Treat PCOS Naturally Using Essential Oils

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal condition affecting almost 5-20% of women of childbearing age and 70% of women with infertility. It can affect one or both ovaries, appearing as a collection of cysts (often resembling a string of pearls) on the ovary – making it larger in appearance and causing it to release higher levels of androgens than normal.

As a result, the antral follicles, which are responsible for releasing the ovum, remain immature and do not develop properly. This prevents the ovum from being released and fertilized making it a common symptom for women with polycystic ovaries to have a very irregular ovulation cycle.

One of the main symptoms of PCOS is an exceedingly irregular menstrual cycle. This in itself makes it difficult for a woman with PCOS to gauge when or if she’s ovulating and is one of the leading causes of infertility.

Some women have no symptoms at all, where others may experience acne, emotional imbalance, excessive body hair – including places women normally don’t grow hair, irregular menstrual cycles, mid-cycle bleeding, absent periods, and even miscarriage.

essential oils for pcos

Other symptoms of PCOS include:

• Changes in weight – especially weight gain and trouble losing weight
• Fatigue
• High testosterone levels
• Insulin resistance
• Low sex drive
• Mood swings
• Thinning hair and baldness

Those who suspect they may have PCOS should get a series of hormonal testing done including LH/FSH levels, progesterone, testosterone, and cholesterol and glucose levels.

Insulin resistance is believed to play a major role in the development of PCOS. The key is to balance the excessive androgens in the body in order to allow it to process insulin more efficiently.

Essential oils can certainly help with balancing hormones while changes in your diet take care of the insulin resistance. PCOS is a condition where diet can make ALL the difference, so it’s super important to consider every food and drink before consuming it. You can read a thorough guide on how to eat for PCOS here.

How to Treat PCOS Naturally Using Essential Oils


• Helps you lose weight
• Regulates insulin levels
• Supports blood sugar

Clary Sage

• Helps control anxiety
• Pairs well with geranium essential oil for ovarian support
• Supports and balances estrogen levels
• Uterine tonic


• Supports healthy circulation
• Supports healthy fertility


• Alleviates cysts and fibroids
• Encourages healthy circulation
• Helps rebalance the endocrine system


• Alleviates anxiety
• Helps normalize hormone levels
• Supports the female reproductive organs

German Chamomile

• A potent anti-inflammatory
• Supports healthy fertility


• Anti-inflammatory
• Eases pain and discomfort
• Stimulates pelvic circulation


• Alleviates stress and anxiety
• Balances the endocrine system
• Pairs well with geranium and clary sage essential oil for ovarian support
• Regulates scanty periods


• Clears obstruction in the uterus
• Regulates scanty periods


• Regulates female reproductive hormones

Rose Otto

• Anti-inflammatory
• Aphrodisiac
• Balances an irregular menstrual cycle
• Supports healthy fertility

Sweet Fennel

• Anti-inflammatory
• Balances hormonal fluctuations
• Regulates the menstrual cycle


• Alleviates menstrual pain
• Balances irregular periods

Thyme (vulgaris CT thujanol)

• Hormonally balancing

Ylang Ylang

• Alleviates stress
• Aphrodisiac
• Balances reproductive hormones

Aside from the oils above, anise, sage, blue tansy, niaouli, and wild tansy also have hormonal benefits. Chamazulene, which is found in blue tansy, helichrysum, and german chamomile, is a large sesquiterpene molecule known to have hormone-regulating abilities and are good for regulating PCOS.

Cypress essential oil, in particular, seems to have chemical compounds most similar to a woman’s ovarian hormones.

Tarragon, sage, clary sage, German chamomile, and fennel are especially good for restoring a regular menstrual cycle as they stimulate the same receptor sites that reproductive hormones do.

Essential Oil Recipes for PCOS

No matter which blend you use, applying it to the appropriate locations is key for best results. Dilute each recipe below in 2TB of carrier oil and then apply a few drops over the abdominal area (especially over the ovaries), the mid and lower back, and on the vita flex points indicated below for female fertility.

Repeat this 2-5 times daily to help shrink ovarian cysts, rebalance hormones, and help prevent future cysts from forming. Following a careful diet is also essential for healing PCOS.

Essential Oils for PCOS

PCOS Essential Oil Blend #1

• 2TB carrier oil
• 10 drops clary sage
• 10 drops myrtle
• 7 drops geranium
• 2 drops rose otto

PCOS Essential Oil Blend #2

• 2TB carrier oil
• 10 drops geranium
• 5 drops clary sage
• 4 drops sweet fennel
• 3 drops myrrh
• 2 drops tarragon

PCOS Essential Oil Blend #3

• 2TB carrier oil
• 10 drops clary sage
• 10 drops sweet fennel
• 7 drops geranium
• 3 drops lavender
• 3 drops rose otto

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