Uterine Health & Hormones

By The Petite Plantation - December 15, 2017

I recently hosted a live class on Instagram discussing the health of the Uterus and balancing hormones with the use of essential oils. This post is for those who missed it, But first, I want to remind you that even though my children insist I am, I am NOT a doctor, and if you have health concerns, please speak to a licensed physician.

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What is Uterine Health?

Simply put, it's ensuring the health of your Uterus and yes, it's a thing. You may have heard of mental health, breast health but the health of the Uterus is also important. It's an organ we tend to forget about unless we are pregnant or on our monthly period! Here are a few lifestyle habits or changes you can make for your Uterine Health:
  • Have safe sex! Ensuring we aren't contracting any diseases or infections is most important!
  • Stop using tampons and disposable pads. They contain chemicals & toxins and are detrimental to your uterus' attempts to let it all out (AKA, your period). There are other options, such as the diva cup or pads made from organic products.
  • Don't be a douche, or douche at all! This is super un-natural and is inviting others to the party, like bacteria and it can really mess with the pH level in your uterus!
  • Avoid Xenoestrogens, or fake hormones. These are pesticides, preservatives, pollution, or hormones passed into our body through meat, dairy and soy. These are un-natural and when we think about this with a primitive mind, we are mammals, our body doesn't know what to do with these things when brought into the body and this is when health issues arise.
  • Drink lots of water and eat healthy with a complete diet with lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.
  • Pay attention to your discharge and if anything looks odd, talk to your family physician or gynecologist.
  • Ensure your hormones are balanced! Keep reading for more info on that!
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What is Estrogen?

Estrogen is a hormone your body creates which needs to be balanced with Progesterone for women to basically feel normal.
  • Estrogen grows the lining of your uterus and will replace the lining of your uterus. Without Estrogen, we wouldn't have periods.
  • It is also responsible for the rate at which our bones degrade or breakdown.
  • Estrogen decreases your thyroid function. If your hormones are unbalanced, Hypothyroidism could be a concern.
  • Estrogen prevents depression and insomnia.
  • And lastly, it is necessary to maintain your sex drive.

What is Progesterone?

Progesterone is also a hormone your body creates but send different messages. Typically, when our hormones are unbalanced, it is because we aren't creating enough Progesterone and Estrogen is dominant.

STORY TIME: Progesterone is created in your ovaries during ovulation and is continued to be present while your egg travels down the Fallopian tube until it has implanted in the lining of your uterus. The egg sits there for a few days and if it is not fertilized, we stop creating Progesterone and Estrogen becomes dominant, replacing and re-growing the uterus. If the egg becomes fertilized, Congratulations! Progesterone will continue to be produced to carry your pregnancy!
  • Progesterone is produced in your ovaries during ovualtion.
  • No Progesterone, No Pregnancy!
  • Progesterone decreases uterine cramps and promotes uterine relaxation. If you are having severe cramping during your period, it could be a sign your hormones are imbalanced.
  • It decreases anxiety, insomnia, depression and is necessary for breastfeeding.
  • Progesterone also promotes normal cell death in your breasts which is important because abnormal cell in your body can turn into cancer!
So you can see why balancing you're hormones is incredibly important!

What causes hormonal imbalances?

  1. STRESS Classic stress, right? You may have experienced, or know a woman who has, 6 months between periods because they are stressed, or women who stress over becoming pregnant and when they stop trying so hard, they then get pregnant. Stress reduces your Progesterone levels. ahah!
  2. EXCESSIVE EXERCISE What? Yes! Women who are over exerted, working really hard on their lady guns, can have hormonal imbalances because Testosterone is more prevalent in their bodies.
  3. XENOESTROGENS We find Xenoestrogens in our enviroment, in our food, everywhere. They are basically toxins, chemicals and hormones found in food our body doesn't know what to do with and they affect our hormones!

Essential Oils to balance hormones:

There are a few essential oils to help balance your hormones and aid in the symptoms you may be feeling because your hormones are unbalanced. All of your essential oils should come from doTERRA. Yep, straight up self plug! And I think this is okay because there is no better, no purer, and with me, you get some amazing support on our Natural Wellness Collective Facebook Group and on Instagram!

CLARY SAGE | Soothes period discomfort & helps your body balance hormones.
YLANG YLANG | Uplifts mood & helps balance hormones, soothing & calming.
GERANIUM | Helps calm nerves & lessen anxiety or feelings of stress, supports uterine health.
GRAPEFRUIT | Balances hormones & supports breast health.
GINGER | Supports uterine health and function.
THYME | Balances hormones, calming.
FENNEL | Supports healthy hormones, soothes period cramps.
Clary Calm Blend | Balances hormones, aids in cramps, nausea, hot flashes, and emotional swings.

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