This gland in our neck is one of vital importance to our bodies.
The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions, including:
- Heart rate
- Central and peripheral nervous systems
- Body weight
- Muscle strength
- Menstrual cycles
- Body temperature
- Cholesterol levels
- And much more!
And in turn the thyroid is regulated by thyroid stimulating hormone which is produced by the pituitary gland. A disturbance in thyroid function can produce problems in any or all of the above areas.
When I see a client with thyroid issues, (I have seen two within the past fortnight, though one was having replacement therapy and didn’t feel there were any problems with it.) I always fall back on treating the individual rather than their condition as over or under-active, the problem areas will be different for each person.
My client with an over-active thyroid had very low TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone has one of the classic problems of very dry skin on her heals and also gets cracked skin on hands. She has taken some of my skin balm to try on a daily basis for this.
A fairly comprehensive list of signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be found here.
It is worth noting that many problems normally associated with other diagnoses can be caused by thyroid problems. For instance anyone with suspected bipolar disease should have their thyroid function checked.
I am not going to list essential oils for either hypo or hyperthyroidism as those used will depend on which problems associated with the disease the individual has. However, in general over-active is going to need more cooling energy oils and under-active more warming invigorating oils.