Is there an essential oil that can boost testosterone levels and is it even possible? While doing some research on this topic an essential oil named Sandalwood Oil kept appearing in many articles as an oil that is supposed to improve testosterone production in men with low testosterone levels.
I read endless articles basically mentioning the same thing about this questionable oil. So I went searching for answers and for clinical studies on this oil. This is where it gets interesting there is basically no human studies that have been done on Sandalwood.
Does that mean we should just disregard it as a natural hormone enhancer? Well, sandalwood even though it is not that popular is a very interesting oil.
Sandalwood is a very highly valued and it is the second most expensive wood in the world, right after African Blackwood. The essential oil of sandalwood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandalwood trees which are 40-80 years old, although 80 years is preferred. The older the tree, the more oil is available, and the aroma is stronger.
It has a practical use in many religions such as
Besides claimed to be a T booster it is also used as a skincare product. But in the terms as a libido booster, it is known to be used as with sexual problems due to its aphrodisiac properties. Sandalwood enhances feelings of sexuality and openness by being a
Antispasmodic –This oil works against spasms and contractions by relaxing nerves, muscles and blood vessels.
Sedative – This oil sedates inflammation, anxiety, fear, stress, and restlessness. Furthermore, it induces relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, and positive thoughts.
Types of Sandalwood oil
As far as quality is concerned, Indian Sandalwood (botanical name Santalum Album) is considered best. There are two more varieties, namely the Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum Ellipticum), which is quite expensive, and the Australian Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum) which is not overly beneficial, but is commercially more in use, since the first two varieties are rare and subsequently expensive; the Indian variety is on the verge of extinction and is exorbitantly expensive.
Does it boost testosterone levels?
There are many claims that this oil can help balance hormones. In the context of testosterone, it is mentioned that it is only beneficial for men with low testosterone levels.
So where are the studies?
There are many reasons why studies haven’t been done on this oil. Plants that essential oils come from are living things in the public domain and therefore can’t be patented. Where there’s no patent, there’s often no profit and therefore no reason to conduct studies.
For example, supplements that have a patent may receive funding for research by the owners of the patent. These studies may actually be biased and done to mold a desired image of the product.
So in some cases research does not really provide 100% evidence a product works.
This is why even though there is no studies were done we have to take in consideration on its historical use. If a remedy has historical use of hundreds or even thousands of years with no studies it is still best to keep an open mind and conduct your own trial of the remedy.
How to use Sandalwood
There are many ways you can apply essential oils and each oil generally has its own preferred application. There are 3 types of ways to use Essential oils
Most pure essential oils can be used all three ways — but be careful: Not all essential oils are pure.
Inhaling essential oils are also known as aromatherapy. Inhaling is probably the best way to use sandalwood oils. When you inhale an essential oil it stimulates more than 1000 receptors in the nasal cavity. When essential oils reach the lungs a large number of blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and then circulate them throughout the body. Using a diffuser can help you experience the benefits of essential oils.
Inhaling certain essential oils may:
- help improve mood, emotions, and libido
- support sleep quantity and quality
- increase focus or alertness
- reduce feelings of stress or occasional anxiety
Essential oils have a very small size and of the chemical weight of less than 1000m (m = weight of molecule). According to scientific testing, any substance with a molecular weight below 1000m should be absorbed by the skin.
This means that essential oils are able to penetrate the skin and pass into the bloodstream and into different areas of the body for internal therapeutic benefits.
Be Sure to use all natural carrier oils Coconut oil is the best, most widely available and generally most affordable natural oil to use as a carrier oil.
Essential oils can be used as a powerful form of medicine but it should be remembered that again, essential oils are powerful. Most essential oils are safe for internal use but a little bit goes a long way. Usually, 1-3 drops is plenty mixed with water.
Some oils need to be diluted and shouldn’t be taken internally for more than 1 week. So if you don’t have experience with essential oils I would stay clear of this method of application.
Would I use Sandalwood as a testosterone booster? Probably not. Due to there not being enough evidence on these claims It wouldn’t make sense to take this approach especially when there are many easier ways to boost testosterone levels. Although I would still give this oil a try for its Antispasmodic and Sedative effects which would make it a great aphrodisiac to experiment with. Due to Sandalwood being so rare and expensive it may be hard to find a reliable product. I have just ordered some Indian Mysore Sandalwood Essential Oil, 100% I will update this post with some feedback soon.