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.
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.
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.
“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 PerfumeDerived 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.
CHOCOLATE-ROSE MOUSSE6 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