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Q: Dear Dr. Power, I was just recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am taking a medication prescribed by my doctor (Synthroid). What essential oils or combinations are good for re-energizing one's thyroid?
A: Thanks for your question on hypothyroidism and aromatherapy. I am not aware of any essential oils that will stimulate the thyroid gland. Essential oils of garlic and onion suppress thyroid function and should be avoided by people with hypothyroidism but very few people use these oils anyway because they smell so bad!
Some holistic practitioners also recommend that people with hypothyroidism avoid eating Brussels sprouts, pears, spinach, turnips and cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale, other greens). Foods that are said to help with hypothyroidism include molasses, egg yolks, parsley, apricots, dates,and prunes. Another holistic recommendation is to avoid fluoride (found in toothpaste and tap water) and chlorine (found in tap water). Of course, you should check with your doctor before making any dietary changes and follow his/her recommendations.