Learn about Options for Thyroid support

Our ancestors have used plants, seeds, wood, and resins from nature for thousands of years to heal the body, while also positively affecting our spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being.

Although many of us consider it a lost art, we don’t have to forage in the forest anymore (although an herb garden is a wonderful addition to any kitchen). We are blessed with the convenience of packaged herbs and supplements, and little glass bottles brimming with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.  Using CPTG essential oils on a daily basis has the power to provide tremendous healing benefits and support.

These high-quality essential oils are properly distilled from plants that have been studied and properly harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers, and trained harvesters from around the world from the soils they naturally were intended to grow.

There are hundreds of powerful plants and oils that can restore balance to conditions ranging from sleep disorders, stress management, gland imbalances, chronic congestion, inflammation, digestive issue, germ infections, fatigue, weight gain, neurological imbalances, and much more.

Story and Testimony:

I would like to share a story about a friend and member of our community… After years of struggling against her body and a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s hypothyroid condition, she began experimenting with essential oils.

Like so many others she was intrigued by the incredible potential of essential oils for therapeutic use and wanted to learn the right way, not just from postings on Pinterest.

Some of the worst symptoms she experienced from her condition included sluggishness, constant bloating and over-all puffiness, digestive pain, and mental fogginess.  She was on a significant dose of thyroid medication, taking daily up to 175 mcg of Synthroid. Fortunately she had already decided to eliminate processed foods, gluten, refined sugars, and any ingredients made in a laboratory.  But even with this healthy lifestyle change to her diet and high dose of thyroid hormone, she still felt awful even though her tests “looked fine.”

Still under her doctors care she was determined to wean off the high dose that didn’t seem to be helping her feel better, so she decided to give essential oils a try.

We were both thrilled and she was astounded by how effectively they brought her back into balance and cleared up the symptoms she had been struggling with for so long.

Every morning, she began applying essential oils to her thyroid (at the front base of the neck) and over her adrenal glands (lower back above her kidneys) as well as the reflexology points on her feet for thyroid and adrenals.

In the evenings, she began applying the oils to the bottoms of her feet, massaging her feet with essential oils and coconut oil on the thyroid and parathyroid points.  She has noticed an astounding change in how she is feeling!

When choosing your essential oils, be sure to research the source.  I would only recommend Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils


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dōTERRA‘s quality guarantee and efficacy is surpassed by no other. You will learn safety protocols for topical, internal, and aromatic use, and as dōTERRA continues to change lives and healthcare as we know it.

After you have done your homework, or perhaps you have already decided, joining us will make you a valuable member of our community learning first hand on how to support your health and the health of your family with these quality products.

You should know exactly what you are putting on your body and where it was harvested, and dōTERRA offers transparent reporting on the chemical properties and testing of each bottle! downloadVisit www.sourcetoyou.com and learn about the health practitioners, medical advisory board, growers, harvesters, distillers. Essential oils are 50 to 75 percent more powerful than the herbs or the plant itself, so a little goes a long way. Cost per drop is a great value.

Here are my recommended oils for use for under-active Thyroid, including Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism conditions:

These essential oils specifically stimulate glands responsible for the secretion of hormones, activate the metabolism, and boost the immune system as they stimulate the circulation of blood.

My go-to oils to help with over-active thyroid, including Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ are:

These essential oils induce relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, and their properties are sedative calming feeling of anxiousness, fear, stress, and restlessness.

I love Frankincense because it is one of the most potent natural sedatives—many of my massage clients have been very successful with applying it to their throat chakra and temples whenever they feel anxious, anger, or stress—the common mental symptoms experienced with hyperthyroid and Graves’ conditions.

For those with hyperthyroid conditions who feel flighty and easily irritated, Spruce oil is amazing!!  It has an immediate grounding effect and is a powerful remedy for centering, calming and focusing.  Spruce oil is in our favorite Grounding Blend dōTERRA Balance®.  Spruce was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body.

Lemongrass is one of my favorite scents because it is so invigorating and refreshing.  It’s also great for the nerves and nervous system, and I’ve heard that it’s amazing remedy for those who often experience nervousness.  Because of this sedative property, it’s also great for soothing and calming the mind, relieving tension, and releasing anxious feelings.  Many of my massage clients with hyperthyroidism complain of restlessness and trouble sleeping,  Lemongrass, dōTERRA Serenity® blend and Lavender are some of the best essential oils to help promote a peaceful nights rest.

A general rule for using essential oils for your thyroid is that for an under-active thyroid, use oils with stimulating properties.  For an over-active thyroid, use oils with a sedating and calming properties.

What I have experienced works best for my clients is purchasing CPTG – Certified Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils and placing a few drops in a glass roller-ball bottle with a base oil of Rosehip oil or fractionated coconut oil (Rosehip oil is lovely but doesn’t have as long of a shelf life as FCO, so if you make it as you use it the Rosehip oil is wonderful, just keep all of your oils stored in a cool dark place).

Our customers enjoy our Healthy, Happy, and Strong (HHS) Workshops which offer a number of targeted health supporting topics including Thyroid Support, Women’s Health, Weight Management, DIY Projects and more.  These are informative yet fun workshops where we teach you more about the oils and how they support our health.

Want to make you own roller-ball to support your thyroid?  You will need Geranium, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Frankincense a 10ml glass roller-ball bottle and either Rosehip, jojoba or fractionated coconut oil.  Add to the empty bottle equal amounts of each of the essential oils 3 to 5 drops each and then 1 tbs of carrier oil (use you nose and see what strength feels good for you).

Here is why I suggest this combination of essential oils especially for thyroid support:

  • Geranium is known to support adrenals and lifts spirits
  • Lemongrass calms your nervous system and supports thyroid health
  • Peppermint cools and reduces swelling  (common in inflammation)
  • Frankincense balances hormones and also addresses associated swelling

Once you have put these into a roller-ball bottle, apply topically to the base of your neck tracing the infinity sign (horizontal figure 8) every morning as part of your self-care practice and throughout the day, especially when you feel like you need an extra boost and confidence.

So you don’t contaminate the roller-ball applicator, with your roller-ball apply to clean finger pads and massage a few drop of essential oils into your foot’s big toe and reflexology point for the thyroid located at the base of the foot in the fleshy area below the big toe.

Did you know? You absorb oils quickly into your bloodstream through the bottom of your feet. If applied all over the bottom of the foot, the oil can be detected in every cell of the body within 20 minutes.


    • To relieve muscle or joint pain, try a soothing bath using Geranium, Frankincense, Peppermint, and Lemongrass oils.
    • To fight fatigue, try a combination of Peppermint and citrus oils, such as dōTERRA Citrus Bliss® blend, Lemon, Lime, and Grapefruit, Tangerine, Wild Orange, Green or Red Mandarin, etc.
  • To improve your mood and reduce anxious feelings or irritability, use the grounding blend Balance®, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Lavender oil, either diffused in your home or added to a bath.

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joe and jen 2019
Joe Norman and Jennie Knourek


Wellness Advocate #2923893 for doTERRA

Jennifer is a trained Massage Therapist and  Certified in Herbal Remedies with over 15 years experience of Essential Oils use for her own health and the health of her friends, family, and clients.  email: jen.knourek@comcast.net or visit her site:



Oil Life Diffusers

Adrenal Fatigue

Don’t Let Adrenal Fatigue Impact Your Life.

The term “Adrenal Fatigue” was formulated in 1998 by naturopathic doctor, James Wilson, PhD. This syndrome was explained as a collection of related symptoms caused by insufficient adrenal gland function.

In other words, when the adrenal glands operate inadequately, complications arise and Adrenal Fatigue syndrome can develop. Usually the onset of adrenal fatigue is attributed to prolonged stress and chronic infections due to hormonal changes, immune response, and metabolic changes.

Those suffering may not present any physical signs of illness but will still feel generally fatigued, have trouble cognitively, and experience strong food cravings. Sleep does not solve this exhaustion, so it is common to see an increase in the intake of coffee, sugar, and other stimulants to sustain energy throughout the day. Unfortunately, this is counterproductive for adrenal fatigue.

We will be going over more detail on how these habits affect this complicated phenomenon throughout this presentation.

But first… What do the adrenals even do?

The adrenal glands are two glands located above the kidneys and are made of two different parts. Both are responsible for hormone production, but differ greatly.

The Adrenal Cortex

The adrenal cortex produces hormones (such as cortisol and aldosterone) that are
essential for life. Cortisol works to regulate our metabolism, immunity, and stress
response, while aldosterone helps control blood pressure and proper cardiovascular

The Adrenal Medulla

The adrenal medulla produces non-essential hormones, or ones that are not vital for life. This does not mean that this component of the adrenals is not important, however. In fact, the adrenal medulla is incredibly valuable for dealing with physical and emotional stress and contributes to our fight-or-flight response of our parasympathetic nervous system. The most notable chemical messenger produced in this part of the adrenals is adrenaline.

The adrenal glands also produce the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone as well as various neurotransmitters such as dopamine.

When the proper production of these hormones are disrupted, adrenal fatigue can develop.

Because of the multitude of responsibilities these little glands have, adrenal fatigue
can manifest very differently depending on the individual.

Some signs of adrenal insufficiency and fatigue include:

  • Persistent and nonspecific fatigue
  • Struggle waking up in the morning
  • Imbalanced energy levels throughout the day
  • Difficulty handling stress
  • Food cravings (particularly for salt)
  • Weakened immunity
  • Unexplained body aches and joint pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Impaired recovery after physical activity
  • Low blood pressure
  • Poor circulation and numbness
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Weight gain and fluid retention
  • Decreased libido

Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?

Contrary to popular belief, stress hormones (such as cortisol and adrenaline) are a good thing. When released appropriately, they provide mental clarity, physical strength, and overall brain and muscle efficiency that can be seen even as “super human.”

Have you ever heard of the term “adrenaline rush?”
This term refers to your body appropriately responding to stress by activating it’s fight-or-flight mechanism. It can be used to propel you out of danger, help someone in a pressing situation, or conquer a fearful situation.

However, when our body unloads adrenaline when we are not in a tasking situation, such as just sitting at a desk working on your computer, then our body is not using it’s stress hormones correctly.

On the other hand, chronic stress suppresses adrenal function as the adrenal glands become unable to continue producing the cortisol needed to recover from stress.

Stress can be caused by a number of things, such as:

  • Unresolved biomedical dysfunctions (infections, hormonal imbalances, etc.)
  • Nutrient-poor diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stimulants (such as caffeine)
  • Work-life imbalance
  • Over training physically
  • Emotional trauma

The body’s response to stress includes a surge of cortisol, a boost of energy, an increase in blood sugar, lagged immune function, and the breakdown of stored protein and carbohydrates.

As you can tell, this is not ideal when not in an immediate damage as it leaves us susceptible to complications like insulin resistance, decreased immunity, muscle wasting, and thyroid complications.

The rise and inevitable drop of stress hormones impacts the thyroid by slowing thyroid production and the conversion of thyroid hormones to their active, and usable, forms.

If the thyroid does not operate properly, many of the common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are present, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle aches
  • Brain fog
  • Low libido

Unfortunately, due to the similarities in symptoms of both hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue, the two conditions can be easily confused.

These glands are seen to work together due to their collective roles in supplying essential hormones throughout the body. In fact, it is not uncommon for those suffering with thyroid dysfunction to also have weakened adrenals.

Thyroid deficiency is incredibly common and goes undetected by many of the standard thyroid tests (by approximately 80%)! Learn more from Dr. Axe watch his video and recommendations.

Most endocrinologists examine a patient solely on their TSH levels, but ignore other important markers of imbalance. This misunderstanding leads to skewed lab results and the failure to diagnosis accurately.

Comprehensive thyroid testing includes measurements of the following hormones:

  • Free T4
  • Free T3
  • Reverse T3
  • SHGB (sex hormone binding globulin)
  • Leptin
  • Tissues levels
  • And the basal metabolic rate

Without looking at all of these factors in thyroid function, the prescribed treatment may be unfit for the patient. For example, if a patient is advised to take synthetic hormones for hypothyroidism and are still experiencing fatigue, they may want to revisit testing, including their adrenal function.

In today’s conventional medical model, there is no formal adrenal fatigue testing. This is where functional medicine becomes crucial for an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis.

In short, functional medicine is a systems-oriented approach that employs a personalized medicine approach to identify, understand, and treat the underlying cause of a disease.

Therefore, functional medicine practitioners take the signs of adrenal fatigue very
seriously being that this disorder can be both a cause and a result from imbalance
within the body.

Some of the many signs practitioners will look for include:

  • Fatigue
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Unstable blood sugar
  • Hair loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Infertility

The most common diagnostic tool for adrenal testing is a cortisol saliva test, however there are plenty of other ways to test for adrenal fatigue, such as:

  • Cortisol testing (via saliva, blood, or urine test)
  • ACTH (adrenal corticotropic hormone) challenge testing
  • Comprehensive thyroid testing
  • Cortisol/DHEA ratio
  • 17-HP/Cortisol ratio
  • Neurotransmitter testing
  • Postural blood pressure testing
  • Iris contraction testing

To obtain an accurate diagnosis, it is important to have information from various tests, sometimes conducted multiple times, and to make tracking all of your symptoms a priority.

Adrenal fatigue progresses through four different stages of advancement. Symptoms increase in frequency and severity throughout these stages.

The phases of adrenal fatigue go as follows:
Stage 1: Alarm Reaction
Stage 2: Resistance Response
Stage 3: Adrenal Exhaustion
Stage 4: Adrenal Failure

Up next, we will be discussing each phase in detail.

The first stage of adrenal fatigue is often called the alarm reaction or the “fight-or-flight response,” and is characterized by high cortisol levels.

This stage describes the body’s immediate reaction to a stressor. The body initiates a anti-stress response to overpower the stressor and begin the production and release of cortisol.

At this time, there is very little physical or physiological dysfunction noticeable. Fatigue is considered mild and may not sustain throughout the entire day. Sleep patterns are disturbed and an uptake of caffeine, sugar, and carbohydrates is usually present.

This stage is often categorized with the feeling of being “wired, but tired.” In fact, most people enter this stage of adrenal fatigue many times in their lifetimes!

If you were to get lab testing during this stage an elevation of adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol, DHEA, and insulin would be present.

Stage 2, the resistance response, is where the adrenals begin to lose their ability to keep up with the body’s demand for cortisol.

During this stage, fatigue becomes more noticeable and extends beyond the morning/early afternoon into the evening. The body will need more rest than usual to recover and will very rarely feel refreshed from sleeping. Infections, insomnia,
anxiety, and irritability also become more common.

This is where people begin to recognize their symptoms and seek medical attention. There are substantial drops in important hormones, such as DHEA and testosterone, in exchange for the continual cortisol production.

This phase can last a couple months up to several years.

As the adrenal glands are becoming continually less effective, the body’s ever- increasing need for adrenal hormones remains unchanged while the stress is still present.

Stage 3 is where the the body recognizes the decline in cortisol output and focuses on the conserving its energy for survival. To do this, the body begins to slow down and break down existing muscle tissue for energy.

Chronic fatigue is common, as well as:

  • Reduced exercise tolerance
  • Longer recovery time
  • Brain fog
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Increased infections
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Less productive during the day
  • Increased need to rest

If not treated, the body further loses homeostasis, or the ability to maintain stable and function through changes. Luckily, it is uncommon for people to progress beyond this “burn out” to the fourth stage of Adrenal Fatigue progression.

At this point, much of the body’s stress hormones, sex hormones, and neurotransmitters are very low representing the crash after suffering from stress for a long period of time.

As mentioned, it is uncommon to enter this stage of adrenal failure, but it is possible, dangerous, and important to recognize.

Eventually, the adrenals become completely exhausted. This severe advancement of Adrenal Fatigue can manifest very similarly to the clinical adrenal insufficiency disease, Addison’s disease.

Symptoms include:

  • Sudden pain in the lower back, legs, and abdomen
  • Digestive distress such as vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe dehydration
  • Low blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • High risk of cardiovascular collapse

Although these symptoms are much more obvious, there is still the chance of misdiagnosis. It is incredibly important to recognize the signs and see a trusted physician. Once Adrenal Fatigue enters this stage, the chance of it becoming fatal is a very serious and relevant concern.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reverse Adrenal Fatigue.

Some include:

  • Dietary Changes
  • Adrenal-Supporting Supplementation
  • Reduce Adrenal Stress
  • Minimize Exercise/Increase Rest
  • A Regular Sleep Schedule
  • Detoxification
  • Adequate Hydration
  • Heal Existing Infections
  • Practice Meditation

A diet full of processed grains, vegetable oils, and sugars, much like the Standard American Diet (SAD), is known to stress the adrenals. Conversely, a nutrient-rich diet including healthy fats and fiber, helps support adrenal health and can aid in Adrenal Fatigue recovery.

In particular, these foods are especially impactful in the fight against Adrenal


  • Healthy fats such as coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, olives, olive oil, nuts, seeds,
    grass-fed butter, fatty fish, and grass fed meats.

    • * These are incredible tool in stabilizing blood sugar!
  • Vegetables to provide a variety of nutrients to nourish the whole body, including the adrenals.
  • Fermented foods for their pro-biotics.
  • Protein, specifically in the morning. It is recommended to consume approximately 40g of protein in the morning to provide support to the adrenal throughout the day.


  • Caffeine
  • Sugar and sweeteners
  • Starchy carbohydrates
  • Processed foods (particularly processed meats)
  • Hydrogenated oils

The increased levels of cortisol that result from the early stages of Adrenal Fatigue also raises our blood sugar very quickly.

This upsets our body’s balancing act resulting in a dump of insulin. This insulin orders our cells to take in as much sugar as possible to regain safe blood-glucose levels. Insulin also signals our bodies to store extra glucose for later use.

However, if our diets continue to provide more sugar than our body ever needs to use, weight gain, inflammation, and health complications can develop.

It is important to address blood sugar stability when healing Adrenal Fatigue due to its pivotal role in energy production.

Vitamins are necessary for most of the body’s natural processes and minerals are
essential for hormone production and utilization.

A few of the most important vitamins and minerals to supplement include:

Sodium –Natural salt (such as Himalayan pink sea salt) is needed for adrenal recovery.
Aldosterone is a hormone responsible for salt regulation and is reduced by Adrenal

Vitamin C –Not only is it a powerful antioxidant that works to protect the body against free radicals, Vitamin C is also an essential building block for adrenal gland recovery.

Vitamin B- B5, B6, and B12 are specifically involved in cell metabolism, energy production, and fatigue reduction.

Vitamin D – This vitamin is especially important for adrenal fatigue as it is increases the enzyme needed for the production of adrenal hormones. When the body is in a stressed state, the body must choose between replenished the lost vitamin D or producing cortisol. Cortisol is chosen for survival, furthering adrenal fatigue that the cycle continues.

Magnesium – Energy levels are maintained by magnesium and deficiency results in fatigue, depression, and many other Adrenal Fatigue symptoms.

Probiotics – Probiotics improve digestion, immunity, aids in vitamin absorption, and hormone production. It is MOST important to follow a professional’s guidelines specific for you for proper supplementation due to the deficiencies, severity, and stage of your Adrenal Fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue and sleep dysfunction are closely related. Due to the body’s natural schedule of cortisol secretion, cortisol levels naturally rise and fall throughout the entire day.

Adrenaline and cortisol both increase alertness and affect sleep schedules in a
number of ways. You may experience trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both.

The best recommendations (other than stress relief) for regaining a proper sleep
routine include:

  • Creating a sleep schedule for going to sleep and waking.
  • Resting when you feel tired as much as you can.
  • Aiming to sleep between 8-10 hours a day.
  • Avoiding staying up too late or being stimulated close to bedtime.

The obvious problem around Adrenal Fatigue is stress, so it is no surprise that stress relief is one of the most important factors in an optimal recovery.

Some recommendations to manage stress include:

  • Use Essential Oils
    • Frankincense – support immune system over thyroid
    • Thyme – balancing hormones in men and women (phytoprogestorines)
    • Sandalwood – helps men balance testosterone
    • Helichrism
    • Chamomile & Vetiver – detox bath with epsom salt (10 drops of each to one cup of salt in a soating bath. 3x per week)
    • Vetiver – calms the nerves
    • Chamomile
    • Peppermint
    • Ginger
    • Fennel
    • Lavender
    • Cinnamon
    • Cedarwood
    • Ylang Ylang – to calm and relax
    • Oils that support and reduce intestinal inflammation and support immune system.
  • Practice Mindfulness Meditation. (https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-how-to-do-it/)
    Begin a Yoga Practice
    Breathe Deeply
  • Spend Time With People You Care About
  • Journal
  • Listen to Enjoyable Music
  • Relax With a Good Book
  • Drink Some Herbal Tea
  • Go Outdoors
  • Get a Massage

How do YOU combat stress?

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