Inspiring passion doesn't have to be an insurmountable challenge or stress-inducing task; but rather, it can be a satisfying and delightful ritual that is an expression of love and intimacy in itself. The age-old technique of using aromatic essential oils to set the mood and inspire responsiveness might be just what your modern-day relationship needs. Some oils that have traditionally been included in aromatherapy recipes for romance include rose, jasmine, sandalwood, neroli, patchouli, vetiver and ylang ylang. Here are three DIY recipes featuring these oils to help ignite your love life.
Tip #1: Relax the body, calm stress and ease anxiety.
The deep, attractive aromas of rose, jasmine and sandalwood yield an introspective, centering atmosphere in this easy to make bath oil.
Rose and Sandalwood Sensualizing Bath Oil
2 oz. sweet almond oil
5 drops rose otto essential oil
5 drops jasmine essential oil
3 drops sandalwood essential oil
1 drop vanillla essential oil
1 drop neroli essential oil
- In a sealable container, combine all oils. Shake or stir to mix well.
- To use, add 1 to 3 tablespoons of bath oil blend to warm bath water. Swish water to disperse.
Tip #2: Remove distractions and focus awareness on intimacy and empathy.
Love is in the air. Emotionally stimulating, spicy oils like nutmeg and cardamom activate the body and senses, encouraging ardor and desire. The diffusion technique in this recipe works especially well with the flickering, romantic illumination provided by a candle lamp diffuser.
Warming Mandarin Orange and Nutmeg Room Diffusion
1 candle lamp diffuser with tea light candle
1/4 cup water
6 drops mandarin orange essential oil
2 drops cardamom essential oil
2 drops nutmeg essential oil
- Place water in bowl of diffuser lamp. Add oil droplets.
- Light candle and warm the liquid to release the aroma.
Note: Extinguish candle before bowl burns dry.
Tip #3: Create a spark and stimulate the senses.
This massage oil features a balance of deeply calming and physically soothing essential oils that appeal to both sexes. Exotic ylang ylang melts away emotional stress while fresh Mandarin orange and a bit of penetrating eucalyptus relax muscles and joints.
Mandarin Orange and Ylang Ylang Massage Oil
2 oz. sweet almond or apricot kernel oil
2 oz. jojoba or grapeseed oil
16 drops Mandarin orange essential oil
3 drops ylang ylang essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- Combine all oils and mix well. Apply as body massage oil, starting with 1 teaspoon and adding more as needed.