Scent is a simple way to set the mood for romance, whether applied as a perfume or diffused through a room. Scent affects the limbic brain, creating an immediate emotional response unaltered by logic or reason. Essential oils are a great tool to produce this effect.
The sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses in the human body and is able to alter mood, physical condition and the overall sense of wellbeing and particular scents increase the level and satisfaction of the sexual experience.
Quite a few essential oils are natural aphrodisiacs and are useful for maintaining, arousing and intensifying sexual desire. Dating back as far as the time of Cleopatra, essential oils of rose, jasmine and others have been used not only to symbolize love, passion, and desire, but for the physiological effects that sexually stimulate both the mind and the body.
In aromatherapy, we have powerful substances at our disposal which can help raise the libido. The essential oils with aphrodisiac properties are mostly warm, rich aromas, such as those that come from spices and certain flowers. Some essential oils are known for their ability to help balance both sexual and thyroid hormones and these aromas work on a physical level to boost the biological factors in romance and sex. Other essential oils stimulate the brain centers relating to the emotions.
Tuberose is without question the most powerful of natural essential oil aphrodisiacs. The aroma of Tuberose Essential Oil targets the brain to release stress, increase intimacy, create a warm and revitalized feeling and boosts blood circulation as well. (For more on Tuberose, please see next article.) Some other essential oils that work as aphrodisiacs include: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Myrrh, Geranium, Patchouli, Nutmeg, Clary Sage, Cinnamon, Ginger, Black Pepper.
Though the sense of smell plays a sometimes mysterious role in sex, it has been speculated that the connection between sex and aromas is as simple as happiness. If a smell makes you calmer or more confident, it may naturally contribute to loving feelings towards others, as well as more patience and tact. Smells that make people feel good about themselves may make them feel sexier and may also lower inhibitions.
A word of caution: DON’T get overenthusiastic when trying out these essential oils with aphrodisiac properties. As with all essential oil, these MUST BE DILUTED down to 2%- 2.5% LESS is MORE. Also, DO NOT apply essential oils (even diluted ones) directly to genital areas – apply them to the back and abdomen and/or to the soles of the feet.