Kamasutra often referred to as the Bible of sexuality, has mentioned profound use of ittar and aromatic oils in its literature. Since ancient times, these oils have been used widely to awaken desires and sensuous feelings.
It is the smell of essential oils which stimulates the pituitary gland which in turn control our hormones, which indirectly drive our sexual desires. Such is the effect of essential oils that even our Vedas herald their use and benefits in Vajikarana Tantra (science of infertility and virility). Listed are some essential oils that are said to have aphrodisiac qualities.
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Did you know that Aphrodite- the goddess of love and sensuality, kept her love den decorated with rose petals? Well, not without a reason of course! Even Cleopatra, the Egyptian beauty used rose petals in her bath. Rose essential oil is said to soothe senses by reducing anxiety connected to sex. As it acts through heart chakra, it helps unify spiritual and physical love.
Jasmine is known as an aphrodisiac oil because of its powerful erogenous effect on human senses. The flower has been long used in the art of seduction. It is rich, emotionally warming, and exquisite oil which boosts your confidence and elevates your sexual awareness to a whole new level.
This essential oil has properties quite similar to jasmine. It is exotic and has a very sweet floral aroma that fills you up with joy. The oil is said to energise and increase attraction between partners. Only a drop of ylang-ylang oil in a cotton bud near your bed is enough to work its magic.
Sandalwood oil contains a sweet woody aroma which has both sensual as well as meditative properties. You can blend this with other oils such as basil, lavender, rose, and frankincense. It is believed that the use of this essential oil elevates the level of physical intimacy to such a level that it becomes the highest form of union. However, since Sandalwood has been listed under the most endangered trees, you need to avoid using this oil generously.
Cumin oil is not quite famous for its aphrodisiacal properties, yet, it has profound advantages for both women and men. Cumin oil is said to improve fertility in women. In men, cumin oil brings out intense feelings of attraction and stimulates sensual mood.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary Sage is extremely different from the rest owing to its lingering nutty fragrance. Clary Sage oil is sensual, relaxing, and also makes you feel euphoric. However, if you are trying to get pregnant, this essential oil should be avoided.
Clove Bud oil
This oil is best when it comes to eliminating depression. Clove Bud oil also acts as a stimulant. It makes you more passionate and helps you enjoy the experience like never before.
Patchouli oil gives a scent which is a strong blend of spicy and musky aroma,. It appeals to both women and men and can be mixed with oils like clary sage, geranium, and lavender. Patchouli oil helps in relieving stress and depression, thus naturally uplifting your mood.
Word of caution
Please note that if you have medical condition, such as high blood pressure or respiratory problems, do not use essential oils without consulting a doctor. Also, these oils must not be taken internally, and always store them away from naked flames.