The power of smell is deeply connected to our primitive brain and can influence how we feel, as well as affect our emotions. Just think of how you feel when a particular smell takes you back to a specific moment in your childhood of past.
The fragrance or perfume of flowers has long since been associated with romance from as far back as biblical times. When Queen Esther was preparing to meet the Pharaoh she was dowsed in jasmine petals so that she would smell exotic.
Islands that generate sweet smelling flowers are thought of as romantic destinations. Magnolia, gardenia, vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang are all sweet smelling, richly fragrant floral aromas that awaken a sensuality within.
My personal favorite is jasmine, which is often referred to as the king of the oils. It is masculine, yet sweet and has a deeply rich viscous property. Jasmine has a very distinct aroma associated with sunrise and sunset, the fragrance of dawn and dusk.
Ylang ylang, found in most romantic oil preparations, is the well-known oil of romance and has a reputation of being an aphrodisiac. Amazingly ylang ylang also has blood pressure lowering properties so can also be used therapeutically for general health and well-being
Most perfumes and aftershaves are worn not only for freshness but for the purpose of attracting sexual partners. Most of these have a base of patchouli oil, jasmine and ylang ylang with hints of many other essential oils.
The aforementioned oils may be used in minute doses as perfumes on pulse points, or in massage or body oils, lotions and creams for the desired sensual effect.
Aside from the sensual effects, these oils are also helpful in relieving heartache. Self-massage your solar plexus with premixed aphrodisiac oils for comfort when going through a tough time in a relationship.
For a confidence boost or esteem enhancement use the oils neat or premixed, invoking of feeling of confidence and air of attractiveness.
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Doryce Sher, co-founder of Aromatic Apothecary, is one of South Africa’s leading advocates on the regulation of complementary medicine, with a particular interest in Aromatherapy.
Serving on and representing various health boards in South Africa, it is her passionate aim to ensure people are aware that there are choices when it comes to health and well-being.
If you have a question or a story you would like to share, please contact Doryce