Love Potion # IX for Valentines Day
Aphrodesiacs! We have been curious about aphrodesiacs since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all referred to potions that entice sensuality. The word itself has Greek roots and association with Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. It is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “an agent (as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire.” Herbalists agree that there are certain herbs as well as certain foods that support sexual arousal and prowess. Aromatherapy has long maintained that there are certain oils that powerfully influence our sensuality and sexual appetite. Although the listing below does not represent all the essential oil aphrodesiacs, it is a great start. Additionally, it is recognized that these oils have other properties but I narrow them down to aphrodisiac properties for this writing.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin): A sexual tonic, warming to the body. It is relaxing, lulling to the mind. Patchouli evokes sensuality.
Sandalwood (Santalum album or spicatum): In addition to being a general tonic, sandalwood is considered to be a sexual tonic as well. It is antidepressive and evokes tranquility and sensuality. It also boosts receptivity.
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes): Warming, aphrodisiac and it is also a sedative for nervous tension.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuine): Is considered not only aphrodisiac but also euphoric. It aids sensual awakening and eases sexual anxiety.
Rose (Rose damascena): Thought of as the “Herb of Love.” Rose opens the heart evoking trust and soothes insecurity. Rose heals old wounds of past rejection
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale): Considered to be one of the most potent aphrodesiacs. Herbalists have said that it is also the “Fertility Herb.” Jasmine is good for the self-restrained and emotionally inhibited person due to vulnerability and lack of confidenc.e
Rosewood (Aniba roseodora var. Amazonica): An aphrodisiac and antidepressant. It is also a general tonic that is uplifting. It is a stimulant for low energy. Interestingly rosewood may aid sufferers of sexual abuse.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): Aphrodesiac with a sensual liberating nature. It aids reconnection to emotional sensitivity.
Cardamon (Carum carvi): Sexual and general tonic. Cardamon is also good for overthinking and worry or nervous exhaustion. It invokes the zest for life and the desire for contentment.
Lavender (Lavender angostifolia): Releases repression of self expression. Lavender counteracts shyness and self consciousness.
Ginger (Zingibar officinale): Sexual and general tonic. Ginger restores drive and optimism and is good for low sexual energy.
As you can see, this is a most interesting list and as stated before, does not comprise all the essential oils that are considered to be aphrodisiac. After careful consideration, the ingredients I chose for MedEssential Oils Love Potion # IX (blend, lotion and massage oil) are Patchouli, Cardamon, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Lavender, Cinnamon and Jasmine. Why Cinnamon? Although not on the above list, who can resist the scent of warm cinnamon? There is good reason that a national cinnamon bun chain pipes out cinnamon scent to lure in customers. Why Bergamot? Bergamot has an inviting warm, spicy citrus aroma that blends well with the other ingredients. These ingredients in proper proportion create a sultry, earthy yet sophisticated enticing aroma that participants in workshops can’t get enough of. Perfect for warming up a cold Valentines night!