Which Essential Oils INCREASE Estrogen?

Woman smells essential oils from a roll on bottle.

Some may want to avoid excess estrogen hormones for various reasons. There’s talk that some aromatherapy essential oils may possibly increase estrogen levels in people.

There are certain essential oils that have been tested and shown to increase estrogenic activity in some people. Some of these essential oils include geranium, rose otto, neroli, lavender, and tea tree oil.

If you’re concerned about avoiding things that can possibly increase estrogen levels it’s important to consider the information wisely. This is what some of the studies show about essential oils that can increase estrogen levels.

Who Should Be Concerned About Excess Estrogen Levels?

Usually, people mention essential oils that can balance hormone levels but they rarely mention that some essential oils can cause an imbalance in a person’s hormones.

We need to remember that all of our bodies and chemistry are unique and what balances one person’s hormones can actually cause a hormonal imbalance in someone else. That’s why it’s important to be updated and familiar with your current health status and any conditions you may have.

There are some people who will most likely want to choose to avoid substances that can increase the estrogen hormone. Anyone with a hormone-driven disease absolutely should be vigilant in avoiding things that can increase estrogen hormone levels.

These include cancers like breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers. Diseases such as endometriosis are usually due to excessive amounts of estrogen in the body. Boys and men can develop gynecomastia (man boobs), erectile dysfunction, and infertility if estrogen becomes excessive. Excessive estrogen levels have also been linked to uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

As a woman who has endured the suffering of endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids for decades now, I do my best to minimize anything that has been proven to cause excess estrogen in the body. Ovarian and breast cancers do run in my family so it’s possible that if left unchecked, sustained excessive estrogen levels could lead to one of these unwanted cancers.

Which Essential Oils Can Potentially Increase Estrogen?

I find it interesting that they are now conducting scientific research on things from the Alternative Medicine field. Not that long ago, there was about nil research done on these things, and most in the medical community would assume that because there was no proven scientific research on Alternative Medicine it must be ineffective.

Well, the reports are in and they are INDEED EFFECTIVE substances. So much so that we actually need to be cautious in how we administer and use them.

Aromatherapy is such a common practice around the world and has been for centuries. Our olfactory senses play a powerful part in sending messages to our brains. When we smell something (stimuli) it tells our brain something about our environment and the brain can respond in various ways including releasing hormones to help us adapt to our environment and keep us safe.

Bottle of essential oil
Aromatherapy is an Ancient Practice

Several scientific studies have been done on essential oils to see if the claims that they can alter hormones in the body are actually true. Some studies have been done to determine if certain essential oils can help a woman in perimenopause or menopause.

Other studies have been done to evaluate the claim that boys using essential oils have developed gynecomastia. So far, the studies that have been done have shown that there are certain essential oils that reportedly increased estrogen levels when used.

The Estrogen Elevating Essential Oils Are:

  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Rose Otto
  • Neroli

There may actually be more essential oils that have the potential to increase estrogen levels but more research must be done.

It might seem a little shocking to see such commonly used essential oils like lavender and tea tree oil on this list. This is very valuable information, especially for certain groups of people. It’s true what they say: You don’t know what You don’t know.

As science continues to advance and more initiatives are taken to research other essential oils, we can possibly expect this list to grow.

We can also expect that as more studies are done on these same essential oils, we may see conflicting science. We might also learn that these essential oils might be more beneficial for other body/mind health conditions than were previously thought.

More scientific research has to be done to determine this. I just REALLY APPRECIATE that research is FINALLY being done on these substances!

Should I Avoid All Essential Oils?

So, what are you supposed to do now??? Avoid all essential oils at ALL COSTS?! Well, no. That’s not the point of the research and neither of this article. Knowledge is power and now you have been empowered to make intelligent choices that will benefit you and your health.

Ultimately, if you use or don’t use essential oils, it’s up to you.

I mentioned earlier how I have several diseases that are fueled by excess estrogen but I don’t see myself giving up lavender, tea tree, or neroli oil either. What I am going to do is make more of a conscious choice when I wish to use essential oils for something. I like to use lavender to help with my anxiety disorder but maybe now instead of mindlessly using lavender essential oil all day every day, I will alternate the calming essential oils I use so I don’t get overly exposed to any of them.

If you have any of the conditions that I mentioned earlier in this article as being linked to excessive estrogen levels it’s wise to consult with your doctor as to whether it’s beneficial or dangerous for you to use those specific essential oils. It may be possible that you would like to incorporate more essential oils that have the ability to decrease estrogen in the body.

I typically find that it’s better to use essential oil blends and choose the blends that fit a specific desired outcome for the moment, instead of just using a single essential oil and randomly using it for everything. This enables me to get lower doses of single essential oils and not get repeatedly exposed to the same essential oil every time.

If your looking for a good essential oils set to use, I recommened these sets:

Guru Nanda Essential Oil Kit
Plant Therapy 7&7 Essential Oil Kit

If you still feel hesitant or unsure about using aromatherapy essential oils it would be wise to consult with a qualified Aromatherapist to get guidance. They can help you to navigate the vast world of essential oils.

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I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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