The majority of people that use essential oils are women. Research has shown that women have a better sense of smell so this may be the reason. This being said, essential oils with their many different properties would work well for men, at every stage of their life, for everything from skin & hair care to stress & insomnia.
Skin Care: a man’s skin is different from a woman’s skin mainly due to the hormone testosterone; a man’s skin is approx. 25% thicker, contains more collagen, produces more sebum & is much oilier.
Puberty: Up to 70% of all teens get some form of breakouts. During puberty, a boy’s skin produces a lot more oil & if you add in a buildup of dead skin-cells, it can lead to zits or acne. (Acne can appear on the face, chest or back.) Essential oils can be used as a spot treatment after you cleanse your face or wash your body; they can help dry up zits by reducing inflammation, controlling sebum production & helping to clear up any infection. Consider using Lavender, Juniper Berry, Niaouli, Sandalwood and/or Tea Tree. Dilute your essential oil(s) in Jojoba oil (which is actually a plant wax); it is suitable for oily skin & won’t clog your pores.
Shaving: Scraping a razor over your skin removes the hair but can also over-exfoliate the skin, leading to irritation. (There is also some concern about the ingredients in shaving products too.) To soothe your skin, you can easily make your own Shaving Balm using: Shea Butter, Jojoba oil & essential oils like Tea Tree, Lavender or Chamomile. You can also make an aftershave using Witch Hazel, Lavender & Rosemary Hydrosol & Purified Water. Or try a moisturizing treatment using Jojoba oil, Calendula Infused Oil, and the essential oils of Sandalwood, Chamomile or Lavender & a drop of Tea Tree. Shake well before each use.
Beards: Online or walking thru any mall, you will notice that beards & beard grooming products have made a comeback. If you choose, you can make your own conditioning beard oil using a blend of carrier & essential oils. Try carrier oils like Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Camellia Seed, or Coconut. Essential oils to consider are Rosemary, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Lavender or Sandalwood. These oils will condition facial skin as well as beard hair. Shake well before each use.
Your Mid Life Skin: A Man’s skin is thicker than a woman’s & it tends to age differently. Signs of aging like under eye circles & wrinkles appear later in life. (Although, a man may notice some sun damage due to years of outdoor activities like running or golf.) When it comes to skin care, it is:
- Important to use appropriate skin care products for your skin type, like a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, sweat & pollution from your skin.
- If you choose to use a toner, try a Hydrosol. (They are mild, have their own set of properties & work really well as toners.) For Oily/ Combo skin try Cedarwood or Rosemary Hydrosol. If your skin is sensitive try Chamomile Hydrosol.
- For wrinkles & sun damage, try an elixir, made from Jojoba, Argan & Camellia Seed Carrier Oils along with Frankincense, Carrot Seed & Sandalwood Essential Oils. (These are gentle enough to use around your eyes but not too close.)
- And as I mentioned earlier, if you have zits, you can use essential oils as a spot treatment.
Hair Care: Using Essential & Carrier oils as a hair treatment can improve the condition of the scalp as well as the condition of your hair. You can also add essential oils to your shampoo. If you have:
Dry Hair: sebaceous glands not producing enough sebum & over-exposure to the sun can cause dry hair. A hair treatment made from Frankincense, Lavender, Geranium, or Rosemary essential oils diluted with Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Avocado, or Camellia Seed carrier oil will help to condition your dry hair.
Itchy Scalp: causes include dandruff, fungal infection & scalp dryness. Essential oils for an itchy scalp are Tea Tree, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Geranium & Patchouli. Carrier oils for itchy scalp: Jojoba, Camellia Seed & Argan. (Essential oils can also be added to your shampoo.)
Oily Hair: the main cause is over production of sebum. The following essential oils can be added to your shampoo or used in a hair treatment; they are Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Lemon, Palmarosa, Cypress Leaf & Cedarwood. Carrier oils for Oily Hair: Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond or Hemp.
Hair Loss: male pattern baldness is thought to be caused by heredity, changes in hormones & stress. Essential oils that increase blood flow, & stimulate hair follicles are thought to helpful; consider using Rosemary, Chamomile, Thyme, Cypress Leaf, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang or Sandalwood essential oils. Carrier oils for hair loss: Avocado, Camellia Seed, Hemp or Jojoba.
Other Uses for Essential Oils:
Insomnia: If you are having trouble sleeping, try a personal inhaler or diffuse Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver, Patchouli or Bergamot essential oils. For more info on insomnia check out my blogs on Sleep Part 1 & Part 2
Stress: it can affect you at any stage of life. The relaxing & nervine properties of essential oils are soothing to the nervous system. For more info check out my blog on Stress.
Libido: as men age, their libido can also change. Stress, depression, alcohol, medication & prostate health can all impact a man’s libido. Essential oils have relaxing, antidepressant & aphrodisiac properties. For topical use try:
- a relaxing massage oil made with Sandalwood, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Neroli and/or Jasmine essential oils; these oils are helpful for stress or depression.
- a more stimulating massage oil that contains Sandalwood, Neroli, Clary Sage, Black Pepper & Cardamom essential oils may be helpful for a low libido. Massage the upper thighs & lower back only, it is not recommended to use on the genitals. This type of massage oil is best for periodic use. Use for up to 2 weeks, then take a break for 2 weeks, use again if needed. Go easy on the Black Pepper& Cardamom. If irritation develops discontinue use.
***When using essential oils topically it is important to dilute them properly. The dilution ratio for:
- Skin & hair care: 1 – 2 drops of an appropriate essential oil per 1 teaspoon or 5 ml of a carrier oil, body wash, or shampoo. (This would be a 1% – 2% dilution).
- Massage oils: always diluted at a 1% dilution. (1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon or 5 ml of a carrier oil)
There are many things that men can do for their own Self-Care. Plenty of sleep & exercise to relieve stress is a good first step. Something as simple as diffusing essential oils can be an important part of their wellness plan. It’s all about Small Changes…
My Blog is for Information Only & is not meant to diagnose or replace Medical Advice.
Essential Oils should not be ingested & always need to be diluted before topical use.
If you take medication or have an underlying medical condition check with your medical or holistic practitioner or a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oil products.
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