Last November, my thyroid was diagnosed as being low functioning, likely due to the medication I take to counterbalance my neuroendocrine cancer. Bummer. It sucks when you have to take a medication to counterbalance a medication. I won’t lie, I am one of the worst people when it comes to remembering to take any medication on a daily basis. (I never miss a beat to make sure my dogs get their meds though!) So, in addition to my levothyroxine, I have decided to try essential oils to see if they boost my thyroid and energy levels. I don’t anticipate this will ever replace my medication, but, if it helps me get through the highs and lows of this disease, ultimately, I win.
After researching a number of sites, I decided to use the following combination:
(Hypo) Thyroid Support Blend
10 drops Myrrh
10 drops Lemongrass
2-3 drops Clove
2-3 drops Peppermint
I combined all of these ingredients into a rollerball and topped it off with coconut oil for a carrier. It recommended that you apply this blend “neat,” however, I tend to have problems with certain essential oils on my skin, so I chose to dilute. I may end up using this blend more frequently through the day because of it. The recommendation is to roll over the thyroid, 2 – 3 times a day, until you achieve results. Please note: clove oil and even peppermint can be very difficult for sensitive skin when applied neat. Use accordingly.
My biggest symptoms are fatigue, poor sleep, inability to handle stress, brittle fingernails and weight gain. I am hoping to turn a few of things back in the right direction. The nice thing is, I can throw my new essential oil blend into my purse and (hopefully) I will remember to apply occasionally, especially when I forget my meds…again.
Most of the essential oils that I used are from doTERRA, except the Myrrh, which was a brand I bought while I was visiting India last month!
Let’s breakdown what each of these ingredients does for us:
Myrhh essential oil is known to stimulate the immune system and blood circulation. It is anti-inflammatory and most interestingly, can help regenerate tissue. It is also analgesic, anti-inflammatory and is very calming.
Lemongrass essential oil is sweeter than most citrus oils and is a super effective pain reliever. It is also a mood balancer and helps with mental clarity.
Clove essential oil has a lot of wonderful attributes that help during treatment for hypothryoidism. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and acts as a sedative.
Peppermint oil helps to improve your mental alertness and acuity. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic and acts as a stimulant.