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)
  • 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

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
  • 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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Gift Ideas for the “World’s Greatest Pop!”

Are you still looking for a good Father’s Day gift? Why not make your dad a snack that is easily customizable to his preferences? Try out this healthier version of flavored popcorn and soda pop! You can even print out these darling tags to attach to your gift.

Popcorn & Soda for Pops

Basic Popcorn with Essential Oil Flavor Ideas

  • Servings: 4–5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn (12–16 cups popped popcorn)
  • 1/8–1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil of your choice
  • Sweetener such as honey or maple syrup to taste
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pop popcorn kernels, and then place popped popcorn in a large bowl or brown paper bag.
  2. Heat coconut oil and sweetener over low heat until well combined and liquified. Remove from heat, and let cool for a couple minutes. Stir in essentials oils.
  3. Pour coconut oil mixture over popcorn, and stir or shake to combine.
  4. Add salt to taste.

Flavor Ideas:

  • Coconut-Lime: 4–5 drops lime essential oil, 1–2 Tbs. honey, and salt to taste.
  • Sweet Spice: 3–4 drops Protective Blend (can replace with 2 drops clove and 2 drops orange essential oil) and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil with 2 Tbs. maple syrup.
  • White ChocolatePeppermint: 4–6 drops peppermint essential oil and melted white chocolate.
  • Lemon & Browned Butter: Brown 6 Tbs. butter (instead of coconut oil) in a saucepan; add 2–4 drops lemon essential oil.
  • ParmesanRosemary: 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 Tbs. olive oil (instead of coconut oil), 2 tsp. salt, and 1 drop of rosemary essential oil. Mix olive oil and rosemary essential oil; add to popcorn, and then shake to coat. Slowly add the parmesan and salt while shaking the popcorn.
  • Garlic & Herbs: 4 Tbs. melted butter (instead of coconut oil), 1–2 toothpicks each of rosemary and thyme essential oils, garlic powder (or finely chopped garlic lightly cooked in butter), and parsley flakes. Mix melted butter and essential oil; add to popcorn, and shake to coat. Slowly add garlic powder and parsley flakes while shaking the popcorn.

Extra Ideas:

  • Throw in some other food items such as coconut flakes, cinnamon powder, sugar, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, sesame seeds, bacon, etc.
  • Package in a resealable container such as this 16 oz. PET Jar or a mason jar, and attach one of these awesome tags with string or ribbon.

Sometimes, a refreshing drink makes the perfect combination with popcorn. Here is a basic limeade soda recipe with ideas of ways to adjust the flavor to your preference. Just pour the soda into a glass bottle or cup, add a stainless steel drinking straw, and decorate with these labels.

Soda Pop for Dad

Basic Sparkling Limeade with Flavor Variations

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lime juice (from about 3–4 limes; add water to reach 1/2 cup if needed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1–2 drops lime essential oil
  • Chilled sparkling water or club soda (Regular water works well if you don’t like carbonation.)

Instructions:

  1. Stir the lime juice in with the sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat, and cook (stirring frequently) until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and pour into a glass dish.
  2. Add lime essential oil. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Mix about 2 Tbs. of limeade concentrate with 8 oz. of chilled sparkling water in a glass cup. Taste, and add more water if you want a lighter flavor.
  4. Serve with ice.

Flavor Variations:

  • Basil Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of basil essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use basil leaves for garnish.
  • Rosemary Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of rosemary essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use fresh sprigs of rosemary for garnish.
  • Basic Lemonade: Use 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1–2 drops lemon essential oil instead of the lime juice and lime essential oil.
  • Rosemary Citrus Spritzer: Use 1/2 cup of lemon juice or 1/4 cup each of lemon and orange juice with 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil instead of the lime juice and lime essential oil. Add 1 toothpick of rosemary essential oil when adding the lemon essential oil. Garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.
  • Strawberry Basil Soda: Juice or blend 1/2 lb of strawberries. Strain out seeds and pulp. You should have 1/2 cup of strawberry juice. Add juice from 1/2 a lemon. Use strawberry lemon juice instead of the lime juice in the recipe, and use just 1 toothpick of basil essential oil instead of the lime essential oil.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use mint leaves as a garnish to add a subtle flavor of mint.
  • Use frozen berries instead of ice cubes and garnish.
  • Try substituting liquid stevia for the sugar to make it healthier. No need to heat it up either—just mix and serve.