Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue

Do you feel tired, fatigued and stressed all the time? The reason can be adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is more common than we think – it affects around eighty percent of people. This condition is that the adrenal glands cannot keep up with the increasing demands of the body. Adrenal fatigue results in tiredness, aches and pains, hormone imbalance, irritability, mood disorders and sleep disturbance, which can affect your daily life. But you can use essential oils for great relief.

Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue

Essential oils can be used to treat adrenal fatigue, following are a few examples:

1. Basil Oil


Basil is known for its stimulant and regenerative properties. This energizing and invigorating essential oil is really up lifting and can wake you up. To get maximum benefits, you need to dab a little bit of it on the soles of your feet every morning and evening. If you are feeling terribly fatigued and forgetful, you can diffuse it in your room for immediate effect.

2. Geranium Oil


This nice floral oil has strengthening and regenerating properties. It is very well known for its mood stabilizing effects. It supports many vital organs like liver and kidney and can be helpful in hormonal imbalance. It gives a pleasant fragrance and can be diffused in a room or you can take a couple of drops or rub it on your tummy. It is also very effective for annoying PMS symptoms.

3. Grapefruit Oil


The fresh and fragrant grapefruit oil has detoxifying properties. It is one of the most widely used essential oils for adrenal fatigue. Mix it with basil oil and rub a little quantity over your adrenal glands which are located just above your kidneys. When you have adrenal fatigue, you can have cravings for sugary snacks. To combat these cravings add a little bit of it in the drinking water.

4. Rosemary Oil


Another very good essential oil to combat fatigue is rosemary. You can use it on its own or mix it with basil oil for added benefits. Muscles aches and pains are very notorious symptoms of adrenal fatigue and can be relieved by applying some rosemary oil topically. To improve your concentration and memory and to fight off mental fatigue, you can diffuse it in the room.

5. Wild Orange Oil

Wild orange

If you are feeling very low, you can just smell the wild orange essential oil to feel better immediately. It is also extremely effective for stress and concentration. If you are having trouble falling asleep, the sleep is not refreshing, or you wake up exhausted, diffuse the wild orange essential oil to support your adrenals and to have better quality sleep.

6. Angelica Oil

Angelica plant

Angelica oil is known to strengthen the body’s defense system. Constant stress associated with adrenal fatigue can weaken the immunity and make you more prone to infections. To make the immune system strong, you can use this oil mixed with some coconut oil as aromatherapy or add a few drops in the bath for a relaxing and rejuvenating effect.

7. Chamomile Oil


This calming oil is an essential part of the aromatherapy. Adrenal fatigue results in anxiety and the feeling of tiredness, and sleep disturbance. The bad sleep further aggravates anxiety and stress. Chamomile oil helps in achieving restful sleep.

8. Lavender Oil


The most effective essential oils for adrenal fatigue are those that have a soothing and calming effect. Lavender oil is known for its relaxing properties and is very effective in adrenal fatigue. You can add a few dips of this oil to your bath water or rub it topically for effective relief.

9. Black Pepper Oil

Adrenal fatigue can have many detrimental effects on the body, it can lead to indigestion and loss of sex drive. Both of these are effectively dealt with by black pepper oil. You need to be careful in using it and it is better to take advice from an aromatherapy expert first.

10. Jasmine Oil


Feeling stressed, irritable and anxious is the hallmark of adrenal fatigue. If left untreated, these can cause depression. It is extremely important to deal with these mood changes sooner rather than later. Jasmine oil is very delicately scented and is known for its mood lifting property. 

Note: To get the maximum benefits, select the purest form of essential oil available. If you have a sensitive skin or are using the oil for the first time, apply a little bit on your skin to check for any allergic reaction. It is also a good idea to dilute these oils with coconut oil before application to the skin.

Other Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

Though the use of essential oils for adrenal fatigue can markedly improve your symptoms, there are other natural remedies which are very effective.

1. Recommended Diet

You have to eat right to beat adrenal fatigue and it can be done by observing following tips:

  • Avoid the foods which put stress on adrenal glands and increase inflammation in the body. Cut down refined sugar, legumes, vegetable oil and grains. 
  • Eat small frequent meals and never skip a meal.
  • Eat a high protein breakfast, and keep carbohydrate intake minimum in the morning.
  • Monitor your fluid intake. Too much fluid can affect adrenal glands.
  • You can have good fats like egg yolk, grass fed butter, ghee and coconut oil. Avocado and olive oil can also be taken but stay away from all other plant based oils, nuts and seeds.
  • Try to get at least 20% of the total calories from carbohydrates from fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Caffeine and alcohol must be avoided.

2. Recovery Supplements

  • Adrenal Glandular: Ancient medicine claims that consuming small amounts of adrenal glands of other animals can boost your own adrenal glands. You need to be very careful to choose the right product from an authentic source and do not take in large quantities.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is good for adrenal fatigue symptoms. There is a variety of vitamin C supplements available in the market. Try to choose the one which is plant-based.
  • Pastured Beef, Chicken or Pork Liver: Pastured liver is nutrient-rich and has Vitamin A which helps to boost adrenal glands.

3. Lifestyle Changes

  • Have a fixed time to go to bed, preferably at 10 p.m. and follow it every day.
  • Do not tire yourself unnecessarily and avoid strenuous physical activities and exercises for at least a month. Go for a walk and gradually start strength building routines.
  • Try to relax and give yourself a break from the daily routine. Give yourself an hour every day to do what you enjoy most.
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