A Guide to Essential Oils for Men’s Health

Essential oils have been used for various health purposes, and supporting men’s health has a long history that dates back thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indian Ayurvedic practitioners, employed aromatic plant extracts for various purposes, including medicinal and therapeutic applications.

The use of essential oils falls within the field of aromatherapy, which is defined as “the science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit… to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process,” according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

Here are some common methods of using essential oils:

  • Aromatherapy/Diffusion: Using a diffuser to disperse essential oils into the air can be an effective way to benefit from their aromas. This method can help alleviate stress, improve mood, and create a calming environment. For instance, diffusing boronia, buddha wood, chamomile, lavender, nerolina, petigrain, honey or rose myrtle, or vertiver oils can aid in settlement and reduce stress symptoms.


  • Topical Application: Diluting essential oils with a carrier oil (like almond, or jojoba oil) and applying them to the skin can be beneficial. Massaging diluted oils onto specific areas of the body may help address concerns such as muscle soreness, joint pain, or skin conditions. For example, diluted bay, birch, buddha wood, cajeput, chamomile, clove, coriander, cypress blue, fragonia,  galbanum, grapefruit, ho sho, juniper, kunzea, lemongrass, lavender, lavender – spike, lemon tea tree, lime, lotus – blue and pink, nerolina, niaouli, oregano, pepper – black and pink, peru balsam, ravensara, silver fir, spearmint, tangerine, tarragon, tea tree, vertiver. Basil, eucalyptus, eucalyptus peppermint, peppermint oil can be applied to the temples to relieve headaches.


  • Inhalation: Inhaling essential oils directly from the bottle or by adding a few drops to a bowl of hot water and inhaling the steam can help with respiratory issues like congestion or coughs. Oils like balm mint bush, bay, benzoin, bergamot, birch, blue mallee, cajeput, cedarwood, clove, cypress pine, elemi, eucalyptus, eucalyptus peppermint, fragonia, galbanum, gum gully, honey myrtle, ho sho, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, kunzea, lavender – spike, lemon, lemon iron bank, lemon myrtle, lemon tea tree, marjoram, nerolina, niaouli, oregano, pepper – black and pink, peppermint, ravensara, rosalina, rose myrtle, rosewood, silver fir, strawberry gum, tea tree, thyme, and vertiver can be effective for this purpose.


  • Baths: Adding a few drops of essential oils to a warm bath can create a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Oils like boronia, buddha wood, chamomile, frankincense, kunzea, lotus – blue and pink,  honey and rose myrtle, lavender, mandarin, neroli, nerolina, petigrain, rose myrtle, sandalwood or vertiver can promote relaxation and relieve stress when added to bathwater.


  • Compresses: Adding essential oils to a warm or cold compress and applying it to specific areas of the body can help alleviate pain, inflammation, or discomfort. This method can be useful for muscle strains or digestive issues. For instance, a warm compress with aniseed myrtle, balm bush mint, bay, caraway, cardamon, chamomile, clove, hyssop, lemon myrtle, lime, lotus – pink, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, orange, orange – bitter, oregano, peppermint, spearmint or rosemary can soothe digestive discomfort.

Here are a variety of common situations and conditions where essential oil can support and essential oil suggestions:

  1. Anxiety: Aniseed myrtle, bergamot, boronia, buddha wood, chamomile, clove, cypress blue, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, kunzea, lavender, lemon myrtle, lime, lotus – blue and pink, mandarin, marjoram, melissa, myrtle – honey and rose, neroli, nerolina, niaouli, orange, orange – bitter, oregano, petigrain, rosewood, rosalina, rose damask, sage, tangerine, vertiver and wattle are known for their settling properties, which helps to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
  2. Brain Health: Basil, blue mallee, cedarwood, clove, frankincense, juniper, lemon scented gum, marjoram, myrtle – rose, pepper – black and pink, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, rosewood, sage and thyme are believed to promote mental clarity and cognitive function.
  3. Boosting Libido: Some oils like basil, bergamot, boronia, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lotus – blue, myrrh, neroli, peru balsam, rose damask, rosewood, sandalwood and wattle are believed to have aphrodisiac properties and may help enhance libido and sexual wellness.
  4. Depression: Citrus oils like bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, orange – bitter, tangerine as well as balm mint bush, boronia, buddha wood, chamomile, cypress blue, cypress pine, fragonia, galbanum, geranium, jasmine, kunzea, lavender, lemongrass, lemon tea tree, myrtle – aniseed, honey, lotus – blue and pink, rose, myrrh, neroli, nerolina, peppermint, petigrain, ravensara, rosalina, rose – damask, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, spearmint and wattle help uplift mood and reduce symptoms of depression.
  5. Diabetes: Coriander, clove, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, melissa, pepper – black and pink, peppermint, and rosemary are among those that may help in managing blood sugar levels, but more research is needed in this area so its best to seek professional advice from a trained aromatherapist.
  6. Digestion: Peppermint, fennel, and chamomile oils are thought to aid digestion and alleviate digestive discomfort.
  7. Digestive Support: Certain oils like peppermint or ginger might aid in digestion and relieve symptoms of digestive discomfort.
  8. Heart Disease: Oils like lavender and frankincense may help reduce stress, potentially supporting heart health indirectly by managing stress levels.
  9. Improved Sleep: Certain essential oils, such as lavender, cedarwood, and wattle, are known for their potential to promote better sleep quality. Good sleep is crucial for men’s physical and mental health.
  10. Libido: Sandalwood, ylang-ylang, clary sage, and rose essential oils are believed to have aphrodisiac properties that may support libido.
  11. Pain Relief: Oils like peppermint and eucalyptus might offer relief from muscle aches and pains when used in massage or aromatherapy.
  12. Prostate Enlargement/Health: Saw palmetto oil is often used to support prostate health. Additionally, some studies suggest that frankincense and myrrh oils may have potential benefits for prostate health, but more research is needed.
  13. Respiratory Issues: Eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and thyme oils can help with respiratory congestion and issues like coughs and colds.
  14. Skin Health: Tea tree oil and lavender oil, among others, can be beneficial for skin health, potentially helping with issues like acne, razor burns, or skin irritation.
  15. Stress Reduction: Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and bergamot, melissa, may help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Stress management is essential for overall well-being, including men’s health.
  16. Supporting Testosterone Levels: While research is limited, some essential oils, such as boronia, are believed  to support healthy testosterone levels. However, more scientific evidence is needed in this area.

When using essential oils, it’s essential to:

  • Dilute properly: Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to the skin or mucous membranes if used undiluted.
  • Perform a patch test: Test a small amount of diluted oil on a small area of skin to check for any allergic reactions or sensitivity before widespread use.
  • Use high-quality therapeutic essential oils from a reputable source.
  • Consult a professional: Seek advice from a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are on medication.

Remember, essential oils should be used with caution, and it’s essential to prioritize safety and use them mindfully and appropriately. They can be a part of a holistic approach to men’s health but should not be considered a standalone treatment for serious health issues.

While essential oils might offer support, they are not a replacement for professional medical advice or treatment. Integrating them into a holistic wellness routine, alongside proper nutrition, regular exercise, and medical guidance, can contribute positively to men’s health.

However, it’s crucial to note that while some people find essential oils beneficial, their effectiveness can vary from person to person, and they should not replace professional medical advice or treatments.

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