Aphrodisiac Essential Oils for Igniting Love

Whether you want to spice things up in your relationship, or you are struggling to express your sexuality, perhaps you want to treat yourself with some intimacy and self-love, aphrodisiac essential oils are here to re-ignite this passion and connection within your body and partnerships, so that you feel calm and confident within your being.


Why Aphrodisiacs?

The word ‘Aphrodisiac’ comes from the Greek name of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite.

Aphrodisiacs work to break the barriers of physical, emotional and sexual expression. They can help calm the nervous system, agitation, and anxiety, while stimulating desire and sensuality.

Sexual dysfunction isn’t necessarily just about sex. It is greatly influenced by self-esteem, mental conditions and predispositions, whether you are undergoing anxiety, depression or any physical and mental imbalances (Kotta, Sabna et al., 2013).

This is where aphrodisiac essential oils and herbal extracts come in. By calming agitation, promoting intimacy and love within your body, you can feel safe to express your desires within the comfort of your home, your partnership and your being.


Aphrodisiac Essential Oils

  • Ylang-ylang essential oil

Ylang-ylang is a popular aphrodisiac in aromatherapy. It can relax the nervous system while lowering blood pressure, offering relief for depression and un-ease (Farrar, Ashley J, and Francisca C Farrar., 2020). It has long been used as a sexual tonic. In Indonesia, it is known as symbol of love, sexuality and euphoria.

Try this sensual body oil infused with ylang-ylang, rose and frankincense to anoint your body with self-love.

aphrodisiac massage
  • Sandalwood essential oil

Sandalwood’s woody, smoky aroma make this essential oil a wonderful aphrodisiac. It is anti-depressant, grounding, sedative, and soothes the nervous system (Farrar, Ashley J, and Francisca C Farrar., 2020).

A 2006 study confirms sandalwood’s uses as an aphrodisiac. In comparison to participants in a placebo trial, those who inhaled sandalwood demonstrated an increase in their arousal, mood calmness, and alertness.

For your aphrodisiac aromatherapy practice, synergise sandalwood essential oil with rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, geranium or citrus essential oils.

sandalwood essential oil
  • Rose essential oil

The Queen of the Flowers, rose is a symbol of love, sensuality and beauty for as long as this plant has existed!

A fragrant, rich and sweet smell, rose will ignite calm and love within your being. It has long been used as an aphrodisiac, sexual tonic, uterine tonic, for soothing the nervous system and calming anxiety (Farrar, Ashley J, and Francisca C Farrar., 2020).

Anoint your body with rose oil for self-love and sensuality, bathe in a bath of roses and jasmine to ignite desire in your body. There are many ways to harness this flower of love, you can find some simple recipes here.

  • Clary Sage essential oil

Clary sage is a relaxing aroma known to relieve depressive symptoms, anxiety and stress. It is an aphrodisiac that can calm the nervous system, relax the uterus and promote blood flow (Farrar, Ashley J, and Francisca C Farrar., 2020).

Blend clary sage with ylang-ylang, lavender, rose, jasmine or other aphrodisiac essential oils for a relaxing aromatherapy practice.

  • Patchouli essential oil

Patchouli is another aphrodisiac essential oil that most of us already know and love. Its grounding aroma relaxes nervous tension, stabilises the body while relieving stress and depression (Swamy, Mallappa Kumara, and Uma Rani Sinniah., 2015).

Its aphrodisiac properties increase mental alertness and concentration. According to a 2015 study, a blend of patchouli, jasmine, sandalwood, rose and ylang-ylang can ignite clarity with harmonious flow of energy, while balancing hormonal secretions.

patchouli essential oil
  • Jasmine essential oil

Jasmine is a sedative and soothing aphrodisiac essential oil. Known as a sexual tonic, stimulant, and anti-depressant, jasmine essential oil relaxes the nervous system and promotes relaxation (Swamy, Mallappa Kumara, and Uma Rani Sinniah., 2015).

With a delicate, hypnotic and feminine aroma, jasmine can ignite arousal and desire within the body. Infuse jasmine in your sensual baths, body oils and perfumes for your aphrodisiac aromatherapy practice.

  • Neroli essential oil

This aphrodisiac essential oil is derived from the bitter orange tree, it is citrus and sweet, promoting calm and uplifting the mood.

In a 2018 study investigating the effects of aromatherapy on sexual problems in menopausal women, neroli, alongside lavender, rose, fennel and geranium essential oils significantly improved the sexual function of participants.

Synergise neroli’s aroma with lavender, rose, citrus essential oils, sandalwood, frankincense, and/or myrrh to stimulate clarity and confidence within your body and being.

  • Cardamom essential oil

Cardamom is one of the most famous aphrodisiacs within folk practices of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, and India, as referred to in the famous collections of Arabian Nights.

According to the folklore of these regions, cardamom can relieve sexual dysfunction and promote arousal in the body. It’s spicy, aromatic scent and flavour stimulates the nervous system, relieves spasms and acts as a general tonic (Farrar, Ashley J, and Francisca C Farrar., 2020).

Blend cardamom essential oil with jasmine, rose, patchouli, black pepper and/or sandalwood to ignite the fire in your body, promote your being towards the freedom in expressing your desire.

  • Black Pepper essential oil

Last but not least, black pepper is a stimulating aroma that is also an aphrodisiac essential oil.

Known as the ‘King of the Spices,’ black pepper contains varying properties that are beneficial to human health, including sexual function.

According to a 2015 study, black pepper was investigated for its uses in the sexual drive of male mice. Results showed that black pepper indeed increased the speed at which mice mated. Although more research is needed to investigate the effects on humans, this is some pretty useful information in understanding the potential of black pepper for treating sexual dysfunction.

Create, cultivate, make space.

These essential oils are here as a guiding point for you to get started in creating and formulating your potions for self-love, sexual expression, confidence and calm.

If you are seeking some inspiration, try our Aromatherapy Recipes for Valentine’s Day and/or Aromatherapy Massage Oil for Self-Love.

Whether it is Valentine’s Day, or frankly, any day of the week or year, make space for your body to cultivate self-love so that you feel safe to express your spirit’s desires.