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erectile dysfunction

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Libido Low, Low Testonerone

Erectile dysfunction is when a male cannot start, maintain, or looses an erection that is firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Occasional occurrences of this kind are not uncommon in males but if it happens frequently (more than 25% of the time) then it is termed erectile dysfunction.

The root cause for this condition can be physical or emotional. To test if the cause may be emotional be aware of nighttime erections. Normal males will have 3 to 5 per night and if you experience erectile dysfunction but continue with normal nighttime erections the problem is probably not physical. Emotional concerns are more common among younger men and almost all males experience some erectile dysfunction with aging. Physical problems include difficulties with the nerves to the penis, inadequate blood circulation to the penis, improper functioning of veins that trap blood and maintain erection and the signals from the brain that control all of these complexities.

Emotional causes may come from stress, depression or performance anxiety. Physical causes can be atherosclerosis or other blood flow diseases, nerve diseases, low hormone (testosterone) levels, excess use of alcohol or drugs, physical injury, scar tissue in the penis (Peyronie’s disease) or the side effects of some medication.

Erectile dysfunction is different than premature ejaculation, is not connected with male infertility and usually is not connected with male sex drive.


[search helps: ED, impotence, sexual dysfunction]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Basil, Clary SageEC, Coriander, Cypress, Anti-Aging BlendC, SandalwoodEC, Ylang YlangE

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: Black Pepper, Frankincense, Geranium, Anti-Aging Blend

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Here is a summary of what others have suggested:

  Foundational nutrition is important: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) used consistently.

  Anti-Aging Blend topically applied to the genital area.

  Hormonal balance and sexual stimulants: Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang. Topical, inhalation and internal have all been mentioned.

  Circulation improvement: Coriander, Cypress. Apply topically with dilution.

  Anxiety and Stress: Basil, Lavender, Ylang Ylang. Inhale using any of the common techniques such as cup and inhale, diffusion or a few drops on a pillow.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Annette - Does anyone have an essential oil suggestion for a man with erectile dysfunction. I have suggested making a blend of vetiver, sandalwood, clary sage, and ylang ylang in a roller bottle and applying like cologne.  Are there other suggestions?

Tamalu - We have had resounding success with erectile dysfunction using Anti-Aging Blend twice or more daily.  I generally recommend that the man apply the oil to the prostate area and up the scrotum and other man-parts.  The oils in Anti-Aging Blend are all very restorative to the cells, and have shown themselves to reduce inflammation, congestion and cellular damage in the prostate.  Those clients who are using the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) Pack get quicker results (as soon as 3 days), while those who used only Anti-Aging Blend took a little longer.

Carolyn – Ylang Ylang


Christine - What (...) oil or blend works for ED? Massage Blend? I'm thinking it is more for lack of blood flow rather than romantic feelings. Would peppermint work?

SM - Any of the following might help. Geranium, Cypress, Coriander, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Frankincense, Rosemary, Basil. I think I would use Geranium, Cypress, Coriander, or Black Pepper if you have it.  Apply Frankincense first – massage onto area, diluted of course. Then I would try the Cypress for a while and see if you get any results.

Rhonda - I would hesitate to use oils such peppermint or Black Pepper, etc that might burn the area. Men may not like that feeling and perhaps during intercourse it may cause "burning" in the vaginal area. Others suggest clary sage to the area. I would recommend LLV.

Kelly - I was told sandalwood was also a good one for testosterone so maybe?

Pat - I have also heard Sandalwood to be a great oil for this.

Lori - It's been explained to me that ED has a direct correlation of the blood flow going through the heart as well.  Dubbed as the "dip stick" test. ;) 40% of 40+ yr olds and 70% of 70+ yr olds are said to have this problem. I do not know if Omega 3 helps clear already clogged blood vessels, but it does help prevent.  The LLV and even the Detoxifying Blend oil and supplements to help clear out and support the body organs. Clary Sage is to help with hormonal balancing.  I would use with it Cypress and Geranium. Those are my thoughts.


Betty - I have some men that are interesting in oils that can help with low libido and erectile dysfunction.  They do not want to take any medication.  Some recommend clary sage, and ylang ylang and Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend).  Are there any other oils you would recommend.

Pat - Try those first, I have heard that LLV helps with this.

Susie – Yes, it does.


Renee - There doesn't seem to be much info on a protocol for impotence.  One source says Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood: diffuse and/or apply topically to temples, wrists and back of neck as needed.  Another source says, clary sage, clove, ginger and sandalwood topically and internally.  I have already placed the order for my friend for clary sage, sandalwood and ylang ylang.   So from the instructions on the reflexology chart, would you recommend he apply these oils to his ankles?  Also, if anyone has treated this condition successfully, would you share what you used and how you used the oils. 

Amelia1968 - Yes to ankles as well. I have even heard of taking Ylang Ylang as well as clary sage in veggie capsule for this as well. Probably about 3 drops of each daily. If the guy is open to muscle testing you can always muscle test him to see which oils will work best for his needs. Also I think the LLV can only improve matters...just a personal opinion...but the xEOmega does help the blood flow better so it only stands to reason it'd help in this way too.

Renee - Update: when I delivered the oils and protocol to my friend (woman w/no experience with eo for therapeutic use) she was experiencing a heavy premenopausal day. (first day of cycle after 4 months of nothing) she was wrung out emotionally. I told her I would not wait to give these oils to her significant other (for the impotence) but that I would open the clary sage and the ylang ylang right away and apply them to her ovaries. A few hours later she was thrilled with how much better she felt. And the next day reported her sweetheart was responding very well to the oils.



Sharon -  I'm going to a Bridal Shower and thought I'd make a nice blend as a gift.  Something they can take along on the honeymoon along with a massage book. Any suggestions?

Carolyn – Maybe some Blend for Women in FCO?

Sharon - I was thinking of Blend for Women too, maybe with a bit of Lime. How much do you think I should add to a bottle of FCO? . Krisy - Ylang ylang is great for a honeymoon! Very calming. And helps set the mood.

Carolyn - Blend for Women has Ylang Ylang in it, and Ylang Ylang was my first thought. I'd probably dilute it pretty heavily, maybe 20-25 drops and fill the remainder with FCO in a 15 ml bottle.  

Melanie - I love ylang ylang with a drop of wild orange. It smells great coming from the diffuser.

Gin - I'd consider the rose lotion and some Grounding Blend.

RWS - I've given a blend of lemongrass, vetiver, and ylang ylang and have heard rave reviews. Vetiver increases libido, lemongrass balances hormones, ylang ylang treats frigidity. Apparently gets the attention of the groom.  I did combine this in a roller bottle that the bride applied over her thyroid, behind ears and wrists.  It smells a little lemon-y but it does work.

Renee - I have several friends claiming Clary Sage was an aphrodisiac for them.

Kira - I would definitely do the Ylang Ylang, I love that oil it makes me feel happy so I can  imagine it would be good.

GO - Cinnamon, peppermint, wild orange in FCO and grapeseed oil.  Cooling and warming when blown on.

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