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Patchouli has one of the most distinct scents in all of aromatherapy. It’s strong, earthy, and musky, so a little bit goes a long way. Luckily, though, a little bit is all you need to see big-time results!

what is patchouli?

It’s a bushy perennial herb that’s native to the tropical climates in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that King Tut loved Patchouli oil so much that he demanded to have ten gallons of it buried with him. More recently, Patchouli was the scent of choice for hippies back in the 1960’s because it was strong enough to mask the smell of marijuana smoke.

how do you use patchouli?

If you’ve got the pure essential oil, there are a number of things you can do with it. However, because it’s such a strong scent, I always combine it with other oils — like bergamot, grapefruit, or lemon — by mixing nine parts of the other oil with one part patchouli. Then, put it in your aromatherapy burner to spread the scent throughout your room. Or, place 1 drop on your pillow or onto a tissue, and breathe deeply. You can also put a few drops in your bath or footbath after a long day.

patchouli essential oil — uses in aromatherapy

Patchouli is so popular because it can provide so many benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve everything from arthritis, to gout, to fevers. It also has antiseptic properties, so it’s an effective way to treat wounds.

patchouli essential oil as a mood-booster

If you’re overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or stress, Patchouli can have life-changing results. Its sedative properties will help you get a better night’s sleep and chase away all of those negative feelings you experience when you’re tired. And, because the scent stimulates the production of your body’s so-called “feel good hormones”, Patchouli will quickly eliminate anger, sadness, and anxiety.

It can even eliminate feelings of indifference. After all, it’s impossible for your senses to ignore this strong scent! The next time you feel mentally “stuck”, tap into the mental power of Patchouli.

patchouli essential oil for romance

Its strong musky scent makes Patchouli a wonderful aphrodisiac. It will lower your inhibitions, so you’ll feel more comfortable expressing your desires. And, because it’s so good at chasing away negative thoughts and fatigue, it’s the perfect oil to help you get ready for a romantic evening. All of your thoughts will be focused on your sweetie and your magical night!

For a sensual massage oil combine 1 drop of Patchouli, 5 drops of Jasmine and 4 drops of Orange with 1 oz carrier oil.

patchouli essential oil for skin care

Another great way to use Patchouli is to dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) and apply it directly to your skin. In fact, it can regenerate, disinfect, moisten, and cool tissues! In addition to the mood boost you’ll get from the scent, Patchouli can help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of skin problems — like athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, and dandruff.

If you want to use it every day, you can make your own moisturizer by mixing one drop of patchouli with five drops of lavender, three drops of frankincense, and one ounce of jojoba. Or, make your own scalp conditioner by mixing one drop of patchouli with four drops of geranium and five drops of tea tree. Or, make a massage oil with one drop of patchouli, five drops of jasmine, four drops of orange, and one ounce of carrier oil.

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© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

Jan 30 2011

History of Aromatherapy and Romance

For thousands of years, people have used scents and aromas for love and sensuality. In ancient Egypt and Rome, bathing with essential oils was part of the ritual of preparation for lovemaking. Cleopatra, one of the most renowned lovers of all time, is reputed to have scented the sails of her royal barge with rose water to seduce Mark Antony as she sailed to meet him. Today, the perfume industry is a multibillion- dollar business based on the notion that fragrance makes us more attractive to each other. Nature’s essential oils have been used to heal the body, enhance life, evoke memories and seduce.

How Essential Oils Work

The aromatic molecules are inhaled and carried to the olfactory membrane, the place from which millions of nerve endings send signals to the brain. The scents are analyzed in different centers of the brain for memories and emotional and sexual responses. There’s a logical explanation for scent’s powerful effect on romance: there are studies that show that essential oils can act directly on the limbic system of the brain, the center of our emotions, memories and sexual behavior. Essential oils can affect your mood, emotional well-being and desires. The use of essential oils can help enhance self-confidence, radiate vibrancy, and increase sensitivity. Some essential oils can be stimulants, others aphrodisiacs, others euphoric or sedative. Their scents stimulate the mood and psyche creating erotic sensations and awakening desire.

Essential Oils for Romance:

  • PATCHOULI – Voluptuous, evident, suggestive, sensual. Reaches deep into the emotions and helps to decrease inhibition and to enable the release of emotions.
  • YLANG YLANG – Exotic, intense and exciting. it’s believed that its stimulating and healing properties can help in cases of impotence and frigidity. It can help dispel feelings of anger, jealousy and envy.
  • CARDAMOM Its aroma helps clear the mind and stimulates the appetite for love. Spicy and profoundly sensual in nature.
  • CLARY SAGESeductive, sensual and mildly intoxicating, exhilarating and euphoric. Soothes stress and anxiety and helps to remove fears and emotional blocks allowing for a deeper communication between partners.
  • GRAPEFRUIT – Instills self-confidence and positivity. It’s tart scent invites playfulness and brightens up the day.
  • MANDARIN – Fresh, young and playful. Mandarin adds joy and lightness to any aromatherapy blend. Enhances emotional well-being.
  • LEMON Stimulant, refreshing, restores the nervous system. Applied through massage, it can help to improve circulation. Adds joy and lightness to any aromatherapy blend.

Setting the stage for romance:

Romantic Ambiance:

Preparing your space carefully can help ensure a peaceful and romantic evening or afternoon, one that is certain not to be forgotten for some time to come. Fill essential oil burner with water and add up to 10 drops of essential oils.

Romantic Bath:

A soothing bath is the perfect prelude to your date. Fill bath with warm water, add 1/4 cup of sea salts or mountain salts mixed with up to 10 drops of essential oils and bathe by candlelight.

Romantic Massage:

Massage is a gift of intimacy that will help to enhance communication, love and care. It’s the perfect time to listen carefully to the needs and wishes of your partner. Mix 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil with up to 4 drops of essential oils.  Apply small amounts of blend to the areas of the body you want to work, and enjoy.
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Jan 24 2011

Throughout history, fragrances have always been an inseparable element in love and romance. Whether it is Cleopatra dousing herself and her surroundings in rose essence to seduce Mark Antony or eastern maharajahs sniffing on a bunch of jasmine as watch their courtesans dance, fragrances have had a large part to play in igniting passions and sensuality.

The use of essential oils in lovemaking is nothing new, but today, we know that it is much more than a tradition.  Scientific research carried out by neurologist Alan Hirsch at the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation in Chicago has proven that certain scents are shown to have a powerful effect on our olfactory lobe, which is a part of the limbic system that houses sexual desires. Different scents seemed to produce varied levels of arousal in men and women, with Lavender and pumpkin pie ranking the highest! Even skeptics will agree that a nice smelling environment is conductive to romance and lovemaking – the scent of essential oils in a diffuser can elevate the mood and set you up for a passionate interlude.

Physical and emotional factors such as vaginal dryness, poor body image, stress and past traumas can be detrimental to sexual desire and confidence. Essential oils work in myriad ways to heal the body and mind. They balance out the chakras (energy centers) and stimulate the sacral chakra, which is located at the pubic bone.

The following essential oils are known to enhance sexuality and they work equally well for men and women:

Jasmine, with its sharp and sensual scent, has been used by generations of Indian women to entice their partners.

Ginger has a warm and hearty aroma that recreates a cozy atmosphere for a couple and makes lovemaking last longer.

Cardamom fills up the senses with its spicy and intoxicating fragrance and is a definite turn-on.

Ylang Ylang is strewn on the beds of newly married South-Asian couples on their wedding night – need we say more?

Grapefruit refreshes and energizes the senses, especially if you have been feeling down and low.

Cedarwood, with is woody aroma, is reassuring and infuses warmth into the atmosphere.

Clary Sage acts as a tonic for the female reproduction system and boosts sexual confidence.

Rose is almost synonymous with love and romance. Its fresh, floral scent is a powerful aphrodisiac.

You may use these oils in numerous ways to spice up your love life:

1. Pour a few drops into your bath water and let the aromas penetrate deep into your senses.
2. Add a few drops of essential oils to carrier oil and use it an intimate and erotic massage with your partner.
3. Light unscented candles all over your room to set the mood for romance. Candles also add warmth to your surroundings.
4. Sprinkle a few drops on your bed sheet and pillow cover so that the scents stay with you all through those special moments.
5. Use these oils in a burner at home to make every corner inviting and enticing.
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blog This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Jun 14 2010
A few other flowers may be as sweet, but jasmine is sweet without sentiment, sweet without effeteness, sweet without compromise; it is aggressively sweet, out rageously sweet: “I am sweet,” says the jasmine, “and if you don’t like it, you can kiss my sweet ass“. Tom Robbins ~ Jitterbug Perfume
Derived from the Arabic word “yasmin”, Jasmine is often referred to as ‘The King of Flowers’. Being the rare and exotic oil that it is, Jasmine may sometimes be prohibitively priced or sold in impure/ diluted forms. As a result, not many people are aware of its powerful properties and therapeutic abilities. This article aims to tell you all that you need to know about the health benefits of Jasmine and give you more than a good reason to keep a bottle in your aromatherapy kit.

What makes it so special?

In the words of renowned author Gabriel Mojay [1], Jasmine is “one of the most effective essential oils for nervous anxiety, restlessness and depression”.  It is also “indicated for impotence and frigidity, especially when there are depressive thoughts of inadequacy and undesirability”.
  • Jasmine is a powerful and natural aphrodisiac that can help with cold attitudes, listlessness, spasms, depression and lack of sexual drive.
  • It is also helpful in seasonal conditions like allergies and catarrh.
  • According to author Victoria Edwards [2], the essence of Jasmine flowers improves capillary action and is a general stimulant for all body systems. Since it has an immediate effect on the nasal passages, it works to heighten the sense of smell.

Jasmine for women’s health and well-being:

Jasmine oil has multiple uses and benefits for women in their reproductive age. From menstrual troubles and infertility right down to childbirth, this oil is of great help at every step of the way.
  • If you frequently suffer from severe menstrual cramps and backache, use Jasmine oil with any carrier massage oil for quick relief.
  • If you are going into labor, the uplifting aroma will facilitate childbirth by giving you the strength and confidence to endure the pain.
  • Many women experience a dip in libido especially during or after pregnancy. The post-pregnancy weight and the new routine is enough to sap every iota of self-esteem and confidence out of a woman. The euphoric scent of Jasmine can help restore that confidence so that you can go back to being the sensual woman who loves her body and her life.

Jasmine for an instant perk-me-up:

Since the fragrance of Jasmine evokes optimism, positivity and confidence, it is extremely effective in treating emotional and psychosomatic problems. Jasmine oil is a mild sedative and stimulant rolled into one. Many users have found it useful in moments of dullness, apathy and listlessness. Jasmine for sensuality: According to author Valerie Ann Worwood [3], a research conducted by Japanese professor Shizuo Trii mentions the influence of Jasmine as stimulating to the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn controls our sexuality. Jasmine essential oil is what you need if you are looking to give your sagging love life a little boost.

How to make it work for you:

Jasmine is a rare and expensive oil with an intense aroma which is why only a drop of it at a time is enough. You may use it any of the following ways: As a natural perfume on its own In a blend 1 oz of jojoba oil 5 drops of jasmine 2 drops of your favorite citrus oil Rubbing this blend on your temples instantly soothes your senses and relieves stress. Use it anytime to lift up your mood and chase away depression.

Interesting facts:

According to estimates, about eight million jasmine flowers yield a kilogram of Jasmine oil which roughly translated to around 700 flowers per gram of the oil! How do you like to use your jasmine oil? References: [1] Mojay, Gabriel (1997).  Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils. London: Healing Arts Press [2]Edwards, Victoria (1996). The World of Aromatherapy. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd. [3]Worwood, Valerie Ann (1994). Aromantics. USA: Bantam New Age Boooks. Picture courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kpjas/21703713   Related Articles Fragrances for Love Aromatherapy and the Human Touch The Healing Power of an Aromatherapy Bath Aromatherapy Tip of the Week, Essential Oils for Menopause © 2010, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Feb 26 2010 I would not change working from home with the love of my life for anything. There is so much sharing, so much interchange of energy and ideas and collaboration. Martin and I met Torri Westmoreland and her husband at a Tweetup* at Monteluce Wine organized by James Ball.  Both couples connected immediately, we both shared something in common: we are married to our business partner and therefore have the rewards and challenges that that type of situation involves. She just shared with me her new Blog post and I thought it would be great to share it with you:


by Torri Westmoreland I promise to share with you … I’ll let you use my cel phone charger when you leave yours at home, even though I probably won’t get it back later. I promise to take risks for you … I’ll upgrade my software first, so I can tell you if there are any bugs before you do it. I promise to try to keep our family healthy. I will make sure we call it a night … sometimes before it’s morning. I promise to trust … I’ll not question your classification of vendors, within reason (but if “salon” is in the name, we might need to talk) I promise to support you … I’ll keep the kids silently entertained when a client calls after school. I promise to give … up the wireless card when you need it (or buy smart phones so we can both be connected simultaneously). I promise to do my share … I’ll drive so you can get your work done in the passenger seat. I promise to be considerate … I’ll keep gas in the car so we don’t run late to a meeting. I promise to be kind … I will not send all of our high maintenance customers’ e-mails your way. I promise to empathize … when you’re heartbroken about losing a client you “just knew we had”. I promise to rejoice … when you get a new laptop before I do (even though I secretly have new laptop envy!). I promise to be responsible … and charge the camera. I promise to communicate … I’ll have conversations with you about something other than work. I promise to make time for us … I’ll put date night on my calendar, and keep that date as I would a meeting with a client. I added these vows here: I promise to keep you awake.. By preparing that needed cup of coffe at 3 pm I promise to help you relax… With a yummy aromatherapy bath at night I promise to always look good for you… Even on those days I wish I could work in my pajamas Can you relate to any of these? Or do you have some new vows of your own? *Tweetup: A gathering of Twitter users ** Source: http://indepthwraps.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/wedding-vows-revisited/

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