Sunday, January 31, 2016

Essential Oils for Lovers: Valentine's Day

Our mood is very much influenced by our sense of smell. So, with Valentine’s Day approaching, why not use the wonderful aromas of essential oils, some of which have reputed aphrodisiac properties, to create the right sort of atmosphere and spice up your love life? Here is a list of some of the essential oils thought to have aphrodisiac properties:

Jasmine has long been recognized as one of the most precious of essential oils. With a heady and exquisite, emotionally warming aroma, this oil is uplifting and confidence boosting.

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Rose is one of the most favourite perfumes of all time (Cleopatra is said to have added rose petals to her bath), and is still used widely by today’s perfume industry. Rose essential oil has a deep, floral, romantic aroma that both soothes and uplifts.

Although jasmine and rose are the essential oils most closely linked with romance, both are very expensive. However, it is possible to buy them at more affordable prices diluted in a carrier such as jojoba oil.
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Sandalwood has a sweet woody fragrance with meditative and sensual properties. This oil blends well with rose, lavender, frankincense and basil. Sandalwood is also expensive, as the tree from which it is largely obtained (Santalum album) is now endangered: so it’s best to think twice before using this oil.
Here are details of a few, more reasonably priced essential oils:

Ylang-ylang has an aroma similar in many ways to that of jasmine (it is sometimes called ‘poor man’s jasmine’); it is a sweet floral, exotic oil with a heady fragrance.

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Patchouli has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient times, and more recently underwent a resurgence of popularity during the ‘flower power’ era of the 1960s. It has a strong, earthy and spicy, pervasive aroma, which appeals to both men and women. Patchouli blends well with frankincense, geranium, lavender and clary sage.

Clary sage has a nutty, lingering fragrance with subtle fruity overtones that is relaxing, sensual and euphoric. (Do not use if trying to conceive or pregnant.)

Vanilla – a sweet smelling essential oil with a subtle aphrodisiac effect.
A number of essential oils obtained from spices are also associated with aphrodisiac properties, including black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. All are stimulating, warming oils, with rich spicy aromas.

However, be warned… not all essential oils have aphrodisiac effects; indeed, some, such as marjoram, are reported to have completely the opposite effect and to turn off sexual desire!

How to use your essential oil(s)
Simply sprinkle one or two drops of an essential oil around your bedroom for the desired effect. Alternatively, why not give your partner a massage, using a blend of essential oils in a carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil? Make sure that the room is warm, and use nightlights for added romance! Or you could share a bath to which you have added a few drops of chosen oils. Enjoy!

A few words of warning….
Please note, essential oils should never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils. Never take essential oils internally, and keep them away from children, pets and the eyes. Do not use directly on the skin – always dilute in a carrier oil first. Essential oils should also be kept away from naked flames – they are volatile and therefore flammable.
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