Robert Tisserand, states the following in his book Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition, which is considered the Bible of EO safety;

Because of their probable estrogenic action, essential oils high in (E)-anethole should be avoided in people with…estrogen-dependent cancers. These include uterine cancers and some breast cancers. The essential oils to avoid are: anise, anise (star), fennel (bitter), fennel (sweet), myrtle (aniseed).”

Learn more about the three Oestrogenic essential oils here :: Hormone Disrupting Essential Oils 

Learn more about the three top hormone balancing essential oils here :: Hormone Balancing Essential Oils

How to use Sweet Orange Essential Oil: Add a drop of Sweet Orange Essential Oil to a tall glass of water, (c. 200ml or thereabouts), 20 minutes before each meal. This will help to detox your liver and help recondition your digestive tract. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is perfect for this, and tastes amazing, so it will encourage to drink more water, which is always a good thing.

Use Fennel Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil, along with Sweet Orange Essential Oil, for topical application… Simply add a few drops of these oils to a good carrier oil, and apply to your abdomen, massaging the oil into your skin until complete absorbed.

Applying this blend to the soles of your feet is also a great way of delivering healing benefits to your body.

Essential Oils For Hormone Health

Mint Essential Oils For PCOS

The volatile oils in Spearmint Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil have been shown to reduce the symptoms of PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. These very cooling oils reduce temperatures in the summer when applied topically via the medium of a massage oil, as well as helping to maintain hormonal health.

Peppermint Essential Oil is perhaps the best oil for topical application to reduce the severity of hot flushes, especially when made into a spritz.

Anything which is cooling to the body is also cooling to the nerves and emotions. Reducing stress levels helps maintain hormonal balance, and Peppermint Essential Oil is ideal for this. Plus, it provides all manner of ancillary benefits, which are covered in Essential Oil First Aid Kit.

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Sandalwood Essential Oil

Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil is the essential best oil for combating testosterone imbalance, making it great for people with PCOS. But Sandalwood Essential Oil is great for everyone, including men!

***Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil is in very short supply, which has meant prices have rocketed and availability has dwindled to the point where it is now very difficult to find in the UK. Most suppliers admit they have seen genuine Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil in years.

This is because the moment an essential oil becomes a lot more valuable the greater the temptation for less reputable producers and wholesalers to adulterate it for profit.

***Wild As The Wind carries a beautiful, unadulterated, Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil at a very reasonable cost.

Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil is also aphrodisiacal and can increase libido in those with a diminishing sex drive, something that a lot of menopausal women and Progesterone deficient men suffer from.

It also improves blood sugar levels, therefore reducing the need for the body to produce insulin.

Lavender Essential Oil & Geranium Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil and Geranium Essential Oil also help with hormone balancing. You will find that these two oils blend particularly well for use in abdominal massages.

Lavender Essential Oil

  • Reduces menstrual cramps when applied to the abdomen
  • Reduces irritability and moodiness
  • Increases Seretonin
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Aids restful sleep
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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil is another essential oil which is invaluable for both men and women.

It is an Adrenal Adaptogen, which helps to calibrate the stress response in both men and women, helping to restore us to a state of homeostasis.

Frankincense Essential Oil is immensely anti-inflammatory, which is the precursor to all terminal and degenerative disease, and is present in all auto-immune conditions. It is also the essential oil of choice to reduce Cortisol levels.

Cortisol is the fight or flight hormone, also known as the ‘stress hormone’. There’s good reason why the Buddhists and Catholics use it in their devotional and meditative practices.

The Sesquiterpenes content of Myrrh Essential Oil is 62%, making it another vital ingredient in FACIAL OIL No. 2

Frankincense Essential Oil has a Sesquiterpenes content of 8%, which as you will learn later is important for the integrity of hormone cell receptor sites. It is only one of the Sesquiterpenes containing essential oils in FACIAL OIL No. 2, but, considering Patchouli Essential Oil contains 71% Sesquiterpenes it’s contribution is somewhat overshadowed in this particular context.

Frankincense really helps to balance female hormones. It is great for postpartum use as it boost stamina and is incredibly grounding.

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Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Essential Oil is not the most alluring of Essential Oils from an aromatic standpoint, but it is a very important Essential Oil for both men and women.

Thyme Essential Oil assists with Progesterone production, which helps to restore optimal Progesterone levels.

Men are generally Progesterone deficient because of their exposure to environmental Oestrogens, which is going a long way to feminising their appearance.

Thyme Essential Oil has an equally important role for women. It helps with infertility issues, perimenopause, menopause, fibroids and PCOS, as well as assisting with emotional disorders which are a consequence of hormonal imbalance, such as depression and anxiety. It reduces excess Oestrogen, thereby assisting with unwanted weight gain, and because it promotes Progesterone, it is an exceptionally potent hormone balancer.

And interestingly, according to an article on GreenMedInfo

Thyme: 2004 study found that an extract of thyme was as effective as ibuprofen in reducing pain and spasm symptoms associated with difficult menstrual cycles (dysmenorrhea).

Ginger: a 2009 study found that ginger was effective as ibuprofen for pain symptoms associated with difficult menstrual cycles (dysmenorrhea).

Cinnamon: a 2015 study found that cinnamon was as effective as ibuprofen for pain associated with difficult menstrual cycles (dysmenorrhea).

Thyme Essential Oil contains a good amount of phenolic acid which is known to detox xenoestrogens. There are other aromatherapy oils which contain even higher amounts, such as Clove Essential Oil.

learn about all of the essential oils which contain phenols in Hormone Health Part Five.

Both Thyme Aromatherapy Oil and Clove Aromatherapy Oil are in Thieves Oil 2020, which can be used to detox xenoestrogens.

Read more here :: Thieves Oil 2020 For Hormone Detox

Thyme Essential Oil will even help with hair loss and insomnia, as well as digestive issues and hypertension.

*Can be used in cooking to avoid the moulds found in some dried herbs. Mould is a lot more dangerous than we’re led to believe!

***Lavender Essential Oil is another essential oil that will help with hair loss, (as does Rosemary Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Essential Oil), that also addresses the problem of insomnia by assisting the body to right it’s hormonal imbalances.

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Rose Otto Essential Oil

*Most of these oils are found in FACIAL OIL No. 2 along with the unfeasibly expensive Rose Otto Essential Oil, which is prohibitively expensive for most of us. However, Rose Otto Essential Oil is also an important Essential Oil when it comes to balancing hormones and alleviating anxiety and depression.

Rose Damascene, from Bulgaria, has been traditionally used to help balance menstrual irregularity, especially heavy and erratic periods, but is also very useful in easing menopausal symptoms.

So, somewhat unsurprisingly, I advocate that EVERYONE who isn’t pregnant should use FACIAL OIL No. 2 because it contains Rose Otto Essential Oil!

Joking aside… it really isn’t a bad idea!

***As you will learn very soon, the Myrrh Essential Oil and Patchouli Essential Oil, which are also in FACIAL OIL No. 2 are very important for hormone balance… just carry on reading 🙂

Rose Otto Essential Oil also helps with:

  • Period pain
  • Mood elevation
  • Increasing Seretonin (the happy neurotransmitter)
  • Ageing :: Very antioxidant and therefore anti-ageing

Rose Otto Essential Oil & Sandalwood Essential Oil For Libido

Rose Otto Essential Oil, like Sandalwood Essential Oil, is aphrodisiacal which means it can increase the libido in those with a diminishing sex drive. A lot of menopausal women as well as Progesterone deficient men suffer from reduced libido.

I consider Rose Otto Essential Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oil the two best essential oils for improving libido. Sandalwood Essential Oil is also found in FACIAL OIL No. 2.

This is because of their energetic healing profiles.

Read more in Sandalwood Essential Oil Energy Healing Benefits.

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is another natural aphrodisiac, which helps to support our hormone health.

The extra benefit of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is that it improves erectile function, which is necessary in both men and women for optimal enjoyment.

Ylang Ylang Aromatherapy Oil does not have a direct impact on hormone health, although it’s relaxing influence can reduce Cortisol production, thereby protecting Progesterone levels. However, it is the ultimate essential oil for combatting low libido, which is a very common symptom of Menopause. 

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil works energetically as well as physically, as all essential oils do.

Learn more :: Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Energy Healing Benefits

Patchouli Essential Oil

Essential oils containing Sesquiterpenes, like Patchouli Essential Oil, help to repair damaged hormone cell receptor sites. Hormones are chemical messengers which are sent around the body delivering messages. In order to do this they need somewhere to dock. Hormone cell receptor sites are the body’s docking stations for our hormones.

The only problem is there are hormone mimicking substances flushing around in our highly polluted world. Synthetic substances in the form of Xenoestrogens are the main culprits in causing damage to the cell receptor sites, but heavy metals, which are almost as commonly found in our toxic environments, are also a particular threat to hormone health.

Oestrogen mimicking Xenoestrogens aren’t exactly a good fit for the body’s hormone cell receptor sites, unlike natural Oestrogens, and they end up causing a lot of collateral damage when they dock.

Essential oils containing Sesquiterpenes remedy the damage.

Patchouli Essential Oil, found in Wild As The Wind FACIAL OIL No. 2, has a 71% Sesquiterpenes content.

Sandalwood Essential Oil is another with a high Sesquiterpenes content, which is found in Wild As The Wind FACIAL OIL No. 2

Myrrh Essential Oil is another…

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Myrrh Essential Oil

The Sesquiterpenes content of Myrrh Essential Oil is 62%, making it another vital ingredient in FACIAL OIL No. 2

Frankincense at 8% Sesquiterpenes is important, but much less so.

For other significant sources of Sesquiterpenes available in other Wild As The Wind Essential Oils, which are sold individually, please go to :: Hormone Health Part Five

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil is another really potent hormone balancing essential oil. It is particularly useful for treating PMS and the emotional issues associated with hormone imbalance.

Used in conjunction with Rose Damascene Essential Oil it can really go a long way to hauling us out of the the doldrums and back into a much more optimistic frame of mind.

Both Geranium and Rose Otto essential oils are in FACIAL OIL No. 2.

Bergamot FCF Essential Oil

Bergamot FCF Essential Oil is a mood enhancer and so it reduces Cortisol production. Women use Progesterone to produce Cortisol, thereby disrupting hormonal balance in the body.

Bergamot Aromatherapy Oil helps to maintain healthy hormonal levels by regulating our endocrine glands. This includes insulin glands, which may account for it’s hunger suppressing properties and definitely accounts for it’s blood sugar regulating abilities. Sugar consumption contributes to hormonal irregularity.

Bergamot FCF Essential Oil also influences our ovarian hormones, making it helpful for cyclic women. It is, however, also useful for Menopausal women too.

According to scientific research, women who regularly drink Earl Grey Tea, which contains Bergamot, have shown a considerable reduction in hormone problems related to Menstruation and Menopause.

Bergamot Aromatherapy Oil is the only citrus essential oil to contain Melitidin and Brutieridin which have proven to be naturally cholesterol reducing. Reducing the cholesterol burden in the body may have a positive effect on hormone health.

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Evening Primrose Oil

I thought I’d close with a sneaky carrier oil, which is a key constituent in FACIAL OIL No. 8, along with some of the more potent hormone balancing essential oils like Clary Sage, Frankincense and Geranium Essential Oils etc…

Evening Primrose Oil is:

  • High in Omega 6 which not only acts as a great moisturiser, but also helps modulate hormonal function.
  • Natural PMS treatment :: decreases bloating, irritability, headaches and premenstrual pain.
  • Reduces the appearance of hormonally influenced skin conditions, particularly Acne, but is also useful for Eczema and Psoriasis etc.
  • Reduces the severity of hot flushes.
  • It is also very effective in preparing the cervix for labour, making it more inclined to dilate and facilitate and easier birth.

Also read :: Hormone Balancing Essential Oils

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Applying Hormone Balancing Essential Oils

It’s possible to make a massage oil with one hormone balancing essential oil and a good base oil, like Organic Sweet Almond Oil, or Organic Argan Oil, and, of course, Evening Primrose Oil, or use several essential oils in a single blend.

This is what I have done at Wild As The Wind, Because oils like Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil are very expensive, and extremely difficult to get hold of, so it is more feasible for me to make these blends in certain circumstances, than for my customers.

How to use: Massage oil blends can be rubbed into the abdomen, especially if youi are experiencing pain in this area, or they can be applied to the base of our feet, where the greatest number of nerve endings are to be found…

If in public, they can be applied to the pulse points on the wrists, where we would have previously applied perfume before realising how toxic perfumes are, and then rubbed together vigorously until the oil is absorbed.

Our blood vessels are closest to the surface of the skin at the pulse points on the wrist. It’s possible to place two or three drops of essential oil blend onto our wrist, and then rubbing the oil in with the other. The more heat generated whilst rubbing wrists together the better the absorption of the oil blend, and the less chance of staining clothes.

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Wild As The Wind Hormone Health Products

You can read more about the hormone balancing effects of most of these essential oils in FACIAL OIL No. 2 and FACIAL OIL No. 8.

Wild As The Wind use these oils in facial oil blends with the intention of inducing improved hormone health.

FACIAL OIL No. 2 has been developed as an accompaniment to Thieves Oil 2020 for Hormone & EMF Detox, as there is a three stage detoxification process with regards hormone receptor sites.

Thieves Oil 2020 is made with phenol containing essential oils which blast Xenoestrogens out of hormone receptor sites and FACIAL OIL No. 2 takes care of stage two and three,. These two subsequent stages restore the damage to the receptor sites caused by Xenoestrogens, ultimately performing a receptor site ‘factory reset’ allowing them to be receptive to our natural hormones once more.

Hormone His & Hers is the alternative product to FACIAL OIL No. 2, for those who don’t want to use a facial oil.

Hormone Receptor Sites & Rosemary Essential Oil

There is some evidence to suggest Rosemary Essential Oil helps to remove rogue synthetic invaders which mimic hormones and, horrifyingly, seem to permanently bond to hormone receptor sites. In addition, Rosemary Essential Oil along with Clary Sage Essential Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oil helps with Cortisol levels, the hormone that drives the fight or flight response.

A study was conducted out of Meikai University, School of Dentistry in Japan that evaluated how five minutes of lavender and rosemary aromatherapy affected the salivary cortisol levels (the “stress” hormone) of 22 healthy volunteers.

Upon observing that both essential oils enhance free radical scavenging activity, they also discovered that both greatly reduced cortisol levels, which protects the body from chronic disease due to oxidative stress.

Dr. Josh Axe

Phenol Containing Essential Oils

Phenol containing essential oils are the ones which can blast Xenoestrogens from our hormone receptor sites.

To read more about which essential oils contain Phenolic Acid and i which quantities please refer to Hormone Health Part Five.

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Hormone Health

Read more about hormone health in the Wild As The Wind Hormone Health series.


The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources

Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.

Best Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources.

Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.

We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.

We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price and Patricia Davis.

Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger on the Truth About Cancer website as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski

Other resources include:

  • PubMed
  • WebMD
  • Robert Tisserand
  • Dr. Robert Pappas
  • AromaWeb
About Rachel Wild

Rachel Wild is the Creative Director at Wild As The Wind. She's been a professional writer for print and digital publication for more years than she cares to remember. She is no longer a 'writer for rent', now very gratefully, devoting all of her time to her passion... writing about health and well-being and sharing it as far and wide as she can. (Please help her!)

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