5 Essential Oils That Can Help Reduce Thyroid Disorders

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Last Update: January 18th, 2023 at 6:40 PM IST

Some essential oils are considered toxic and should be used with caution.

Some essential oils are considered toxic and should be used with caution.

Essential oils are believed to have therapeutic properties.

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts, usually extracted from flowers, leaves, roots, and other parts of plants using a process called distillation, and are highly concentrated. Essential oils are believed to have therapeutic properties and are often used as alternative and complementary medicine to promote physical and emotional well-being. They can be used in a diffuser, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled. Some essential oils are considered toxic and should be used with caution.

Essential oils have gained popularity in recent years as natural remedies for everything from bacterial infections to clinical depression. Some people think that essential oils can also help reduce thyroid problems.


The thyroid is a small endocrine gland that secretes three hormones triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4) and a peptide hormone called calcitonin. Many people don’t know that our metabolism, emotions and brain function are controlled by our thyroid gland. According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid condition.

There isn’t a lot of scientific evidence linking the use of essential oils and thyroid health. However, there is anecdotal evidence that some thyroid disorders can be treated with essential oils and some studies support this claim. When you have hyperthyroidism, your body produces too much thyroid hormone. Weight loss, anxiety, abnormal heartbeat and muscle weakness are common symptoms.

While essential oils may not prevent your body from overproducing thyroid hormones, some of them may help with the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Here are some things to know about using essential oils for some common thyroid disorders and symptoms.


The anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and pain-relieving properties of frankincense oil help combat some thyroid issues. Additionally, it treats dry skin as well. A few drops of frankincense oil, applied to dry skin caused by an overactive thyroid, can help repair the skin by reducing itching and flaking. Since frankincense oil is quite strong, mix it with another calming oil like almond or jojoba oil before use.

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The potent anti-inflammatory properties of lemongrass oil have been well researched. Applying lemongrass oil can provide relief from swelling or irritation in the thyroid area.


If your hyperthyroidism is causing you concern, consider using lavender oil. Since ancient times, lavender oil has been used as a tool to encourage calmness. According to some studies, lavender oil increases feelings of calmness and well-being when diffused into the air.


Methyl salicylate, the active component of wintergreen oil, is a well-researched analgesic that acts in a similar way to aspirin. For muscles and joints that suffer from thyroid disorders, wintergreen oil can be applied to reduce pain, if any.


Anxiety caused by an overactive thyroid can potentially be treated by diffusing sandalwood oil through an aromatherapy diffuser or by applying a few drops of the oil topically to pressure points.

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