Top 5 Romantic Essential Oils
Aphrodisiac essential oils can make a romantic evening with that special someone even more enjoyable. They work by relaxing the mind and alleviating any discomfort you may be experiencing. Depending upon the occasion; some suggestions for use might be in the bath, in a massage lotion or oil, or in a diffuser.
What is an aphrodisiac oil?
Although essential oils have many therapeutic properties, most people don’t realize that certain essential oils are also aphrodisiac. An aphrodisiac essential oil has the potential to induce love and romance, so it is a great mood setter for a special romantic occasion, or a Valentine’s dinner.
As human beings, we’re strongly impacted by fragrance and aroma. Our limbic system is located at the back of our brain and it’s associated with memory, emotion, and learning. Thus, it’s easy to understand how smelling essential oils can have a powerful impact on us physically and emotionally. Aroma has proven to arouse the senses, create a more pleasant environment, and increase desire.
Essential oils are more subtle and long-lasting. Using them regularly will keep the romance going night after night, rather than just a few hours. Aphrodisiac essential oil also will not cause arousal in people who are not really interested. They just make it easier for romantic partners to get in the mood.
Substances, including essential oils, that are considered aphrodisiacs are substances that can help dissipate the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal. For instance, an aphrodisiac may help with one or more of the following:
Help Aid a Physical Ailment
Energize the Body and Mind
Uplift the Mood
Top 5 Aphrodisiac Essential Oils
1. Cinnamon Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or C. verum) improves blood circulation, elevates your mood, gets rid of pesky headaches and reduces inflammation. You can mix 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon EO into a teaspoon of honey and take it orally. This is another warming oil, the scent is sweet and spicy. It improves circulation and blood flow.
Talk to your doctor before ingesting cinnamon oil if you are on an anticoagulant or antidepressant, have liver or kidney disease, are pregnant, have a peptic ulcer or hemophilia or plan to have surgery in the near future or just had surgery. It can be applied topically, but you want to be careful not to use too much or too strong of a solution, as it can be irritating to the skin.
Sandalwood (Santalum album). Sandalwood is one of the oldest known perfume materials. It’s been utilized for at least 4,000 years. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine traditionally use sandalwood as an aphrodisiac.
Sandalwood is a potent tension reliever, relaxes muscles and calms blood pressure. This essential oil promotes emotional openness. Add a drop of sandalwood oil to a massage lotion, or a bath, for a sensual, truly romantic encounter!
3. Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata var. genuina syn. Unona odorantissimum) is an excellent floral aphrodisiac essential oil. This essential oil is actually used in Chanel No. 5 perfume. It has a calming effect that relieves anxiety, soothes tension and nervousness and alleviates frigidity and impotence. Ylang Ylang also lowers high blood pressure, improves blood circulation, relieves pain, including nerve pain, alleviates muscle spasms and reduces inflammation. Add a few drops to your diffuser for some relaxing, romantic aromatherapy. You can mix 1 drop of ylang ylang into 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and use it as a massage oil, too. Ylang Ylang is a floral scent, it increases sexual desire, encourages attraction and supports the circulatory system. This is one of the most powerful essential oil aphrodisiacs.
Caution: Do not use too much of it, as it can take you into a state of euphoria, and can cause headache and nausea.
Jasmine oil (Jasminum grandiflora syn. J. officinale) is an amazing aphrodisiac oil with an intoxicating floral fragrance. It helps boost the libido through its fragrance alone but also alleviates pain, sore muscles, depression and stress. Add a few drops of jasmine EO to your diffuser and enjoy some aromatherapy while having a romantic dinner with your partner. You can also massage a jasmine oil/carrier oil blend into your abdomen, back and inner thighs and give your partner a relaxing massage. Jasmine enhances mood and energy. This essential oil is particularly good for women.
Caution: Women are advised not to use jasmine oil during pregnancy.
Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is a great aphrodisiac essential oil with a very sensual fragrance that men usually like. It reduces anxiety, alleviates lethargy and depression, reduces inflammation and actually enhances hormone production. Try using a 1% to 2% patchouli EO/carrier oil blend as a massage oil. Apply it to your lower back, abdomen and thighs as well as your partner’s back. This essential oil has a musky, woodsy smell. It improves the spirits and balances the libido.
Precautions: Smell has the power to bring back memories, so never use an oil which brings back bad memories associated with it to you or your partner. Essential oils are very powerful, so don't go overboard while using them. Excess usage can have sedative and anesthetic effects too. While using them in massage, first dilute them in carrier oils like sweet almond, jojoba, coconut or olive, as they are too powerful in their full strength.
In particular, if you don't like a smell, simply avoid it. There is a whole world of aromas waiting to be experienced...pick one that turns you on and have fun.