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Essential oils can be helpful for both young & old members of the family and they also provide a wonderful way to support health issues that are unique to men. It is often common for men to hide emotions or to ignore minor health issues that don’t hinder their function on a daily basis. Whether it is to combat depression, to support prostate health or to simply provide relief after shaving, essential oils can help men in practical and effective ways.

Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Often men are less likely to open up about feelings of anxiety or depression. They may be less likely to seek treatment or to be aware of natural ways to support their mental health. Essential oils such as wild orange are uplifting and help with anxiety, and nervousness. Wild orange and lavender help to combat insomnia which is often associated with anxiety and depression. Stress is also a common problem for many men and simply inhaling or diffusing lemon essential oil can help balance emotions and bring about a more energised mood. Inhaling wild orange can help with something as simple as calming feelings of fear before a presentation or promoting a more uplifting outlook on days of low mood.

Urinary & Prostate Health

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death for men in Ireland. Natural remedies can help support and promote prostate health on a daily basis. As well as helping to balance emotions & ease symptoms of depression; Frankincense essential oil also supports prostate health. Placing a few drops under the tongue each day will help promote longevity and benefit the prostate. Juniper berry helps with wound healing, nightmares and for men in particular supports both urinary and prostate health. Massaging Juniper into the abdomen daily is a good way to experience the therapeutic benefits.

Shaving

Essential oils can improve men’s health in very practical ways such as providing skin relief after shaving. Shaving daily can often cause skin irritation or sometimes simply leave skin feeling dry or itchy. Mixing oils such as Lavender and Melaleuca into the skin with carrier oil can help provide effective relief for angry skin. Melaleuca has natural antiseptic properties to fight bacteria and lavender provides a calming and soothing effect both of which can help with ingrown hairs and overall skin health.

Aftershave

Similar to women’s perfumes, many men’s colognes contain chemicals and synthetic fragrances that can be toxic and bad for health. Replacing cologne with a mixture of essential oils is a great way to smell great and experience the health benefits of essential oils on a daily basis. Mixing citrus oils such a bergamot with earthy oils such as sandalwood, combine well and also provide a great mood boost.

Concentration

Many working roles for men today are sedentary and it can be difficult to stay focused & motivated without turning to caffeine and sugary stimulants. Inhaling oils such as lemon, wild orange, lime and peppermint can have an uplifting and invigorating effect. Diffusing essential oils such as rosemary in a room is a great way to improve memory and concentration. Spritzing peppermint on shirt collars is a great way to both smell great & feel refreshed throughout the day.

 

Hair Loss

Hair loss and baldness can be all too common for men and can cause emotional distress and a lack of confidence. Using the right blend of essential oils for balancing hormones can help combat male pattern baldness. Massaging rosemary into the scalp each day before shampooing can help with hair loss and improving the thickness of hair.

‘Hair Help’

20 drops rosemary

10 drops lavender

12 drops geranium

15 drops cedarwood

10 drops peppermint

Mix oils with 1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil and store in a glass container. Massage into hair and scalp daily and leave for 15 mins before shampooing out.

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

kids school

The ability to focus can be challenging for individuals of any age but can prove particularly difficult for children. These days our senses are constantly bombarded with images and sounds, often making it difficult to switch off the “noise” of modern living. Technology, the foods we eat and a busier pace of life can be just some of the factors contributing to a decline of our attention span.

Essential oils are powerful tools for effectively improving our focus, concentration level and memory. Whether it is to elevate mood, ease tension or to feel more alert, using essential oils can help bring focus to a busy day. One of the best ways to experience the powerful benefits of essential oils and to improve brain function is to diffuse them aromatically or inhale their scent. This is a simple and quick way to initiate a quick physical and emotional response in the brain.

Using the following essential oils can be very effective for achieving mental clarity and can be of huge benefit in a learning environment. Just like adults, children can often be affected by daily stresses so it is important to create a positive and happy learning atmosphere for them.

Top Oils for Children’s focus

Rosemary

Applying rosemary topically under the nose or across the head, aids in improving memory and mental performance. Diffusing rosemary while children are doing homework is an ideal way to combat mental fatigue after a long day of learning. It is also a wonderful oil for emotional balance so an ideal aroma to spread around a busy house.

Lemon

Lemon essential oil aids concentration and also reduces stress. It mixes wonderfully with Rosemary making it an ideal blend to diffuse during periods of study. Simply inhaling lemon essential oil from the bottle can elevate mood, balance emotions and improve concentration.

Orange & Peppermint

One of my favourite combinations, combining these two oils creates a ‘focus blend’ which is both refreshing and a wonderful mood boost. Spritzing this mix on a shirt collar or inhaling the blend at the beginning of the school day helps children to start the day feeling alert and happy.

Vetiver

Diffusing Vetiver aromatically or applying it to the feet, spine and back of neck can be an effective way to improve concentration. It is the ‘Oil of Tranquillity’ which when blended with lavender is helpful for ADHD and overall focus.

Frankincense

Frankincense is renowned for easing tension and assisting with focus. It is commonly used when practicing meditation and is also known for its antidepressant properties. This is an ideal essential oil to use for children who are easily distracted, bored, restless or hyperactive.

Kids Concentration Protocol

  • 2 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops Vetiver

Diffuse or spritz on collar of school shirt.

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

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