Do you sometimes wonder which essential oils work best for men? How men use essential oils? Which essential oils have the most manly smells? Or how, as a male, you can start using oils more regularly?
Essential oils are natural alternatives for supporting overall feelings of well-being. Not only do men and women generally have different scent preferences, men and women also generally have different ailments and home remedy needs.
The following are some of the best essential oil uses to help men feel better in a natural way. Targeted ailments include things that men typically need support in, including sore muscles, after-workout soothing, after-shave, focus and mood.
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1. For Sore Muscles
Hitting the gym 6 days a week and doing heavy-duty exercises can quickly lead to serious muscle ache. While working out and leading a healthy lifestyle is something worth getting inspired from, the aching and sore muscles that often make up the aftermath of exercising is not!
In fact, there are several people who skip working out altogether just because of “what happened in that one cross-fit session they attended that one time”…
Muscles can ache so bad that just the thought of going to the second session can make the head spin a little.
Take care of sore and achy muscles by massaging them using an essential oil. Try one of the following:
All of the aforementioned essential oils are super powerful at relieving the tension and soreness that builds in muscles. Choose an oil that also smells pleasant to you, to help with the achy body.
The next time your muscles ache, pick up an essential oil. There are several ways to use essential oils to reduce inflammation in muscles. In this case though, the perfect application is essential oils massage. It will allow the essential oils to absorb directly through the skin, plus it will provide additional time to bond and spend quality time together with your partner.
Alternately, you can opt to make these quick and easy muscle-soothing essential oil bath salts and use them in the bathtub to soak sore muscles.
2. Build Laser Sharp Focus
With the amount of workload many of us have to manage on a day-to-day basis, it is no surprise that headaches seem to appear quite frequently as well. Those never-ending phone calls with clients, dreadful meetings that seem to drag on forever…you get the picture.
Throbbing headaches make it impossible for anyone to concentrate. The next time you feel like the temples of your head seem to be playing on a mini-set of drums, grab some peppermint oil or lavender oil. Both these essential oils are known for almost instant relief from headaches.
Take some drops of peppermint oil, dilute it with coconut oil, and rub it on to your temples. The headache will soon be a part of history. If you’re unsure on how to dilute essential oils, read up on essential oil dilution rates here.
Peppermint oil has a very refreshing fragrance. If you have an afternoon presentation to deliver and want to be at your sharpest and most alert, take some deep whiffs of this amazing essential oil by simply opening the bottle and breathing it in. It will wake you up like that!
Should you not like the smells of either Lavender or Peppermint, you can find alternative essential oils for focus, mental clarity and concentration here.
3. Manly Skincare
Men may not fuss around with having a skin-care regime as much as women do. And truth be told, when it comes to men there’s no need to be so devoted to exfoliating and polishing your face at least 2 times per week. Still – you’d be surprised to see just how a little extra TLC shown to your skin can yield excellent results.
Vetiver Oil is a really popular essential oil among men because of its smell. The earthy, balmy and the perfect sweet and spicy smell is often used in several colognes for men. Not many men know that Vetiver oil is also great for skin! It’s amazing at reducing blemishes and spots. Not only this, but Vetiver oil also helps in toning and tightening the skin.
Other notable fatty oils (not essential oils!) that can be used for face care are Argan oil and Grapeseed oil. Packed with fatty acids and antioxidants, these oils can be used as a part of the pre-shave or after-shave regime. They lubricate the skin in a perfect way so that the razor blade just glides against the skin, giving an amazing clean shave with no razor cuts at all. Used after the shave, they help moisturize the skin without clogging pores.
Combine 2 tsp of Grapeseed or Argan oil with 6 drops of Vetiver essential oil. Use as a pre-shave moisturizer or after-shave skin soother.
4. Bad Smells Be Gone
Whether it is stinky shoes that you want to tackle or you have bigger fish to fry and getting rid of that musky smell, essential oils are great at removing unpleasant smells no matter what their source may be.
Essential oils like lemongrass, eucalyptus, and tea tree smell awesome and can help get rid of bad smells. If you wish to have fresh smelling socks and shoes, just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on some cotton balls and keep them inside your shoes. The next morning you will wake up to fresh-smelling shoes!
If you cannot tolerate your house smelling nasty, or you don’t want your house to smell like the inside of a cigarette pack, buy a diffuser today. Here’s an amazing resource on how to find the best one for your needs. It will take down your odor related concerns in just a few minutes. There is no odor strong enough that cannot be taken care of by your favorite essential oil and a diffuser.
Might we suggest buying a separate diffuser for your car, too? There are many nifty portable essential oil diffusers available for around $10-$20 bucks. Alternately, you can make this easy DIY car freshener spray to use aromatherapy on the go.
5. Better Moods
Many people, men included, can have trouble sleeping at night. Common sources of insomnia are stress and anxiety related, or even if you find yourself getting a little shaky over the smallest of things, essential oils can help center and get you back to a calmer state of mind.
Essential oils like chamomile are really good for inducing that calm feeling. Try a hot steam bowl to breathe in some chamomile steam, or add them to a bath before hitting bed to experience the best possible sleep. If there’s no time or other possibility to arrange for a steam or a bath, dilute chamomile with a carrier oil and apply it topically to the temples of your head and back of your neck.
There are essential oils that do much more than just calming us down, and are great for our overall emotional health. Did you know that essential oils like frankincense oil can help reduce the feeling of loneliness?
Well, now you do.
The really cool thing about essential oils is that even if you are using just one of them, you are reaping more than just one benefit out of them! All of them do so many amazing things even individually that just incorporating even one of them in your lifestyle can be a really smart move.
If you are using essential oils for the first time, it’s a good idea to test for allergic reactions. Try the essential oil you plan to use on a small patch of skin first before applying it liberally. Additionally, if you have any pre-existing health conditions, always check with your doctor first and ask how safe it would be for you to use an essential oil. Always do your research and homework before starting anything for the first time. It is better to be safe than to be sorry!
Over to You!
Dear readers, what do you think on the topic of essential oils for men? Are you a man that has some insight to share on which oils work best for you? Are you a Mama Bear/mother/wife oil advocate and have successfully passed on that passion to the male species? Help us all out below and share your experiences!