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5 Essential Oils to Use for a Sensual Valentine’s Day

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With the clock ticking down to Valentine’s Day, you’ve no doubt got something extra-nice planned for your honey. More than just finding the perfect present (have you checked out our gift guide yet?), however, this romantic holiday is all about connecting with your partner on a deeper level. If your plans could use a little extra romantic boost, why not try using an essential oil for sex drive to take things to the next level?

Though aromatherapy can be employed for many different purposes, many are also aphrodisiacs, helping to encourage feelings of relaxation, happiness, and yes, arousal. Check out our list of the five blends you need to try this Valentines Day to help you feel the love.

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1. Sandalwood

Where to buy: ($39.90, Amazon)

Sandalwood is a slightly sweet-yet woodsy-smelling essential oil. Known to promote a sense of calm alertness, it’s extremely grounding and can be used to soothe an overactive nervous system while promoting mental clarity. In Ayurveda — the Indian sister science of yoga — however, sandalwood is also known as a potent aphrodisiac.

To use, add a few drops of a 100 percent pure blend, like this one from Eden’s Garden to an unscented body oil ($12.85, Amazon) or lotion ($7.62, Amazon) for an erotic massage .

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2. Patchouli

Where to buy: $7.99, Amazon

Another popular aphrodisiac, patchouli is a great essential oil to breathe in with a stone diffuser ($108.98, Amazon) or incorporate into a massage or bath. The scent wards off anxiety, helping you to get into a relaxing headspace for all the fun times ahead. Plus, it’s good for your skin! Can you say triple-threat?

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3. Jasmine

Where to buy: $28.50, Amazon

Jasmine essential oil has a number of benefits, but most notably, it’s been used to increase libido, especially for women. Interestingly, it’s sometimes called “the queen of the night” after the flower, which blooms at nighttime, and because of its ability to boost arousal. Jasmine oil can be diffused or used directly on the skin, but it’s best to dilute it in a carrier oil, such as jojoba ($7.99, Amazon).

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4. Ylang-Ylang

Where to buy: $10.95, Amazon

Though regularly used to promote emotional balance and well-being, ylang-ylang also encourages healthy creative expression, enhancing sexual energy and feelings of connectedness between partners.

Be careful not to use too much of this oil, though: A little goes a long way! One to two drops diluted in a carrier oil ($7.99, Amazon) or placed into a diffuser ($108.98, Amazon) should do the trick.

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5. Neroli (Orange Blossom)

Where to buy: $19.99, Amazon

Neroli, also known as orange blossom, is another potent aphrodisiac. This oil can be used to ward off feelings of anger and resentment while simultaneously promoting a sense of safety and openness — the perfect way to begin — or end! — your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Add a few drops to a massage oil or try dripping a few undiluted drops directly on your (or your partner’s) chest, over the heart. 

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