Essential oils for PCOS

essential oils for PCOS

Essential oils for PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.

The 3 main features of PCOS are:

  • irregular periods – which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation)
  • excess androgen – high levels of “male” hormones in your body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
  • polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS)

If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS.

Polycystic ovaries

Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles that are up to 8mm (approximately 0.3in) in size. 

The follicles are underdeveloped sacs in which eggs develop. In PCOS, these sacs are often unable to release an egg, which means ovulation does not take place.

It’s difficult to know exactly how many women have PCOS, but it’s thought to be very common, affecting about 1 in every 10 women in the UK.

More than half of these women do not have any symptoms.

Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

If you have signs and symptoms of PCOS, they’ll usually become apparent during your late teens or early 20s.

They can include:

  • irregular periods or no periods at all
  • difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate
  • excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
  • weight gain
  • thinning hair and hair loss from the head
  • oily skin or acne

PCOS is also associated with an increased risk of developing health problems in later life, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

What causes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it often runs in families.

It’s related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin.

Insulin is a hormone that controls sugar levels in the body.

Many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of insulin in their body and produce higher levels of insulin to overcome this.

This contributes to the increased production and activity of hormones like testosterone.

Being overweight or obese also increases the amount of insulin your body produces.

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

There’s no cure for PCOS, but the symptoms can be treated. Speak to a GP if you think you may have the condition.

If you have PCOS and you’re overweight, losing weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet can make some symptoms better.

Medicines are also available to treat symptoms such as excessive hair growth, irregular periods and fertility problems.

If fertility medicines are not effective, a simple surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) may be recommended.

This involves using heat or a laser to destroy the tissue in the ovaries that’s producing androgens, such as testosterone.

With treatment, most women with PCOS are able to get pregnant.

What is the best way to use essential oils for PCOS?

Diffusion– For many oils, diffusion is the most effective method. It can be accomplished in a variety of ways including simply opening a bottle, using a vaporiser or diffuser (check manufacturer instructions) or a warmer.

Topical– In this method, essential oils are applied directly to the skin. Usually, oils are diluted in a carrier oil, but some may be used “neat.” fractionated coconut oil or roller ball bottles are popular methods of application. Many women have success using the topical method in conjunction with reflexology.

Ingestion– Some very specific oils can be ingested, but if you choose this option, proceed with extreme caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

So, what are the best essential oils for PCOS?

Clary Sage

This is one of the best all-around oils for PCOS. Clary sage fights acne, relieves anxiety, depression and stress, and boost hair growth. Importantly, it also works toward hormone balance and fertility.  

Geranium

Geranium stimulates the adrenal cortex, helping to balance emotions, alleviate anxiety & depression and improve focus. It is particularly good for balancing hormones, improving fertility, and increasing progesterone.  Geranium even helps balance out the oils in your skin for help fighting acne!

Ylang Ylang

One of the oldest applications of ylang ylang is as an antidepressant. It works to balance your cortisol & adrenals (reducing stress) as well as to promote emotional balance. As an added bonus, women with PCOS often see improvements in fertility and hair growth.           

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankinsense Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil is another essential oil which is invaluable for both men and women.

It is an Adrenal Adaptogen, which helps to calibrate the stress response in both men and women, helping to restore us to a state of homeostasis.

Ceaderwood

Who doesn’t love the smell of Ceaderwood? Good news! Ceaderwood can help reduce insulin resistance (support blood sugar balance) and even help you lose weight.  

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for good reason. While it is best known for promoting relaxation and relieving stress, it can also help bring emotional balance and reduce anxiety and depression. That makes it a home run for the whole family! If that isn’t enough, women with PCOS can see added benefits including reduction in hirsutism (unwanted hair), hair growth, hormone balance, and improvement in acne.

Melaleuca

A Natural anti biotic and anti inflammatory for Blemishes and skin irritations.

Bergamot

Just a wonderful Uplifting citrus to help lift feelings of low mood and energy levels a real feel good oil.

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