February can be one of the most romantic months of the year!
Whether you have a special someone or just want to focus on self-care, some essential oils are especially good for setting a romantic mood and also for a happy and more positive outlook.
But first, a tribute to St. Valentine:
Valentine's Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, but the history of St. Valentine remains a mystery. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "Valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl -possibly the jailor's daughter- who visited him during his imprisonment.
By the Middle Ages, Valentine became on of the most popular saints in England and France, although written Valentines didn't begin to appear until after 1400.
But what about love potions?
Love potions, or Aphrodisiacs, have been around from the beginning of time. Fragrances were essential to the art of seduction. Botanical oils were commonly used to create these desirable aromas. Perfumes were created to attract lovers, and headdresses adorned with sweet smelling flowers were often worn at weddings as a symbol of love and fertility.
These oils act directly on the limbic system of the brain, which in addition to acting as our storehouse for emotion and memory, is also responsible for regulating sexual conduct and mood.
Essential oils can create an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy necessary for romance. Scents such as jasmine, neroli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang, ginger, cinnamon, lavender and vanilla are commonly known for their aphrodisiac properties. Also some citrus oils such as orange and bergamot can also have this affect because they naturally promote relaxation and a peaceful mood.
It was said that Cleopatra had the decks of her ship and sails swabbed with rose oil to attract Marc Antony.
Some of the best love oils with aphrodisiac qualities are:
- Jasmine - a warm, sweet, strong floral scent that symbolizes passion and joy. It is thought to help with depression, anxiety, frigidity, and impotence.
- Neroli - strong, musky and sweet, it is extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It is a natural tranquilizer and can have a hypnotic effect.
- Rose - the main love oil, linked with Venus and love, is thought to be beneficial as a sexual stimulant in women, and is an inspiration to lovers of both sexes and to induce peace and harmony.
- Sandalwood - inspires groundedness and tranquility, and is regarded as a sexual restorative for both sexes. Also, protective and very healing and aids one in seeing past incarnations.
- Ylang Ylang - Sometimes called "Flower of Flowers," is a common ingredient found in aphrodisiac formulas. With its' seductively sweet scent, it makes its wearer irresistible to the opposite sex and can soothe the problems of marital life. It is also an excellent tonic for the nervous system.
- Ginger - with its' spicy scent, it induces passion, and has been used as an aphrodisiac in China for three thousand years. Its spicy scent is a stimulant and is used to sharpen the mind and soothe the emotions. Ginger oil can also be applied to the skin to cool fevers, soothe headaches, and relieve arthritic pain.
- Cinnamon - warm, sweet, and spicy, it is considered a high vibration oil used for personal protection. It is also a sexual stimulant in the female. Mixed with powdered sandalwood, it makes an incense suitable for all religious or spiritual rituals. Grounding and good for meditation and illumination.
- Lavender - well known along with Vanilla, to arouse sexual desire in men. It has been said to have been worn by prostitutes to advertise their trade and to attract customers.
- Vanilla - soothing, sweet and revitalizing, it is also used as an energy restorer.
Enchanting Essential Oil Blends for Valentine's Day:
Turn Me on:
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Ylang Ylang
15 drops Vanilla
Hot for You:
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Cinnamon
4 drops Sweet Orange
4 drops Rose
2 drops Jasmine
1 drop Cinnamon
4 drops Vanilla
Massage Oil Blend:
1/2 cup of your favorite oil e.g.: coconut, jojoba, almond
1 tsp. of essential oils of your choice - mix in jar or bottle and shake well
These recipes may also be translated into a house cleaner by adding them to taste (30 - 35 drops total) into our Non-Toxic House Cleaner Recipe: 1/4 cup white vinegar and fill with 8oz. of distilled water, or a Room and Pillow Spray by adding 1/4 cup Witch Hazel to the same 8oz. of distilled water and any combination of oils to taste up to 40 drops.
Some benefits and properties of these essential oil blends are for immune support, energizing, uplifting, de-congesting and cleansing. It also helps bring balance to the body and the sweet, warm and spicy smells help to release anger. When diffusing, you can take advantage of its aromatic properties, say a positive affirmation, a special prayer, or give thanks, and use them at the start of each season to set your intentions for that season.