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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 2013 set the stage for romance

Yes, the season of romance is here and most of us are looking for ways to make it special for our dear ones. Is it any coincidence that February is officially named the ‘American Heart Month’?

The second month of the year also brings our focus to the “emotional health” of the heart as well as our relationship with our loved ones and ourselves. The “heart” is home to the most complex emotions – both positive and negative.   A person who does not love himself enough can never have any love to give others, and a heart filled with jealousy, envy, rage and revenge can never forge a positive trusting bond. Therefore, the two secret ingredients for fulfilling romantic relationships are purity of the heart and self-love.

Nature has gifted us with essential oils for romance and sexuality that help in this journey towards self-realization and set the stage for enriching and satisfying relationships by:

  •  Cleansing the heart of “dark” emotions and encouraging “light” emotions like compassion, forgiveness and transformation.

  • Enhancing our sensuality and confidence, which makes us more desirable to the opposite sex.

  • Helping us sort out our emotions issues to reduce conflicts, resentment and bitterness in relationships.

  • Enhancing our libido and sexuality, thus encouraging physical intimacy between partners.

Let us now look at the three categories of essential oils that will help rekindle the love in your life and bring out the sensual romantic in you.


Aromatherapy for romance: Bright and happy citrus scents to cleanse your heart  

Whenever I think of dirt (physical or emotional), the first thing that comes to my mind is the cleansing properties of citrus essential oils. Even commercial cleaning products contain extracts of citrus, don’t they?

  • Lemon: Like a ray of sunshine, lemon essential oil brightens up your life and washes away all impurities and negative feelings.

  • Sweet Orange: The scent of Sweet Orange is warming, comforting and “fodder for the heart”. It encourages you take things in good humor and absolves emotional confusion.

  • Grapefruit: The refreshing properties of Grapefruit instill positivity, joy and cheer, which are essential components of a healthy relationship.

Aromatherapy for sexuality: Beautiful and fragrant flowers for confidence and sensuality

Without confidence, sensuality is lost – no matter what you wear, how much you weigh or how your hair looks. A myriad of factors such as depression, anxiety, societal pressures or even a break-up can affect the way we feel about ourselves. Floral essential oils soothe our hearts and allow us to celebrate our unique beauty.

  • Clary Sage: Profound and seductive, Clary Sage negates melancholy and stimulates sexuality.

  • Ylang Ylang: A sweet aroma that soothes away bitterness, Ylang Ylang enhances libido and dispels feelings of jealousy and envy. Its exotic scent helps reunite our emotional and sensual natures.

  • Jasmine: Jasmine’s intense and seductive aroma is the perfect antidote for   performance anxiety, impotence and frigidity that result from depressive thoughts of inadequacy and undesirability.

  • Rose: The luxurious and erotic scent of rose fuels passion and self-assurance. It helps you discover and revel in your own sensuality.

  • Lavender:  With the healing qualities of Mother Nature, Lavender washes away emotional conflict and fills you with newfound confidence.

  • Helichrysum:  Calming and uplifting, Helichrysum instills courage and heals deep-seated emotional wounds.

Aromatherapy for libido: Spicy and powerful scents to fire up your desire

Want to know how to enhance sexuality with essential oils for massage and libido? There is no specific category for aphrodisiac essential oils, but those derived from spices are very helpful as they have strong, powerful aromas that fuel passion and make you realize how sexy you are!

  • Cardamom: This spicy scent encourages clarity of thought and warms even the coldest hearts.

  • Black Pepper: A tonic for stamina and strength, Black Pepper stimulates your mind and body, and urges you to take initiative in relationships.

  • Ginger: Arousing and inviting, the warm scent of ginger stimulates your appetite for love.

  • Patchouli: Patchouli has a voluptuous and suggestive aroma that delves deep into your emotions and instills a sense of freedom.

  • Vetiver: This earthy and positive scent helps shed inhibitions, self-consciousness and fears of intimacy.  Its sexually arousing and profound nature makes you bold and fearless in love.

How to use essential oils for romance and sexuality?

  • Choose one essential oil from each category and blend 10 drops of each in 1 Oz bottle of carrier oil to create your own Romantic Body Oil. Use this to massage your erogenous zones.

  • If you have a partner, give each other a sensual, loving massage.

  • Put 3 drops of each oil in an aromatherapy burner to create a sexy ambiance.

We love Valentine’s Day so much; we celebrate it for an entire month. What are you doing this February? Tell us how you have used aromatherapy for romance – we’d love to know!

Related blog posts:

 Fragances for Love 

How To Enhance Libido With Reflexology 

How To Enhance Libido With Essential Oils

  © 2013, 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 16 2012 There is indeed a lot that a whiff of essential oils can do for your love life. From spiking up libidos to rekindling dormant passions, aromatherapy has been used across centuries and civilizations to nurture the inner romantic. The enchanting Cleopatra probably knew what she was doing when she doused herself and the sails of her ship in Rose essence when she set out to seduce Mark Anthony. Even ancient Romans and Egyptians counted on aromatic baths to make lovemaking more erotic and enjoyable. Traditions have gradually given way to scientific research and today, we know that olfactory stimuli have a direct effect on the brain’s limbic system, which controls our emotions, moods and sexual drive. This factual piece of information pretty much forms the basis of the billion-dollar perfume industry!

Aromatherapy for Self-Love

It is a well known fact that individuals who make for great lovers are ones who are brimming with positivity, passion and self-confidence.  Essential oils work in multiple ways to affect your mood and heighten desire –  they may stimulate,  sedate or help with physical and emotional factors such as vaginal dryness, body image issues and stress that hamper sexual desire. Wearing certain scents can help people feel more self-assured and cheerful, which reflects in their stance and draws people towards them. If you are the kind that needs a little push to shed inhibitions and express yourself, the sensuous and euphoric scent of Patchouli Essential Oil can help you come out of your shell and release pent-up emotions. Ylang Ylang, on the other hand, can help warm up your mood when you feel frigid or insecure. The oil also helps dispel negative emotions like jealousy and envy.

Aromatherapy for Relationships  

If you feel that a lack of communication and clarity is coming in the way of your romance, the intoxicating scent of Clary Sage can help relieve the buildup of tensions and foster a deeper connection between partners. The oil is also an effective tonic for the female reproductive system as it helps balance out feminine hormones. Similarly, the warm and spicy nature of Cardamom helps clear thoughts and stimulates sexual appetite.

Setting the Stage for Romance

When it comes to love and romance, it helps to invest a little effort in setting up a conducive ambience. “Warming” scents such as Ginger, Cardamom and Cedarwood work perfectly when you want to make your space cozy and inviting. Ginger is especially helpful during cold winter months when depression and lethargy are more likely to set in. The invigorating aroma of this oil works at a physiological level to improve circulation, relieve aches and boost energy levels. To introduce an element of fun and playfulness to your lovemaking, try out light, citrusy scents like Mandarin, Grapefruit and Lemon – these are known to enhance emotional wellbeing and infuse positivity in relationships.

Aromatherapy as a Natural Aphrodisiac

Essential oils are believed to balance the body’s chakras (energy centers) and activate the sacral chakra, and is responsible for sexual function. Jasmine Essential Oil is a rare and exotic oil that is also revered as a powerful aphrodisiac. The sharp flowery scent helps fight feelings of listlessness, frigidity and inadequacy while freeing the mind of anxiety and nervousness. Women often experience a significant dip in sexual drive during and after pregnancy. Jasmine is effective in reviving the lost confidence and helps new mothers feel better about themselves and their bodies. Any talk of love and romance is rather incomplete without a mention of Rose, which has come to symbolize the emotion and everything associated with it. The gentle, comforting scent of Rose essential oil invokes feelings of sensuousness and makes women feel more self-assured about their feminine beauty.

 How to Use Essential Oils?

There are several ways in which you can use aromatic oils to add spice to your romantic interludes:
  • Use a traditional aromatherapy burner or plug in an electric diffuser for an instant pick-me-up.
  • If you wish to take things a notch higher, spice up your evening by offering your partner a sensual aromatherapy massage with a blend of essential oils. The intimate body contact will not only facilitate the flow of sexual energy but will also relieve stress, boost circulation and induce a state of relaxation. Mix 1 drop of Patchouli essential oil, 3 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil and 2 drops of  Orange essential oil in any carrier oil to concoct your own love potion. Be sure to massage the ankles, feet and hands as these are sensitive areas that can heighten sexual arousal. If a massage sounds like too much work, slip into a warm aromatic bath infused with sea salts and a blend of essential oils with your partner.
  • You may also sprinkle a few drops of your chosen essential oil on your bed linen and soak in the fragrance as you revel in your special moments.
Feb 21 2011
“Amatherapy without massage is like an orchestra without a conductor” ~ Robert Tisserand
There is no denying that human touch has a distinctive “feel good” factor attached to it. Whether it is a gentle caress of a mother to comfort a crying child or the reassuring hug of a friend in difficult times, the warmth of another human body sends positive signals throughout our body and to our brains. Since aromatherapy is all about mind-body balance and holistic healing, it is quite natural that touch should have a large role to play in it. My fascination with the sense of touch started when many years ago, I read the book ‘Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body’ by Robert Tisserand. The author of the book states:
“In a study at Purdue University, Indiana, in 1986, students who took out books from the library were interviewed as they came out.  They were asked specific questions relating to their opinion of the library and whether the checkout assistant had smiled at them.  The library assistant treated everyone in exactly the same way, except that every other student was lightly touched on the hand as their library card was handed back to them.  Those who were touched formed a more positive view of the library than those who were not and often thought that the assistant had smiled at them, although the fact she had not.”
The power of touch can be gauged from the fact that it is the first sense we develop in the womb and the last one we lose before death. It helps us communicate without words, connect with our environment and share emotions. Physical contact with a loved one not only feels nice and warm, it is essential for our wellbeing as it keeps feelings of loneliness and apathy at bay. Massage and aromatherapy go hand in hand.  You can start to create a loving atmosphere at home with those you love by indulging them in a relaxing massage. Even people who are not used to being touched, usually comply when their hands and feet are massaged. I have created different massage oils for different conditions, but you can always create your own concoctions based on the purpose you want them for and the scents you prefer. Here are some guidelines: Citrus essential oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Citrus Delight Aromatherapy Blend, are always bright, happy and uplifting. They are safe to use during pregnancy and are liked by most people. Calming oils: Lavender, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, SERENO Sleep Time Body Oil Stimulating oils: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger and Adrenal Support Body Oil Romantic oils: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Romance Body Oil Digestive oils: Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel, Orange, RosemaryBasil, Cinnamon and Digestive Body Oil Oils that can help improve circulation: Cypress, Lemon, Rosemary, Pine and Circulation Body Oil Add a total of 60 drops of your favorite essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil and start enjoying the wonders of an aromatherapy massage. Apart from the immediate emotional benefits, massage also has several positive effects on physical health. Not only does it improve blood circulation, it also stimulates the lymphatic system, boosts immunity, relieves pain, reduces muscular tension and controls blood pressure.  Massage is also very effective against insomnia and stress-related conditions. I invite you to start today, sharing the loving touch of an aromatherapy massage.
© 2011  AROMANDINA – Aromatherapy blog  – 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 07 2011

Touch has a lot to do with sensuality and vice versa. Reflexology is an ancient method of holistic healing that believes that specific ‘reflex’ points on feet, hands and ears correspond to different systems and organs in the body and that applying pressure onto these points helps in alleviating physical and psychological problems.

Reflexology is known to step up libido in men and women by:
  • Eliminating stress and inducing a state of deep relaxation
  • Boosting circulation, especially to the sexual organs
  • Restoring physical, emotional and hormonal balance
  • Ridding the body of toxins and facilitating the smooth flow of sexual energy
Reflexology focuses on overall well-being as opposed to localized or symptomatic relief. It aims to clear any blockage of energy in the body and release pent up negative emotions to promote health and healing.

Aromatherapy and Reflexology

Reflexology and Sexuality:

The areas corresponding to sexual desire and libido are the big toe and the ankle.
Applying pressure onto the big toe is believed to stimulate the release of sexual hormones while the area around the ankles is responsible for genital arousal.
You don’t need to be a professional to try this out – just massage your partner’s feet and observe his or her response. This exercise helps you understand each other on a whole new level and makes you sensitive to each others’ needs.
Reflexology is a completely natural technique which can be safely carried out at home. Even those who are not sure of its benefits wouldn’t mind some loving foot play!
Here is a romantic combination of essential oils for libido, that will make this experience complete:
Mix 1 tablespoon of carrier oil with: 1 drop patchouli essential oil 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil 2 drops orange essential oil.
Apply liberally on feet during massage.

Other reads about essential oils and libido:

How to enhance libido using essential oils
Increasing libido with essential oils and a sensual bath

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