As we are all aware Aromatherapy is nothing new to civilization.
However, it is unlikely that you will find the word “man and aromatherapy” in the same sentence.
In fact, if you ask most guys what they know about Aromatherapy-
You would receive a vacant stare and not a clue as to it does or even mean.
The truth of the matter is many properties of Aromatherapy will help and benefit men in many different ways.
We are not living in the days of hunter gathers so the types of stress a man faces today are different compared to tribal days.
Not to say that the amount of stress is not similar to hunting or being hunted.
I guess it can be summed up that today’s stress is a battle of the mind.
When I think of how Aromatherapy has changed my life I reflect on three major benefits that have taken place in my life.
This article will address the benefits of Aromatherapy for men in today’s modern culture.
So Where Does Aromatherapy Come From?
Believe it or not, modern Aromatherapy was actually identified in France by a man named Rene Maurice Gattefosse in the 1920’s.
Mr. Gattefosse was a chemist and apparently so prone to getting burned in his lab he became somewhat of an authority on burns from his own personal experience.
One day as Mr. Gattefosse had an accident when his arm caught fire, in a panic, he doused the flames in a vat of lavender oil.
Gattefosse experienced immediate relief from the pain and additionally in the days to come the recovery process was extremely short with minimal scarring.
Compared to the previous burns he had experienced he could not deny he was on to something.
After the incident, Gattefosse dedicated his life to the study of Aromatherapy.
So guys there you go nothing to be shy about Aromatherapy for men are totally natural.
Here are some of the best essentials oils for anxiety:
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Rose (Rosa damascena)
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
- Frankincense (Boswellia carteri or boswella sacra)
The number one benefit that I have seen happen in my life is the ability to deal with the stress in modern life.
I first started to use Basil oil to help with my depression which has been with me for a number of years.
It was recommended to me by a close friend who had used it for a number of years with great results.
It’s difficult to describe the properties of Basil Oil without smelling them in person.
Basil was used in baths and body massage by ancient Greek nobles for its fragrant perfume.
How I use it is to mix it with a bit of Coconut oil and just rub it around my neck, chest, and head.
This way the absorption rate is better than using a diffuser and lasts longer.
I have more quality time with my daughter and strangely am able to let go of the stress I have had during the day.
My focus is sharper so I can think clearly about positive aspects of life and bring my self to a place that is pleasant. I have also used Lemon oil but I tend to favor Basil but you should try both.
When thinking about Aromatherapy for men think about what it can do for us when we are sick. Let’s face it most men turn to kittens when cold strikes.
So Can Essential Oils Help Men Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Believe it or not YES they can., Aromatherapy can really help you get you back to the testosterone injected beefcake you once believed yourself to be.
Aromatherapy can really help you get you back to being more relaxed and to help you reduce your anxiety levels.
Let me introduce you to a really great combination of…..Eucalyptus oil and mint.
If you are suffering from cold, this combination delivers a knockout in clearing the nasal passages.
Give it a shot the next time you a feeling sick.
Also, another amazing essential oil is Yarrow oil it can get rid of most cold and flu symptoms.
Obviously again this is treating the symptoms and not the cause but again it should be enough to get yourself positive enough to fight back mentally.
Aromatherapy for men is also important in the area of skin burns. Let’s face it guys are prone to skin burns.
Aromatherapy for men in the future will more than likely be more commonplace than it is today.
I know from personal experience that it has had a tremendous effect on my relationship at home after a stressful day.
I get through sickness with less misery and if by chance when I’m out playing I should get some sort of skin damage well I’m covered there as well.
Related Article: American College of Health Care Sciences
Here are some of the best essentials oils for stress:
Lavender essential oil is one of the most well-studied essential oils in terms of its relaxing effects.
Lavender can also help with mild insomnia and provide a better quality of sleep. Lavender has also been found to help reduce anxiety in many medical settings, such as dental offices, the intensive care unit, and during preparations before surgery.
Lemon or Yuzu
A new study from Japanese researchers has found that yuzu citrus scent can soothe stress and anxiety and lower your heart rate in just 10 minutes, with effects lasting for almost half an hour.
Citrus bergamot is a hybrid fruit somewhere between a bitter orange and lemon or lime and is used to create bergamot essential oil. It has been traditionally used in Italian folk medicine but has many new studies to support its ability to relieve tension and anxiety.
Five out of six clinical studies, conducted between 2009 to 2013, has found that bergamot essential oil aromatherapy reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and stress.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is sweet floral aromatic extracted from the flower of a tropical tree in Southeast Asia. Ylang Ylang aroma has been shown to be relaxing and decrease blood pressure in many small studies.
Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb, a close relative of the common garden herb sage. Clary sage essential oil has been found to help people relax during dental procedures. Clary sage oil aromatherapy has also been shown to have antidepressant-like effects.
Jasmine has a sweet aroma and can be relaxing fragrance. Jasmine essential oil is less well-studied but does have one study that suggests that the odor of jasmine tea can be calming.
Aromatherapy for men in all has many uses. Just remember it’s making your life easier if you are having trouble getting over the stereotype.
You are facing some risks with aromatherapy and in turn, you will need to become informed about the techniques involved in producing the results you are looking for.