7 Fantastic Essential Oils I'd Like to See in a Men's Kit - Guest Blog by Jason Antonino
As a guy, you most likely want to keep things simple and eliminate hassle. There are hundreds of essential oils in existence, and I'm sure you don't want to spend hours or longer trying to figure out which oils you would want to use regularly. You want to get down to brass tacks.
Today we'll profile seven different oils that I recommend for guys to use on a fairly regular basis, and which ones you can combine with each other to expand their versatility.
1. Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Cedarwood Atlas — this versatile oil has a sweet and woody scent. It is indicated for a variety of conditions, such as coughing, breathing difficulties, anxiety, insomnia, acne, minor flesh wounds, athlete's foot, hair loss, and muscle cramps and spasms, just to name a few. It's also an insect repellant. It makes a great base oil for a men's cologne. Read more about cedarwood here.
2. Scots Pine or Pine Scotch (Pinus sylvestris L.)
I love pine. I was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, which is home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world. However, that statistic pertains to Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), predominantly found in North America, and not Scots Pine (aka Pine Scotch). Scots Pine is native to Eurasia and is the national tree of Scotland. Yet, many species of pine have a lot in common with each other. At this time, there are over 126 named species of pines in existence.
Generally speaking, pine species of essential oils have antispasmodic, decongestant, circulatory stimulant, antifungal, antibacterial, and disinfectant qualities. This makes pine oils well suited for respiratory support, fungal issues like athlete's foot, muscle spasms, muscle strain, eczema, psoriasis, sinusitis, joint pain, and arthritis. Plus, its scent blends well with cedarwood, spices and citrus oils. Its relatively low cost and antimicrobial properties make this oil suitable for cleaning products.
3. Lemon (Citrus limon)
Lemon essential oil is well known for its antiseptic characteristics. This means that the oil is a good addition to natural cleaning products. Lemon can also boost energy levels. For skin care purposes, this oil combats athlete's foot, warts, oily skin, and varicose veins. This is because lemon oil is an astringent (causes smooth muscles to contract). This oil contains a high concentration of limonene, an organic solvent that can remove excess oil from your skin, and it can also dissolve plastic. If anyone tells you it's safe to drink lemon essential oil in water, just don't do it. They've been lied to. If you're applying lemon oil to your skin, use caution — the cold-pressed version of this oil is phototoxic (can cause susceptibility to sunburn). The steam-distilled version of the oil, however, is non-phototoxic.
4. Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Spearmint essential oil always makes me think of William Wrigley. He made this scent a household name, thanks to his brand of spearmint gum. It's a member of the mint family, like peppermint, but sweeter and less intense. This oil is recommended for many of the same things as peppermint oil. It is useful by itself and it blends well with peppermint, rosemary, basil, lavender, bay laurel, and orange. I heard about a guy who combined spearmint with cedarwood and called it “Woodspear.” Clever. Personally, I like to use spearmint for making my bathroom smell better.
5. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree oil (Australian) is literally a medicine cabinet in a bottle. One of the most antifungal essential oils available, melaleuca is indicated for a variety of problems, ranging from acne to athlete's foot, to insect bites. It has a characteristic medicinal smell, so it's not something I would recommend for freshening the air around the house or car. For cleaning, you can combine this oil with lemon (pine too) and disinfect a variety of surfaces against viruses, bacteria, fungi, and microbes. It also repels insects.
6. Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Black pepper essential oil is the sole spicy note on this list. I prefer this one over clove or cinnamon because it is less irritating to the skin. Black pepper has analgesic, circulatory stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and warming properties. This makes the oil a good choice for treating sports injuries like muscle strains and ligament sprains. Arthritis, tendonitis, and bruises are also healed with this oil. Blend black pepper with cedarwood and bergamot for a men's fragrance oil. Call it “Sean Spicer” if you are so inclined.
7. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
The final entry on my list is Bergamot. It's a peculiar fruit grown in southern Europe that tastes sour, but the essential oil is very sweet smelling with a floral hint to it without being feminine. In fact, I consider citrus essential oils to be neutral — they are neither masculine nor feminine — they compliment both. Bergamot is a mood-lifting oil that is also useful for treating oily skin and acne. Like lemon, bergamot is phototoxic, unless you opt for the Bergaptene-free version of the oil. Don't assume the bergamot you buy is free of Furanocoumarins like bergaptene unless the bottle specifically indicates this. Diffuse bergamot on its own to freshen up the air in your house and car, or blend it with cedarwood, pine and/or black pepper to make a men's natural fragrance.
These seven oils make a good starter kit for us guys. Not only do they have a masculine scent, they can be used for treating sports injuries as well as keeping one's living space clean and fresh smelling without being associated with anything girly.
Compiling this list wasn't easy; there were a number of "runners up." The oils that almost made the cut were: Vetiver, Orange, Mandarin, Lime, Nutmeg, Clove, and Frankincense.
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