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low testosterone (hypogonadism)

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


Low testosterone levels in males can occur as early as birth or during childhood but the more common occurrence is in adult males.  The medical measure of testosterone in the body is in nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl).  The average among males is approximately 700 ng/dl at age 25 and steadily reduces to about 500 ng/dl at age 60.  300 ng/dl would be considered a normal but low number.

The reasons for reduced levels of testosterone can come from a variety of conditions.  WebMD lists this summary of potential causes:

   Injury to the testicles

   Testicular cancer or treatment for testicular cancer

   Hormonal disorders



   Chronic liver or kidney disease

   Type 2 diabetes


Symptoms of low levels can include fatigue, loss of concentration, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction and with extremely low levels can also include hot flashes and physical changes such as decreased muscle mass, beard or body hair, etc.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Clary Sage, Geranium, Sandalwood

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV), GI Cleansing Formula, Detoxifying Blend

Also consider: Grounding Blend, Rosemary

Suggested protocols:

Add 1-2 drops of Sandalwood to 1 Tablespoon of FCO and apply topically to testicles and bottoms of feet. Same procedure can be used with Clary Sage or other oils above.  Also consider diffusing these oils or using other inhalation techniques.

Some suggest the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) on a regular, consistent basis.  If the root problem is possible infection doing a GI Cleansing Formula or other detoxification should be considered.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Nicole - My husband is only 32 and has been very irritable and tired lately. The doctor just called and said that his testosterone levels are very low. Lower than low, he said. What oil could I use to help with this??

Heather - Sandalwood is supposed to up levels of testosterone. Suggested hormone regulation for men is Clary Sage, Sandalwood or Geranium (1-2 drops in 1 Tspn FCO) applied topically to testes and to bottoms of feet.  Aromatic: 1-2 drops on hands or diffuse to inhale oil. (from For Him section of Essential Oils for Maternity)

Energy4life - Vitamin D is a precursor for testosterone... if you don't have enough vitamin D in your body, you can't make testosterone (or estrogen). So, in addition to the oils recommended, get out in the sunshine with no sunscreen for at least 20 minutes a day, exposing a good percentage of the skin to direct sun (but not to the point of sunburn of course).

Pat - Rosemary is a good oil for him to try also Grounding Blend, Clary Sage, Geranium and Sandalwood. These should be put on the reflex points of his feet.


Debbie - I have a need to know if there is an essential oil that would help with a male to naturally build the testosterone levels in his body and reduce the estrogen dominance levels that have brought about belly fat? He knows his hormonal level is out and just wants to do something naturally without side effects to restore those levels in his male body to normal.

Larissa - I have not found an oil that works for this, so maybe someone else out there will know.  In my experience, I have always found that the best way to balance that is with natural progesterone cream.

Pat - Oils that would be good for this situation are Clary Sage, Sandalwood or Geranium. You should muscle test these to see what would be best. Is his prostate enlarged? If he is having frequent urination due to enlarged prostate he should do equal amounts of Frankincense and Helichrysum, put some on the hands and rub the oil behind the testicles in front of the anus. Do this every morning after the showerThe LLV supplements will make a big difference.


Lil - A friend is asking what (...) oils he could use for hormonal support for adequate testosterone levels. Any suggestions?

Rob - My experience is that it takes some problem solving. There are so many different causes and factors that the most productive solutions are practically endless.  first, I would completely eliminate refined sugars.  This might be the single most important thing he can do to change hormonal imbalance.  Also, drink lots of water, room temperature, no ice with 3 or so drops of Lemon oil.  Use Grapefruit daily on the lymph nodes, then consider (...) Grounding Blend, Clary Sage, Geranium, Cypress,  Frankincense, or Vetiver. Apply using back massage followed by a hot compress.  Or neck and shoulder massage.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen

Abscesses are nature's way of purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells, therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic, can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.

In general, the brighter and tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.


Abscesses heal when the discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to close.

According to Dr. J. Christopher “The basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the accumulation of impurities in the blood.”

Poultices will bring the abscess to a head and clean it out.

A poultice made of 1 part Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out the toxins as well as relieving pain

· A poultice made of hot onions put directly over the abscessed area

Add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.


How to make a poultice:

Dried Herb Poultice

Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.


Fresh Herb Poultice

Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.


Dr. Mom the Kitchen:

Garlic Tea

1 small garlic Clove minced and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey

Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of mint or sage

½ teaspoons minced parsely

Let steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint, however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator and will be good for two days.

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