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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.
© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog 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.
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.
Jan 17 2011

I was doing my annual inventory count which involves transferring the essential oil liquids from their container into a measuring cylinder to see how many milliliters I have. I simply love this annual task because it gives me an opportunity to connect with the wonders of essential oils all over again. On regular days, when we handle small bottles of these oils, we tend to forget their origin, the plant where they came from, and their color.

BLUE:

 

This inky-blue liquid that you see here is German Chamomile (Matricaria recutica).  If you have ever had a cup of chamomile tea, you would probably remember the color to be greenish or yellowish. Now, look again at this picture – doesn’t look like chamomile by a mile, right? 
One of the main components of German Chamomile is Chamazulene which gives this oil its blue color.  This component is not present in the fresh flower but is only produced during the process of distillation.

Chamazulene, present in some volatile oils, is markedly anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic.

Just by looking at the color of the oil, one can determine its therapeutic qualities:
– Since blue is a ‘cooling’ color, think about all the ‘hot’ conditions that this refreshing oil is going to counteract.
 – On the emotional front, blue chamomile has a very strong influence in soothing the solar plexus – the major nerve center located in the stomach area.
According to Gabriel Mojay, the solar plexus is the vital center of our psychological needs and wants.  When negative or ‘hot’ feelings like frustration, chronic tension and insomnia appear, the cooling blue effect of this oil helps in restoring balance.

In the physical plane, hot conditions such as irritable bowel, inflammation and spasms, can be easily relieved with the topical application of this oil when combined with a carrier oil.

RED:

Red, the warmest of all colors, signifies passion, heat and vitality
Red is extroverted, just like the substance in this bottle.  The absolute extracted from the Jasmine flower is a bright, sensual red and helps shed inhibitions.
It helps introverts come out of their shells and helps a couple revive the ‘heat’ in their relationship. It is very effective in driving away depression and fueling passion, libido and self-esteem when a person is feeling down and low.

ORANGE: 

 This orange liquid here is Sweet Orange essential oil.  This organic oil comes from Argentina and just by looking at its bright happy color, one can’t help but smile.
Orange i
s an uplifting, joyful oil.  It has a cleansing quality that clears a saddened heart and physically too, it helps purify the liver.
I use it in severa
l blends for digestion, and detoxifying because of its digestive, lymphatic, gastric and sedative properties.



So, the next time you hold a bottle of essential oil, think of the beauty of its color and the great emotional therapeutic properties that the plant is providing
to you.

© Cristina Proano – AROMANDINA 2011– All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog. The 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.

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 08 2010  

Aromatherapy Tip

Decadent Chocolate-Rose Mousse

Extend the art of aromatherapy for romance to the kitchen, here’s a decadent recipe that can be added to your love feast: For more than 2,000 years Chocolate has been linked to love and romance. The  Mesoamerican  civilizations like the Mayas and the Aztecs revered it as a sacred food with aphrodisiac properties.  There are still many  mysteries surrounding chocolate and its benefits.  Scientists have discovered that dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a substance that stimulates the release of endorphins in the brain — feelings of love and passion also trigger these hormones. Rose Absolute is considered and aphrodisiac, it can lift up the heart and take melancholy away.

CHOCOLATE-ROSE MOUSSE

6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or a mixture, finely chopped 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon warm water 1 drop of Rose Maroc absolute 1 large egg 2 large egg yolks Pinch fine salt Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1 inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. Add rose absolute to cream and whip it in a medium bowl until it holds soft peaks. Cover and refrigerate while you cook the eggs. Put the eggs in another bowl that also sets over the water in the saucepan. Beat the egg yolks, and pinch of salt, until foamy and light, about 30 seconds. Set the bowl over the water and whip with an electric mixer or whisk, moving in a circular motion around the bowl, until the eggs get very fluffy and hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue beating on high speed until the thick ribbons fall from the beater when lifted out of the bowl, about 5 minutes more. Fold in the water. Fold about a quarter of the eggs into the chocolate to lighten it, and then fold in the rest of the egg. Finally fold the whipped cream into the chocolate base to make a smooth light mousse. Pour the mousse into 4 martini glasses. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Serve.     Related Articles Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie with Ginger Essential Oil Cristina’s Mom yummy Quinoa Soup
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