ADRENAL FATIGUE

ESSENTIAL OILS

Holy Basil. Helps reduce anxiety; helps regulate serum cortisol levels, which can have systemic impact.

Rosemary. Helps lower cortisol levels. Boosts mood and improves memory.

Clove. A powerful anti- inflammatory agent that can boost energy.

Rose. Shown to promote calm, relaxation and a decrease in blood pressure.

Research
In a 2009 study, the test group receiving rose essential oil rather than a placebo through their skin felt greater feelings of calm and relaxation, as well as a decrease in blood pressure and breathing rate.

Home Remedy
Warm Adrenal Compress. Dilute 3 to 5 drops of holy basil or rosemary essential oil in a carrier oil and apply it directly to your skin over the kidney area. Then add a warm compress. The oil mixture can also be applied to the reflex points on your feet.

Background
When your brain registers a threat, the body releases adrenaline hormones to help you react (known as the “fight or flight” response). The adrenal cortex then releases corticosteroids to inhibit processes such as digestion, immune system response and other functions not necessary for immediate survival. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the body and adrenal glands can’t keep up with the amount of daily stress many people experience, and those “unnecessary functions” become largely neglected for extended periods of time. Most people struggle with adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. Common symptoms include weight gain, insomnia, reduced sex drive, body aches, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, irritability, constantly feeling tired, hormone imbalance and food cravings.

Suggested Supplements

» Ashwagandha. An adaptogen; especially good at reducing cortisol levels and helping the adrenals adjust to stress.

» B-Complex. Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins reduce stress and improve cellular energy.