In 41 BC, Cleopatra set out at the head of a sumptuous fleet to meet her would-be new lover, Mark Antony. Cleopatra pulled out all the stops to impress Antony and to make herself as bewitching and irresistible as possible. Beyond the gold and the jewelry that covered her body, she had a secret weapon: the purple sails of her ships were drenched in a heady, aphrodisiac perfume, believed today to be a mixture of rose and neroli.
Episodes like this show us how long essential oils have been used for millennia for their ability to stimulate love, passion, and sexual desire.
The fact is, our libido can be impacted, both positively and negatively, in many different ways. Physical causes, emotional causes, and even everyday stress can all contribute to how open and ready we are for love, sex, and intimacy.
Essential oils work to help us on many different levels — physical, emotional, and spiritual — and this is why they can be such a wonderful aphrodisiac.
Essential oils can allow you relax, release inhibitions, build up desire, and clear up anxiety and distractions. They can also awaken your senses, improve blood flow, and help you deal with hormonal issues that might be interfering with libido.
Which essential oils work best as aphrodisiacs? You will have to experiment a bit to find the oils that have the biggest effect on you and your partner. Here is a list to help you get started:
- Rose Otto
- Hawaiian Sandalwood
- Ylang Ylang
- Schisandra Fruit
I also created some essential oil blends that could be used as aphrodisiacs. They are:
- Passion – This one is specifically for balance the energy at the sacral aka sex chakra
- Wisdom & Stillness – This one has Palo Santo, Neroli, and Frankincense. Most people who try this blend say that it invokes romantic feelings.
- Heart – This one is Rosy coupled with Spikenard and some other aromas. If seen this one make people melt.
How can you use these oils to achieve an aphrodisiac effect? Here are a few suggestions:
1 oz. Meadowfoam Seed Oil
6 drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
4 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Mix the oils together and apply liberally to the skin as part of a sensuous massage.
1 teaspoon Pomegranate Seed Oil
3 drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
2 drops Dark Aged Patchouli
2 drops Agarwood Essential Oil
Mix the essential oils with the pomegranate seed oil before adding them to the bath water to help the oils to disperse well.
Rose Otto Essential Oil
Neroli Essential Oil
Vetiver Essential Oil
Simply use a few drops of each oil in your diffuser.
5ml (1tsp) Rosehip Seed Oil
15 drops Damiana Essential Oil
10 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
10 drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
35 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
30 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
Mix the oils together, and apply them to your skin directly — to your wrists, to your neck, or any other part of your body that you want to smell fabulous.
Do you have an oil that you love for its ability to increase intimacy and sensuality? Let me know in the comments! Mahalo!