Plant Aromas for Love, Romance and Sensuality
What is love? Everyone has an opinion, right? Being February, the “month of love” and Valentine’s, I’ve got the power, magic and mystery of love on the brain and decided that it is the perfect theme for #instantbespokeperfume in February.
Being in love with aromatic plants, I compiled a list of plants that are reputed to evoke romance and sensuality.
Rare and precious, Rose, the symbol of love, beauty and purity, The rose has been revered for its many healing properties since ancient times. It has been used in ceremony as an ingredient of sacred anointing oil to connect the devout with the divine and is referred to in many ancient scriptures.
Rose’s numerous healing applications are legendary and it is known to heal the heart, both physically and metaphorically, and eases depression, grief, nervous stress and tension.
Sensuous Mysore Sandalwood oil from East India has a sweet-woody, warm, balsamic aroma and is a known aphrodisiac that is grounding and relaxing. Apart from its aphrodisiac effects it harmonises and calms the body and mind.
Jasmine flower oil from South-East Asia has been associated with love for aeons. Its powerful effects on the emotions and mind, makes a go-to oil to increase feelings of romance, sensuality, self-confidence and optimism.
Sweet Basil leaf and flower oil from Asia and Africa is remarkably relaxing, tonifying yang energies, arousing sexual instincts and is an uplifting and energising oil.
The seductive, intensely sweet and floral Ylang Ylang flower oil from South-East Asia, is a known euphoric and aphrodisiac through its ability to calm and soothe the nervous system, giving self-confidence and reminding us of our joyful, sensuous nature.
Warming, spicey Cardamom seed oil from tropical Asia, is considered to be an aphrodisiac and have been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Tonifying of our natural Qi or life force it is also used as a tonic for the nervous system to alleviate nervous tension and depression.
Earthy and woody Vetiver root oil from India is known to have sedative and relaxing properties and is used extensively in perfumery as a base note. It is known to balance hormones, is calming and invokes feelings of worthiness and safety.
Intoxicating herby, floral and sweet-fruity Clary Sage leaf and flower oil is thought to decrease inhibitions and is well-known for balancing hormones and strengthening Qi, while inducing feelings of clarity, creativity and joy.
Juniper berry from Central Europe has a rich-balsamic, woody-sweet fragrance and it is a powerful tonic, calming the nerves and purifying the spirit, while assisting with the release of accumulated toxins from the body. If you’re worried, prone to overthinking and distant, this oil is one to consider in your blend. (Don’t use for extended periods of time).
Neroli citrus oil from India and China has a powerful, refreshing and floral note that soothes and uplifts the spirit, calms the heart and enhances sensitivity and clarity.
South African Rose Geranium has a distinctive green leafy-rosy scent, that invokes calmness through its ability to balance stress hormones and strengthen the flow of Qi in the body.
Warming and balsamic Cedarwood from Morocco and Algeria symbolises everything that is fertile and abundant. It gives us confidence to deal with life’s stresses and strains and has known sedative properties.
Seeing as there are so many kinds of Love, your experiences and the scents that invoke these states of love for you, are as unique as the petals of a flower.
So, let’s play! I will be making #instantbespokeperfume by appointment.
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Natural Perfumer & Aromachologist
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