I’ve heard plenty of men say “Essential oils are only for women.” There is such an aversion to the use of oils, by men, that the majority of them tend to dismiss essential oils as a possible health and wellness alternative. Getting a man to try an essential oil can be a downright Herculean task. This myth about oils being for women is just not true!
Do “Real Men” use essential oils? History has a little something to say about that. Essential oils were used by the officers of the Roman army. On the eve of a battle, the officers were massaged with a special blend of essential oils that included Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Rosewood, and Frankincense. The aroma of the oils would calm their nerves and help them to focus their thoughts as they prepared for their military campaigns. You can’t get much manlier than that!
Let’s take a look at a few essential oils that can benefit men and highlight their health benefits. You might be surprised to find these powerful plant extractions can be essential for men’s health.
Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil
Copaiba promotes nourished and cleansed skin, so copaiba is a fantastic addition to homemade aftershave and other bath products for men. Its woodsy and rustic scent makes it a great all natural cologne, as well.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood is a favorite classic of men’s blends and fragrances. It has a distinct, sweet, woodsy, and long-lasting aroma that is uplifting and invigorating. You’ll find Sandalwood is high in sesquiterpenes and has been researched for its powerful abilities to support a part of the brain known as the pineal gland. The pineal gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, which enhances deep sleep. Sandalwood also supports normal nervous and circulatory systems and is used for skin revitalization. Apply a drop or two near your cheek bones each night and breathe normally to promote relaxation. The aroma is also know to promote grounding and can help you open up sexuality. Because it helps maintain healthy circulation, it becomes a definite plus in the bedroom!
Vetiver Essential Oil
With a deep, earthy aroma, vetiver essential oil’s strength is a perfect ingredient in blends for men. Vetiver is uplifting and has been said to promote concentration and focus.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil is one of the most commonly used oils in the world! Peppermint can be used to replace those additional cups of coffee used for a caffeine laden pick me up. Just add 2 drops of peppermint to 20 ounces of water and sip it throughout the day. Your concentration is sure to improve and you might just enjoy a better night’s sleep!!
Lemon Essential Oil
Add a drop or two in your water at dinner to aid in digestion. Not only does it taste great, but it supports the normal function of the kidneys and helps to alkalize the body.
Ginger is a great oil to support digestion. Use it when you are traveling to avoid the common digestive system issues that accompany those business trips.
Ylang Ylang has a soft and sweet floral scent that is elevating and helps ignite a man’s sexuality. It also enhances emotional connection in a relationship. It is known to soothe frazzled nerves to ramp up the romance factor!
Wintergreen, Clove & Peppermint Blend
Combine these oils to sooth muscles after an intense workout or a day of physically hard labor.
Frankincense, Geranium, Camphor, Blue Tansy & Black Spruce Blend
This blend works with both the physical and emotional aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and clarity in the face of adversity or challenge.
Geranium, Fennel, Myrtle, & Peppermint Blend
This blend is key in offering support for healthy prostate and male urinary tract function. The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate gland enlargement, which can cause bladder problems and discomfort, affects nearly 50 percent of men by age 60.
Rosemary, Sage, Fennel, Geranium, Yarrow & Frankincense Blend
This blend can help combat male hormone imbalance. As men age, their DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone: a hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands) and testosterone levels decline. Conversely, levels of DHT (dihydrotesteroone) increase, contributing to prostate enlargement and hair loss.
Goldenrod, Frankincense, Myrrh, Ginger, Nutmeg, Jasmine or Ylang Ylang
Any of these oils can be used to ward off impotence. Impotence may be caused by physical limitations due to an accident or injury or by psychological factors, such as trauma or stress. Male impotence is often linked to problems with the prostate (try the Geranium, Fennel, Myrtle, & Peppermint Blend). Modern research has shown that the aroma of some essential oils can stimulate the emotional center of the brain.
A great way to try out essential oils is by whipping up the following Shaving Cream or Fragrance Spray:
Homemade Shaving Cream
What You Will Need:
- 2/3 cup virgin coconut oil
- 2/3 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil (you could also use almond, grapeseed or jojoba oil)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and add the olive oil and essential oils. Stir to mix. Transfer to a bowl or jar and refrigerate until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and let soften slightly. Add the 2 teaspoons of baking soda (baking soda helps remove oils which allows the razor to cut better and last longer and acts as a mild exfoliant). whip using a hand beater or a stand mixer until light and fluffy – about 2-3 minutes. Spoon into a jar with a lid and keep in a cool, dry place
Men’s Fragrance Spray
- Copaiba oil: 10 drops
- Black pepper oil: 10 drops
- Sandalwood oil: 1 drop
- Vetiver oil: 1 drop
- Alcohol: 1 tablespoon
- Filtered water
Add essential oils and alcohol to a two-ounce spray bottle and shake well. Add filtered water to fill bottle and shake again. Spray upward into the air as a room freshener or use as a natural body spray.
So….to all you men out there that think essential oils are only for chicks: Give them a try and they just might change your life.
The information contained in this article is meant for educational purposes only and not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This information should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
Roman Army Officers Used Essential Oils - Manly Enough For You! #HealthStatus
- 1Essential oils can help combat male hormone imbalances.
- 2Using essential oils can offer support for healthy prostate and male urinary tract function.
- 3Modern research has shown that the aroma of some essential oils can stimulate the emotional center of the brain.
There is such an aversion to the use of oils, by men, that the majority of them tend to dismiss essential oils as a possible health and wellness alternative.
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