Essential Oils for Erectile Dysfunction (and Do They Work?)
Erectile dysfunction continues to be a far-reaching problem amongst males. ED refers to the incapacity to have and maintain an erection. It usually manifests before intercourse occurs.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases notes that ED is a very common condition that affects over 30 million men in the United States. And although ED affects men of all ages, multiple studies have shown that older men are more prone to the condition than their younger counterparts.
ED can be caused by a wide variety of issues; the NIDDK outlined that it is caused mainly by the numerous factors that may affect the vascular system, nervous system, and endocrine system of an individual. But generally, ED can be generally related to any of the following:
– Insufficient blood flow: ED can be caused when the penis does not get enough blood. This could be brought on by medical conditions like high blood pressure or having a high level of cholesterol.
– Damaged nerve tissue: Some medical conditions or medications have the possibility of causing nerve damage around the penis and prevent erections from happening. An example of a condition like this is Peyronie’s disease.
– Lack of stimulation: This is mainly caused by factors that are psychological in nature like depression or anxiety. Other types of triggers include neurological conditions that disturb signals between the penis and the brain.
ED can be treated and managed with a wide range of medication. In addition to this, there are also naturally occurring substances that hold the possibility of alleviating the symptoms.
An example of such a naturally occurring substance is what is referred to as essential oils. These oils are made from plant extracts,and they contain the chemical compounds that constitute the scent of the plant from which they are derived.
These oils are made by distillation and have potentially harmful effects should they be used in their raw form which is why they need to be diluted in a carrier oil before application.
An example of carrier oil is sweet almond oil,and an ideal dilution dosage is 3 – 5 drops of essential oil in an ounce of carrier oil. Essential oils are different,and as such they share little in common as most oils have its own unique properties and they also tend to achieve different results.
There are other ways in which a carrier oil can be used. Here are some of them:
– Make use of a diffuser
– Apply the oil to a spray and use in the room where you are present
– Apply a few drops of the oil into the carrier oil and massage it into your abdominal areas and lower back.
– Make a hot or cold-water compress and apply it to the lower back or abdomen
– Add a few drops of essential oil to your bedsheets and pillowcases.
There is a vast number of essential oils in the market and the moment,so It is important you study each oil before you commit to it.
Here is a list of our top essential oils for Erectile Dysfunction:
Ginger has developed a reputation for being the go-to naturally occurring substance when dealing with inflamed areas of the body. This is due to its rich antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to a study done in 2014, daily ginger extract supplements given to mice triggered the production of sperm after 22 days. Other studies also showed that ginger extracts were able to reduce the infertility rate in male rats.
Research also done on rats showed that cinnamon extracts were able to increase their reproductive health, trigger the production of sperm and testosterone which inadvertently led to an increase in sexual functioning.
Not known to be a natural aphrodisiac, watermelon seed extracts have been discovered to have antioxidant properties and can protect and increase sperm health in rats. A study done in 2013 showed that after being administered a daily dose of watermelon seed extract for 28 days, a group of male rats experienced an increase in sperm concentration and motility when compared the control group.
Aloe Vera is one of the widest known and used supplement in traditional and modern medicine. Used for a wide variety of purposes, research done on mice indicated that Aloe Vera extracts could be useful in treating sexual dysfunction as it could lead to cell division and stimulate testosterone production which leads to an increase in sperm count.
Extracts from this plant have a long history of being used as ingredients when making traditional ED medicine in southern Asia. A study discovered that nutmeg leads to a higher level of sexual activity in rats.
Clove extracts are another traditional aphrodisiac used in Unani medicine. A study that found an increased and sustained increase in the sexual activity of rats that were fed clove extracts.
Roses have always had a way of curing depressions and helping relaxation efforts in human and animal studies. By nature, it is an aphrodisiac that has been long suspected of being able to bring about happiness and self-confidence that aids sensuality.
Rose oils have been known to increase libido and increases the rate of sperm and testosterone production. A study done in 2012 showed that rats that were exposed to rose oilwere spared from the harmful effects of formaldehyde inhalation.
It is important to note that although there is evidence that shows that essential oils help with dealing with specific conditions, other studies have shown that they could also have negative effects on the body.
These oils are not regulated by the FDA (U.S Food & Drug Administration),and as such we advise they should be used with caution and after you have consulted with your medical doctor.