The Basics of Essential Oils: for a Balanced Mind and Body

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By Dr. Mariza Snyder

Essential oils may be your ticket to supporting your hormones naturally. 

They are incredible for supporting your body and some of the worst hormone symptoms. These oils have specialized properties due to hundreds of constituents that make them powerful allies in supporting your body’s natural functions. They can help your body to reset and retain balance when paired with positive lifestyle changes. This includes diet, exercise, stress management, restful sleep and other self-care necessities.

Let’s take a look at a few essential oils scientifically proven to help us support our body and mind as we strive to find a balance:


Lavender often pops up as an essential oil that supports myriad issues, but more importantly, it helps to reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone that hijacks your body’s well-being in favor of warding off danger. It shuts down non-essential systems like reproductive and digestive, in favor of keeping you safe. 

Lavender soothes the skin on the surface, and also soothes the emotions at a deeper level to help your body find a natural calm.

Combined with Peppermint, it can be used for therapeutic massage to ease the pain of menstrual cramps, neck tension and headaches.

 Lavender can also be used by itself to help you find the relaxation you desperately need.

Clary Sage

Clary Sage provides support to the body’s natural estrogen and progesterone production. It’s is touted as the best oil for your worst time of the month, or even through menopause. Even working with other oils like Lavender and Frankincense, it can provide relief from cramps. 

Research has shown that simply inhaling its aroma dramatically decreases your cortisol levels, the stress hormone that is at the basis for many problems. 

From a restful night’s sleep to easing your hot flashes, Clary Sage shows up in many blends focused on hormonal balance.


Another favorite among functional practitioners is Bergamot. This fragrant has proven to lower the body’s natural stress responses to enable a natural decline of blood pressure and heart rate.

It calms and alleviates nervousness while giving you a mood boost to focus on your day.

Combined with Geranium, it can help you to release pent up emotions and move on without harboring unwanted resentment and emotional build-up.

Synergy Blend

Inside my newest book, “The Essential Oils Hormone Solution,” my Hormone Synergy Blend is a great place to begin for supporting your hormones naturally. This blend can benefit women at any age in helping their bodies find its own natural balance.

Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender all help to keep cortisol levels stable while simultaneously relaxing the mind and body… And giving you a little libido lift in the process! Ylang Ylang is the ultimate libido booster.  Geranium works to support estrogen levels naturally and boost your mood. And Bergamot is a huge winner as it both calms your body and mind while also energizing your mood.

Here’s the Hormone Synergy Blend recipe:

  • 10 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Carrier Oil of choice (fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil)

Directions:  In a 10 mL glass rollerball bottle, add the essential oils and fill to the top with your carrier oil. Replace the rollerball top, cap and swirl to combine.  To use, roll the blend over your ovaries and on your pulse points (behind the ears, neck, wrists and ankles) 2-3 times each day as needed.

As women, we try to do all things, be all the things, and work the magic for everyone in our lives, often neglecting ourselves in the process. 

Using essential oils to support your body in healing itself is where we can create our own magic with scientifically-proven natural solutions!  

If you’re looking for a comprehensive look at supporting hormonal health with essential oils nutrition, and self-care rituals, I have you covered. There are over 100 hormone loving recipes in The Essential Oils Hormone Solution. 

Bursting with ready-to-use solutions and solid science in an easy-to-apply manner, this book speaks to every woman as an individual. It empowers them to find effective solutions to not only help them balance hormones, but balance life as a whole.

Essential oils will support this journey, but only you can take the first step!

Dr. Mariza Snyder is functional practitioner and the author of seven books, including Amazon best-sellers. Her hottest book focuses on balancing hormones with the power of essential oils. She is also the host of “Essentially You” podcast.

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