For this week’s Natural Living Link-up, I thought I’d share some information about romantic essential oils and how you can use them to create a special moment (or several). Instead of laying out a small fortune on a dinner date that you probably won’t remember a year from now, why not indulge yourselves with a night in that you may never forget?
Here are the top aphrodisiac essential oils that have been used throughout history. They can all be used alone or together….I’ll give you some ideas in a moment:
- Rose: The scent most commonly associated with love and romance. If you are springing for pure essential oil (and you should, because imitations pale in comparison and don’t have the same olfactory benefits), don’t choke on the price- you won’t need to use a lot of it to create a romantic atmosphere so it will last a good long time. It takes something like 10, 000 rose petals to make an ounce of the essential oil.
- Jasmine: A “warm” floral with a long history all over the world. A great enhancement for any of the others.
- Ylang-ylang: a sweet floral. A little is great and goes a long way; more is not a good thing with this oil!
- Sandalwood: Better known for meditation and church use, sandalwood is also a lovely romantic essential oil with a woody scent. If you don’t care for florals, this is sure to be a favorite. True sandalwood can only be harvested from trees at least 30 years old and 30 feet high, so the responsibly sourced Australian sandalwood is an eco-friendly and equally wonderful alternative.
- Neroli: Victorian brides used to wear neroli, also known as orange blossom, in their bouquets and headpieces. It’s not too sweet and it has relaxing properties as well as aphrodisiac.
- Not on my own list, but worth a mention, patchouli was used in certain romantic Tantric practices in India, which cemented its reputation. One drop of this powerful spicy and earthy scent is plenty in any blend!
The basic reason that romantic essential oils work is that inhaling a scent stimulates the limbic system, a part of the brain that contains your moods and emotions. That’s why, for example, certain smells make you think of a childhood memory or a vacation you had. The more times you tie a scent memory in by using it in the same situation, the more powerful the effect as your brain makes the association. So use these often!
How can you use them? Three ideas to get you started:
Set the mood at least 15-30 minutes ahead of time by adding 1 drop each of rose and ylang-ylang plus 5 drops of neroli and one of the other essential oils I listed to your diffuser.
A foot rub with olive or grapeseed oil and any combination of the oils you like. One drop of each is plenty. Bonus points if you rub each other’s feet at the same time….share the love!
Massage. I’m not talking about the karate-chop, muscle squeezing kind here. This blend is better with long, slow movement with warm hands. Add a total of about 15-20 drops of romantic essential oils to half a cup of olive, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil.
I’m sure you can take it from here! Just a parting word of advice, before I turn you over to the link-up to share your own posts: A bath for two is only romantic if nobody has to sit against the faucet!
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