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Aphrodisiac essential oils

You probably have some idea of what essential oils are and what they can do for your health, your beauty, and your mood. But did you know that essential oils can jump-start your sex life? In fact, they’ve been in use as an aphrodisiac, albeit primarily under the radar, for centuries. New Jersey-based essential oils expert, Margaret Szura, a certified holistic health counselor, gets right to the point: “When there’s a problem with sexual desire or arousal, it is usually a physical or emotional issue, and healing is a process that essential oils can aid with. When stress levels are high, essential oils can help with calming. When energy is lacking, the right oils can be uplifting or stimulating. And aphrodisiac oils increase arousal because they increase circulation and blood flow.”

Here is the list of few popular essential oils from this category:


This spice delivers a lot of benefits (I think, I'll write separate blog post focusing only on this fantastic oil). The scent not only stimulates the immune system but it’s also the oil of sexual harmony. Cinnamon supports the reproductive system and helps heal sexual issues. It’s also warming, which increases blood flow and circulation, and that is obviously important to achieving a full and satisfactory state of arousal. “It’s a major libido enhancer,” she says. Dilute it with a carrier oil at a 1 to 4 ratio, she suggests.

Clary Sage

Clary sage is often called the oil of “clarity and vision”, but as an aphrodisiac, it works by affecting the hormonal system. If the hormones aren’t balanced, the result can be low libido. There are other natural ways to boost a low libido, but clary sage may help by elevating mood, according to a study in Phytotherapy Research, and depression can wreck your libido.

Clary sage oil has a deep, sweet, nutty flavor. It also helps calm and soothe stress and anxiety to lessen inhibitions and boost sexual desire.


Jasmine oil affects emotional balance and hormonal systems. It’s the oil of “sexual purity and balance,” and is particularly excellent for use by women. It brings out positivity while reducing anxiety, apathy, depression, and feelings of indifference. In fact, jasmine essential oil has been scientifically demonstrated to stimulate feelings of well-being, ease depression, and boost mood levels, according to a study in Natural Products Communications. In doing so, it could safely encourage partners to explore the intimacy they may have lost.


This is known as the oil of “physicality". Patchouli has an earthy, woodsy aroma, and reduces anxiety, increases energy, and stimulates desire while decreasing inhibitions. That means it can be grounding and stabilizing; it also compliments yoga, tai chi, or any practice that connects the spirit with the body and the earth. For normal skin, patchouli can also be used with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to help balance the needs of the skin. Other essential oils do a better job on dry and oily skin types.


With roses as the Valentine’s Day flowers of choice, is it any surprise that rose essential oil is the oil of “divine love"?

Essential rose oil supports the circulatory system, and blood flow to the nether regions is crucial for sex. At the same time, it’s a very sensual and romantic scent that science indicates is emotionally uplifting.


Sandalwood essential oil is connected to “sacred devotion", supporting emotional balance, muscles, bones, and the nervous system. It is calming and harmonizing, and it’s used in meditation to quiet the heart. This oil promotes emotional openness and increases physical sensuality. Best of all? It encourages unprompted interactions, and that helps lovers get out of a sexual slump.

Ylang Ylang

This is the oil of the “inner child". It affects emotional balance, and the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. Ylang ylang is known as one of the most powerful essential oil aphrodisiacs because it influences sexual energy and enhances relationships. Ylang ylang can encourage a more sensual and erotic experience during lovemaking. Ylang ylang can also help with impotence and a low libido because, like rose oil, it supports the circulatory system.


Bergamot is the oil of “self acceptance". It is stimulating, according to German researchers, and opens up the energy system, creating a feeling of self-acceptance that spills over to others. The research suggests that when diffused in water, bergamot may help reduce negative feelings such as anxiety, depression, stress, and tension.

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