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Erectile Dysfunction - a sensitive topic for most men.

A truly touchy topic for most men, to admit that their manhood is unable to work anymore or work when it needs to work. In a 2003 study of 729 Singaporean men above the age of 30, 51.3% of them admitted to having some degrees of erectile dysfunction (ED).

ED can be caused by physical and/or psychological causes with risk factors increase the chances of erectile dysfunction happening.

Some of the common physical causes include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity 
  • Diabetes
  • Sleeping disorders

Some of the common psychological causes include:

  • Very high-stress levels
  • Depression and anxiety issues

Some of the common risk factors include:

  • Heavy substance use (tobacco, alcohol or drugs)
  • Certain medical treatments (to the prostate area)
  • Certain medication (anti-depressants or diuretics)

For all essential oil or aromatherapy users, there are additional options that are available to you as opposed to over the counter viagra or some pills that you bought for a dodgy porn site/ salesperson in a back alley (I sincerely suggest you don't use those pills). 

 Essentials oils that aid with erectile dysfunction

1. Rose

There is a reason why people give each other Roses on Valentine's day. Rose oil address a few of the psychological causes of ED such as high stress, anxiety or depression with its calming effects. Its scent was shown to improve relaxation in human, while it is also known to increase libido and sperm production.

2. Lavender

Lavender works to address both the physical and psychological causes of ED. Lavender oil firstly acts relaxant and anti-depressant, additionally, the scent aids in increasing penile blood flow based on a study involving lavender and pumpkin pie.

 3. Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is a well-known aphrodisiac in addition to having strong euphoric properties. Thus, Ylang Ylang oil is able to treat the psychological causes of ED by addressing anxiety, depression and high stress.

4. Cinnamon 

Based on studies conducted on animals, Cinnamon oil has been shown to stimulate the level of hormones, leading increase testicle weight, seminal vesicles, sperm count, testosterone levels and quality of sperm. Another excuse for eating cinnamon rolls.  

5. Ginger

Daily consumption of ginger extracts is shown to have increased the sperm and hormonal function in rats. Ginger tea anyone?

6. How to apply

The ways to apply the essential oils include:

  1.  Using a hot/cold herbal compress ball to massage them into your abdomen and lower back.
  2. Massage the essential oils with a carrier oil into your abdomen and lower back.
  3. Use a diffuser, nebuliser, burner or candle to spread the scent.
  4. Or add a few drops into your bath water and enjoy a nice bath

Final Note

Despite essential oils being able to address certain minor causes of ED, do note your ED may be caused by major health problems, participating in "risk factor" activities or serve physiological issues. Please consult a certified medical/physiological professional, who may be able to identify the root of your ED and prescribe you proper steps or method to address your ED.