Aromatherapy, which involves the use of essential oils from plants for healing, has been around for thousands of years. In fact, many believe that Cleopatra of Egypt used rose essential oil in order to attract both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
Fragrance has long been shown to enhance the senses, with each oil offering certain therapeutic properties, some even helping to create a more satisfying love life.
As mentioned, rose essential oil may be the scent most commonly associated with love and romance. It’s know as the “Queen of Flowers,” and is associated with the archetype “The Goddess of Love.” Rose has a rich, deeply floral, sweet aroma, invoking sensual and romantic feelings.
To use it to add a spark to your love life, place a drop on your lover’s, and your own, heart chakra right after taking a whiff of its wonderful scent, just before making love. The heart chakra is, of course, located around the heart, and known as the body’s “love center,” a center of deep connection and compassion.
Neroli, which comes from orange blossoms, is a great essential oil to use on a first date, as it can help relieve anxiety and apprehension. It also has associations with love, with Victorian brides frequently wearing of sprig of Neroli in their head dress, as well as carrying it in their bridal bouquets in order to help calm nerves and stimulate romance on their wedding night.
Try adding a drop or two to your bath water just before going out on a date. It can also be used to relieve stress by applying 1 to 2 drops on your pulse points.
Jasmine has a warm, exotic scent and has been used throughout history for attraction and romance. It’s rich, sensual and stimulating, helps to relieve stress, calm fear and ease anxiety, in addition to being mildly euphoric. Jasmine has long been considered an aphrodisiac as well, associated with promoting romance, intimacy, transcending physical love and even breaking down barriers to the full expression of sexuality. It can even boost the mood and help to overcome a sense of diminished self worth. Jasmine is sometimes used at weddings to increase confidence in the bride and groom.
Try sprinkling 10 drops into your bath when the tub is full. Light a few candles and relax just before a date, or even better, enjoy it with your partner.
Ylang-ylang simply means “flower of flowers” in Malayan. It has a sweet, soft fragrance known to elevate sexual energy and enhance relationships. In Indonesia, the petals of this yellow flower are frequently laid across the marriage bed, as it’s known to help relax a nervous partner as well as to stimulate the senses.
Considered to be one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs, it’s also said to increase the libido and attraction between lovers.
To try it, just place a cotton ball dipped into the oil near your bed. One drop will do the trick – if you use too much it can cause headache or nausea.
Ginger is known to help improve circulation and increase blood flow, particularly to the sexual organs, benefiting those who experience erectile dysfunction. Some say it also helps open the root and sacral chakras, thereby releasing any suppressed sexual energy. Simple apply a few drops to your pulse points shortly before lovemaking.
-The Alternative Daily