Nature has provided us with an abundance of natural products which can do so much for our health and wellbeing, in addition to wonderful benefits for the skin and hair. Whilst most men may assume that these products are mainly a “woman thing”, and choose the gym as their preferred healthy option, natural products are suitable for everyone, with some having unique benefits for men’s health and wellbeing:
Pumpkin seed oil is packed with zinc which stimulates the body to produce more testosterone, thus boosting sperm health and increasing sperm production and fertility, in addition to helping to build more muscle. The high level of protein is also helpful for building, maintaining and repairing muscle. More importantly, pumpkin seed oil strengthens the prostate gland, ensuring a healthy prostate function and protecting against the risk of prostate problems such as benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH or enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer. Pumpkin seed oil can also assist with hair loss or thinning caused by blocked follicles or dead skin build-up.
High in antioxidants to protect against inflammation and chronic disease, pumpkin seed oil has a wealth of additional benefits: It improves the immune system; speeds up metabolism; helps to remove toxins from the body; reduces the risk of certain cancers; improves bladder health, helps to reduce symptoms of an overactive bladder, and protects against bladder and kidney stones; normalises high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels, thus improving heart health; promotes bone health; supports liver function; reduces inflammation and is helpful in treatment of arthritis; normalises the intestines and reduces the acidity of the stomach; improves sleep quality; encourages mental well-being, improving mood and energy; promotes healthy skin, soothes inflammation and acne, and firms and repairs the signs of ageing. For the ladies, pumpkin seed oil helps to balance the hormones and reduce the symptoms of PMS or menopause.
Rucola seed oil was an ancient Egyptian remedy for increasing male potency, which has stood the test of time and is still successfully used for the prevention and treatment of erectile dysfunction. It promotes the sensory function to enhance and prolong sensation and sensitivity during those intimate moments. Rucola seed oil stimulates the production of testosterone, boosting sperm health and activity, and increasing sperm count and male fertility. Furthermore, it is an excellent remedy for hair loss or baldness – it nourishes and strengthens hair follicles, awakens the dormant hair follicles, stimulates growth of strong and healthy hair, and prevents further hair loss.
Packed with antioxidant properties and essential nutrients, rucola seed oil has many health boosting benefits: protects against inflammation and chronic disease; boosts the immune system; promotes metabolism; increases blood flow, increases the level of haemoglobin in the blood, reduces high blood pressure, improves the functions of blood vessels, reduces cholesterol levels, maintains blood sugar levels – promoting heart health; supports teeth, bones and eye health; cleanses the urinary tract system; aids digestion, cleanses the gastrointestinal tract and protects against gastric ulcers; improves joint mobility; enhances the condition of the skin and nails. For women, rucola seed oil is an excellent source for prenatal care as it is rich in folates including folic oil.
Black seed oil can assist with fertility problems in men by increasing the production of testosterone, improving sexual stamina, and positively affecting sperm quality, count and mobility. It can also assist with boosting urine production, effectively improving prostate function and health, and protecting against future prostate issues. Furthermore, it can also help to strengthen hair follicles and protect against hair loss or thinning and promote hair growth.
Black seed oil is one of the most powerful immunomodulators. It possesses a huge range of health benefits thanks to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties: protects the body from cell damage and chronic diseases; aids the digestive tract, improves digestion and overall gut health, and protects the kidneys; relieves upper respiratory tract conditions, and helps to prevent asthma and other allergies; enhances liver health; lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels and helps the blood vessels to remain flexible – improving and maintaining heart health; eases inflammation, muscular aches and joint pain; eliminates fungal infections and blemishes; soothes and heals skin and scalp conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and acne, and stimulates skin regeneration and healing.
Cinnamon has been shown to stimulate hormone levels, increase testosterone levels and therefore increase sexual functioning. It also has a strong effect on the circulatory system and promotes blood flow to the genitals and is therefore likely to facilitate sexual arousal and be a helpful weapon against erectile dysfunction. Animal studies have found it to be particularly useful in age related disorders. Cinnamon is also believed to protect the male reproductive system, and improves sperm count and quality, and therefore is helpful for addressing fertility issues. Additionally it is a potent aphrodisiac, and a study showed that the aroma of cinnamon increased blood flow to the penis by 20%.
Absolutely crammed with health-boosting properties, cinnamon oil has powerful effects on the immune system and metabolism, and has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice, in addition to strong anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties. These properties are responsible for a number of health benefits: protects the body from cell damage and chronic diseases; protects against ischaemic damage and subsequent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, in addition to reducing symptoms of those already in the throes of the disease; has an anti-diabetic effect by reducing blood sugar levels and increasing insulin sensitivity; improves heart health by stimulating nitric oxide production for its vasodilator effects, and decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol levels; may help in the prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer; fights fungal and bacterial infections, including respiratory tract infections, gastric ulcers caused by H.pylori bacteria, sore throats, listeria and salmonella, tooth decay, fungal infections such as candida albicans and athlete’s foot; protects against parasites; soothes inflammatory skin conditions such as allergic rashes and acne; antioxidant effects slow down the signs of ageing.
Sandalwood oil is a very popular ingredient in men’s cologne, and for good reason – in addition to its amazing aroma, it’s a natural aphrodisiac. It is known to balance hormone levels, improve blood flow, stimulate physical sensuality, arouse feelings of intimacy, and increase libido. It relieves anxiety and may help men suffering from impotence. Sandalwood is also a wonderful aftershave balm – calming, soothing and rehydrating the skin and relieving any redness. It’s also great for any nicks and cuts as it promotes wounds healing and protects against bacteria. Additionally as a mild astringent it can soothe, cleanse and tighten the skin, and moreover can help against acne, eczema, psoriasis and common warts. Its high antioxidant property helps to prevent skin ageing and reduces dark spots.
For centuries sandalwood oil has been an important ingredient in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Some studies have supported its traditional uses, and it is known to have a number of health benefits: promotes mental clarity and alertness, reduces anxiety and instils a sense of calm; may help protect against skin cancer; has a similar effect as NSAIDs to decrease inflammation; as a natural expectorant it’s helpful in the treatment of colds and coughs; as a mild analgesic, it can help to reduce nerve, joint pain and muscle pain, and alleviate muscle spasms, and is particularly recommended for relief from sciatica.
Please note that this oil should never be taken internally. Nor should it be applied directly to the skin, but must be diluted with a carrier oil.
Being healthy is not just about getting the body physically in shape on the outside, add a natural oil to your daily routine to complete the effect.