Fragrance and smell play a huge role in romance. So it is no surprise that essential oils and their wonderful aromas can help to set a sexy mood.

Essential oils have the power to affect all 5 senses. But the quickest way they can have an impact is through inhalation. Breathing in the oils sends a signal straight to the brain and triggers a response.

In the case of ‘aphrodisiac’ essential oils, the response may be romantic, loving or even sexual.

Here we take a look at what essential oils for romance are best and how to use them.  Whether you are looking to start a new romance, improve an existing one or just create some spark, these will help.

What Essential Oils Are Best for Romance

When it comes to aphrodisiac essential oils, there is quite a list. Some sexy scents are well known – rose, jasmine, neroli, ylang ylang, sandalwood – as they are often associated with love.

But, there are plenty of other choices too that can add spice, musk and woody scents to inspire romance.

Below is a starting list of oils to make your “love potion”. There will be some that resonate with you and others that don’t. Pick what works for you (and your partner) and don’t be afraid to experiment.

    • Cardamom – a classic Indian and Arab aphrodisiac.
    • Cinnamon – rates high in studies on sexual scent preferences for both men and women.
    • Clove – regarded as a sexual stimulant by the Egyptians, Persians, Arabians and Europeans.
    • Coriander – the aphrodisiac of the Middle East, Egypt and Palestine. Used in The Arabian Nights as an aphrodisiac.
    • Ginger – it’s hot stuff that increases circulation and gets men going.
    • Jasmine – “Queen of the Night” is a symbol of both sex and love. It can encourage sex and help rekindle fading love.
    • Myrrh – a musky, sexy scent. Used in the Middle East for spiritual and sexual inspiration.
    • Nutmeg – favored by the Chinese as an aphrodisiac. It smells spicy but relaxes and lowers blood pressure.
    • Neroli (Orange blossom) – more sophisticated than regular citrus oils, it has a seductive aroma.
    • Patchouli – the love fragrance of the 60’s with a deep, earthy scent.
    • Rose – a scent that inspires love all over the world. Cleopatra used it to entice Mark Anthony to her bed (and it worked!)
    • Sandalwood – very close to human personal scent. It “heals passions of the heart”
    • Ylang ylang – a sweet scent that can be intoxicating. It is used to treat impotency and frigidity.

​Other stimulating and uplifting oils can be blended with the scents listed above. These include orange, black pepper, clary sage, geranium and bergamot.

Essential Oil Blends for Romance

Blending together essential oils is a great way to create a unique and appealing scent. Below are some romance blend recipes to get you started.

These ratios are suggestions only so feel free to change them to suit your preferences. A good idea is to make up a larger quantity and give it time to blend and synergize.

Tonight’s the Night

  • 2 drops rose
  • 2 drops jasmine
  • 2 drops neroli

True Love

  • 2 drops rose
  • 2 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops neroli

Woodstock

  • 3 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops sandalwood

Romance Revival

  • 2 drops rose
  • 2 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops jasmine

Magic Moments

  • 2 drops jasmine
  • 2 drops orange
  • 2 drops sandalwood
  • 1 drop ylang ylang

Flying Sparks

  • 3 drops rose
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 1 drop bergamot
  • 1 drop patchouli

Hot Stuff

  • 3 drops ginger
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drop jasmine
  • 1 drop cardamom

 

How to Use Essential Oils for Romance

Choose a blend or single oil combination from the lists above and then use one of the following methods to set the mood.

Diffuse – check your manufacturer’s instructions on how many drops to add to your diffuser. Place the diffuser wherever you want to inspire romance – over dinner, in the bedroom or elsewhere.

Massage – add 6-10 drops to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Enjoy the sensual combination of aroma and touch.

Bath – add 6 -10 drops to warm bath water to get yourself and/or partner in the mood.

Spray – add up to 20 drops to 2 ounces (60ml) of distilled water. Spritz it around the bedroom and lightly over the sheets and pillow cases.

When it comes to love and romance, essential oils can add the extra dimension of aroma to your love life.  Try the blends and oils listed above, experiment with your partner, and enjoy.

 

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