Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a frustrating experience for many men. Men with this common condition will naturally seek out potential treatment options, including alternative therapies.

Humans have practiced aromatherapy – the use of essential oils from plants and flowers – for thousands of years. Today, research shows that certain essential oils can help boost libido and improve erectile dysfunction.

This article will discuss natural ways to improve erectile dysfunction through aromatherapy.

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What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the frequent inability to get or maintain an erection for sexual activity. It is one of the most common sexual problems that men can experience, affecting nearly 30 million men in the United States.

Symptoms include difficulty getting an erection, difficulty maintaining an erection, and decreased sexual desire.

Men of any age can suffer from erectile dysfunction, although the likelihood of developing it increases with age.

In addition to aging, other risk factors for erectile dysfunction are:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Diabetes
  • Drug use
  • Obesity
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hypercholesterolemia or high blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Depression or anxiety

Physical and emotional health is strongly linked to ED.

Essential oils for the symptoms of ED

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts obtained from the flowers, roots, leaves, stems and fruits of plants. The extracts contain therapeutic properties that may help improve ED.


Cinnamon is a powerful spice that offers a number of health benefits including increased blood flow and improved circulation.

In animal studies, cinnamon has been shown to improve erectile function. It has also been shown to aid in the relaxation of smooth muscles in the penis.

Another study showed that cinnamon can increase testosterone levels, sperm count, and sperm motility.

Along with more testosterone and improved blood flow to the penis, cinnamon can help maintain an erection for sexual activity. However, more studies are needed to further assess the effects of cinnamon.

Clary sage

Clary sage essential oil is used to stimulate blood circulation, balance hormones, improve mood, and calm the nervous system.

Hormonal imbalances, poor circulation, and stress are all common causes of erectile dysfunction. Clary sage oil can help reduce inhibitions and create feelings of arousal for sexual activity.


Ginger is a powerful antioxidant widely used for its many health benefits.

An animal study found that daily use of ginger extract increased sperm production after just 22 days of supplementation.

Another study found that a combination of ginger, muira puama, Paullinia cupana, and L-citrulline is effective in delaying or reversing the onset of age-related erectile dysfunction. However, more research is needed to validate these results.


Lavender is a popular essential oil, and for good reason. It has a long history of medicinal uses, helping with everything from improving sleep to stabilizing mood and increasing sexual desire.

One study found that the scent of lavender combined with pumpkin pie increased penile blood flow by 40%.

Lavender aromatherapy is an easy way to relax, improve mood, and decrease anxiety and depression, which can be helpful in stimulating sexual desire and increasing erections.


Rose essential oil is beneficial for the circulatory system and is known to increase blood flow to the penis.

One study found that rose extract improved sexual dysfunction in men with depression and those who suffered from erectile dysfunction following treatment with SSRIs (drugs used to treat mental health disorders).

Rose oil not only improved the sexual function of the study participants, but also reduced their depression.

Rose essential oil can also increase testosterone levels, which can increase sexual desire.

Ylang ylang

Ylang-ylang essential oil is used to improve self-esteem, calm anxiety, and provide a feeling of well-being. It is also proven to reduce depression, anxiety, hypertension, and stress, all of which can interfere with healthy sexual functioning and sexual desire.

Health benefits

Erectile dysfunction has several causes, and essential oils can help alleviate some of these common problems.

Essential oils offer a number of men’s health benefits for improving erectile dysfunction, including:

  • Better sleep
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased libido
  • Strengthened self-esteem
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced anxiety

A word from Verywell

For many men, treating erectile dysfunction requires a trial and error approach. If you want to experiment with essential oils to help you with your erectile dysfunction, try different ones until you find the scents that are most effective and stimulating for you.

Although many men find it embarrassing to talk about erectile dysfunction, it’s important to remember that it is a common condition and that healthcare professionals know how to treat it. Talk to your doctor if your erectile dysfunction persists and home remedies aren’t helping. Be persistent until you find the right treatment to improve your sexual health and overall quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to use essential oils for erectile dysfunction?

    There are several ways to use essential oils for erectile dysfunction:

    • Mix a few drops of essential oil into a vegetable oil (for example, olive oil, avocado oil) and massage it on your back and abdomen.
    • Mix a few drops of essential oil with water and spray it on your bedding.
    • Use a diffuser in the bedroom to diffuse the scent.
    • Use a hot / cold compress to massage your abdomen and lower back.
    • Add a few drops to your bath water.

    Do not ingest essential oils, and always dilute them in vegetable oil before applying them to the skin.

  • Can Diet Affect Erectile Dysfunction?

    Poor diet can contribute to excess weight and related health issues that can increase your chances of developing erectile dysfunction. Research confirms a link between diet and erectile dysfunction. Eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and reducing your alcohol intake can improve your overall health and erectile function.

  • Do essential oils for sex improve blood circulation?

    Certain essential oils are known to improve blood circulation and can help reduce erectile dysfunction. One study found 30 scents that increased blood flow to the penis. Lavender combined with the scent of pumpkin pie was the most effective, increasing penile blood flow by 40%. The combination of black licorice and donut was the second most effective scent, increasing penile blood flow by 31.5%. Nutmeg is also an aphrodisiac known to improve circulation, which may be effective in improving erectile function.

  • What aphrodisiac fragrances increase libido?

    Humans have used foods and perfumes as aphrodisiacs to increase desire for thousands of years. Essential oils derived from certain plants and flowers are known to stimulate sexual desire, improve performance, and increase pleasure. The essential oils of cardamom, clary sage, jasmine, patchouli, rose, and ylang-ylang are all popular aphrodisiacs known to increase libido.