Essential rhymes with sensual
Photographee.eu/ShutterstockYou probably have some idea of what essential oils are and what they can do for your health, your beauty, and your mood. But did you know that essential oils can jump-start your sex life? In fact, they've been in use for as an aphrodisiac—albeit primarily under the radar, for centuries. Essential oils expert, Margaret Szura, CHHC, AADP, gets right to the point: "When there's a problem with sexual desire or arousal, it is usually a physical or emotional issue, and healing is a process that essential oils can aid with."
Szura, who works out of New Jersey as a representative for essential oils supplier, dōTerra (which is a Latin derivative meaning "gift from nature") went on to explain to Reader's Digest: "When stress levels are high, essential oils can help with calming. When energy is lacking, the right oils can be uplifting or stimulating. And aphrodisiac oils increase arousal because they increase circulation and blood flow."
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Bukhta Ihor/ShutterstockThis spice delivers a lot of benefits—read about cinnamon's powers here—including being a sexual stimulant, says Szura. The scent not only stimulates the immune system, she claims, but it's also the oil of sexual harmony. (Szura relies on the guide Emotions and Essential Oils by Enlighten Healing—it's her bible, she says.) Cinnamon supports the reproductive system and helps heal sexual issues, Szura explains. It's also warming, which increases blood flow and circulation, and that is obviously important to achieving a full and satisfactory state of arousal. "It's a major libido enhancer," she says. Dilute it with a carrier oil at a 1 to 4 ratio, she suggests.
Elena Pavlovich/ShutterstockClary sage is the oil of "clarity and vision," according to Szura's book, but as an aphrodisiac, it works by affecting the hormonal system, she says. If the hormones aren't balanced, the result can be low libido. There are other natural ways to boost a low libido, but clary sage may help by boosting mood, according to this study, and depression can wreck your libido.
Clary sage oil has a deep, sweet, nutty flavor: It also helps calm and soothe stress and anxiety to lessen inhibitions and boost sexual desire.
IngridsI/ShutterstockJasmine oil affects emotional balance and hormonal systems, Szura explains. It's the oil of "sexual purity and balance," and is particularly excellent for use by women. It brings out positivity while reducing anxiety, apathy, depression, and feelings of indifference. (Watch for these signs that you may have a high-functioning depression.) In fact, jasmine essential oil has been scientifically demonstrated to stimulate feelings of well-being, ease depression, and boost mood levels. In doing so, it could safely encourage partners to explore the intimacy they may have lost.
Stanislav71/ShutterstockThis is known as the oil of "physicality," Szura explains. Patchouli has an earthy, woodsy aroma, and reduces anxiety, increases energy, and stimulates desire while decreasing inhibitions. It is therefore grounding and stabilizing and compliments yoga, tai chi, or any practice that connects the spirit with the body and the earth. For normal skin, patchouli can also be used with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to help balance the needs of the skin. Other essential oils do a better job on dry and oily skin types.
Elena Shashkina/ShutterstockWith roses as the Valentine's Day flowers of choice, is it any surprise that rose essential oil is the oil of "divine love?" asks Szura. (By the way, here's why roses are so popular on Valentine's Day.)
Essential rose oil supports the circulatory system, and blood flow to the nether regions is crucial for sex. At the same time, it's a very sensual and romantic scent that has been scientifically proven to be emotionally uplifting.
AmyLv/ShutterstockSandalwood essential oil is connected to "sacred devotion," Szura says, supporting emotional balance, muscles, bones, and the nervous system. It is calming and harmonizing, and it's used in meditation to quiet the heart. This oil promotes emotional openness and increases physical sensuality. Best of all? It encourages unprompted interactions, Szura claims, and that helps lovers get out of a sexual slump.
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SiNeeKan/ShutterstockThis is the oil of the "inner child," Szura tells Reader's Digest. It affects emotional balance, and the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. Even better, says Szura: Ylang ylang is known as one of the most powerful essential oil aphrodisiacs because it influences sexual energy and enhances relationships. She says that ylang ylang can encourage a more sensual and erotic experience during lovemaking. Ylang ylang can also help with impotence and a low libido because, like rose oil, it supports the circulatory system.
And here's yet another use that could help improve your sex life: Research suggests that applied to the skin, ylang ylang can help you relax. Szura has also discovered that it helps her with her hot flashes: "I apply it in the morning on my ankles," Szura explains, "which is a reflexology point for ovaries."
SiNeeKan/ShutterstockBergamot is the oil of "self acceptance," says Szura. It is stimulating, according to this study, and opens up the energy system, creating a feeling of self acceptance that spills over to others. The research suggests that when diffused in water, bergamot may help reduce negative feelings such as anxiety, depression, stress, and tension.
Szura finds it helpful in this respect. She diffuses it at night with an oil called "Copiaba," and it helps her sleep soundly. "I find it calming, and yet uplifting."
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The "whisper" blend
Chamille White/ShutterstockSzura likes this recipe from Emotions and Essential Oils: "It's the oil of femininity, and it works with an individual's unique chemistry as a non-toxic perfume. Whisper is a blend of patchouli, bergamot, sandalwood, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, ylang ylang, vetiver, geranium, vanilla bean extract, and cocoa bean extract. The combination is designed to promote female sensuality and sexuality. All of the oils in the blend are either aphrodisiacs—whether directly or indirectly—or work in combination with aphrodisiacs to instill confidence, joy, peace and uplifted emotions.
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