It’s almost Valentine’s Day and thoughts turn to love. Or, in some cases, sex. It naturally follows because the word aphrodisiac comes from the name ‘Aphrodite,’ the Greek goddess of love. Love and aphrodisiacs are inextricably tied together. Essential oils can be used to enhance both of these in the most aromatic ways.
Aromatherapy can ease a headache, kill germs, and curtail coughs, but it also works at altering mood. One’s love life can be affected by mood as well as physical aspects, so scents are known to enhance sexuality as they assist with emotional issues and induce physical effects.
Cinnamon is said to have been used by the Queen of Sheba in her seduction of King Solomon at around 950 B.C. The scent was proved to be an aphrodisiac in a recent study in which male subjects sniffed a variety of odors; the aroma of fresh-baked cinnamon buns consistently aroused men.
When preparing a male aphrodisiac, it is best to choose oils that are more spicy (think ‘heat’): cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), and jasmine (Jasminum sambac). Female aphrodisiacs are usually floral: ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), rose (Rosa damascena), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), neroli (Citrus aurantium), and rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora). Sensual essential oil blends are often spicy or floral, or a combination of the two.
Remember to choose odors that are pleasing to you and your partner. Once you have your blend, use it to set a romantic mood with candles, diffusers, room & body sprays, or scented bed linens.
Essential oils can enhance our relationships. They can also help us to become more confident, buoyant and euphoric, and let us see love in everyday experiences. So, go out there and look for love. May you find it around you and within.