Do you sometimes wonder which essential oils for men work best? How men use essential oils? Or how you could convince your hubby to start using oils more regularly?
I’m a wife, and I have now have a son. If there is something I have learned about our household, it is that the Mama Bear is always the one inevitably looking after the men in her life. My boys just go go go and hardly take the time to stop.
While I’m personally quite apt to use essential oils in my life, my husband doesn’t naturally grab the little amber bottles. It’s not that he dislikes them, or thinks they’re for women only, it’s just that he doesn’t think to self-care for his own well-being in that way.
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I always end up gently suggesting these natural alternatives for supporting his overall feeling of well-being.
From this experience, I have rounded up some of the best essential oil uses for men to help YOU help HIM feel better in a natural way.
1: For Sore Muscles
So your man hits the gym 6 days a week and does some heavy-duty exercises.
All in the name of keeping fit, of course! 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 to that one cross-fit session they attended that one time.
Their muscles ached so bad that just the thought of going to the second session made their head spin a little. Did you know that you could take care of your 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. You can essentially choose one that you also like the smell of, to help you with your man’s achy body. The next time his muscles ache, pick up an essential oil instead of a pain-killer. There are several ways you can use essential oils to reduce the inflammation in your muscles. In this case though, the perfect application I recommend is essential oils massage. It will allow the essential oils to absorb directly through the skin, plus it will give you two some additional time to bond and spend quality time together. Especially if you have children running around in your home as well, you know how valuable that can be!
Make sure you dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil and topically massage this mixture onto the achy muscles.
If you have less time, you can simply put essential oils in a diffuser in your room; or you can opt to put a few drops of an essential oil like lavender into your bathtub and soak your sore muscles there.
2: Build Laser Sharp Focus
Those never-ending phone calls with clients, those dreadful meetings that seem to drag on forever…you seem to get the picture. With the amount of workload all of us have to manage on a day-to-day basis, it is no surprise that the headaches seem to come that much more frequently as well.
And let’s face it, the throbbing headaches make it impossible for anyone to concentrate. Grabbing an energy drink to help with things here would be like signing up for self-sabotage. Those energy drinks are going to do more harm than good.
Instead, the next time the man in your life mentions a headache to you, or that he feels like the temples of his 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.
Simply 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 my carrier oil guide here.
Peppermint oil has a very refreshing fragrance. If your man has an afternoon presentation to deliver and he wants to be at his sharpest and most alert, get him to take some deep whiffs of this amazing essential oil by simply opening the bottle and breathing it in. It will wake him up like that!
3: Some 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 amongst 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 oils (not essential oils!) that can be used for the face are argan oil and grape seed oil. Packed with fatty acids and antioxidants, these oils can be used as a part of the pre-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.
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 really 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.
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 your dear husband finds himself getting a little shaky over the smallest of things, essential oils can help center him, and get him back to an overall much 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 you hitting bed to experience the best possible sleep. If there’s no time or otherwise 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.
However, if you are using essential oils for the first time, it would be a better idea to test for any allergic reaction. For example, if you have never used lavender oil before it would be a silly move to add some drops of it in your bath and sit through a 20 minute soak and have yourself a reaction!
Always remember to test first.
Additionally, if you have any pre-existing respiratory conditions like asthma, always check with your doctor 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!