7 Powerful Herbs For Thyroid Health & Healing

herbs for thyroid

So, I’ve been on a long journey of learning how to heal my thyroid problems (which for me means Hashimoto’s), using just diet and lifestyle changes and various natural treatments.

It has been a slow process, with blood testing to guide me and a little trial and error, but I’m getting there and feeling better month on month.
Am giving myself a little pat on the back for my progress [yay]!

Some of my favourite go-to thyroid books which I’ve been using as constant reference, have been Izabella Wentz ‘Hashimoto’s Protocol‘, Sara Gottfried ‘The Hormone Cure‘ and also Dr KharrazianWhy Isn’t My Brain Working?
And though there are many great books in this field, I’d recommend these to anyone who’s on this journey too!

But as part of this ongoing process I wanted to share some of the best herbs for thyroid healing that I’ve come across in my research and have been trying out myself.

These herbs go alongside the various natural supplements for thyroid that I’ve discussed previously.

All of these thyroid remedies are part of the complete package that you need to heal the condition. It’s essential that you use herbs for thyroid in conjunction with key lifestyle tweaks, including gut-healing and dietary changes.
Otherwise you’re less likely to see permanent shifts in your health.

5 Herbs For Thyroid Healing

It’s also important to remember, herbs for thyroid don’t contain thyroid hormone themselves, but they do support your body’s whole health and balance.

Some of these herbs for thyroid support HYPOthyroidism and some support HYPERthyroidism, so use this list to get started with your own research and deciding what’s best for your own healing.

And remember, always consult your own healthcare practitioner or naturopath as needed.

1  Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)

Good for HYPO and HYPERthyroid.

Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known herbs for thyroid, and a powerful adaptogenic.  Being an adaptogenic means it can help your body adjust to stressful conditions, supporting both the thyroid and adrenals in the process.

In terms of the thyroid gland itself, ashwagandha can enhance the conversion of T4 into T3 (ie, the inactive form of thyroid hormone into the active form).  So for those hypothyroid patients who have a particular problem with this conversion, ashwagandha can be really useful.

In fact a 2018 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial confirmed that ashwagandha was able to normalise thyroid levels in hypothyroid patients over just an 8-week period [1].

More importantly though, ashwagandha can be used for anyone with a thyroid condition, either hypo- or hyper-thyroidism.  This is one of the reasons it’s so versatile, safe and effective.

2  Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Good for HYPO and HYPERthyroid.

Eleuthero is another adaptogenic herb, supporting your body and immune system in times of stress.  It’s a herb that’s involved in balancing your HPA-axis and calming the adrenal glands.  This re-balancing of stress then enables the thyroid to function more effectively again.

3 Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Good for HYPO and HYPERthyroid.

Stinging nettle is a fantastic anti-inflammatory for the whole body, because it contains many powerful compounds which are beneficial to healing.  These compounds include numerous different polyphenols, flavonoids, sterols and lignans [3]

It’s many healing effects include as an anti-histamine, immune modulator, liver and kidney support and metabolism booster.  It’s anti-inflammatory properties similarly extend to the thyroid gland and help improves its function.

Nettle Tea Recipe – Carefully gather young stinging nettle leaves for drying.
Finely chop up the dry herb, place 3-4 teaspoons in a cup, and pour over freshly boiled water.  Leave to steep for 10 minutes, covered over.  Sweeten with a little raw honey and vanilla.  Do not drink for more than four weeks at a time.

4  Schisandra

Good for HYPO and HYPERthyroid.

Schisandra has an important place in your herbal arsenal, because it increases levels of glutathione – the most powerful antioxidant in your body.  With more glutathione in circulation, levels of chronic inflammation will fall which is hugely beneficial to all body systems, including the thyroid.

Schisandra can also be supportive in other ways too – such as calming the adrenals, strengthening the immune system, detoxifying the body, and providing liver and kidney protection [4].

5  Echinacea

Good for HYPO and HYPERthyroid.

Echinacea is of course most well-known for its immune-boosting benefits, which are mainly caused by powerful compounds called N-alkylamides.

But these compounds also work throughout the body as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.  So as with all of these herbs for thyroid, echinacea can be fab for regulating the effects of stress and allowing these systems to function better [5][5a].

Note – to be sure you buy a good quality echinacea supplement, double-check for alkylamide and polysaccharide content on the label.

6 Bladderwrack

NOT for Hashimoto’s

Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed and naturally contains iodine, which makes it a great herb for thyroid disorders.  All that is EXCEPT for Hashimoto’s, which is a condition in which you should avoid iodine supplementation if possible.

But in other thyroid conditions bladderwrack can be awesome, because it both stimulates and supports healthy thyroid function.

7  Bugleweed (Ajuga)

Good for HYPERthyroid only.

I’ve included bugleweed in this list of herbs for thyroid, because it’s good for HYPERthyroidism.  So can be helpful for those with a goitre or enlarged thyroid gland.

It also has a number of other traditional medicinal properties, such as improving coughs and respiratory problems, bleeding, bruises and hangovers.

In the UK, bugleweed grows quite abundantly in the summer and is a beautiful purple plant for ground-cover in the garden. If you’re familiar with it, you can pick the stems for drying and make a really simple bugleweed tea, which is aromatic and healing.

Bugle Tea Recipe – Take an ounce of dried bugle and steep it in simmering water for about 10 minutes. Drink a small cup of the tea with a teaspoon of raw honey (to soften its bitterness).  Take bugle tea it for short intervals only, NOT as a daily tea.

Note – you should NEVER take bugle if you’re pregnant or nursing.

herbs for thyroid

So, what are your thoughts and experiences on using herbs for thyroid healing?  Either with hypothyroid or hyperthyroid issues?  Feel free to share your comments below.

And remember, always stay safe and well-researched on your journey.  Your healing is in your hands x

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