6 Effective Home Remedies To Treat Hormonal Imbalance

Learn the factors responsible for hormonal imbalance and easy remedies to manage it.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Mercier, ND, PhD
Written by Shaheen Naser
Edited by Arshiya Syeda
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Hormones are the chemical messengers in your body that are responsible for several bodily functions. But when there is too little or too much of a certain hormone in your body, it can result in several changes in your body such as weight gain or acne. Although a common issue seen in women, there are natural ways to treat hormonal imbalance without causing any difficulties or worries later. In this article, we explore the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, what causes it, and a few natural remedies you can try at home.

What Is Hormonal Imbalance?

Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body that are responsible for controlling many major processes, like metabolism and reproduction. They are produced by the endocrine glands. The three major categories are thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones, and they all work together. When one of these glands produces too much or too little of hormones, it leads to a hormonal imbalance in the body as the other glands have to pitch in, which puts a strain on them and can lead to more imbalance.

Ariana Fotinakis, a blogger, recounts her decade-long struggle with hormonal imbalance, initiated by early contraceptive use. She reflects in her blog, “My PMS was getting progressively worse. My acne was getting worse. I wasn’t getting a period.” Ariana faced medical dismissals and ineffective remedies but found solace in acupuncture and herbal treatments, describing the relief when her period returned. Her journey involved lifestyle changes, naturopathic support, and a holistic approach, resulting in notable progress. “… I’ve started feeling better…. My skin is improving, my sex drive is improving, I’m less moody, more productive, more relaxed, and generally feeling like a happier human being,” she noted (i).

If you are among those who are looking for natural options to treat this problem, scroll down. Given below are different ways in which you can treat hormonal imbalance naturally.

How To Treat Hormonal Imbalance Naturally

  1. Follow A Healthy Diet Including Herbs And Dietary Supplements
  2. Use Essential Oils
  3. Do Exercise And Yoga
  4. Avoid Harmful Chemicals
  5. Reduce Your Sugar Intake
  6. Get Sufficient Sleep

Natural Ways To Treat Hormonal Imbalance

1. Follow A Healthy Diet Including Herbs And Dietary Supplements

You can include the following foods, herbs, and supplements in your daily diet to combat hormonal imbalance.

a. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that are extremely beneficial for your health and provide building blocks for hormones. These fatty acids help reduce the inflammation within your body that might have occurred due to hormonal imbalance (1). Coconut oil is also great for your overall health as it helps you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and reduces stress and anxiety (2).

You Will Need

1-2 tablespoons of 100% virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Consume one to two tablespoons of 100% virgin coconut oil daily.
  2. You can either use it in salad dressing and smoothies or replace your cooking oil with it.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 to 3 times daily.

b. Avocados

Avocado is a rich source of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fatty acids. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat hormonal imbalance (3). Regular intake of avocados promotes heart health and also ensures an adequate supply of fiber and nutrients required for good health. It may also help reduce the weight gain due to hormonal imbalance.

You Will Need

1 avocado

What You Have To Do
  1. Peel an avocado.
  2. Cut it into small cubes and add them to your favorite salad.
  3. You can also blend them with some nut milk and honey to make a healthy smoothie.
How Often You Should Do This

You can consume this daily.

c. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most significant adaptogenic herbs that can help you deal with hormonal imbalance. It helps relieve stress and anxiety – which are the primary causes of hormonal imbalance (4). Ashwagandha also treats thyroid hormone imbalance by stimulating thyroid hormone activity (5).

You Will Need

300-500 mg ashwagandha supplements

What You Have To Do

Consume 300-500 mg of ashwagandha supplements.

How Often You Should Do This

Have these supplements 3 times daily.

d. Yogurt

Yogurt is a rich source of probiotics that can help repair your gut lining and balance your hormones. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that your body needs to function properly. A deficiency in these bacteria can lead to digestion problems and inflammation, which may also lead to hormonal imbalance (6), (7).

You Will Need

A bowl of plain unsweetened yogurt guaranteed to contain natural probiotics

What You Have To Do

Consume a 6 oz dish of plain yogurt.

How Often You Should Do This

You can consume this 1-2 times daily.

e. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The anti-inflammatory nature of omega-3 fatty acids can work wonders in keeping your hormone levels balanced (8). They provide building blocks to create hormones. These fatty acids not only reduce the inflammation caused by hormonal imbalance but also help alleviate stress and anxiety (9), (10).

You Will Need

250-500 mg of omega-3 fatty acid supplements

What You Have To Do

1. Consume 250-500 mg supplements of omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily.
2. Alternatively, you can consume fatty fish like salmon and sardines.

How Often You Should Do This

You can consume this once daily.

Why This Works

f. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another important nutrient that is actually a hormone within your body. It not only reduces inflammation and balances your hormones but also boosts your overall immunity (11), (12). To activate supplemental vitamin D or sunshine vitamin D, you require magnesium, and to avoid creating magnesium deficiency, take only 1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. Taking both together will increase your vitamin D levels much more than taking vitamin D alone.

You Will Need

1000-2000 IU vitamin D supplements

What You Have To Do
  1. You must consume around 1000-2000 IU of vitamin D daily.
  2. You can take supplements for vitamin D or get 30 minutes of sunshine per day. You can also consume cod liver oil or foods like eggs, fish, mushrooms, etc.
How Often You Should Do This

You must consume this on a daily basis.

g. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is great for supporting adrenal health and is thus a great way to regulate your hormones (13).

You Will Need

250-500 mg vitamin C

What You Have To Do

Consume 250 to 500 mg of vitamin C daily. You can do this by either increasing your intake of foods rich in vitamin C, like citrus fruits and green leafy veggies, or take additional supplements for it. Make sure you consult a doctor before taking any supplements.

How Often You Should Do This

Incorporate vitamin C into your daily diet for the best results.

h. Magnesium

Magnesium is active in over 600 metabolic processes in the body and is thus essential for balancing your hormones. The adrenals also depend on magnesium for proper function (14).

You Will Need 

600 mg of magnesium

What You Have To Do 
  1. Take 600 mg of elemental magnesium per day.
  2. Consume foods rich in magnesium like green veggies, legumes, and nuts if you are looking for natural sources of the mineral.
How Often You Should Do This 

Do this on a daily basis.

i. Multiple Minerals

The thyroid requires nine minerals to make thyroid hormones. They are iodine, selenium, magnesium, copper, zinc, molybdenum, manganese, boron, and chromium. Look for a multiple mineral supplement that includes most or all of these minerals.


Consult a natural medicine doctor before taking additional nutrient supplements.

2. Use Essential Oils

Using essential oils for a quick massage or diffusing them in your surroundings is another great way to treat a hormonal imbalance. Give yourself a timeline when using essential oils. If you don’t notice that they are helping within 3-4 weeks, discontinue and try another essential oil but don’t use too many at once and don’t use them indefinitely.

Note: These oils alone can not give effective results. Along with them, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle for beneficial results.

a. Clary Sage Oil

Clary sage oil contains phytoestrogens that can help balance hormones like estrogen. It can also help regulate the menstrual cycle and combat anxiety and depression (15).

You Will Need
  • 3-5 drops of clary sage oil
  • 10 drops of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of clary sage oil to a diffuser and allow it to diffuse in your surroundings.
  2. You can also mix clary sage oil with coconut oil and massage it gently on your stomach, behind your neck, and on the soles of your feet.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this daily until you see an improvement in your condition.

b. Fennel Oil

A healthy gut is very important for the healthy functioning of your hormonal glands. Regular use of fennel oil can improve your gut health and digestion and reduce inflammation in the gut (16), (17). This, in turn, helps treat hormonal imbalance.

You Will Need

Fennel oil (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Add a drop of fennel oil to a glass of water and consume it.
  2. You can also massage fennel oil on your stomach and the soles of your feet.
How Often You Should Do This

You must follow this procedure on a daily basis.

c. Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil is one of the most effective natural remedies for hormonal imbalance in females. It has the ability to calm and soothe you with its pleasant aroma. It can promote sleep and treat moodiness, stress, and anxiety, which are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance (18).

You Will Need

3-5 drops of lavender oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Put a few drops of lavender oil in a diffuser and switch it on.
  2. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to your bathwater and soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this on a daily basis.

d. Thyme Oil

Thyme oil is known to increase the production of progesteronei  XIt is a hormone that is produced in the ovaries that affect menstrual periods and menopausal symptoms. and helps treat the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, like infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)i  XA condition in which the ovaries produce an abnormal amount of androgens that are usually present in women in small amounts. , stress, hair loss, and insomnia (19), (20).

You Will Need

Thyme oil (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Add 10 drops of thyme oil to your bath and soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Alternatively, you can also mix three drops of thyme oil with a few drops of coconut oil and massage it into your abdomen.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this daily.

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3. Do Exercise And Yoga

You will be surprised to know that even simple workouts can be beneficial in combating hormonal imbalance naturally. Some exercises and yoga asanas that can help are listed below.

a. Walking

Walking in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety. It is not only great for your overall health but also keeps your hormone levels in control.


20 to 30 minutes

b. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

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HIIT not only helps you burn those extra pounds, but it also helps in strengthening your heart and lungs and increasing the production of human growth hormone (HGH). However, if you are sweating copious amounts, be aware that you are also sweating out your minerals. As noted above, minerals are very important for keeping your hormones balanced. Keep yourself hydrated using sea salt water. Drink half your body weight (measured in pounds) in ounces of water. To every quart of drinking water, add ¼ teaspoon of unrefined sea salt.


15 to 20 minutes

c. Resistance And Weights

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Strength training can keep your cortisol levels under control and help you build muscles. This can also have a positive effect on your hormonal problems.

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Strength training exercises such as lifting weights, pushups, pullups, overhead press, deadlifts, can help you not only burn more calories but also in regulating hormones.

8 to 12

d. Sasangasana

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Also known as Rabbit Pose, this yoga asana helps stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands and combat depression.


30 seconds



e. Bhujangasana

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This yoga asana is also known as the Cobra Pose. It helps massage the adrenal glands, thereby improving their functioning and curbing adrenal fatigue. The neck tilted back in this pose also massages the thyroid. This pose can also help relieve stress and tension, especially in the lower back.


1 minute


3 to 6

f. Ustrasana

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Ustrasana (Camel Pose) has quite a lot of benefits. It can help stimulate the internal organs, including the thyroid and parathyroid glandsi  XTwo pairs of small, oval-shaped glands located next to the two thyroid gland lobes in the neck. .


30 seconds



4. Avoid Harmful Chemicals

Avoid using anything that contains harmful chemicals. This includes your cosmetics and body care products. Remember, your skin will absorb whatever you apply to it. Do not use any products that contain potentially harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEA, and propylene glycol. You must also be well aware of the effects of any medications or birth control pills on your health and hormones.

5. Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Hormonal imbalance is a result of many factors, one of which is the consumption of too much refined sugar. When you consume more sugar, the pancreas secretes more insulin. High levels of insulin can lead to the excess production of testosterone, which may prevent normal ovulation. Insulin resistance is also responsible for fat storage and weight gain. Thus, it is best to reduce the intake of refined sugar to keep your hormones well balanced.

6. Get Sufficient Sleep

It is very important that you get enough rest and sleep every day. Disrupted sleeping patterns can cause hormonal imbalance and also suppress ovulation. This may also lead to other symptoms that are associated with hormonal imbalance like stress, anxiety, and depression.

A combination of the above methods helps restore hormonal balance. If you are already on medications for hormonal issues, these remedies will increase their effectiveness.

How do you understand if you have a hormonal imbalance? Check for the following signs and symptoms.

Signs And Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalance is characterized by a broad range of signs and symptoms, depending on which hormones or glands are not functioning properly.

The symptoms of hormonal imbalance are usually different for women, men, and children. Some signs and symptoms that are common to both men and women are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Increased sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Puffy face or dry skin
  • Unexplained and sudden weight loss
  • Weight loss
  • Weakened muscles
  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Pain or stiffness in joints
  • Thinning and brittle hair
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision
  • Purple or pink stretch marks

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Stress can cause not only mental problems but can also cause changes in the levels of many hormones like catecholaminesi  XHormones that the brain, nerve tissues, and adrenal glands produce and release in response to emotional or physical stress. , gonadotropinsi  XPeptide hormones that regulate ovarian and testicular function and are essential for normal growth and reproduction. , thyroid hormones, cortisol, and prolactin. This can cause serious imbalance and lead to endocrine system disorders like Graves’ diseasei  XAn immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones that causes hyperthyroidism. , Addisonian crisisi  XA disorder that causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and blood sugar level, and increases levels of potassium in the bloodstream. , diabetes mellitus, gonadal dysfunctioni  XThis condition causes menstrual problems in females, disorders of the testes in males, and infertility in both males and females. , psychosexual dwarfism, and obesity (21).

Hormonal imbalance is usually triggered by a wide range of medical conditions and health factors. They are as discussed below.

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What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?

The common causes of hormonal imbalance are:

  • A poor diet leading to nutrient deficiencies – especially minerals, vitamin C, and B vitamins.
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidismi  XThis condition occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, which speeds up the body’s metabolism.
  • Hypogonadismi  XA kind of disorder where the body’s sex glands produce little or no hormone and can be treated with proper medication in most cases.
  • Thyroiditis
  • Hormone therapy
  • Tumors
  • Certain medications
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Injury or trauma
  • Cancer treatments
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency

A study published in Frontiers in Endocrinology journal found that with a frequency of 4–10 times greater in women than in males, the incidence of hypothyroidism varies greatly by region, affecting somewhere between 30–150/100,000 persons annually. About 3.5–5/1000 women and 0.6–1/1000 men have hypothyroidism when they have autoimmune thyroiditis, and the frequency of the condition rises with age. It affects 5%–15% of the female population in Italy and 1%–5% of the male population.

Infographic: Tests To Detect Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances may be triggered for various reasons and can cause several symptoms. However, a few tests can accurately detect these imbalances. The following infographic provides more information about them. Take a look.

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Hormonal imbalances may trigger many health issues. These may occur due to poor diet, health conditions, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and stress. Treating hormonal imbalance is necessary to maintain overall health. You can accomplish this by including certain herbs and supplements in your routine. Regular use of essential oils, doing yoga, exercising regularly, and avoiding harmful chemicals play a major role in treating hormonal imbalance in the body. In addition, getting sufficient sleep and reducing sugar intake will also help manage hormonal imbalances.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the types of hormonal imbalances?

There are various types of hormonal imbalances that may be due to dysfunctioning of the endocrine glands. Some of them include:
• Progesterone deficiency hormonal imbalance
• Estrogen deficiency hormonal imbalance
• Excess estrogen hormonal imbalance
• Estrogen dominance
• Excess androgen hormonal imbalance
• Cortisol deficiency hormonal imbalance via the adrenals
• Hypothyroidism

Can I get pregnant if I have a hormone imbalance?

Yes, you can get pregnant even if you have a hormonal imbalance. However, you will always be at the risk of infertility if you leave your condition untreated for a long time.

Why do hormonal imbalances affect the entire body?

Since most of the major processes are controlled by hormones, a hormonal imbalance can affect the functioning of your entire body.

How long does it take to balance hormones?

According to anecdotal reports, depending on the course of treatment followed, it may take up to 6 months or less to balance hormone levels.

What happens when estrogen levels are high?

Some common symptoms associated with high estrogen levels are headaches, heavy menstruation, irritability, sleep disturbances, and mood swings (21).

Key Takeaways

  • Hormones control major body processes like metabolism and reproduction.
  • Incorporate healthy foods in your diet like coconut oil, avocado, ashwagandha, and yogurt to fight hormonal imbalances.
  • Massages with essential oils like clary sage oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, and fennel oil may help treat hormonal imbalances.
  • Exercise and yoga also stimulate and balance hormone production, along with a healthy lifestyle.
  • Avoid using harmful chemicals and consuming refined sugar to prevent a hormonal imbalance.

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