Are you feeling tired all the time? Morning esspresso not giving the same lift it used to? Getting that feeling that you've been worn thin by your busy schedule, and you're just not recovering? These may be signs of depleted adrenal glands - a syndrome known as Adrenal Fatigue. Thankfully, a few commonly-available essential oils can offer support in regenerating over-tired adrenal glands.
What is the syndrome of Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenal glands are your body's most important part of the endocrine system for dealing with stress. These tiny glands, each about the size of a walnut and the weight of a grape, sit atop each kidney. These glands produce important hormones such as cortisol, a controller of your energy output, and pregnenolone, the precursor from which the body's steroid hormones are made, including DHEA, progesterone, testosterone, and the estrogens. Pregnenolone is has been shown to be a powerful memory enhancer - it will make you smarter (possibly), it also brings about feelings of well-being (hopefully) and can enhance your ability to deal with stress. Low-output adrenal function can have a variety of common health symptoms, including insomnia and depressed immune system function.
Many of today's common lifestyle factors contribute to adrenal fatigue. While it can quickly be boiled down to simply too much stress, it is important to know what some of the triggers are, so we can moderate our lifestyle whenever and wherever possible. Too little or poor quality sleep, poor eating habits, not enough family & play time, insufficient exercise and prayer/meditation, illness, surgery, or injury and excessive use of caffeine are some of the most common factors. Making changes to these habits will greatly aid in your adrenals returning to their normal hormonal output. Thankfully, adrenal gland-supporting essential oils can be helpful in bringing balance and assisting in restoring adrenal output in mild-to-moderate cases of adrenal fatigue. Using these oils may enable 'breaking the cycle' of stimulant and sugar use that created the problem in the first place.
The Essential Oils
Essential oils are commonly used in aromatherapy to support adrenal gland function. Some are used specifically for adrenal gland regeneration, and others are used to give a gentle lift when needed during the healing process - again, these can be of particular help when reducing stimulant consumption. For this purpose, I recommend using a carrier oil to massage these into the skin topically.
Spruce, pine, hinoki, sacred mountain, cedarwood, cypress, peppermint and any of the citrus oils. considered to uplift and bring about a light attitude. These oils also have a relaxing effect - this combination can lower stress levels - the primary culprit of adrenal fatigue.