Foreplay, cuddling, kissing, champagne, and oysters may all help prepare you for intimacy. Some essential oils have aphrodisiac properties and can get you in the mood.
Research suggests several kinds of essential oils may have aphrodisiac properties when inhaled before or during intimacy. In fact, it’s known that some strong odors can
Here’s a rundown of essential oils you may want to introduce to the bedroom.
Certain plants have been used to boost male and female sexual desire, performance, and pleasure for centuries. However, little scientific research has explored how essential oils may benefit a person’s sex life.
While it’s not possible to say any essential oil is an aphrodisiac, there are some properties of essential oils that can be linked to a more positive sexual experience.
1. Clary sage
Scientific studies suggest clary sage can help ease issues with women’s reproductive systems, such as painful menstrual periods.
While there’s no clear evidence of its mood-boosting properties, it’s possible clary sage could help set the mood for sex.
4. Ylang ylang
Research suggests that inhaling ylang ylang essential oil is associated with feelings of euphoria, and helps relieve depression. One
While there’s no clear scientific link between ylang ylang and sexual experience, evidence suggests it can improve mental health. And because mood is linked to sexual experience, it’s possible that ylang ylang is a good essential oil for sexual stimulation.
In Africa, men often chew the stem and root of carpolobia to get to the plant’s oil before sex to boost their performance. However, there is
6. Casimiroa edulis
More research is needed in humans to determine the aphrodisiac effects of casimiroa edulis oil.
7. Eurycoma longifolia
Studies suggest eurycoma longifolia, also called tongkat ali or pasak bumi, increases male rats’ ability to have
8. Fadogia agrestis
Scientists believe oil from the fadogia agrestis could be a powerful aphrodisiac for men. In their
9. Lepidium meyenii
So while it’s possible maca oil can serve as an aphrodisiac, how it works is not well understood.
10. Kaempferia parviflora
Kaempferia parviflora has long been used in Southeast Asia to enhance the sexual experience of men. Scientists have
11. Mondia whitei
12. Myristica fragrans
14. Satureja khuzestanica
When ingested in the correct dose, yohimbe oil
Essential oils for female stimulation
Women who have higher scent sensitivity
Some essential oils with possible aphrodisiac effects for women include:
- clary sage
- ylang ylang
Essential oils for male arousal
There’s a bit more research studying how male sexual experience is affected by essential oils. Scientists have found that the following essential oils may work as aphrodisiacs for males:
- eurycoma longifolia
- casimiroa edulis
- fadogia agrestis
- lepidium meyenii
- kaempferia parviflora
- mondia whitei
- myristica fragrans
- satureja khuzestanica
You can find essential oils online or in most health stores. Here are several different ways you can use essential oils to help set the mood.
On the skin
Essential oils are commonly applied directly to the skin, where they’re absorbed and from which they can be inhaled. However, most essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil so they do not cause skin irritation.
You should never apply essential oils to your genitals, even if diluted with a carrier oil.
You can also use diluted essential oils to give your partner a massage. Doing so releases the scent of the oil while activating your partner’s muscle systems and boosting their blood flow.
Physical touch is also a strong aphrodisiac that can help you prepare for intimacy and maintain a sensual mood after sex, according to
Essential oil bath
You can prepare an essential oil bath by mixing three to 12 drops of an essential oil with an ounce of carrier oil, and adding it to a bathtub filled with warm water.
Stir the bath gently with your fingers to disperse the oil and also get the odors diffused in the air. You could sit your whole body into the bath, or just part of your body, such as your feet.
Research on lavender oil suggests that using it in a foot bath may slightly boost mood. Avoid getting any water from an essential oil bath into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Using a diffuser is an easy way to fill a whole room with the scent of your desired essential oil.
There are several different types of diffusers. Some are machines or candle-lit devices that gently warm an oil to lift it into the air. Others, like essential oil sticks, more slowly send an essential oil into the air.
Diffusers are a good choice for people who may not want to apply an essential oil directly to their skin. Be aware of others who may be unintentionally exposed to diffused essential oils such as children, pets, and pregnant women.
Essential oils can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Read labels and avoid oils from plants to which you might be allergic.
Always use a carrier oil to dilute essential oils to avoid irritating your skin. Never apply essential oils near your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, or on your genitals.
If you notice you or your partner are having a reaction to essential oils — such as stinging or red skin — remove the oil immediately with warm water and soap.
While it’s hard to measure any clear links between using essential oils and sexual experience, there’s evidence that some essential oils may be effective aphrodisiacs. With proper safety precautions, there’s little risk from experimenting with essential oils to enhance your sexual experience.