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Essential oils and the plants from which they are obtained have throughout history shown to be multifaceted for use with many conditions emotional and physical. But what about their use for erogenous endeavours?  Following is my top seven essentials to create love potions plus a few honorable mentions.

Bergamot - This is an obvious one for top  of the chart.  That supply of linly acetate unique to citrus oils from the peel along with a sprinkling of nervine and destressing limonene has been reputed for centuries to warm the heart chakra, melting away anger and allowing the wild pleasure filled thoughts to take over.

Close up of Bergamot fruit

Bergamot Fruit

Rose - Known as the "Queen of flowers" and the moniker "flower of love" it would seem so obvious but there is a scientific reasoning within the oil.  Nothing replaces the natural fresh aroma of pure rose petals from one of the nonmodified centifolia or damascene varieties, but in the super concentration of oil (over 100 kg of petals to make just 1 oz (30 ml) is a secret chemical found in only .14% is thought to be the secret key to unleash a needed flow of dopamine to kick start that happy, blissful erotic state.  This aromatic chemical is also strategically used in many wines, beers, chocolate and foods to tickle the senses...

You need a mountain of rose petals to create a bottle of rose oil

Ylang Ylang - The connection between this oil and erotic pleasure is widely known yet not quite understood.  It's profound effect on lowering blood pressure, reduced rapid breathing and heartbeat may have something to do with  reigniting sexual desires stifled by severe stress and anxiety.  However, caution is advised as overuse of this reputed aphrodisiac could lead to a headache which would nullify it's benefits for friends with benefits.

Ylang Ylang flowers

Neroli - Whether it was King Nero throwing his notoriously hedonist lavish parties imbued with copious amounts of neroli oil filling the air; or the inspiration of Marie Anne de La Trémoille; Princess of Nerola, who is credited with making Neroli oil popular with royalty by using the oil to perfume her gloves, clothing and bath; both are credited with the origin of neroli's namesake.  This soft sweet oil obtained from the orange blossom tree has a firm place in history with connection to love, sex, eroticism and exotic perfumery.

Sandalwood - the unique chemistry of this oil lend itself to a soothing and softening effect on any aspect of use whether it be fine skincare, perfumery or an aphrodesiac. Also reputed to have a cleansing and stimulating effect on the sex glands.  Another historical yet less celebrated use was to apply directly to herpes outbreaks and reduce symptoms of many STD's through sitz baths and lower abdominal compresses.   Wow, an oil that can take care of your sexual urges and needs from start to (unfortunate) finish.

Sandalwood Branches

Oakmoss - This earthy dark mysterious resinous liquid is a staple in colognes, perfumes, facial care with particular focus on men's products.  Often described as "the warmth of a Man" this heavy, woodsy exotic oil acts as a fixative to blend and compliment so many other notes and fragrant ingredients, transforming to irresistible  aromatics that women seem to love.  It even has a romantic sounding French name "mousse de chene".  Not bad for a curly little unattractive greyish lichen which grows on oak trees.

Oakmoss closeup

Closeup of Oakmoss

Jasmine - Considered the "King of Oils", this rich sweet succulent flower has both a masculine and feminine appeal.  It's so exotic, the petals have to be obtained during the twilight of the moon when the flower is most potent.    Many who harvest these pearlescent petals find themselves wandering in the field aimlessly looking for lost love, drunk on the aromatic bliss which overcomes all senses.  No wonder hopeless romantics fall for this one causing weakness in the knees.

Jasmine Flowers

Some Honourable Mentions

Patchouli - Another oil forever entwined with the Hippies' 60's Peace, Love and Having Sex at Outdoor Festivals movement.   Please serve with jasmine.

Grapefruit - According to some studies, this oil makes women appear about six years younger to the average man. Helpful for trophy wife hunters that want a dash of maturity in their catch.

Black pepper - Once used as currency, it was also reputed to enhance sexual performance. Sex and money were closely tied back in ancient times. Still used in several men's colognes.

Happy Valentines Day!

 

It's December, and in many parts of the world, some form of holiday festivities are rolling out with anticipation of fun, food, decoration, celebration and gift giving.  There is always debate to which essential oils are most useful or capture the mood of tis season.

Well, depending on your memories, traditions, faith or focus for these holidays, there can be many choices and combinations of essential oils which might tickle the senses and open to different interpretation.  However, there are a few select oils which I think are a must, plus my rationale for these choices.

 

Pine, Balsam Fir, Black or Blue Spruce Essential Oil

If you grew up with that freshly cut Christmas tree proudly paraded in for a few weeks in and then dragged out with a trail of needles left behind, these essential oils may leave you with earthy memories of glitter and presents beneath.  For some, this is the ultimate aromatic symbol.  From a practical or therapeutic point, these are very warming oils which help to take the chill out of the cold winter if you are celebrating in the northern hemisphere.

A closeup of Balsam Fir branches

Balsam Fir Branches

Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg Essential oils

We are now wandering into the selections that spice up food memories.  What would the holidays be without gingerbread houses and cookies, eggnog dusted with cinnamon or nutmeg and clove to perk up that side of ham or umph to that pumpkin pie. These oils entrench memories of grandma’s baking and get those digestive juices going with just a whiff.

A bottle of Cinnamon leaf essential oil in front of a photo background of a Cinnamon plant

Cinnamon Leaf essential oil in front of the Cinnamon plant

Peppermint

Still on the subject of food, few are untouched by the vision and fresh aroma of a candy cane.  Those red and white striped mint sticks hanging off the tree have already been around for a few hundred years and are still just as popular today. Many stories exist as to how they came to exist such as to represent the shape of the shepherds crook, or to make it easy to hang from the tree.  The mint itself was thought to be a symbol of cool purification.  Being one of the best digestive aids, it likely was chosen to soothe the bloated discomfort of overindulgence. Regardless of how it started, the candy cane is a sweet, tasty treat which has cemented peppermint’s place in holiday history.

Peppermint essential oil in front of a peppermint plant

Orange, Tangerine

The last of the essential oil references to food is the timeless orange or clementine which found its way into many stockings. Once again, many theories abound as to the origin of why oranges were given as gifts, suffice to say, its hard to avoid one of these on the dinner table or some orange chocolate concoction.  Another sweet yet fresh and delightful natural treat for your senses.

Orange essential oil in front of an Orange tree

Vanilla

Nothing screams Christmas like shortbreads, pie crusts and cookies galore. No wonder vanilla is the most widely used and recognized aroma in the world.   Unfortunately, from a totally natural and essential oil perspective, pure vanilla absolute is prohibitively expensive and not really tasty for baking.  Benzoin is a natural resin found on the styrax tree native to Indonesia and Java.  It provides a soft vanilla like aroma but yet another one you don’t want to cook with as it is too bitter.  It's also very inexpensive. These two natural options could be used to make candles, lotions or room sprays.   if you wanted to replicate the scent of baked goods but you will have to get the food grade natural or artificial extract to bake.  There are also strongly fragrant synthetic vanilla aromas.

A bottle of Benzoin in front of a Benzoin tree

Frankincense and Myrrh

On more of a religious note and biblical reference, these two oils hold a vaunted place in Christmas lore.  These precious resins (there were no essential oils during this time) along with gold were reputed to have been brought as gifts to the baby Jesus.  I would not use or recommend either of these for any food flavoring or enhancement….  No no no, they both taste terrible.  However, the myrrh was likely to help with wounds and general first aid while frankincense will have some spiritual and ceremonial connection.

A 5ml bottle of Myrrh essential oil in front of a bowl full of Myrrh resin

A bottle of Myrrh in front of Myrrh resin

 

Now for a few combinations and suggestions

Peppermint, Frankincense, Myrrh for purification and ceremony

Vanilla, Orange and Cinnamon to replicate sweet baked good without the calories

Balsam Fir, Pine & Clove to freshen up that natural Christmas tree smell even if you don't have one.

Cinnamon, Clove Pine & Peppermint in a diffuser to ward off nasty cold and flu germs ushered in with the guests that decide to stick around.

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays!

 

From all of us here at Nascent Naturals

 

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