Aromatherapy is the use of volatile liquid plant materials, known as essential oils (EOs), and other scented compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person's mood or health. Aromatherapy is a generic term that refers to any of the various traditions that make use of essential oils sometimes in combination with other alternative medical practices and spiritual beliefs. It has a particularly Western currency and persuasion. Medical treatment involving aromatic scents may exist outside of the West, but may or may not be intended by the term 'aromatherapy'.Aromatherapy is not only used to aid in the healing of illnesses and/or calming of the senses and the mind to relax, it can also be used as an aphrodisiac to set the mood for making love. Aphrodisiac aromatheraphy utilizes flowers most of the time. Every ancient culture has well documented the specific effects of flowers in the human libido. From the Egyptians and Romans to the Sumerians and Aztecs—sunflowers, peppermint, jasmine, lilies, and of course, roses—have populated the realm of romantic indulgence. The reason is not certain but perhaps it has something to do with the thought that flowers are the sexual representation of the plants. Logan Pearsall Smith pointed out in the late 1800s that flowers are the sex organ of the plant. Talk about phallic representation.
Aromatherapy has roots in antiquity with the use of aromatic oils. However, as currently defined, aromatherapy involves the use of distilled plant volatiles, a twentieth century innovation. The word, aromatherapy, was first used in the 1920s by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé, who devoted his life to researching the healing properties of essential oils after a lucky accident in his perfume laboratory. In the accident, he lit his arm on fire and thrust it into the nearest cold liquid, which happened to be a vat of lavender oil. Immediately he noticed surprising pain relief, and instead of requiring the extended healing process he had experienced during recovery from previous burns--which caused redness, heat, inflammation, blisters, and scarring--this burn healed remarkably quickly, with minimal discomfort and no scarring.
In order to raise our libido, we have to first raise our body temperature. The aphrodisiac essential oils are mostly warm, rich aromas, such as those that come from spices and certain flowers. Aphrodisiac aromatherapy can be tricky. It may take calculation. What one person loves, another might find ghastly, but on a very basic level aromatherapy is a natural aphrodisiac that works to calm, soothe, stimulate and reduce stress, or negative energy. Because impotence and frigidity is most often associated with stress, emotion and psychology, plants that work to calm and soothe while actively stimulating hormonal production and reducing stress and anxiety are key elements in an active and healthy sex life.
Flower aromas can have strong psychedelic effect if not used appropriately but in moderation it is mild and aids in sexual health by improving the mental and physical aspect of the one smelling it. Some flowers though can have both an aphrodisiac effect through its aroma and/or via its connotation with lust, beauty, and pleasure.
Aromatic Aphrodisiac Stuffs
Rose. What can be more romantic than a rose, especially if it is red? The essential oil from red roses is a strong aphrodisiac. It is said that Cleopatra used to take bath with milk and rose petals.
Jasmine. The queen of the night in India. This wonderful fragrance has proven to have sensual effects in humans. It has been found that Jasmine stimulates our senses without any negative side effects. This very expensive and rare essential oil has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years in India. Women in India use it in their hair at night so that their husbands will be drawn to them to make love. When elephants need some help to reproduce, it is said that the owners put jasmine oil on them to excite them. The fragrance alone, when it comes from good quality pure oils, is exquisite. Altered or artificial versions do not have the same aroma and effect.
Lavender. Lavender dates as far back as the early Egyptians, and the ancient Greeks used lavender to fight insomnia, insanity, and aching backs. During the Middle Ages, Benedictine monks used lavender as a medicine and a remedy against the Plague, while London peddlers sold it as a charm against evil. Lavender was thought to be a magical aphrodisiac. It could stimulate the senses while simultaneously relaxing the mind, putting the body into a unique and uncommonly comfortable state of pleasure.
Vanilla. The sweet aroma of vanilla also has aphrodisiac effects. It is subtle, but certainly it cannot be ignored. It was so precious to the pre-Colombian Indians that they considered it suitable for their Gods.
Ginger. This spice raises the body temperature and adds sizzling flavor to any foods and not many people will connect ginger and romance. It is used in creams for the bride to be in many countries in South Asia. The tangling flavor of ginger can be easily used to enhance the flavor of teas, drinks, and of course, Asian curries.
Lilies. These flowers have a very basic romantic quality, deriving their lustful nature from their simple beauty and purity. Since ancient times, lilies have been used in cuisine. The Romans would sprinkle roses and lilies on their food, the table, and over entire banquet halls. They can be eaten fresh, dried, crystallized or even sugared for decorating candies and cakes, and they can be added to salads, be infused into teas, and prepared with sauces, jellies and oils. The Greeks associate the lily with their goddess Hera, telling that the lily first sprouted from the milk of this divinity. It has also been said that Roman soldiers ate the bulbs for nutrients and that it was used as a salve for wounds and an ointment for burns.
Ylang ylang. This floral aroma comes from China and other Asian countries. By itself, it is very sweet, sometimes too sweet, but combine it with other essential oils and it creates great blends.
Peppermint. Peppermint is another out-of-the-ordinary plant served as an aphrodisiac. Peppermint is said to stimulate passion. It has also been heard that it increases activity of the imagination and creativity, as well as enhancing dreams. Peppermint contains several of the superior sex vitamins, but the most important is vitamin D, which is responsible for hormone reproduction.
Clove. Cloves also raise our body temperature. Cloves have a very distinctive and rich aroma. Combine with other aromas and it creates very rich fragrances.
Sunflower. Sunflowers are the symbol of the sun, deriving their life from the same energy that the planet and all its life forms breathe life from as well. Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, was like his father, Zeus. His lust for beauty and nymphs, and his enjoyment in female companionship added to his conquests, which numbered in the dozens. Sunflowers are versatile; their petals can be eaten or infused with tea and their seeds can be dried and eaten. Sunflowers contain chlorogenic acid, vitamin E and iron, all of which are essential nutrients in promoting sex drive and sexual health. Vitamin E is responsible for oxygenating your blood, while iron keeps your blood healthy and efficient. Stimulation of blood in your sex organs is a vital aspect of gratification, so healthy blood is important.
These are the essential aromatic and therapeutic aphrodisiacs that you can use to make you feel good and attract your partner. They are well-known and easy to use. You can use them in candles, oil burners, massage oils, bath oils, and even cooking, depending on your preference.