By Cristina Proano-Carrion
Fatigued? Sick all the time? Perhaps your adrenal glands are the culprit.
What are The Adrenal Glands?
The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized lumps that sit atop the kidneys. Their foremost function is to help you deal with stress in all its varied forms—from the slight to the extreme. The adrenal glands have close to 50 other functions, including metabolism, the sodium/potassium balance, blood sugar levels, and aiding in the production of sex hormones.
The Fight or Flight Response
When stress hits, the adrenal glands jump into action by putting you into fight-or-flight mode. The glands release adrenaline to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and secrete other hormones that instruct your digestive system and other “non-vital” systems to temporarily stop functioning. By directing all available blood flow to your muscles at the same time, your body prepares itself to either attack (fight) or to run away from (flee) the perceived threat or challenge.
The fight-or-flight response is normal and healthy, but it becomes damaging when we react to every minor situation in a state of tremendous stress. In the fast-paced lives we lead today, just getting to work on time can be stressful; not to mention the dozens of other tasks that need we need to complete. Problems arise if throughout the day the adrenal glands are kept constantly stimulated.
A person with overworked adrenal glands is constantly fatigued, has low sex drive, frequently catches colds and infections, is easily depressed and has trouble sleeping.
How Can Aromatherapy Help the Adrenal Glands?
There are compounds in some volatile oils that have a structural similarity to natural human hormones, and these promote efficient endocrine gland activity by natural means. For instance, the compounds found in Pine, Spruce and Rosemary oils are like cortisone. It is said that they stimulate the cortex of the adrenal glands or they mimic the action of cortisone in so far as they have a modulating effect on the activity of the adrenal cortex. 
Here are some strategies that you could use to integrate aromatherapy in your daily routine to help both physically and emotionally.
To find out more about using essential oils for holistic health, here is a reference chart for a variety of ailments, courtesy of The Aroma Blog.
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