POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

ESSENTIAL OILS

Holy Basil. May improve cortisol and insulin levels that support overall hormone balance.

Clary Sage. Stimulates the uterus and aids in regulating reproductive hormones.176

Geranium. Promotes hormone balance and supports detoxification of the liver and kidneys.

Roman Chamomile. May help lower stress and improve fertility.

Research
A study found that using clary sage oil on humans caused improvements in overall hormone levels, as 22 post- menopausal women saw a reduction in depression (by 36 percent) and cortisol, and increases in 5-HTP and better levels of thyroid hormones.

Home Remedy
Hormone Balancing Blend. Combine 2 drops each of clary sage, holy basil, geranium and Roman chamomile oils and mix with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub it on your lower abdomen and the front of your neck 2 to 3 times a day.

Background
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting nearly 20 percent of women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS develop enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts on them, which then start producing higher than normal levels of androgen hormones, such as testosterone. This reaction can also cause imbalanced levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone and may be responsible for as much as 70 percent of infertility in women. Symptoms of PCOS may include irregular periods, trouble conceiving, acne, stubborn weight loss, insulin resistance, fatigue and low sex drive. In severe cases, PCOS can cause severe hair thinning and masculine characteristics (like hair growth on the face). Major improvements can occur with a good diet (less sugar and more vegetables, healthy fats and bone broth), managing stress and using natural compounds.

Suggested Supplements

» Vitex (Chasteberry). Helps balance estrogen/progesterone ratios and stimulates the ovaries. Take 160 to 240 milligrams daily.

» Chinese Herbs (Rehmannia, White Peony and Astragalus). These herbs remove dampness from the body, which improves organ function and hormone levels.