The endocrine system manages your hormones, which are responsible for regulating metabolism, growth, sleep, heart rate, blood sugar, adrenaline release, libido and many other things.
The endocrine system consists of glands (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries and testes) throughout the body that produce, store and release hormones. Hormones are chemicals that serve as a form of communication in the body. The endocrine system activates the glands to release hormones into the bloodstream, distributing the hormones throughout the body. These hormones are critical to our survival; they help maintain homeostasis, which includes regulating blood pressure, blood sugar, reproductive hormones, digestive enzymes, stress response, and more. Properly functioning glands are key to overall health and quality of life.
There are many different types of hormone molecules, and each one sends a different message that triggers different reactions. The endocrine system regulates the release of adrenaline, cortisol, insulin, progesterone, melatonin, estrogen, testosterone and many other hormones that send messages throughout the body.
The pituitary gland is known as the master gland. It controls all the other glands in the endocrine system. A special part of the brain called the hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland, so the endocrine system is actually under the control of the nervous system. Hormones under the control of the endocrine system control the function of many organs and body systems, including the skin, kidneys, stomach, liver, pancreas, reproductive system and heart.
Essential oils can be used to support the endocrine system and promote balance and homeostasis. Several essential oils can be helpful in supporting the healthy functioning of the endocrine system, including Clary Sage, Fennel, Lemongrass, Melissa, Rose and Rosemary. Use these oils in a diffuser, apply to the skin diluted with fractionated coconut oil, or use internally.