There are quite a lot medicinal properties contained in most of the herbs, and many of these properties are able to maintain or restore the hormonal balance in our bodies. Such herbs that are helpful are the myrtle, thyme, lavender, Clary sage, holy basil and sandalwood.
The hormonal balance in our body is regulated by our endocrine system, and if there are many hormones that are out of balance, they can cause an imbalance of other hormones as well. This mostly leads to fatigue, pain, weight gain and many other issues.
Here are a few things you need to know about the hormones in your body:
- Sleeping hormones: These hormones are created in our pineal gland, and an example for this type of hormone is the melatonin, and they are improving the quality of our sleep. An imbalance in these hormones, can trigger a lot of serious issues.
- Thyroid hormones: These are produced by our thyroid gland, and are regulating every metabolic process that is happening in our body. Such hormones are the triiodothyronine and thyroxin.
- Reproductive hormones: These hormones, the estrogen and progesterone are regulating the vaginal pH, the menstrual cycles and female fertility. While testosterone is regulating the male fertility, bone mass, production of red blood cells and libido.
- Adrenal hormones: Our adrenal glands are producing this type of hormones, and such hormones is the cortisol, which helps in our metabolic processes and lowers the stress.
Numerous health issues and diseases may be triggered by the imbalance of certain hormones, including cancer. Here are the most common issues or symptoms of hormonal imbalances:
- Irregular periods or infertility
- Low libido
- Hair loss and hair thinning
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Appetite changes
- Depression and anxiety
- Digestive issues
Many factors can cause a hormonal imbalance, like stress, medical history, genetics, poor diet or mostly exposure to a toxic environment. These factors are the main ones that can cause or trigger a hormonal imbalance:
- Gut issues and food allergies
- Poor sleep quality or lack of sleep
- Being overweight or obesity
- Toxicity (mostly exposing to pesticides, viruses, chemicals, alcohol, cigarettes)
- Elevated levels of inflammation mostly caused from sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets
And these herbs listed below, have the ability to restore the balance in your hormones, and protect you from the symptoms and issues that may follow:
1. Clary sage for a Healthier Menopause
This herb reduces the thyroid hormones and decreases the levels of cortisol at the same time. According to many studies it was concluded that it has the ability to boost the levels of estrogen during the menopause, or in case of menopausal symptoms.
2. Sandalwood to Lower Stress
A group of researchers have done a study in which women were included and were going under a breast biopsy, and they were using lavender oil with sandalwood, and they concluded that it is far better that the orange oil and peppermint oil, because it has strong calming effects and lowers anxiety. Also the sandalwood improves the quality of our sleep.
3. Thyme to Prevent from Breast Cancer
There was a recent study in which was proven that the thyme has the ability to act with the progesterone, which is a female sex hormone, that is produced during the menstrual cycle or during the pregnancy.
It is very rich with phytoestrogens and phytoprogestins, which are the ones responsible for the growth of the cancer cells. This herb has the ability to prevent the function of the progesterone and inhibit the growth of the cancer cells.
4. Holy Basil to Reduce Anxiety
According to studies, this herb has the ability to lower the cortisol properties, therefore it is able to treat sexual problems, anxiety, fatigue, memory issues and also improve the quality of your sleep.
The lavender oil is able to treat anxiety, mood swings, depression and stress, also it improves the quality of our sleep, and this prevents from hormonal imbalances.
6. Myrtle to Improve your Sleep Quality
Many studies have proven that the myrtle extract can relax the body and contains very strong anti-anxiety properties.It prolongs sleeping, because it slows down our brain function.
This is a herb that can easily regulate our hormones, it can eliminate free radicals, that are causing damage to our cells, therefore it supports our thyroid function, and it is very helpful in case of adrenal fatigue.
8. Fennel for Gut Health
The fennel can improve our gut health, and also treat gut issues as well, which can cause thyroid disorders and autoimmune reactions. It can treat inflammation, help with digestion and improve our metabolism. You just need to add a few drops of this oil into a glass of warm water or into your tea, and drink it, or topically add 2 drops of the oil on your stomach and rub it.
The herbs listed above can be used in many ways, you can add them into your teas, smoothies, foods or in some poultices and ointments, such as extracts and essential oils.
If they are used as essential oils, try adding them in your warm bath, combine them with a carrier oil and directly apply them on your skin, or diffuse them.
If you are using them as an extract, there are certain doses in powder form that are concentrated, when they are 100% without water in them and no tinctures. You can use tinctures in the morning on an empty stomach 1 to 2 ml, to provide the most benefits.
If you are making tea, don’t use the tea bags, make sure your tea is from whole leaves. And you can drink these teas 3 times on daily basis!