The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the base of our neck. It’s like a master control center for the metabolic function of nearly every cell in the body.
Hyperthyroidism is a condition of the thyroid. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck. It produces tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are two primary hormones that control how your cells use energy. Your thyroid gland regulates your metabolism through the release of these hormones.
Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid makes too much T4, T3, or both.
When it comes to hyperthyroidism, or other conditions of the thyroid, the root cause often stems from:
Inflammation of the immune system, or Auto-immune disease, Graves disease being the most common, caused by:
- Leaky gut or other damage to the integrity of the gut (this is where the juncture of the lining of the gut widen and allow particles of food to enter the blood stream causing inflammation).
- Allergies to inflammatory foods such as gluten or dairy.
- High preservative consumption such as refined sugar or artificial chemicals
- Over-use of prescription medications such as anti-inflammatories (which can actually damage the gut and cause inflammation). This is increasingly common and a vicious circle
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or smoking
Symptoms of thyroid disruption can include:
- Chronic fatigue or feeling constantly exhausted.
- Rapid loss or gaining of weight
- Extreme mood fluctuations
- Feeling swollen, bloated or puffy
- Digestive distress (such as constipation)
- Brittle nails and hair
- Dry skin
Many conventional treatments don’t mention how powerful the results are you can experience by simply changing your diet and lifestyle, including your environmental surrounds (toxins) and support.
Choosing natural solutions such as Essential oils – as part of a holistic protocol – to support and enhance wellbeing can positively enhance the health of many experiencing thyroid disfunction.
Essential Oils for supporting hyperthyroidism:
There are a number of essential oils that can support an over-active thyroid (or Graves disease) such as
Wintergreen – Induces relaxation and drives away stress and tension.
Sandalwood – Sedative that calms anxiety, fear, stress, and restlessness while inducing relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, and positive thoughts.
Frankincense – Very effective as a sedative. It induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. Ends anxiety, anger and stress, common mental symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
Douglas Fir – Has an immediate grounding effect and is great for centering, calming and focusing.
Lemongrass – Acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system. It helps cure many nervous disorders such as shaking hands or limbs, and nervousness. It strengthens nerves and activates them. Also an excellent sedative with great soothing and calming effects on the mind, relieving tension and anxiety. A great aid to those with insomnia, a common symptom of hyperthyroidism. Strengthens the immune system.
A general rule for using essential oils for thyroid is that for an underactive thyroid, use oils with stimulating properties. For an overactive thyroid, use oils with sedating and calming properties. — Veronica Roman
I use and recommend doTERRA Essential Oils because I know they’re 100% pure and free from anything artificial or synthesised. I trust them with my family and for your health.
You can find more information on how to purchase these oils here.
Do an ‘environmental’ spot check
- Remove commercial/chemical sprays, cosmetics and perfumes. The majority of these contain hormone disrupting chemicals that can wreak havoc on the thyroid.
Use functional medicine for immune support
There are a number of tests you can take (blood and stool) to show the health of the immune system and your thyroid, it’s very empowering to simply remove potential triggers from our diet and our environment and crowd in healing, functional foods that can support the health of our immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. And we can start that now.
Ultimately, if we don’t adjust our diet and lifestyle, we are adding a band-aid to the problem and may experience ramifications of this for life. Instead of an incredible, supportive part of our holistic (rounded) health protocol.
Here’s some great recipes to start you off on your journey into functional foods.
- Lemon Curd Slice
- Bone Broth, and also 11 Easy Ways To Use Bone Broth in the Diet
- Fermented Cashew Cheese Recipe
“Hi Alice, I just wanted to send you an email and share that I’ve been using those oils you recommended for 3 weeks now AND even changed my diet as you recommended (your lemon curd is to die for by the way) and I haven’t felt this good in over 2 years. I know you said it may take longer, but I swear I had more energy and was feeling less anxious and moody within a week!
I also lost 3kgs in the last month, but I imagine that’s because I wasn’t snacking on biscuits and chocolate and eating the foods you recommend also. Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK-YOU!
I have recommended these to my Mum also and she’s about to start to follow this too.”