5 Benefits of Essential Oils for Men

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One will rarely hear men using essential oils in their grooming routine, or at all for that matter, and men who still haven’t started using them simply have no idea what they’re missing. Essential oils have always been a part of our lives and grooming rituals, they have numerous uses, not to mention health and other benefits, and it’s time for all the men to jump on the essential oil bandwagon. Just in case you’re not convinced, we’re here to nudge you in the right direction with some pretty compelling benefits that come with using different oils, so let’s get started.

The wonders of eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil truly is a wonder as it comes with no less than twenty different benefits. In case you’re battling a sinus infection, just a few drops of eucalyptus oil and hot water, and a towel of course, can provide you with immediate relief as the scent is so strong that it opens up your sinuses almost immediately and you can finally breathe again. However, this isn’t the only way this oil comes in handy. When applied directly to the skin, it serves as a powerful natural bug repellent, not to mention that it’s a great alternative for vapor rub, and since it’s considered a powerful antiseptic it can also be used to treat cuts, scars, burns. On top of all that, for men who suffer migraines, rubbing the temples with a few drops of this oil can be of great help, and finally, when it comes to regular grooming, it is a total life saver against dandruff but the grooming winner is the fact that this powerful oil can be applied to acne and it will shrink and dry them right up without drying the rest of your skin.

Everyone deserves some R&R

We all led hectic lives and sometimes we need to shed all the stress off our shoulders and go for a nice and relaxing massage. Since we live in an age when everything can be delivered to our door, why go to a spa for a massage when you can book an at-home massage and have a spa day in the comfort of your very own home. You can of course, while waiting for your masseuse, set the mood with the music that puts you in that ‘chill’ mode, dim the lights, and light up some amazingly aromatic soy melts. The best possible scent you can choose is lavender. You may think it’s girly, but lavender has powerful soothing effect and you can even light these soy melts before hitting the hay as lavender will put you to sleep in almost no time at all.

Boost that immunity

Unhealthy diet, stressful lifestyle, lack of exercise – there are many factors that result in a dip of your immune system. While it is highly recommended that you bring your immunity in spick and span shape, there are, in the meantime, tons of essential oils that can be of great service for that purpose alone. You see, there are certain essential oils that contain terpenes, esters, phenolics, ethers and ketones, which have the power to fight foreign pathogens pose a threat to your health, and that is why you should turn to them. Luckily, there are tons of them, so you can take your pick according to scent preference. You have oregano, myrrh, ginger, lemon as well as cinnamon, and you can either rub them on the surface of your skin or place a few drops in an essential oil diffuser and create a bacteria-free environment.

Reduce anxiety

One of the original uses of essential oils is to create a stress-free environment that will help you shed anxiety and feel at peace again. Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, orange, rose, frankincense and vetiver are some of the finest oils for this particular purpose, as they all have incredible soothing properties. The best part is, you don’t have to do any of the work – you can simply open the bottle, sprinkle a few drops on your furniture or simply leave the bottle open, and when stress and anxiety really take a toll on you, simply inhale them for a few moments or rub a few drops on your temples and under your nose and you’ll begin to feel the anxiety leave your body almost immediately.

Enhance your skin

We live in a new era in which men have taken to personal grooming more seriously and diligently than ever before. The use beard oils, pomades, special shampoos and conditioners and have even taken to caring for their skin. However, aside from a cleanser and a men’s facial cream, they usually don’t go above and beyond for their skin. This is where essential oils step in. In case you’re battling acne, which isn’t uncommon, you need the antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory benefits of helichrysum oil. After a close shave your skin can become a tad irritated, and lavender is here again to soothe and soften the skin. Feel free to apply it on the irritated area, but make sure you dilute it with a bit of lukewarm water as on its own, it can be quite strong. Finally, if you have a skin that’s prone to producing excess sebum, a nice little bottle of lemongrass oil can definitely take care of that. Make a facial mist using distilled water and a few drops of this highly powerful oil, and you will be grease free forever.

From relaxation, immunity boost, to cuts and burns and even skincare, you will not find a problem that the right essential oil can’t fix. Just make sure you use them properly, always read the labels and you will get the results for every need you have, every single time.

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body

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5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Mind and Body

There’s probably nothing more common for a modern man than fighting stress on a daily basis. Family, expenses, work – all of these have something to add to the already existing pile of stressful activities. Guys are known not to pay attention to their mental health as much as women, and it’s probably high time we did something about that. We are getting older and older each day, so trying to find activities that will relax our body should be our main priority. Because, if not now – then when? Take a look at some of the options that will help you relax both your mind and body.

Take care of stress through massage sessions

Probably the best way to fight stress for a limited time is by booking yourself a massage. This is good news, as you can practically do this for all prices and anywhere you want to, but it would be excellent to choose the best of the best. You can either opt for a Melbourne relaxation massage or a Melbourne deep tissue massage, depending on the level of stress you want to fight. You can even have a Melbourne mobile massage and have the masseuse come to your home. Trust us, you will feel reborn just after one session, so rewarding yourself with one in a week or two weeks can seriously do wonders for both your body and mind. It’s OK to be a bit selfish at times, so knock yourself out!

Break some sweat

In order to relax your body and mind, you don’t have to choose only calm and soothing activities. For example, a couple of workouts a week can be an excellent way to do something for yourself that’s both healthy and interesting. If you’re not the sporty type of person, you should definitely invest in gym shoes and clothes now, and get yourself a gym membership so that you can start working on yourself. However, there are other options as well – you can wake up every morning an hour and a half earlier, and start your day with a morning jog. You’ll feel amazing after breaking some sweat and your whole day will be much more stress-free and less nerve-racking thanks to the blood that pumped through your body.

Take a trip

Why not simply take a couple days off work and recharge your batteries in a distant and exotic place? Traveling is something that has many benefits, so you should seriously consider this option. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you can opt for a weekend getaway to a nearby city that you haven’t seen before, or pay a visit to a resort that’s not very far away. On the other hand, if you manage to get a week or so off, you should definitely book tickets to a place you’ve always wanted to see. Traveling is always a great option, and you should take every chance you have to do it.

Leave your work at work

You might be the employee of the month or year, but you don’t have to think about your work constantly. Since work-induced stress leads to nervousness, aggravation and even depression, it’s best that you leave your work where it belongs, and think about something else the moment you step out of the office. Even though it is easier said than done, you can find other activities that will preoccupy your mind. Being hard-working and devoted is a great thing, of course, but it’s best to learn when to stop.

Work on your breathing

Yes, it does sound ridiculous, as all of us breathe, right? However, even though many people don’t take this seriously, learning how to breathe properly can seriously help you in many ways. There are many breathing exercises online that you can try out and you will see how deep breathing for ten minutes a day and not thinking about anything else than the actual process of breathing can help you fight stress and feel so much better.

However, even though these practices are the most common and the best ones to fight stress and relax your body and mind, there are other options as well, such as taking up yoga or going to dance classes. Just find the thing that you enjoy the most, and try to be happy. It works!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.