Aphrodisiac Essential Oils

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Scent and sex go back. Way back. Back in time.

A person’s natural smell can be a deal maker or breaker for a potential partner, but essential oils have long been used to complement and enhance one’s natural scent. Aromatherapy uses the natural properties of essential oils to alter a person’s mind, mood, or health. Naturally, certain oils have gained reputations for their libido-boosting, aphrodisiac qualities.

“Our sense of smell stimulates the nerve endings of the olfactory bulb, which lies at the back of the nose, which in turn stimulates a part of the brain called the limbic system that triggers our libido. The essential oils do magic and stimulate the pituitary gland, the master of endocrine gland, which controls hormone production. Inactiveness of pituitary gland can lead to low sex drive. So, the oils help keep it in an active state.” — Dr Naresh Arora

Our sense of smell stimulates the nerve endings of the olfactory bulb, which lies at the back of the nose, which in turn stimulates a part of the brain called the limbic system that triggers our libido.

So treat yo’ self to some sweet smells in our collection of raw materials that can turn your fragrance into a bonafide Love Potion No. 9 — satisfaction not guaranteed (wink wink):

Sandalwood
relaxing, sensual and universally irresistible

Cedarwood
comforting and calming, men tend to love it

Patchouli
embrace the hippie association and recapture the free love of the 60s

Jasmine
lifts the mood, relaxing and stimulating

Ylang ylang
considered one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs, strewn on the beds of newlyweds in Southern Asia

Neroli
long used by brides to calm nerves on wedding day and stimulate romance on wedding night

Rose
synonymous with love and romance

Musk
closely resembles the natural scent of human skin

Frankincense
calms negative energy and lets the good times roll

Cinnamon
produces “heat” within the body

Ginger
stimulating, particularly for men

Black Pepper
stimulates the mind and body

Lavender
utilized for centuries as the herb of love

Orange
uplifting, bright, lively and warm

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