Essential Oils for Valentine's Day: Photo Credit, istockphoto
Essential Oils for Valentine's Day: Photo Credit, istockphoto

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to use essential oils with a loved one! There are several essential oils that are termed aphrodisiac, meaning that they are reputed to stimulate or induce romantic feelings. Many of these essential oils are base note oils but combined with a lighter top or middle note, you can whip up the perfect “recipe for love” this Valentine’s Day.

Cautions: Remember to refer to the cautions associated with each essential oil before using. Use at a 2% dilution or less, for a normal adult. Do not use with contra-indicated groups such as in pregnancy, with babies and young children, with seniors, or with people with a certain medical condition, unless otherwise advised by an experienced and certified aromatherapist. Consult a certified aromatherapist for further information. This article is intended for educational purposes only.

How Essential Oils Stimulate Romance

Essential oils work in a number of ways but the quickest way the aroma of an essential oil reaches the body is by inhalation through the nose; smells trigger responses in people through the stimulation of the limbic part of the brain, where moods and emotions are governed. Combine essential oils with a massage oil for a sensual massage, with a carrier oil for a romantic bath, or add to an aromatherapy diffuser and place at the dinner table. You can also make your own sensual blend of essential oils in a perfume roll-on, or as a solid perfume.

Rose Essential Oil for Love

Rose(Rosa x damascena) is perhaps the most popular essential oil for love; rose has been prized for centuries by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, particularly in the quest for love. Cleopatra of Egypt and Josephine Bonaparte of France are just two historical figures who were known to use rose, in one form or another, to seduce lovers.

Rose essential oil is a base note oil, so use little for maximum effect; pure rose essential oil is expensive, anything less is probably a substitute or an adulterated “rose” oil.

Suggested blend: Combine rose essential oil with frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil and sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil in a massage lotion or oil for a sensual night for two!

Neroli Essential Oil for Love

Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara (flos)) is one of my favorite, all-time essential oils. If you love the aroma of oranges, combined with a floral note that is both heady and intoxicating, you will love neroli!

Neroli has been used in weddings for centuries for its aphrodisiac properties; Victorian brides wore a sprig of neroli in their head dress and carried neroli in the bridal bouquet in an attempt to calm nerves and stimulate romance on the wedding night!

If neroli essential oil is too expensive for your budget, try Petitgrain sur Fleurs – a combination of neroli and petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara (fol)) essential oils.

Suggested Blend: Combine neroli essential oil with a spicy, fruity top note (such as cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) and clove(Syzygium aromaticum)), and add the blend to the aromatherapy diffuser for a romantic dinner.

Sandalwood Essential Oil for Seduction

Sandalwood (Santalum album) has traditionally been known for its meditative and relaxing properties, but it is also an aphrodisiac oil. I have personally used sandalwood essential oil in a blend for a client who, when reporting back to me on how the blend worked for her, asked me if she could have some more because her husband had liked it so much!

Today, there are various species of sandalwood essential oil available in addition to the traditional Santalum album species. Try Santalum austrocaledonicum as a close substitute for the more threatened Santalum album species – or try Royal Hawaiian sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum) for a slightly less deep note.

Suggested Blend: Sandalwood essential oil is a great fixative note for a perfume blend; combine with vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) and bergamot (Citrus bergamia) for a deep smoky, balsamic-woody aroma with a citrus top note. Add to a base of beeswax and jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil, package in a beautiful jar, and present to a loved one.

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  • Sedona Aromatherapie Certification in Professional Aromatherapy, Sedona, Arizona

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author and editor in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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