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 is made up of glands (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries, and testicles) 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, sex hormones, digestive enzymes, stress response, and more. Well-functioning glands are key to overall health and quality of life.
There are many different types of hormone molecules, and each type sends a different message that triggers different reactions. The endocrine system controls 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 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 controlled by 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 may be helpful in supporting the healthy functioning of the endocrine system, including Clary Sage, Fennel, Lemonfat, Melissa, Rose en Rosemary. Using these oils in a diffuser, applying to the skin diluted with fractionated coconut oil, or using them internally can be beneficial.