Of all the annoying and unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause, one of the most frustrating has to be the effect it has on your sex life. From lowered libido to vaginal dryness, menopause can put a real damper on intimacy. Thankfully, it seems that there might be a simple way to solve your menopausal blues — neroli essential oil ($19.99, Amazon).
Dating all the way back to 17th century Italy, neroli oil — also known as orange blossom — is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy today, and for good reason. Derived from the flower blossoms of the bitter orange tree, this pale amber blend not only boasts a sweet-smelling floral scent, it doubles as a potent aphrodisiac in menopausal women.
In a 2014 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers studied the effects that inhaling neroli oil had on 63 menopausal women. They discovered that by inhaling neroli oil for five minutes twice daily for five days, participants saw a significant reduction in menopausal symptoms, a significant increase in sexual desire, and a reduction in blood pressure!
The health benefits of neroli oil don't stop there. A 2013 study from the same publication showed that neroli oil can also help reduce anxiety levels and improve overall sleep quality.
While there are many different kinds of neroli oil on the market, it's important to be on the lookout for a high-quality (read: highly-concentrated) neroli oil. For a 100 percent natural option, we love Gya Labs intoxicating version.
This rich solution can be added to an essential oil diffuser or applied directly to the skin with a carrier oil (a skin-safe oil used to dilute essential oils) — Gya Labs recommends jojoba ($7.99, Amazon), but vitamin E ($19.97, Amazon), or almond oil ($8.29, Amazon) will also work, too.
Take it alone or make a custom, intimate blend with all of your favorite essential oils — this one is complemented well by rose otto, sandalwood, and frankincense.
It certainly seems to do the trick for this Amazon reviewer, who wrote, "This essential oil is by far the most exquisite scent of any essential oil I have ever used. It really impacts your feelings of well-being and it’s just sexy as hell. I love this, it’s worth the money."
Another wrote, "I love Neroli in general, but never found one Neroli oil with a lasting fragrance like this one. I also love the note. Not all Neroli oils smell exactly the same and this one just aces it in terms of fragrance. I can't believe it took me so many years to find this gem!"
By adding this warm, sweet oil to your routine, you'll be feeling more like yourself in no time — something your partner is sure to notice, too.
Where to buy: $19.99, Amazon
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