EO Mythstakes: Estrogen In Essential Oils

February 21, 2017

You may have come across claims that essential oils like Lavender, Tea Tree and Clary Sage have been shown to mimic estrogen, or contain hormones. Thus, these oils have the potential to balance hormones by increasing estrogen levels and should be used with caution on males and those with estrogen-induced cancer.

At this time, there is little to no evidence that these oils are estrogenic, or that essential oils contain hormones, making this a classic essential oil mysthstake. On the contrary, recent studies have shown that these oils do not show estrogen-like activity.

For menstruation and menopausal relief, try our PMS Ease synergy blend in a roll-on. Dilute at 3% by adding 6 drops of PMS Ease into a roll-on and fill to the top with Fenugreek carrier oil. Simply roll-on to your abdomen or pulse points and enjoy natural relief.


  • Dabney says...

    Thank you for your article. I hope you are right. I have begun to make DIY body lotions, etc. using various essential oils for fragrance, etc. I have been a little concerned as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. Had full mastectomy and doing well. I was very blessed as I caught it- and early— so no chemo or radiation. I am of course on an estrogen blocking medication. I am really enjoying making lotions and potions from natural ingredients-

    On July 20, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Christine! Try our PMS Ease synergy blend in a cold compress or roll-on.

    On April 20, 2017

  • Christine says...

    What do u recomend for menopause. For the hot flashes, night sweats and moodiness

    On April 19, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Shenneah! To quote Tisserand, “Therefore, on the basis of its structure, sclareol is unlikely to have any estrogenic action. Even if sclareol was estrogenic, at about 4% of clary sage oil, it would have to have a very high binding affinity for estrogen receptor sites for the essential oil to have any effect, and this is extremely unlikely.”

    On April 10, 2017

  • Shenneah says...

    Hi, I have been told to steer clear of sage & clary sage due to a condition that causes me to be at a higher stroke risk, therefore ruling out any estrogens, natural or man made. But if I understood the post, I should be able to use them topically with out risk of increasing my estrogen levels? Can you help?

    On April 08, 2017

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