Essential Oils for Men

Some men don’t always take the best care of themselves. However, even a busy man can find easy ways to slip healthy habits into his daily routine. Getting a good night’s rest and regular exercise can be a challenge but can be achieved by planning ahead and prioritizing time. Eating well and taking supplements are also important components to a healthy lifestyle. Likewise, replacing men’s body care products with healthier alternatives is rarely a priority, but can be just as important.

Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to harsh chemicals, fillers, and perfumes that are in many of the products men use daily and can be very beneficial to men’s health. Here are a few ways manly men use essential oils in their daily routines:

Body Wash for Men. Try out this body wash when you hop in the shower first thing in the morning or before bed at night! This sudsy body wash contains lemongrass and cedarwood essential oils. It smells great and will leave your skin feeling healthy and moisturized!
Hair Care for Men. Take care of your handsome locks with essential oils! Try adding a little cedarwood, rosemary, or wintergreen (a total of 3 drops) to 1 tsp. (5 ml) of jojoba oil, and massage into your hair and scalp before shampooing to help with dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.

Styling your hair is easy with this DIY hair pomade! It’s thick and holds short hair in place really well!

For those of you who like to grow out your facial hair, try using a beard oil (recipe below) to soften your beard and keep it looking nice.

If you like to keep your face clean shaven, give this shaving cream and aftershave lotion a try!

Deodorant for Men. Smell great all day with this custom-scented soft deodorant or this DIY deodorant stick.

Try one of these essential oil combinations for a manly scent:

  • 5 drops orange + 3 drops juniper berry + 2 drops spikenard
  • 4 drops lime + 4 drops orange + 2 drops clove + 2 drops petitgrain
Oral Care for Men. When you wake up in the morning and grab your toothbrush, try this all-natural tooth powder as an alternative to commercial toothpaste. When you are done, leave your toothbrush in this solution to clean it while you are gone for the day.

If you like to use a mouthwash, try mixing a little coconut oil with 1 drop lemon, orange, or peppermint essential oil, and swish the mixture around your mouth to help freshen your breath. After several minutes, spit the coconut oil into a garbage can. (Do not spit in the sink, or the oil may clog the pipes.)

Breath Solutions for Men. Make sure to keep some essential oil breath mints on hand for when you have to head to a work meeting! Alternatively, this breath spray is easy to keep in your pocket and spritz in your mouth as often as needed throughout the day.
Workout Oils for Men. Maintaining a muscular physique requires effort . . . and a little pain. Just take this sore muscles salve with you when you hit the gym, and apply it to the muscles you worked out that day to keep the pain minimal. If you experience more than the normal soreness, try these essential oils for other sports injuries.
Flavorful Food for Men. Eating healthy is important, but we all want our food to taste good, too! Try enhancing the flavor of your food with essential oils! Try out these savory spice mixes or any of these essential oil–flavored cooking recipes to make your culinary masterpieces come to life.
Hand DegreaserHandyman Tips for Men. Yard work and other house/car maintenance tend to fall on the shoulders of men. Let essential oils make your job a little easier! After working on the car, try cleaning off your greasy hands with this hand degreaser. 

You may be excited to mow the lawn again next Saturday if you use these frozen eucalyptus mint towels to stay cool! Freeze the towels rolled up in a shape to conform to your neck. Then secure one around your neck with a bandana so it stays put as you as you mow the lawn or do yard work.

Diffuser Blends for Men. Even manly men diffuse essential oils! Try one of these blends in your diffuser next time you chill in your man cave (or office).

Beard Oil for Men. Soft beards result in more hugs and kisses from women and children. Try this beard oil to make your beard feel soft, smell good, and benefit from the essential oils! This balm is best used after a shower when you’ve washed your beard.

Beard Oil

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Pour the ingredients into the bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to mix.
  2. To use, spray once or twice on your beard, and massage in. Enjoy your healthy facial hair!

Essential Oil Blend Suggestions:

Outdoorsman:
6 drops cedarwood
4 drops melaleuca
2 drops lavender
2 drops frankincense
Fresh Morning Bliss:
8 drops melaleuca
5 drops lemon
5 drops eucalyptus
Seductive Scent:
4 drops cassia
4 drops orange
4 drops melaleuca

DIY Hair Pomade

This hair pomade works great for styling short hair! It is made from beeswax, shea butter or cocoa butter, and jojoba oil (which is technically a wax), so it’s thick enough to hold hair effectively. Though this product has been formulated to use on hair as a pomade, it is extremely versatile and could also be used as an eyebrow smoother, lotion or hand cream, and even lip balm.

Here are a few essential oil suggestions for hair care from Modern Essentials:
Normal Hair: Roman chamomile, lavender, clary sage, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, lemon, cypress.
Dry Hair: geranium, sandalwood, lavender, rosemary, wintergreen.
Fragile Hair: clary sage, lavender, thyme, sandalwood, wintergreen, Roman chamomile.
Greasy/Oily Hair: basil, cypress, thyme, lemon, rosemary, petitgrain, peppermint.
Hair Growth: thyme, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang, cedarwood, clary sage, ginger, lemon, grapefruit.
Hair Loss: rosemary, lavender, thyme, ylang ylang, cedarwood, wintergreen, lemon, clary sage, cypress, Roman chamomile.
Dandruff: lavender, wintergreen, cypress, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme.

Because this pomade is versatile enough to be used as lip balm or lotion as well, here are some of the essential oil recommendations for that purpose:
Hand Care: geranium, lemon, lemongrass, sandalwood, rosemary, eucalyptus.
Skin Care: helichrysum, juniper berry, Roman chamomile, thyme, geranium, arborvitae, melaleuca, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, lemon, bergamot, rosemary.
Lip Care: lavender, melaleuca, lemon, geranium.

If you want to use this pomade for hair, skin, and lips, it is possible to use a combination that works for all.

Try any of these essential oil combinations in your hair pomade:

  • 3 drops lime + 2 drops peppermint + 2 drops rosemary + 1 drop lavender (This is the one we used, and it smells great!)
  • 6 drops grapefruit + 2 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops lime (can lighten light hair)
  • 4 drops Roman chamomile + 3 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops lemon + 2 drops rosemary + 2 drops cedarwood + 2 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops clary sage + 2 drops ylang ylang + 3 drops lavender + 2 drops rosemary
  • 3 drops rosemary + 3 drops geranium + 3 drops lavender
  • 4 drops lavender + 4 drops clary sage
  • 4 drops clary sage + 3 drops rosemary
  • 4 drops lavender + 4 drops cedarwood
  • 6 drops Roman chamomile + 2 drops lemon (can lighten light hair)
  • 3 drops bergamot + 3 drops cypress + 3 drops lavender
  • 4 drops rosemary + 3 drops eucalyptus or melaleuca (helps with dandruff)
  • 4 drops lavender + 3 drops geranium (a good all-purpose combination)

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Essential Oils For Him

Some men don’t always take the best care of themselves. However, even a busy man can find easy ways to slip healthy habits into his daily routine. Getting a good night’s rest and regular exercise can be a challenge but can be achieved by planning ahead and prioritizing time. Eating well and taking supplements are also important components to a healthy lifestyle, as well as eliminating toxic chemicals from commonly used body care products.

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Essential oils are naturally beneficial and are a wonderful alternative to harsh chemicals, fillers, and perfumes that are in many of the products men use daily. DIY body care can be healthier and save you money!  Here are some links to great essential oil recipes and tips that men can try:

Shaving Cream and Aftershave

Body Wash

Deodorant

Lip Balm

Essential Oils for Sports

Hand Degreaser

Hand and Foot Salve

Dry Shampoo

These would also make fantastic holiday gifts to show the men in your life that you care!

Learn more about how you can use essential oils for body care in the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition.

 

 

Shaving Cream and Aftershave Lotion

Make the man in your life this all-natural shaving cream and aftershave lotion for Father’s Day! He’ll love the way the shaving cream helps him get a smooth shave and how the aftershave moisturizes and soothes his face.

The shaving cream recipe is from the Do It Yourself Health: Man’s Guide to Essential Oils Tear Pad, where you can find other recipes and ideas for how men can benefit from the use of essential oils.

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Essential Oils for Dad

Essential Oils for Dad

Dads often have a lot of work to do to keep the house and everything in it functioning properly. Sometimes the essential oils that can help the best are ones that are practical and help him get the job done. Other times, he may just need oils that help to relieve stress, boost his energy, or soothe a headache. Here are a few suggestions for essential oils that men can use this summer:

Oils for Reducing Paint Fumes: Do you hate breathing in the paint fumes while painting and can still smell them for days afterward? Try adding a citrus oil or blend to the paint before painting. (One 15 ml bottle will work for a 5 gallon bucket.) Stir occasionally, as the oils may rise to the top if using a water-based paint (Modern Essentials, p. 46).

Hand Degreaser: After working on the car, dad’s hands are likely covered in hard-to-remove grease. Try giving him this hand degreaser with lemon essential oil!

Hand Degreaser

Hand Degreaser

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup
  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Epsom salt (or other salt)
  • 4–6 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. glass bottle or salve jar.
To use, shake bottle to mix ingredients, dump out a little on hands, and rub together.

Note: Applying a moisturizing lotion before the degreaser always makes cleanup easier.

Allergy Relief: Yardwork is often on a dad’s task list, but sometimes being outside gets his allergies acting up. A blend of lavender, lemon, and peppermint is often used to combat these allergies. Modern Essentials also lists melaleuca, Roman chamomile, melissa, patchouli, and eucalyptus essential oils as oils that may help with allergies (p. 175).

StressRelieving Oils: Dad can have a lot of stress due to the many pressures that come with providing for and taking care of his family. Essential oils can be very beneficial for relieving stress. According to the book Modern Essentials, oils that may help with stress are lavender, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, geranium, cedarwood, sandalwood, rosemary, Roman chamomile, or frankincense (p. 274).

EnergyBoosting Oils: After a long day at work, dad may need some energy-boosting oils so he can play with the kids and spend some “Daddy Time” with them. Modern Essentials recommends the following oils to help with boosting energy levels: white fir, peppermint, lemon, basil, thyme, rosemary, orange, lemongrass, or eucalyptus (p. 220).

Oils for Soothing Headaches: With all the work dads do, headaches are probably a common occurrence. If so, try giving dad peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, frankincense, patchouli, basil, marjoram, lavender, clove, eucalyptus, or a blend such as the Tension Blend or Soothing Blend to relieve his headache (Modern Essentials, p. 229–230).

Oils for Relaxing: Above all, even dads need time to relax. Maybe dad enjoys soaking in the bathtub, or maybe he just needs some time to lay on the grass and take a nap. Whatever he does to relax, essential oils can always enhance the experience. Modern Essentials suggests the following oils that may help with relaxation: lavender, ylang ylang, lemon, Massage Blend, Roman chamomile, geranium, frankincense, sandalwood, and clary sage (p. 264). If adding the oils to a bath, mix them first with some bath gel or Epsom salts so they can disperse more easily throughout the bathwater.

Source: Modern Essentials, Fifth Edition, 2013.

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