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Can You Use Essential Oils Instead Of Thyroid Medication?

Kehau Martinez, Guest
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*This is an opinion piece. Under no circumstances does Thyroid Nation recommend discontinuing your thyroid hormone replacement, for essential oils use or ever. This worked for this particular woman. We aren’t sure if this is still her current protocol as of August 2016. If you have thyroid disease and especially Hashimoto’s, it never ‘goes away’! It can be put into remission, yes. Always talk to your healthcare provider before implementing any new system. We at Thyroid Nation believe that we are ALL individuals and there is no one way or one treatment that works for everyone. We are all uniquely, individually created!

When I mention that I use essential oils instead of thyroid medication, most people are amazed, quickly they ask ” how I did it, which essential oils did I use, where did I apply them, for how long?”

Here are the details of MY, *no thyroid medication, regimine:

I was on thyroid medication for about 2 years. The doctors tried Levothyroxine, Synthroid (briefly), Bio-Identicals and Armour. None of them worked. With each new thyroid medication I did feel better – but it only lasted for a few weeks. Then my symptoms would come back and sometimes get worse. Most of the time, my doctors would just tell me to increase my dose. So I did. And for 2 years, I continued feeling terrible. I lived in a heavy haze all the time. I disliked being on the medications and tried to stop them. But, I always ended up non-functional and brain dead. Who wants to live like that? I certainly didn’t. I needed some real support for my body. This was not the way, for me. I knew there had to be another, less toxic option. This was thyroid induced fog and lack of energy, was not how I would spend the next 80 years. So, I made some changes.

First Up, No Thyroid Medication for me. (Yikes!)

Last October, I stopped my medications, cold turkey (not recommended but I was desperate) and started using Peppermint, Lemongrass and a blend called Endoflex. I layered them topically on my thyroid (base of throat area) and adrenals (mid-back) 3x/day. Within a week I felt better and was able to workout again. I kept up this regimen until December and was even able to lose some weight and get some energy back. In December, I added Frankincense to the mix, but decreased my usage to 2x/daily. This decrease happened mostly because of lifestyle changes more than by intention. However, I did not have any issues come up with the decrease in frequency. I added Frankincense because although I was feeling better, my thyroid antibodies were still at approximately 6,000 (goal is 40 or under depending on what type of physician you work with). Needless to say, I was on a mission to get those antibodies down!


Fast forward a few months and my antibodies were still very high, but I was still feeling better than when I was on the thyroid medication. I decided to alter my routine a bit, one more time. Instead of applying the oils to just my thyroid and adrenals, I started using the thyroid and adrenal reflexology points on my feet. In the morning, I would apply the oils to my thyroid and adrenal areas. In the evenings, I would apply the oils to the bottom of my feet, making sure to hit the thyroid and parathyroid points. (For those who do not know – you absorb oils quickly 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).


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I stayed consistent with my usage of the oils for about 7-8 months, total. I did use Frankincense, in my routine, for about 4 of those months. At that point, I found that I could play with it a little. I used Endoflex almost every day, but I cut back on the other oils. Some days I applied all 4 oils while other days I only used 1 or 2. It really depended on how I was feeling and I followed my intuition.

I have now been using the oils for almost 10 months and I still have no need for thyroid medications. I continue to follow my intuition with the oils and use whichever ones appeal to me the most, depending on the day. Endoflex is still one I use almost every day. I continue to apply them to my feet in the evenings and thyroid in the mornings. I have gotten my antibodies down (though still not perfect, but close!) and my TSH has decreased (yay!) while my T4 to T3 conversion improved (double yay!). My doctor was astounded that my body did this without thyroid medication. I was deemed “one of those rare people.” I don’t think I’m rare, though. I think I just gave my body a chance to heal itself. I took out the toxic drugs and supported it with a more natural option and now I am well on my way to saying “I used to have Hashimoto’s.” Thank you essential oils! (this is MY story, everyone is different and you have to do what you feel is right for your body)


About the Author

kehaumartinezKehau Martinez is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and environmental advocate. Following her heart, she decided to become a health coach to empower other women who struggle with thyroid and adrenal imbalances. Today, she supports women who have thyroid imbalances to lose weight, increase energy and thrive. Kehau received her Health Coaching training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Chapman University as well as certifications in Animal CommunicationReiki, Spinning® and the Access Consciousness Bars®. Additionally, she is certified in Raindrop Technique® and uses genuine essential oils to perform this application of oils which detoxifies the body, empowering it to restore balance and promotes spinal health.

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  1. I took my mom today to the endocrinologist and he said she looked fine, when he finished he came over to me and asked “so how’s the thyroid?” Mind you I’m an Rn in Labor and delivery very part time and off traveling to Ethiopia and with a bible camp and boyfriend in ministry but have been realizing I must be at least borderline hypothyroidism because of the symptoms all fitting and feeling terrible, but kept trying to excuse it due to jet lag etc. He said my thyroid is enlarged.

    Because I’m per diem and home half the time working about 5 shifts a month (all I can do anyway the12 hr shifts exhaust me so) I’m in the process of lining up Obama care. Missed one paper to turn in when I wasn’t home and need to start again.

    Do oils treat a slightly enlarged thyroid sometimes?

    I just signed up yesterday under my daughter to do Young Living as a business. God knew, just in time.

    Haven’t had a chance since it’s not my area of expertise to look up enlarged. I’m worrying how common that is or if cancerous. I want to start the oils while lining up medical and get testing done.

    Thank you for the article…a blessing:)

    • use doterra oils they are 100% pure , make sure you check other oils in the ingredents they say not to take internal, but most of doterra oils you can put in a gel capusule or by mouth.


    • Thank you, Dr. Pannozzi. I will go back and look at it. I’d love to have a ‘guest post’ from you, if you’d be interested.

      Gracias de Costa Rica!

      ~Danna (Texan) 🙂

  2. Thank you for the information. My 10yo daughter has HD, I am doing all I can to start her on a natural treatment plan. Do you know if this would be safe for a child?

  3. Wondering about those who have had a total thyroidectomy? Do you think the oils would qirk the same as for thos who have underactive thyroid?

    • Great question, Trish. I’ll have our EOS advisor reply to this for you! 🙂 Much thyroid and health love~ Danna

    • I had thyroidectomy in 2014 and take levothyroxine. I would really like to know this as well. My TSH was 10.297 this week. Not sure why it was elevated so much this time

  4. Hello. I’m very interested in this protocol. I’ve been on thyroid meds for over 20 years, so I’m pretty much not making the hormones anymore – on Armour, but was on Synthroid for about 15 of those years. Have you heard of anyone being on meds for that long and moving to exclusive natural support and oils?

    • Hi! I have not heard of anyone doing that, no. We know our bodies best, so trust your gut. Also, a good functional medicine doctor might be helpful. Thanks for your comment. Keep us posted and take good care of you! ~Danna

  5. I too am wondering if this would work well after a total thyroidectomy!? I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer I 2004 and have had 2 recurrences since.. I absolutely hate how synthroid makes me feel, but have to have my TSH super suppressed to stop/slow the cancer growth. Would this even be a possibility for me?

  6. I have high tsh , been feeling terrible with no energy, the smallest tasks leave me exhausted. Go to doctors on the 18th want to order essential oils clove, peppermint, myrtle, and lemongrass to try on thyroid gland to see if it makes me feel better. I have used ojls for years in my skincare and love them. Should I try these four oils before seeing doctor?

    • Hi Janette,

      Thanks for the message. Always, always, always check with a doctor first, is my thinking. Of course oils can be beneficial, and we are about to have my co-host’s page (Thyroid Nation RADIO) ready to take questions and she’d probably agree that ingesting or using some oils without a carrier oil can be harmful. I can certainly add this to the list. Be careful and keep us updated. Good luck at the doctor. 🙂 ~Danna

  7. I have had Graves Disease (high thyroid), most information is about low thyroid, do you have any comments on (had my thyroid out Dec 2014) still high but coming down, it has taken 9 mo to get it lower, and I think now the drugs are setting in and the side affects and negative affects are taking me down again. Like others you feel better for awhile and then it is downward again. I would like to address no thyroid and the Graves with oils, but Drs say I will have to take a hormone replacement the rest of my life. I am leary about the oils being enough or should I take them with the thyroid replacement? I saw other questions similar to mine but see no answers.

    • My husband has Graves’ disease and we use a blend of lemongrass and myrrh in FCO on his freaked points of his feet and it was amazing how quickly his symptoms disappeared. No more shaking or fainting, but we hadn’t tested his levels before we went for it with oils so I don’t have anything to back it up with.

  8. Hello,

    Where do you buy and what brand do you use? Because from what I understand they have to be pure for them to work properly. Thank you

    • Hi Denise,

      I actually buy mine from all over. You need to be looking for 100 % PURE Essential Oil. It should say that on the label.
      Here is an example…. I hope that helps! Check back for a new launch here from Thyroid Nation, soon! 🙂

      • I agree that DoTerra oils are amazing. I use them too. But I have my own account and buy them direct from the company. People selling them on Amazon are not necessarily selling DoTerra pure essential oils. They may have been tampered with. Just be careful and do your research. Always best to buy direct from the company or someone personally that you know and trust.

    • I buy mine from young living, and is helping me with my thyroid as well. You could use my membership to get a discount if you want to: 2096492

      • That is so kind of you. I might just take you up on that. And, be sure to check back as we are launching our own line of Essential Oil blends for Thyroid. 😉


  9. Hi Danna,
    I loved this article and it inspired me to try essential oils. I’ve never used them before so I’m super new to this. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 2 years ago. I really want a natural approach to work for my body. I just recently stopped taking my Levothyroxine and just yesterday received my endoflex and frankincense, still waiting on a few others. My question is I’ve heard a lot about “carrier oils” did you use these? or did you apply the oil right from the bottle? I also bought some roller bottles for the application. Looking for any tips for a very new beginner!

    • Hi Alanna,

      Thank you for reaching out. I am definitely not a proponent of ever stopping thyroid medication, especially without being under the care of healthcare professional. That isn’t to sat that some people, very few, can manage their symptoms with natural lifestyle modifications and nutrition. I think it might be best to consult a doctor. You might be able to reduce the amount of thyroid hormone you are taking, if you find the right natural health plan that works for you. But, I’m not sure about going off medication completely, especially if you have been on Levothyroxine before. My co=host for the radio show is a wonderful consultant and very knowledgable about essential oils. Check out her page, here: She will also be answering questions LIVE, via Periscope on her page She is also available for phone/skype consults. Great to hear from you. Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks, Danna

    • I use Young Living Essential oils. A carrier oil is a fatty oil that helps dilute essential oils. Most eos can be applied neat (straight) but a few are considered hot. Those might best to use with carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil. I prefer almond oil.
      I just found I have Grave’s Eye disease or TED. The treatment suggested is radiotherapy. Nothing I’m a fan of. My plan is to use the oils to self treat first. I use the blend called Endoflex and Frankincense daily. I’m just beginning this routine so I don’t have results yet.
      If you’d like to try YL, please feel free to contact me and I will help you get started.
      I am also trying to change my diet style as I have several autoimmune conditios.

  10. Hi, You talk about using Endoflex from Young Living. What would you recommend for someone wanting to use Doterra oils? Can you tell me the equivalent or an oil that would accomplish the same thing as Endoflex?

  11. I would love to know more about thyroidectomy, I have a different situation than most as I have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome which has attacked my organs causing them to swell the point of causing horrible issues, such as obstructing my breathing by my thyroid. I am trying to learn about oils, but not sure if they will help if you don’t have thyroid.

    • I would always check with my healthcare provider first. Essential oils can be very beneficial but we don’t advocate stopping your medication. I use EOS blends and I love them. Check ours out, if you’d like: Everything healthy. Not 1 bad ingredient. Even the bottles are glass. We made these with thyroid patients in mind and put our love and healing vibes into every product!

  12. I utilize dōTERRA EO blends with my thyroid patients & they are working very well. I would always want to make sure that I get the very best oil that is produced via indigenous locations based on the very substrate of the soil for the chemical constituent to be the best.

  13. Denise Walden on

    I have been researching Armour Thyroid tonight for over an hour. I have been diagnosed with hashimoto disease over 8 years now. I have been on medicine and I have taken myself off of medicine A year ago I started on Armour Thyroid after begging my Dr. After three months he discontinued my medicine because my number were fine he said. I will not take any more medicine so tonight I was researching Armour. THEN I remember that I had an account with Young Living and maybe I should research oils… Then I found you! I am going to start this as soon as I can get all the oils. I have some of them but need to buy a few more. I thank you for posting this, I thank you.

    • Hi Denise~

      I’m so glad you found us. I’m so sorry for all the drama that comes with hashimoto’s AND finding a good doctor. I do have to say that although I think that essential oils can seriously help and are very supportive, they are not a cure. Thyroid disease is pretty serious and if your body isn’t making enough hormones, there are no amount of oils in the world that can help. The woman in this story has not updated her account of how she feels so it might have been something that helped or was short term. There isn’t enough research on EOS yet, but even still, you need thyroid hormone if you have hashimoto’s and your antibodies are high and you feel terrible. You can do a lot of things with lifestyle and nutrition, however. If you are unsure where to start, you can watch The Thyroid Secret by Dr. Izabella Wentz. as it has helped millions. She also explains that you can definitely put your condition into remission, which is really exciting. Good luck on your journey and please keep us posted. You can also join our facebook group: Hashi’s & Graves Thyroid Talk Show.

      Also, you can use our thyroid and thymus support blend. It has the essential oils already in it and it is very safe and the formulation was created by us, Hashimoto’s Thyroid Thrivers. (Danna and Tiffany) 🙂

      Danna 🙂

      • Hi
        How do I buy the oils you created
        My name isDenise and I live in Australia
        I have looked st different sites and find it’s very expensive

  14. Jane Delvin on

    I am concerned about this article. I am an aromatherapy student and we have been taught that under no circumstances must essential oils be used “neat” on the skin. They must be diluted in a carrier oil (with the exception of lavender oil and tea tree oil which may be used topically). They are extremely potent and can cause serious irritation, have many side effects (such as heart palpitations if you suffer from High Blood pressure etc.). They should only be used with the support of a qualified Aromatherapist and should not be self diagnosed.

    • We absolutely agree, Jane! Because of that, we put our disclaimer at the top of the article. It is an opinion piece and we do support everyone’s bioindividuality. So, it was a tough call but we are neutral and supportive on Thyroid Nation so no judgement. 😉 Everyone is different. Thank you so much for voicing your concerns. We REALLY appreciate it. ~Danna

  15. Hey. I have PCOS, as well as Hypo, Adrenals, Leaky Gut. Could I use this for that? Rub it on my belly?

    • Leslie Tyson on

      Best oils for pcos are clary sage, thyme, lavender, saddlewood. There are a few others but those are the best. Rub in belly and inside of arch and inner ankles.

  16. Have you tried or thought about trying Thyromin supplements? Im asking because I use the endoflex and progessence plus. What are you thoughts about the supplements?

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