Herbs for the Thyroid



Unless you suffer from a thyroid condition, it is easy to ignore the function of the thyroid gland. Although small, this endocrine gland – situated just below your neck – plays a big role in regulating metabolic processes in your body. With a dysfunctional thyroid, the functioning of almost all your organs is likewise disrupted. Thyroid disorders generally fall under 3 categories: an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism, an under-active thyroid or hypothyroidism and an enlarged thyroid characterized by the presence of nodules.

Herbs For Thyroid

Unfortunately, thyroid conditions are usually misdiagnosed as most of their symptoms (such as weight gain or loss, chronic fatigue, depression, skin and hair dryness, constipation or diarrhea and menstrual irregularities) can be quite similar to those of other disorders. To make things even more confusing – the 3 types of thyroid disorders can even have overlapping characteristics.

Therefore before embarking on any treatment, whether herbal or medicinal, it is important to have a medical professional diagnose your symptoms and identify the disorder first. Likewise, it is important to use remedies with an understanding of the mechanisms involved in promoting thyroid health. For instance, while some herbs improve overall thyroid conditions, some herbs can only benefit hyperthyroidism but conversely may be detrimental to its extreme counterpart, hypothyroidism and vice-versa.

Either way though, most herbs for thyroid are not like pharmaceutical medications that attempt to replace thyroid hormones, decrease hormone production or the size of the thyroid gland. Instead, they are regarded as being able to provide the appropriate thyroid support – acting preventative and facilitating the healing process. Although some clinical studies do not find evidence of traditional herbal medicine being able to totally treat thyroid conditions, herbs are however thought by some to contribute to lower relapse rates, less adverse effects, relief of symptoms and improvement of thyroid antibody conditions and thyroid functioning. Here are 10 herbs thought beneficial for the thyroid:

10 Herbal Remedies for Thyroid Health


A popular herb used to boost the immune system, echinacea is considered helpful for those suffering from hyperthyroidism or thyroiditis. One expert who has over 20 years of experience with autoimmune conditions gives the roots of echinacea to his patients and has rarely encountered any major adverse issues.


This herb is important in maintaining a balance among glands so that thyroid patients who often suffer from fatigue have improved energy. Moreover in 2011, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Texas isolated synthetically derived constituents of triterpenoid glycyrrhetinic acid, a major component of licorice and found it to inhibit the growth of highly invasive thyroid cancer cells. This demonstrates licorice’s potential in clinical treatment of thyroid cancer and other endocrine-related disorders.


In a 2013 study involving 403 patients with mild hyperthyroidism which assessed the effects and safety of an extract of bugle in tablet or drops form, scientists observed statistically and clinically significant improvements in the symptoms of those given the tablet. These improvements were noted without any major side effects. Because of bugleweed’s effectiveness in alleviating mild hyperthyroidism, some experts believe it can gradually replace regular taking of maintenance medications like methimazole or PTU.


This is an herb with antioxidant properties that directly works on the thyroid by producing just the right amount of hormones. Aside from hormonal balance, ashwaganda is known to help the body fight stress by improving the immune system and has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects.


Researchers confirm the potency of bacopa as a thyroid stimulating drug to fight hypothyroidism. It has been found to regulate thyroid hormone concentrations by as much as 41% without adverse reactions.


Popular as Siberian ginseng, eleuthero is considered a wonder herb for people suffering from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Siberian ginseng is believed to be effective in treating hypothyroidism by regulating the levels of hormones in the body. Furthermore, this potent herb contains substances that assist in the normal functioning of the thymus and adrenal glands.


Aside from hypothyroidism, bladderwrack is considered as an essential herb for many health conditions. This algae or seaweed contains high levels of natural iodine which is known to stimulate the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack contains substances that help in restoring the normal functioning of the thyroid gland as well as in reducing the size of thyroid goiters. It is thought to play a role in stimulating an increased production of thyroid hormones in order to prevent the development of thyroid diseases.


Flaxseeds are known to be rich in essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids, which is thought to be good for thyroid health. In a study conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center, it was found out that consumption of foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, like flaxseed, helps in boosting the production of thyroid hormones. This results to reduced susceptibility to hypothyroidism.

Black Walnut

Aside from seafoods, black walnut is considered as one of the richest sources of iodine. Research shows, iodine is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in optimizing the health and functioning of the thyroid glands. Furthermore, it was found out that insufficient amount of iodine usually lead to a number of conditions which include chronic fatigue, depression, mental impairment, and goiters.

Lemon Balm

Coming from the mint family, lemon balm is an amazing herb that is considered beneficial to the thyroid glands. Research shows that this herb is useful in normalizing the activities of overactive thyroid glands. It reduces the production of thyroid hormones and eases the symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.

274 Comments on Herbs for the Thyroid

  1. Has anyone subscribed ? I have been on levothyroxine since 1994 I still have headaches, some hair-loss in the front, thin eyebrows, allergies, puffy face a lot has improved with removing gluten and soy I take Vemma as a supplement and it has really improved things I mentioned armour thyroid to my dr and he brushed it off all he ever does is TSH levels

  2. Interesting, I’ve suffered with thyroid problems for a long time after medication my levels went down but I didnt want to keep taking man made tablets so started eating healthier and keeping fit which kept my thyroid level ma low so came off the medication myself, only recently after many years without tablets I’ve started to feel the symptoms slowly creeping back so knowing which herbs to take in with food is a great help. 🙂

  3. Where did you get your medical degree? Have you finished your internship yet? If you have, where did you do? Last, do you have a license to practice medicine? If not then keep your information to yourself, BIGMOUTH!

  4. 35 million people take Synthroid for an hypothyroidism (that will cause you to be depressed, have aches and pains all the time and get fat and lazy no matter how much sleep you get), get colds and flu all the time and can’t stay warm. You probably have Hypothyroidism if you have these symptoms.

  5. People with any kind of thyroid trouble should not eat soy or soy products. Miso is okay because it is fermented but no other soy except in very small amounts ie. 1 T. of soy sauce per week. If you feel ill and you eat soy try eliminating it to see if you feel better. Read labels such as salad dressing for soy oil. A little lecithin in chocolate is okay. 🙂 Emerald

  6. I have lived how important the thyroid is, I have an immune disease, my body attacks my thyroid, not pleasant….and neither is the medication which they won’t give me on a regular basis….

  7. This is also our filter for radiation– as it enters here– in Canada anyway, Harper made it illegal for ANY medical professional, pharmacists, etc. to sell Potassium Iodide, which protects our thyriod from ingesting radiation. The solution I have discovered is to get organic baking soda, mix 1 tsp in an 8 oz of clean, pure water. Drink daily– don’t forget the pets too 🙂

  8. If you do NOT use morton’s iodized salt any more ,and use an salt, you need to get your iodine DAILY? I GET MINE TOPICALLY with liquid iodine= [use cotton ball on skin] or spray… …………….www.angstromminerals.com…..

  9. Don’t recommend taking any of these until you find out whether they interact with your thyroid medication or not; and some things can affect hyper and hypo thyroidism a lot differently. I just went from hypo to hyper for no reason. Be careful.

  10. Beware the side effects of licorice.. though helpful in many instances, it can cause issues such as chest pain & kidney pain (blocks potassium absorbtion, lowers potassium in the blood), acts as a hormone “like” estrogen. Just.. research the herbs further before you take them.

    • True Amy.. I have been drinking licorice for many many years as long as you only drink it a few times a week.. Most are harmless like all garden food and veggies.. Some in the USA are sending out scare tactics that are new to the world of herbs also be carefull of that..

  11. @inge yes actually my endo is well versed in both western medicine and natural alternative who are you to say what I should and shouldn’t do .. Do you have a degree in health or anything related to healing?

  12. If you truly want to fix your thyroid and not just believe herbs and iodine will fix it, look up Dr Ray Peat and his research. Much can be fixed through diet. Balancing ratios differ per individual. It’s a bit overwhelming if you don’t speak scientific lingo but many of the forum members or fb group members are willing to help break it down.

  13. the seaweed kelp is also good for thyroid and fresh kelp can be found in local American-Asian Food market in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Some people use liquid kelp and some use kelp tablets. There is something in the kelp that is beneficial to the thyroid. It may be natural occurring safe form of iodine but I am not sure.

  14. yeah i have hyperthyroidism- past point of herbs— believe me- all the docs i seen think im a loony for persisting on real organix type remedies- i even got yelled at by one sayin im in denial

  15. I have suffered from a Thyroid condition that they can not regulate..it is up and down.. I had some bad days..have to carry heart pills around with me if it goes high to slow down heart rate..but the next time I have a real bad high. it is coming out..it sure plays tricks…Please ask you dr. to really do extensive testing, so many problems are related to Thyroid..

  16. It is not “here’s”, which is “here is”. Please, I’m embarrassed when I “share” your articles because the poor grammar, which is repeated over and over again, reflects on the site’s credibility. When referring to something plural, it is “here are”. Is anyone paying attention? “Here are some herbs…..”. Please.

  17. I’ve suffered from hypothyroidism for a while. Lugol’s iodine saved my life, along with not using toothpaste or drinking water with fluoride. We are working on finding a system or filters to remove it from tap water so fluoride isn’t absorbed through the skin during a shower. Fluoride wrecks havoc on your body, especially the thyroid and pineal gland. Bromide is also awful for thyroid function (found in pesticides and flour).
    I’ve heard amazing things about Naturethroid which may help those without a thyroid too. Get your adrenals and other hormones checked also. Find Thyroid Sexy, Stop the Thyroid Madness, and Mary Shoman here on FB.

  18. Thank you for this post, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism last year and planted herbs in my garden specifically to help, lemon balm is one and it has helped me I was glad to see it on the list 🙂

  19. flaxseed is goitergenic that is why cattlemen feed it to beef cattle so they gain wt. faster. chia is a much better choice, Also in the list where is Sea Vegetation?

  20. I take an iodine suppliment because of goiters on my thyroid. Over the years my thyroid went from slightly hypo to slightly hyper. I don’t want to remove it like docs suggest. So far I feel better with the iodine.

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