Hormonal imbalance can show itself in a variety of ways- weight gain, low libido, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, or just feeling “off.” If you want to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to breast cancer, using essential oils to sooth, relax and re-balance may be just what you need.
6 Go-To Essential Oils to Balance Hormones
Clary Sage: Hands down, clary sage is one of the most potent essential oil for hormone balancing. A 2014 study on post-menopausal women showed that using a diffuser of clary sage oil helped to reduce cortisol levels by 35% and balance thyroid hormones. Clary sage can also help balance estrogen levels, and thus can be a handy oil to keep in your cancer prevention tool box.
Chamomile: Homeopathic supplements that use matricaria chamomilla have been shown to lower cortisol levels and have a positive effect on anxiety. Furthermore, in a 2010 Chinese study of ten top essential oils, chamomile essential oils killed up to 93% of MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines in in vitro testing.
Thyme: In that same study, thyme was also shown to effect breast cancer cells, killing up to 97% of those same cell lines. Thyme has proven to be a powerful hormone balancer as well. In a study published in the Proceedings of the Society for the Experimental Biology and Medicine, thyme increased progesterone levels after human consumption. It was also found to compete with the aggressive estrogen estradiol for receptor sites in breast cancer cells.
Jasmine: Besides possessing an amazing floral aroma, jasmine is also known as a galactogogue, a substance that can encourage milk secretion from the breasts. Because of this, it may help protect from breast tumors.
Some studies have also connected jasmine with uterine health because it can promote the stimulation of certain hormones which can “tone” the organ and restrict estrogen flow, especially for women after menopause. A German study conducted in 2010 found that inhaling jasmine can also enhance GABA function in the brain. GABA is an important neurotransmitter that is involved in regulating communication between brain cells. The German study boldly states that jasmine essential oil could be a replacement for valium for people in that country.
Sandalwood: Sandalwood has been used for centuries as a powerful anti-inflammatory. This fact alone makes it a great tool for hormonal health, since hormonal imbalance, higher cortisol levels and inflammation often go together. Sandalwood is rich in a phytonutrients called sesquiterpenes, which basically delete bad or outdated information from the cells. This is a very good thing if you want to replace an imbalanced hormonal situation with a balanced one! And according to a ground-breaking 2015 study, sandalwood was shown to down-regulate Survivin in breast cancer cells and help stimulate apoptosis, or cancer cell death.
Frankincense: We can’t conclude our list without mentioning the wonders of frankincense. Frankincense has been a known cancer-killer for some time; studies have shown how it can stimulate apoptosis in many cancers of the reproductive system, especially ovarian cancer. A 2015 study conducted by Sapienza University in Rome found that frankincense may actually affect breast density. Dense breast tissue is considered a risk factor for breast cancer.
Frankincense is known as a major anti-inflammatory as well as a hormone-balancer and chemical messenger. It is helpful for those with thyroid imbalances and autoimmune conditions. Frankincense, sandalwood and myrrh are often used together as a powerful triad for lowering inflammation and balancing the total body.
When It Comes to Essential Oils, Quality Counts!
Hormone balancing is vital if you want to prevent and heal from breast cancer. Using essential oils topically, in a diffuser or in some cases orally can be a great way to do this. It is absolutely vital, however, that the essential oils you use are 100% clean and organic every step of the way—that means from the living plant through the extraction and manufacturing process. Especially for those essential oils, such as frankincense and chamomile, that you may want to consider using orally in small amounts, be sure the bottle you buy has “supplement facts” on the label. That indicates that it is suitable for consumption and can be a powerful, worry-free ally for living a healthy breast life —with vital energy and balanced hormones to boot!
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/.
I’m a great believer in the healing power of aromatherapy oils and have been using organic frankincense oil dabbed on my neck 3 times a day for the past 12 months for lymphoma. I also use oregano oil (in a coconut oil base) on the soles of my feet as I heard it is the most absorbent part of our skin. I also use ginger oil on the base of my thumbs to help RSI although it does smell quite powerful! Thank you Dr V for another quality and helpful article – best wishes, Karen.
Hi Dr V. I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the 7 Essential System. I’ve just finished reading it all. The information I’ve learnt as altered my life. I will continue to refer back to it as there was soo many good things to take it. I’ve been dong everything wrong and I so want to make changes in my life . I’ve had thyroid cancer 10 years ago and breast cancer in 2015 when I had a lumpectomy and radiotherapy. If only I knew what I know now I would have done things differently. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your enlightenment.
Thank you for all this amazing info on the Essential oils! I am new to EO’s so this was of great help!
I am also wondering which flax seed, golden or regular flax seed?
Hi Linda ~ you are welcome! For flax seeds – make sure you get raw, whole seeds – do not purchase flax meal.
This is wonderful but what about women with hormono-dependant breast cancer? I read that, for these women, essential oils’s use could be very dangerous and occurs big damages knowing that most essential oils are hormono-like. Are those specific EO hormono-like as well?
Hello Valerie! Certain Essential Oils can help balance hormones, but you do want to make sure that you use the right oils for your specific needs. I encourage you to work with your physician or naturopath to choose which ones are right for you. You can also consider personalized one-on-one coaching with one of our 7 Essentials Certified Coaches. Here is a link with the options: https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/private/
I had DCIS. Had a lumpectomy and chose no radiation or tamoxifen 3 months ago. They are sending me to get more mammograms because I have a knot on the other side now. I ALWAYS have cysts and lumps for years. Never worried but now with surgery and the terrible experience from all that, I am confused about all these mammograms and the radiation from them. I’m 52. Never went to docs , never sick. (Except for my yearly screening). I’ve been doing terrible since surgery. Can’t even run all my road races anymore. So should I keep having all these mammogramsdvery couple months?
Hello Robin! You are certainly not on your own in this decision. Many women find themselves confused as to what is best for them, the important thing is to do what you feel is best for you and to know that you have options. Here is an article that I think you may find helpful: https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/do-mammograms-cause-more-harm-than-good/