Endocrine System

The Endocrine System consists of glands in the body that produce and secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system. The hormones are carried to targeted organs and tissues where they bind only to cells with necessary specific receptor sites. The endocrine system is responsible for bodily functions and processes such as cell growth, tissue function, sleep. sexual and reproductive functions, metabolism, blood sugar management, how the body responds to injuries, and stress, energy, water and electrolyte balance, and more. It basically tells the cells in the body exactly what to do.

The glands of the endocrine system include the pituitary gland (the master gland which helps regulate the other glands within the endocrine system), pineal gland, thyroid and parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, hypothalamus, thalamus, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive glands (ovaries/testicles). Many organs that are part of other body systems (such as the liver, kidneys and heart) also secrete hormones, and this is recognized as a secondary endocrine function. The exocrine system also secretes hormones, but uses glands with ducts — such as sweat glands or salivary glands — to deliver these secretions.

The Endocrine system affects weight management, the thyroid, and insulin response. Promoting hormone balance and regulated release of hormones, as well as proper cellular messaging are key to overall health of the body. Stress electrolyte or fluid imbalnce as well as other health changes can affect the endocrine system.

How Essential Oils Work with the Endocrine System

Because of the unique delivery system of the endocrine system (sending hormone to targeted organs and tissues via the circulatory system), essential oils can be especially beneficial since they use the same delivery system! Essential oils are able to profoundly benefit cells they encounter throughout the body as they circulate. There are also specific oils that have been shown to be incredibly supportive with certain gland / organ functions. Individuals can work together with their health providers, when necessary, to consider the benefits of natural solutions as well as modern options.

Essential Oils for Digestive Health

Single Oils

Frankincense and Sandalwood — for pineal, pituitary, and hypothalamus support

Coriander — promotes a healthy insulin response

Cinnamon — balances blood sugar levels

Cassia — balances blood sugar levels

Geranium and Ylang Ylang — hormone / glandular and adrenal support

Clove and Lemongrass — for thyroid support

Rosemary — stimulate glands and brain function; adrenal support


DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — nerve support, glandular support, promotes insulin receptivity

Zendocrine Detoxification blend — adrenal and glandular support

Clarycalm Women’s Monthly blend — glandular support and mood support

Slim & Sassy Metabolic blend and Coriander — help maintain a healthy insulin response

OnGuard Protective Blend — balances blood sugar levels

Purify Cleansing Blend — promotes insulin receptivity

General Gland Support

Adrenal — basil, geranium, rosemary, ylang ylang, Zendocrine detoxification blend, Citrus Bliss invigorating blend

Promote Glandular function — clove, DDR Prime cellular complex blend

Hypothalamus — cardamom, cedarwood, clove, frankincense, sandalwood, InTune Focus blend, Balance grounding blend

Pancreas — basil, cassia, cinnamon, coriander, dill, eucalyptus, fennel, gernium, ginger, grapefruit, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, oregano, rosemary, wild orange, ylang ylang, Serenity calming blend, Slim & Sassy metabolic blend, OnGuard protective blend

Parathyroid — basil, clary sage, clove, geranium, ginger, melissa, Roman chamomile, Balance grounding blend, Clarycalm Women’s Monthly blend.

Pineal — arborvitae, basil, cedarwood, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, sandalwood, Immortelle anti-aging blend, Balance grounding blend

Pituitary — basil, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang, Purify cleansing blend, Citrus Bliss invigorating blend, OnGuard protective blend

Thalamus — clary sage, frankincense, jasmine, melissa, vetiver, Purify cleansing blend

Thymus — clary sage, lemongrass, OnGuard protective blend, Breathe respiratory blend (see Immune System and Lymphatic System)

Thyroid — clove, lemongrass, geranium, myrrh, DDR Prime cellular complex blend, Purify cleansing blend, OnGuard protective blend.


Alpha CRS+ Cellular Vitality Complex
doTERRA AtoZ Children’s Chewable
Mito2Max Energy & Stamina Complex
DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend
xEOmega Essential Oil Omega Complex
doTERRA’s IQmega
Microplex MVp Whole Food Nutrient Complex

 Usage Tips

For endocrine support, a variety of methods can be successful. Suggestions:

Topical — Apply selected oils directly over location of the gland or the soles of feet on reflex points (see Reflexology) twice daily. Use a carrier oil to prevent sensitivity.

Aromatic — Diffuse 5-10 drops of oils of choice, or inhale from product bottle or self-made blend, apply a few drops to clothing, or other inhalation methods.

Internal — Consume selected oils in capsule, under tongue or place in water to drink.


Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”