Aromatherapy can play a powerful role in relationships – in fact, some essential oils are so good at sparking passion that they’re believed to be aphrodisiacs. This Valentine’s Day, spice things up with one of these essential oils for love and romance.
10 Essential Oils for Love + How to Use Them
1. Ylang ylang
The sweet floral aroma of ylang ylang has a relaxing effect that makes it popular for romance. The exotic scent calms anxiety and releases inhibitions. In fact, petals of the ylang ylang flower have traditionally been scattered on the beds of newlyweds. Ylang ylang has a strong scent, which can become overwhelming, but it pairs well with bright citrus oils. Put some love in the air with this blend of sweet ylang ylang and uplifting orange and clary sage.
Honeymoon night diffusion
Just drop these essential oils into an electric diffuser, adjusting the ratio as needed for your machine, and set it up in your bedroom.
When it comes to essential oils for love, the musky, earthy aroma of ginger is said to be very arousing. A warming oil that gets the blood flowing, ginger can help with building physical courage and confidence.
Warming sugar scrub
In a mixing bowl, combine essential oils with 2 tablespoons carrier oil and 4 tablespoons granulated sugar. To use, apply to skin using gentle, circular buffing motions, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
The blooming floral fragrance of pure rose oil brings about feelings of love, care, and comfort. Not only does rose oil support women’s reproductive health, the calming aroma also creates an environment of relaxation that fosters intimacy.
Pucker up scrub
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 drops rose
Stir all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Apply a small amount to your lips using your fingertips, then rinse with warm water.
Nutmeg is a spicy oil that can stimulate a low sex drive and create connection. For a relaxing bath that you can enjoy together, combine warming nutmeg and the comforting yet romantic fragrances of rose and vanilla.
Sensual milk bath
Combine essential oils with one ounce of carrier oil and 1 can of full fat coconut milk. Stir together to blend. Pour into a tub of warm water and use your hands to disperse the mixture.
Sandalwood might not be your first pick for essential oils for love, but its warm, woody aroma soothes nerves and promotes sexuality, especially in men. Spritz your linens to set the scene with this exotic aroma.
I love you linen spray
Fill a 4-ounce spray bottle with 1/8 cup grain alcohol and add the essential oils. Let sit for 5 minutes and fill the bottle with distilled water then mist linens.
6. Black pepper
Stimulating black pepper combines well with sandalwood and peppermint to create a sensual blend that will warm you up and get your blood flowing. Turn down the lights and take turns massaging each other’s shoulders, neck and back.
Love potion massage oil
8. Clary Sage
Clary sage is known for its affinity with women’s menstruation issues, but the unique musky, herbal scent is also an aphrodisiac that boosts libido.
You can scent dried rosebuds with this pretty blend to create a passion-inspiring potpourri mix. Just pour it into small cotton bags, then store them in your lingerie drawer. Or transfer the potpourri to a decorative bowl on your nightstand or dresser.
An intimate evening doesn’t require heavy floral musks! The rich, earthy scent of patchouli is deeply relaxing before bedtime while helping to rekindle desire.
Adding patchouli to your diffuser along with ylang-ylang, bergamot and frankincense will create a sweet space to become uplifted and adored.
Romantic body spray
- 7 drops bergamot
- 7 drops lemon essential oil
- 7 drops patchouli essential oil
- 3 drops rose otto essential oil
Add essential oils to a 2-ounce mist bottle and fill with distilled water. Replace cap and shake vigorously until well blended. To use, shake bottle and apply 2 to 3 sprays to body.
One of our favorite essential oils for love, the sultry scent of jasmine works as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. The heady floral aroma promotes confidence and eases anxiety to create a sense of relaxation. Try a bit of this evocative scent on the inside of your wrists, behind your ears, and on other pulse points.
Add the essential oils into a 10-ml roll on applicator, then fill the tube with a carrier oil. Shake well before each use.179