How to use Essential Oils for an Underactive Thyroid

How to use essential oils for an underactive thyroid

Recently a post on my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook Page gave rise to comments about how to use essential oils for thyroid health. So I asked my followers if this would be a topic they would be interested in reading about at Hypothyroid Mom. I was shocked at the number of


messages that I received. I’m a real newbie when it comes to essential oils, so I turned to Essential Oils blogger Rebecca Schiffhauer for details.

I’m interested in hearing from you.

Do you use EOs? If so, how have they helped you?

Written by Rebecca Schiffhauer, Camp Wander

The Power of that Butterfly Shaped Thyroid Gland

This subject has been on my list of blog posts to write for months and each time I consider the subject, I get overwhelmed with all of the information. Well, the time has come to jump in!

The thyroid is the master control center for the metabolic function of every single cell in your body. Because of this, it has the power to disrupt every part of your body and produce serious changes in every aspect of your life including serious disease, mood, weight gain and low energy levels.

How would you know?

This is where it gets really interesting and a little overwhelming. Let’s start with the well known symptoms first:

Fatigue or flat out exhaustion
Cold feet and hands
Puffy eyes
Memory loss and difficulty focusing
Dry, possibly pale skin
Coarse, thinning hair
Brittle nails
Trouble sleeping
Thinning of the end of the eyebrow
Unexplained weight gain with proper diet and exercise

Brace yourself. Dana, creator of Hypothyroid Mom, took things further and compiled a list of over 300 signs and symptoms that can point to an underactive thyroid. The list includes serious illness, disease, even miscarriage…all from the dysfunction of the thyroid.

How to Get Started using Essential Oils

Every day, more people are turning to a holistic approach to life. We’re just not satisfied with the level of care or the answers anymore. For those of you searching and embarking on a quest to learn more about pure essential oils and how to incorporate them in your everyday life to improve your thyroid health, this is for you!

There’s nothing new about the medicinal use of plants. Our ancestors have used plants, seeds, wood and resins from nature to care for themselves and their families since the beginning of time. Happily, in more modern times we don’t have to forage in the forest anymore because we’re blessed with the convenience of a little glass bottle brimming with pure, healing essential oils.

Essential oils are 50 – 75% more powerful than the herb or plant itself, a little goes a long way.

Essential oils are not a cure all, but you’ll be surprised at just how many issues can be taken care of with high quality, pure essential oils.

How and Where to Apply Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. Essential oils can be applied topically or diffused aromatically.

Applied Topically

Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they’re easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes “neat” (undiluted). Once they’re applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the area where applied. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and beauty therapy. EOs are also natural disinfectants, many are antimicrobial and the similar chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

The bottoms of our feet boast the largest pores on our body and allow quick absorption. Note the thyroid areas of the feet in this diagram.

Foot Reflexology

Diffused Aromatically

Speaking from personal experience, I started using essential oils the day I bought a diffuser. Who doesn’t love a fragrant home? When I learned that I could scent my home with something organic and purify the air we breathe, I was in!

Essential Oils Diffuser

My diffuser allowed immediate gratification, the freshness that billowed up was invigorating and I soon found I could suit my mood or improve it depending on what I put in the diffuser. It also helped me become more comfortable with my new oils by blending and mixing and learning what worked for me and what didn’t. If you do nothing but diffuse, you can improve your health and your environment.

Our sense of smell influences lots of physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils diffused in the air can be stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended because they don’t change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. EOs can also be used as cleaning and purifying laundry and surfaces in the home.

Diffusers are my favorite gift idea. For family and friends new to essential oils, I love getting them a diffuser along with the Spark Naturals Essential 4 Pack which includes Lavender, Peppermint, Melaleuca and Lemon.

2 Essential Oils Protocols for Underactive Thyroid

Protocol 1

Two blends used a week at a time, alternating to the next. I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.

Blend 1 (week 1)

1 part Lemongrass
1 part Myrrh (can substitute with Peppermint)
1 part carrier oil

In a 5ml roller bottle. Apply topically over thyroid area at the base of the neck and reflexology points (big toe), massage in 3x daily.

*Whenever I can, I layer a drop of Frankincense over the Lemongrass/Myrrh blend. Frankincense will help the other EOs along and calm inflammation.

At the end of the first week, begin Blend 2 and apply in the same manner. After week 2, begin Blend 1 again.

Blend 2 (week 2)

1 part Zen
1 part Geranium
1 part carrier oil

Protocol 2

25 drops Lemongrass
25 drops Clove
10 drops Frankincense
25 drops carrier oil

In a 5ml roller bottle. Apply topically over thyroid area at the base of the neck and reflexology points (big toe), massage in 3x daily.

FYI: on the thyroid protocol. If you have sensitive skin, dilute both blends well. Daily use on your neck can cause skin irritation for those with sensitive skin tendencies. I love applying to thyroid area of the feet AND Frankincense over the thyroid topically (with either blend) – Frank is very, very gentle more so than Lavender but a great healer!

One last word to the wise, these two essential oils protocols are not meant to replace your thyroid medication. The hope is that essential oils will help in balancing your hormones and helping you to live well despite your condition. If you’re currently on medication for hypothyroid, don’t go off it without consulting with your doctor first. Certain essential oils are not recommended while pregnant and breastfeeding.

If any of the information I shared rings true for you, please do your due diligence and investigate your symptoms until you have answers!

Spark Naturals is offering Hypothyroid Mom fans 10% Savings on all pure essentials oils and products available online at Enter Coupon Code: thyroid at checkout!

About Camp Wander

Camp Wander is a place that reflects Rebecca Schiffhauer’s love for natural alternatives and how we can use them for whole wellness. It’s her gardener’s nature that first opened the door to nature’s pharmacy, always drawn to herbs and the soil, where it all begins. And so it is with our health, like the soil our bodies need to be nurtured and cultivated to be well, flourish and contribute. Pure essential oils are much like every garden she has loved, trustworthy and created to heal. One constant in this life is her love and respect for nature, ALL the answers are there. Nature never stops giving, may we be the same.

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About Dana Trentini

I founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Mom is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links to favorite resources including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with me on Google+


  1. You say to apply on big toe pressure point. The diagram doesn’t show the toe as the pressure point for thyroi though… And is this safe to use on children (9 y-o)? Thanks.

  2. Thanks for this post. Are these protocols ok for breastfeeding?

  3. April Brown says:

    I know this is an older post, but I’m gonna try anyway. I love in a small town, so my choices of doctors is limited. I was driving theee hours to see a dr who does not take insurance who was treating me with hundreds of dollars worth of supplements, Armour, and bio hormones. After seven months and thousands of dollars, I saw no improvement. I am now seeing a local endo who takes insurance. She has me on synthroid. I’m only on day 21 today, but I have had swelling in my hands and feet since day one in synthroid. I’m considering stopping it and trying all natural methods like oils and selenium. I know she will tell me not to because she’s in the business of prescribing meds. Does anyone here have experience stopping meds and treating themselves naturally?

    • Hi April, Have you heard back from anyone on the Hypothyroid Mom website? If not I will be happy to help answer some of your questions. I know how it is when you are looking for answers and it is quiet. I don’t want to step on anyones toes. I love these oils and have used them for my own health. Now I am looking to work with my thyroid. If you have not gotten any response you can contact me. If you have then it looks like you will be in good shape. my email is [email protected]. Only contact me if you do not hear from the author of this page.

    • Hi April, I’m sorry to hear the struggle you have been through. Please let your doctor know about the swelling you are experiencing. Everyone reacts differently to the different ingredients in the different medications. Swelling can also be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Many people struggle on T4 only levothyroxine medications like Synthroid and finding the right thyroid medication at the right dosage is key. I know it’s so frustrating working with doctors and trying different medications but it’s worth it. I personally did not do well on Armour but then my doctor tried me on Nature-throid by RLC labs and she slowly over time increased the dosage until she got my Free T3 to the top of the normal range and it was like magic. So you see it may have been the dosage of the Armour or it may have been your body reacting to it. Don’t give up. Speak to your current doctor about trying another brand of medication or find a new doctor. I wonder if that doctor who prescribed Armour would be open to trying a different brand or looking at possibly a different dosage for you. Don’t just stop your medication on your own because I hear from Hypothyroid Mom readers all the time that get very ill from doing that. Here is an article about the Free T3 that I mentioned:
      All the best,
      Dana Trentini (Hypothyroid Mom)

  4. I just got my diffuser…and I’m brand new to all this EO and diffuser stuff 🙂 Dr. says tests came back with TSH high showing HYPO like you 🙂 So after reading your blog when you make the Blend 1 & 2 to roll on are you using the same blend in the diffuser? Can I put carrier oil in the diffuser or only when rolling it on?

    If these aren’t for the diffuser can you recommend a scent that helps for Hypothyroidism for my diffuser too?


  5. Hi Dana,
    What kind of oil do you suggest for the carrier oil? I have shea butter at home. Is it safe to use it? Thank you

  6. Hi there
    You can use use coconut oil as a carrier oil.

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