Since ancient times, fragrant oils have been recommended for their aphrodisiac qualities. In China, women used ylang ylang. In Central America: Vanilla. And Cleopatra herself is said to have taken regular baths in milk and rose petals to heighten her allure.

Suggested essential oils


  • Some essential oils are contraindicated for preexisting medical conditions. Speak with your doctor before adopting this or any other complementary therapy.
  • Essential oils should be used as a complement to conventional medicine, not a substitute. If you are suffering from impotence or decreased libido, speak with your doctor.
  • Essential oils are highly potent. You rarely need more than a few drops, and using them undiluted can irritate your skin. Unless you’re working with a diffuser or oil lamp, dilute the individual oils in warm water, or in a carrier oil
    (for example sweet almond, avocado, grape seed or jojoba).
Whether working with one essential oil or a blend, you have several methods of administration from which to choose. Would you prefer to massage the oils into your skin, diffuse them throughout the room, or keep them on hand so

that you can choose when to inhale them? Pick an approach that works for you.

Some options:

  • Add a few drops of the oil/s to a bath and soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Add to your favorite massage oil.
  • Use an aromatherapy diffuser or oil burner (DIY version: A few drops in a bowl of very hot water).

Smell, like most of our other senses, is highly suggestive and individual. It might well be that the fragrances you consider most romantic didn’t make our list. But if your first kiss was in a eucalyptus grove, or in a popcorn-filled movie theater, or under a lemon tree, then by all means, follow that trail. After all, the nose knows.

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