Romantic Aromatherapy For Valentine’s Day!
Since the days of the ancient Egyptians, sweet-smelling fragrant oils have been used by many civilizations to enhance health, beauty, fertility, virility and of course, love.
The Greeks learned from the Egyptians how to produce and employ medicinal oils, and they extended their uses even further by turning massage and bathing into an exquisite and sensual art-form!
So this Valentine’s Day, why not stay at home with the one you love and enjoy a sensuous, aromatic experience far more intimate than a meal in a crowded restaurant. Light up a few romantic candles, put some exotic essential oils in your burner, and discover for yourself how aromatherapy can really spice up your love life!
Smells affect your mood
Our sense of smell is over 10,000 times more sensitive than our sense of taste, and researchers continue to investigate how certain aromas excite the brain, causing activation of the hypothalamus gland, the pituitary gland and the body’s hormones. Aromas also stimulate the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls sensations of pleasure, emotions and memory.
Research has revealed that essential oils influence the brain by causing its complex chemistry to subtly change. During controlled experiments it has been observed many times that essential oils will produce specific and repeatable emotional responses in an individual. The legend of Cleopatra records how she used the exotic aroma of rose petals to entice Mark Anthony into her bedroom, and we all know how that worked out!
Love is in the air
The easiest way to enjoy the mood-enhancing effects of essential oils is to use a burner or diffuser to disperse their therapeutic effects. But on Valentine’s Day, an aromatherapy massage is probably the most enjoyable way for you and your partner to enjoy the seductive power of odours because of the sensuality of touch. And you don’t need to do a full body massage either, because a back massage can be just as seductive, or if you prefer, try a neck and shoulder massage.
If you would rather not use a carrier oil, simply add a blend of alluring essential oils to some unfragranced base lotion and massage as usual. Or you can just wear your blend as a perfume. If all of this sounds like too much hard work don’t worry, a creative mix of essential oils in a nice warm bath can work just as well. Whatever turns you on!
Seductive essential oils
Rose still reigns supreme as the most seductive of all essential oils, with a powerful sensual effect that can be used alone or blended with other oils such as lavender, geranium or frankincense. A combination of just 2 drops of rose otto essential oil and 1 drop of sandalwood smells sexy and sophisticated.
Jasmine is another alluring oil ideal for romantic close encounters. Reputed to be a sacred flower in ancient Persia, jasmine is said to attract a lover due to its irresistible aroma. This oil is thought to help with frigidity and impotence, perhaps because of its reputation of instilling confidence and alleviating fear. You can easily reduce the sweetness of jasmine absolute by mixing it with a little grapefruit, bergamot or lavender oils.
Neroli essential oil has a beautiful aroma that appeals to both men and women, and in common with rose and jasmine, neroli oil is almost a complete fragrance in itself. Victorian brides wore a sprig of neroli in their head dress and carried neroli in the bridal bouquet in an attempt to calm nerves and stimulate romance on the wedding night!
Champaka is extracted from the fragrant flowers of a tree revered by the Hindus and dedicated to the god Vishnu. The beautiful, seductive fragrance of champaka absolute produces a celestial atmosphere that soothes and relaxes, putting you in the mood for love!
Ylang Ylang essential oil is a powerful relaxant that can help to allay nervousness and anxiety for those who are shy prior to making love. Ylang seems to have the ability to harmonise the emotional and sensual part of our being, releasing the fear of sensuality. These qualities, together with its passionate and arousing action make ylang ylang perfect essential oil for Valentine’s Day.
Show your partner how much you love and care for them with one of the recipes from the sidebar, and make your evening or time together this year really memorable. Almost every one of the essential oils included in the recipes are considered aphrodisiacs and can be used for their romantic allure in a blend, or on their own if you prefer.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2013. Written by Geoff Lyth