Living Healthy Series: Essential Oils for a healthy thyroid
By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

There has been much interest about the thyroid so we had to include it in our series of health and essential oils.  Did you know that over 40 Percent of the US population suffers from underactive thyroid conditions? This is alarming as every cell in the body requires thyroid hormone which is why with an underactive thyroid, your symptoms can be overwhelming and felt over most of the body.  When you gain weight you tend to gain weight all over. The thyroid gland is also an extremely sensitive organ that is susceptible to endocrine disruptors such as pesticides, insecticides, hormone laden meats, heavy metals in our food and water supply, chemical and environmental toxins, and stress. This is why when you evaluate a thyroid condition your personal history is extremely important when coming up with, the initial cause of the problem, as so many events can affect it. It is also why there can be many different solutions to a thyroid problem.

Alarmingly for most of these people, their blood tests are normal when looked at on a regular blood screen. How can this be so when you know something is wrong and you exhibit most of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid? In this article I am going to tell you what specific blood tests to order to look at the whole picture. Why thyroid symptoms do not necessarily mean you have a thyroid problem, but are a symptom of an underlying condition. What are some of the underlying causes?
Then specific oil protocols to treat symptoms initially, but also the underlying cause so the problem does not come back. Remember we never treat a disease/symptom. We never treat an organ independently as it does not work that way within the body. You may have to take multiple oils depending on what your underlying conditions are to attain full health, not just absence of symptoms.

What are the Signs of Hypoactive Thyroid?

Lack of energy-due to slow metabolism

Weight gain over the entire body-not just the tummy or legs but all over

Yeast infections (Candida)-look for white/yellow coated tongue

Swollen tongue-due to poor vitamin absorption, look for scalloped ridges on side of tongue.

Reduced immune function -due to stress, acute adrenal fatigue.

Poor resistance to disease

Recurring infection

Hair loss

High Cholesterol -Thyroid hormones are required to assimilate cholesterol within body. When someone comes into my office with high cholesterol I always check for a thyroid condition.

Low blood sugar

Ridged nails-poor protein metabolism


How Do I know If My Thyroid is Hypoactive/hyperactive?

Your regular blood test does not go far enough when evaluating the thyroid. Objectively ask your Doctor to order a full thyroid panel that includes these specific tests

-TSH, Free T3/T4, Reverse T3, TPO Antibody (tests specifically for Hashimotos), TBG, T3 uptake

Most laboratory tests only look at your TSH levels which are only a small piece of the puzzle. If you need help interpreting your lab test please email Dr. G. at [email protected]  for assistance.

Check out these home thyroid tests to help determine if your thyroid is underactive or overactive!

Daily temperature test for 7 days. Upon rising take your sublingual temperature. Should be between 97.6F and 98.2F. Track this for 7 days. If you are seeing fluctuations in body temperature over the 7 days then it is probably an adrenal problem. If the temperature is constant and low, then we are looking at hypothyroid. If high and constant it is hyperthyroid. Remember this is not an exact science and should be backed up by the lab testing above.

If you find that your temperatures are fluctuating there is another test you can take if you have a blood pressure cuff and monitor your blood pressure. Take your pressure sitting down, then stand up and take your pressure again. Your pressure should go up 6-10 points when you stand up, otherwise you may get dizzy. This is controlled by your adrenal glands and does not indicate a cardiac issue. If the blood pressure does not go up or goes down even then we are looking at an adrenal problem rather than a thyroid problem.

So basically from your symptoms, your home tests, objective laboratory testing, you can get a full picture of the entire body.

 What Essential Oils Should I Use For Hypothyroid?

Here are the oils to use for underactive thyroid: Thyro balance and Endocrine blends are the foundation of any thyroid protocol. Take 2-3 drops of each per day.

You then take additional oils depending on what particular symptoms or history you have.

Equate your history with your symptoms to find some underlying causes to assist which protocol is for you. For example: you may have a history of irritable bowel problems, bloating, gas, edema in your legs and joints, a white coated tongue. For this you know that your digestion is playing a role in your thyroid problem, therefore follow the digestive protocol with your thyroid protocol.  Add digestive (2-3 drops in the mouth) with thyroid protocol.

Yeast Out (2-3 drops), -when you have a white colored tongue

Hashimoto’s which accounts for about 90% of all thyroid problems is an autoimmune problem.  As 80% of your immune system is in your gut, you have to clean the digestive system, take immune up for the autoimmune as well as your thyroid protocol.  Add Digestive (2-3 drops) and Immune up (2-3 drops on the wrists 2xday).

If physical and emotional stress have played a role in your life or you have joint pain at end of day, poor sleep, blood pressure problems, recurrent infections or allergies, then certainly your adrenals will be fatigued to some degree. You cannot fix a thyroid problem without addressing the adrenals in this particular case. Add Adrenal  or  Stress out (3-4 drops),

If you have high cholesterol  too, even though you exercise and eat correctly, take some lemongrass as part of your thyroid protocol.

If you have a history of being around toxic chemicals or heavy metals, add Heavy metal blend (2-3 drops),

If brain fog is one of your symptoms , add St John’s Wort to address a neurotransmitter imbalance, or Toxins out.

As you can see the body is extremely complex. We cannot treat the thyroid as an independent gland. It interacts with every single cell in the body.  Therefore you can present with one or multiple symptoms/causes. As it is extremely complex it cannot be treated piecemeal but as a whole.

We have to get away from the idea of taking one thing for this and one thing for that. Everyone is different too, therefore require different solutions.

Dr Gillespie

Obligatory Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.