Aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials known as essential oils and other aromatic compounds to alter a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function and health. Aroma therapists add that they have an effect in improving sex life of both men and women.
Most of the common essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus are prepared by distillation. The raw plant material that includes the flowers leaves, wood, the bark, peels and seeds are put into a distillation apparatus over water. As the water is heated, steam passes through the plant materials. This vaporises the volatile content in the plant materials which pass through a condensing coil transforming them to a liquid state. This condensate is collected in a receiving vessel. The condensate is variously referred to as a hydrosol, herbal distillate, plant water essence andis increasingly used in cosmetic preparations and aroma therapic preparations.
Aromatherapist Jyoti Shetty says, "Your skin soaks essential oils more easily than regular oils. When combined with scented candles and bath salts, these oils can boost your sex life." So the next time you have problems with your sex life, she suggests using some of the essential oils to spice up your sex life.
These essential oils have been used for a long time, from the time of Cleopatra to our time. These essential oils come from the red petals of the rose, the fragile jasmine and other flowers and surprising ingredients like spices that make us literally feel hot.
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 thatare described below:
Cedarwood has a woody aroma that reduces minor physical ailments and improves the respiratory system. This oil can be used to open up emotions and soothe fears and anxieties of sexuality leading to a heightened sexual experience.
Vanilla is extracted from the vanilla bean plant. Vanilla is a sensual aphrodisiac and has a euphoric effect on the brain and can be a perfect scent to turn your partner on especially if vanilla candles are burnt before lovemaking.
Jasmine has the aphrodisiac qualities of enhancing calmness, relaxation, and creating a heightened romantic feeling. It helps to maintain self-confidence and makes one energetic. When mixed with other essential oils it can lead to a better sex experience.
Bergamot has a combination of lemon and floral aroma and is blended with other aromatherapy products. It has a refreshing, uplifting and enticing aroma. It removes anxiety and depression helping to boost sex.
Lavender and pumpkin spice in combination has been found to increase penile blood flow by 40 per cent making a man in the mood for sex.
[Read: Best Herbs for Sexual Health]
Peppermint is an aphrodisiac for women. Many women like a massage with this essential oil not only for its minty fresh smell but also to heighten stimulation to enable them to have multi-orgasmic experiences.
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