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Nothing is more sensuous than a massage with essential oils. Blend ylang ylang with rose oils- reputed aphrodisiacs- with carrier oils for pure romance. ~Lawless

Aromatic plants and oils have been used for thousands of years, as incense, perfumes, and cosmetics, as well as in medical and culinary applications. According to Taylor (2000), here are two routes by which the essential oils enter the body: through the nose by inhalation or by absorption through the skin. Then the oil is inhaled, tiny molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream via capillaries in the nose, throat and lungs. As the oil circulates around the body, it acts according to its specific properties.

Enhance the romance of your Valentine’s Day by pampering yourself and your loved one with essential oils. The following have been recommended by Davis (1998), Lawless (2001) and Taylor (2000) for their aphrodisiac qualities:

Black pepper and cardamom have a warming, stimulating effect and helps to clarify the mind. However, do not use black pepper oil of you have high blood pressure.

Clary sage and sandalwood have a more musky, masculine scent. They also act as a mood enhancer and for spiritual, physical and emotional healing. Caution: avoid using clary sage if alcohol has been taken.

Orange blossom (neroli) helps with anxiety and reduces anxiety and depression.

Jasmine increases confidence, lifts depression and is a mood enhancer.

Rose is the timeless symbol of love and purity and has long represented feminine sensuality; rose oil also acts as a sedative and antidepressant.

Patchouli treats stress and nervous exhaustion.

Ylang ylang acts as a powerful aphrodisiac.

Each of these oils bring a sensual and deeply relaxing quality which help calm the mind and emotions, which may help one become more sensitive to sensual experience.

Use essential oils in a carrier oil, such as jojoba or avocado or a massage oil, put a few drops on hot and cold compresses, facial steams, baths, or add a few drops to an unscented candle. Burning incense in your favorite aromatherapy scent is also effective.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Resources:

Davis P. (1988). Aromatherapy: An A-Z. Essex: Saffron Walden

Lawless, J. (2001). Essential Oils: An Illustrated Guide. London: Element.

Taylor, G. (2000). Aromatherapy: For Relaxation, Beauty and Good Health. New York: Ryland, Peters & Small.