see also Goiter,
The thyroid is a small gland in the neck just below
the Adam’s apple. Its primary function is to
produce hormones that influence most of the metabolic
functions of the body. Goiter and the three primary
catagories of problems that can occur are described
below with more information on individual pages reached
using the links above.
Goiter, when the thyroid enlarges for
any reason it is described as a goiter. There can be
many causes but it is usually not a cancerous tumor nor
an infectious inflammation but rather a result of one of
the conditions described below.
Hypothyroidism, an under active
thyroid, not producing sufficient hormones may lead to
obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease.
This disorder is most common among women, over 50.
The unbalance in the body from an under active thyroid
can develop slowly and initially be unnoticed but left
unattended over time can lead to more serious
situations. Symptoms can include tiredness,
depression, lack of concentration, feeling cold,
constipation, muscle cramps, weight gain, increased
menstrual flow, more frequent periods, itchy skin,
thinning hair. Causes of hypothyroidism are
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – This is an autoimmune disease
wherein the body attacks the tissue of the thyroid.
The resulting inflammation and damage to the tissue results
in reduced amounts or cessation of the hormones normally
generated by the thyroid. This is the most common of
hypothyroid disorders and occurs primarily in middle aged
females but is also seen in men and children.
• Thyroid removal – The thyroid may be surgically or
chemically removed to correct hyperthyroidism and hormonal
balance must be achieved by other means.
• Iodine exposure – Exposure to
excessive amounts of iodine and damage thyroidal tissue and
result in hypothyroidism. Iodine can come from many
medications for heart, cold, and sinus conditions as well as
those use for some X-ray procedures.
Hyperthyroidism, an overactive
thyroid, this can significantly accelerate the body's
metabolism, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or
irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or
irritability. Symptoms can include insomnia,
anxiety, irritability, bulging eyes, weakness in arms/legs, shaky
hands, frequent bowel movements, weight loss, racing
heart beat, premature grey hair, lighter menstrual flow,
less frequent periods. Various forms of hyperthyroidism
• Graves' disease - This is also
an autoimmune disorder
wherein there is too much production of the thyroid
hormone. It is more prevalent among females
and is the most common thyroid disorder among children
• Toxic adenomas - Over activity may also come from
nodules forming that secrete excess thyroid hormone or
an inflammation may occur that causes the gland to
“leak” the excess. Goiters that form may contain
• Subacute thyroiditis – This is a temporary
inflammation of the thyroid that causes excess hormones
and is usually temporary lasting a few weeks to a few
Thyroid nodules themselves may form. They may
be solid or fluid filled lumps that form within the
thyroid. Most nodules are not serious and may even
go unnoticed. Small percentages are cancerous and
require serious attention.
[search help: chronic
lymphocytic thyroiditis, hashimoto, hashimotos, graves ]
Oils, blends & products
Three primary thyroid concerns can be aided with
different protocols. Look to these links for the
Thyroid nodules and
for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis see
Start with strengthening the body systems with any
• GX Assist
• PB Assist
to rebuild probiotics
Technique is an additional way to strengthen and
balance the body
- dilute Deep Blue and apply topically
• Tiredness and depression -
Elevation, citrus oils, Peppermint
and irritability - Balance and Melissa
Consistency of application is important.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Our thanks to:
Bobby Jo -
I wanted to share a great blend for
hypothyroidism. I hope it helps others as
it has me. In a roll-on bottle place 50
drops of Lemongrass, 50 drops of Clove, and
20 of Frankincense then fill the rest with
fractionated coconut oil. Roll on the blend
over your thyroid (on your throat) and also
on the reflex points on your feet.
If the blend gives you a bit of a queasy
stomach then split the amount in half with
another roll-on bottle and dilute with
fractionated coconut oil. It does not mean
you are reacting badly it just means it is
too strong and you need something more
diluted. Roll the blend on about 3 to 4
times a day for the first couple weeks and
after that just 1 to 2 times a day for
another couple weeks. After that see how
you feel and if you need to keep doing it
After about a month and a half I felt better
and didn't need to use the blend so much. I
am down to using it about 3 or 4 times a
week. It has been such a blessing for me
and I hope it helps others just as much.
Lauri - Laura Jacobs mentioned it in a
talk at the doTERRA convention. Thyroid Gland is highly
involved in Energy Production
Support – Myrrh, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger
Support for Dysfunctional – Clove
Hyper- Myrrh, Lemongrass
Hypo – Peppermint, Lemongrass, Clove
Hope this helps!
Sheen - A friend of
mine has been told that she must have her thyroid removed in
four months. There is a calcified tumor with other tumors
growing on and around it on her thyroid. I would love for
her to be able to reverse this before she has surgery. Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Kathy – The cancer
protocol and frequent
techniques augmented with Sandalwood and Frankincense.
Sandalwood reduces and/or dissolves tumors and the cancer
protocol and AromaTouch techniques strengthen the body's
ability to heal itself.
Debbie - Does
anyone have any testimonials on what they have done for
Christi - Hopefully soon I'll be a
"testimonial" for both - I have hypothyroid and rheumatoid
arthritis. I did the GX assist and am now on the PB assist
and plan to start the LLW (Life Long Wellness supplements)
pack as soon as I'm done and continue this process for a few
months. I'll let you know how it goes!
Debbie - Thanks Cristi. It sounds like
you are on the right track. Those were my thoughts to share
with my friend who is asking for help. THANKS and good
luck to you!
BTW, I don't know what your exercise abilities are, but I
have had inherent thyroid issues. However, I'm doing well
now. I do believe the oils and LLW are great keys and were
certainly very helpful, but for me personally, "running" is
what totally got me off thyroid medication. Even walking
didn't quite do it. Again, the best to you!
Pat - There are quite a few testimonials
in the archives of everythingdoterra, I will give you the
bullet points of them:
For the Thyroid, regardless of the type and even when it
affects the Adrenal I would suggest applying Balance and
Geranium to the big toe, the thyroid areas and the wrist all
during the day and alternate the next week with Lemongrass,
Peppermint, Myrrh and Clove as a blend to the same areas.
Also dropping Frankincense under the tongue, 2 drops, 2-3
times a day. I would also suggest the
cleanse followed by the
PB Assist and
then go on the LLW
(Lifelong Wellness supplements).
Linray - What will
help a thyroid condition??
jcm - First of all, you need to know
what kind of thyroid problems you are addressing.
Hyperthyroid, Hypothyroid, Thyroid hormone deficiency. What
kind of symptoms are there?
• In Hyperthyroid: Anxiety,
restlessness, insomnia, premature grey hair, diabetes
mellitus, arthritis, vitiligo-skin pigment(Michael Jackson).
• In Hypothyroid - autoimmune
condition: low blood sugar, fatigue, candida, lack of
energy, reduced immune function, poor resistance to disease,
Some oils that might be helpful are:
• For both: Myrrh and
Lemongrass plus the Lifelong Wellness pack.
• Hypothyroid: myrtle, Peppermint,
• Hyperthyroid: Deep Blue. Topical:
DILUTE 50-50, apply 3-5 drops over thyroid, 1-3 times a day.
apply 1-3 drops on the thyroid Vita Flex points of the feet.
Some of this taken from Essential Oils Desk Reference
copyright 2004, Essential Science Publishing, page 411.
April - My mom's
friend has had her thyroid removed due to cancer. The
doctors have been trying and are not able to find the
correct amount of medication (or the right medication, for
that matter) to give to this poor woman to balance her out.
One day she will be extremely tired, the next extremely
hyper! I know that
Frankincense is fantastic for the thyroid, but would that
still work since the thyroid has been removed?
Pat - Here are a few protocols that have
worked for others:
1. Do a master cleanse or just cleanse
with the Lemon oil in water and rub Frankincense and
Sandalwood topically of the thyroid area.
2. This person found some success applying
Balance and Geranium to thyroid and lymph node areas, the
big toe on each foot and each wrist. Do it day and
night. Rotate weekly with Lemongrass and Peppermint, Myrrh
and Clove to the same areas.
She could also go on the Lemon, Melaleuca and Oregano
protocol for general internal clean-up. 5 drops Lemon 5
drops Melaleuca 3 drops Oregano. Put into a gel cap and take
Editor’s note (5/25/2010): This
protocol has since been improved with the prepared
product followed by the
and supplemented with the
I can also tell you that if she would get on the
supplements (Lifelong Wellness supplements) she would be
amazed at how much better she would feel. It would get her
Pat - We need some
help for a thyroid tumor that has started to shrink and now
is in a holding pattern. We would like to give it a jump
start and would like some feedback on what to do. To date
she has taken the Lemon, Melaleuca and Oregano for 1 month,
then took away the Oregano and substituted Thyme for 1
month, internally. She has been alternating Frankincense,
Helichrysum, Geranium and Sandalwood for a topical
application. Any help you can give is appreciated. An
interesting side note, she does not put the internal oils in
a capsule, but rather in a small amount of water and drinks
it. Now that is a Real Woman.
Samara - My thyroid didn't have a tumor,
so I'm not sure this will help, but I use Balance topically
on my thyroid.
BK - I would go on the master cleanse
for a week or two with simple daily topical application of
Frankincense and Sandalwood.
Dian - I do not have a tumor. But I hold
up Clary Sage or Basil to my throat to see which one will
"calm down" the throbbing. Then I use about a drop of which
ever my throat asks for that day.
What Science & Research are saying
Summary from www.About.com on
stress and cortisol.
Cortisol is an important hormone in the body, secreted by
the adrenal glands and involved in the following functions
· Proper glucose metabolism
· Regulation of blood pressure
· Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance
· Immune function
· Inflammatory response
Normally, it is present in the body at higher levels in
the morning and at its lowest at night. Although stress
isn’t the only reason that cortisol is secreted into the
bloodstream, it has been termed “the stress hormone” because
it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight
or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for
several stress related changes in the body. Small increases
of cortisol have some positive effects:
· A quick burst of energy for survival reasons
· Heightened memory functions
· A burst of increased immunity
· Lower sensitivity to pain
· Helps maintain homeostasis in the body
While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the
body’s response to stress, it’s important that the body’s
relaxation response to be activated so the body’s functions
can return to normal following a stressful event.
Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the
body’s stress response is activated so often that the body
doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal, resulting
in a state of chronic stress.
Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the
bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have
been shown to have negative effects, such as:
· Impaired cognitive performance
· Suppressed thyroid function
· Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
· Decreased bone density
· Decrease in muscle tissue
· Higher blood pressure
· Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body,
slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
· Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a
greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in
other areas of the body. Some of the health problems
associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks,
strokes, the development of higher levels of “bad”
cholesterol (LDL), and lower levels of “good” cholesterol
(HDL) which can lead to other health problems!
The following research is reported in Psychiatry Research
scientifically confirming the benefit of Lavender and
Rosemary essential oils in reducing stress and related
Smelling Lavender and Rosemary increases free radical
scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva.
Atsumi T, Tonosaki K. Department of Oral Physiology, Meikai University, School
of Dentistry, 1-1, Keyaki-dai, Sakado-shi, Saitama 350-0283,
Free radicals/reactive oxygen species are related to many
biological phenomena such as inflammation, aging, and
carcinogenesis. The body possesses various antioxidative
systems (free radical scavenging activity, FRSA) for
preventing oxidative stress, and saliva contains such
activity. In the present study, we measured the total
salivary FRSA induced after the smelling of Lavender and
Rosemary essential oils that are widely used in
aromatherapy. Various physiologically active substances in
saliva such as cortisol, secretory IgA, and alpha-amylase
activity were found to be correlated with aroma-induced
FRSA. The subjects (22 healthy volunteers) sniffed aroma for
5 min, and each subject's saliva was collected immediately.
FRSA was measured using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl. The
FRSA values were increased by stimulation with low
concentrations (1000 times dilution) of Lavender or by
high-concentrations (10 times dilution) of Rosemary. In
contrast, both Lavender and Rosemary stimulations decreased
cortisol levels. A significant inverse correlation was
observed between the FRSA values and the cortisol levels
with each concentration of Rosemary stimulation. No
significant changes were noted in sIgA or alpha-amylase.
These findings clarify that Lavender and Rosemary enhance
FRSA and decrease the stress hormone, cortisol, which
protects the body from oxidative stress.