Weight gain, depression, mood swings, bloating, abnormal periods, decreased sex drive; familiar with any of these?
They are all symptoms of a hormonal system that is off balance. More specifically they are symptoms of high estrogen levels. The body is in constant flux with estrogen and progesterone levels. These two hormones are inversely proportional to each other. Meaning one goes up and the other goes down.
Many things will effect this, stress for example will cause progesterone levels to decrease. During high levels of stress our body converts progesterone into cortisol.
Menopause is another period that will cause progesterone levels to decrease as it is not needed for pregnancy anymore. In turn estrogen levels increase.
But estrogen is not all the same. There are three specific types of estrogen.
Natural estrogen which is created in the body in the ovaries, adrenals and the fatty tissues.
Xeno-estrogen is synthetic, man-made. Sources of these include commercially farmed meat and dairy products.
And lastly, phytoestrogen which comes from plants.
Xeno-estrogens are the most abundant source we are exposed to and have the highest reactivity. Meaning they are going to have the highest estrogenic effects. P
hytoestrogens are much weaker and less reactive. They are more supportive of normal hormonal functioning and they help protect tissues.
The most remarkable effect of phytoestrogens is that they are adaptogenic. Meaning they respond to what your body needs, they adapt. If you are high in estrogen, phytoestrogens will help lower those levels, if you are low, they will increase.
It's a beautiful thing.
Now that we've gotten through the heavy stuff, what can we do to help our bodies find balance with hormones?
There is a blend of oils that I am in love with. It includes: Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot & Geranium to support healthy hormonal function.
This blend will offer temporary relief from cramps, hot flashes, and emotional swings.
The specific oils have their own purpose. Clary Sage soothes nervous tension and lightens the mood. Bergamot & Geranium promote clear skin and reduce stress. Lavender eases muscle tension and helps calm and relax.
You can use this blend aromatically or topically, putting on your abdomen, wrists, behind ears, and bottoms of feet.
The key is to use it. And use it on a continual basis.