Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love between two people, with roses and chocolate traditionally given as gifts

Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love between two people, with roses and chocolate traditionally given as gifts. Dark chocolate is known for its aphrodisiac and mood-enhancing qualities and the red rose symbolizes love. This Valentine’s Day, try something new—yet timeless—and introduce your lover to the wonders of aromatherapy.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is said to have used the aromatic petals of rose because she knew they were uplifting and helped to restore a woman’s connection to her femininity. Rose is ruled by the planet Venus, which represents love and all things beautiful. Rose essential oil can help open the intimate connection to the heart centre.

Open the heart centre

According to ancient Indian tradition, the heart centre or heart chakra is the middle (fourth) chakra in an energetic system of seven chakras or energy centres in our body. The heart chakra is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy heart chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion for ourselves and others, and have a deep sense of peace and centredness.

Genuine and authentic essential oils can be used to bring awareness to the heart centre. The simple act of lighting a candle, intentionally making a massage oil to use on your lover, or taking time for you and your partner to create a romantic, aromatic bath can create an opening to the heart that can be a powerful aphrodisiac for the spirit.

Essential oils

Rose (Rosa damascene)
This oil has a very earthy, rich aroma that is highly concentrated and best used with a carrier oil such as jojoba. It blends well with sandalwood. Rose oil is especially beneficial for women; it can help to balance hormones, has a tonic effect on the reproductive organs, and can enhance sexuality.

Sandalwood (Santalum album)
The deep, rich, woodsy scent of sandalwood induces a state of calmness and serenity and relieves nervous tension. It is considered a sexual restorative for both women and men and is wonderful on its own or paired with other essential oils such as lavender.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Associated with peace and love, this ancient fragrance has a rich, primal, earthy scent. The earthy aroma helps to ground our energy, helping us to feel present and connected to our roots.

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
This oil has an exotic, fruity, floral fragrance that can help relieve nervous tension. Jasmine oil has mild euphoric properties and is said to restore sexual confidence. If you plan to use it as a perfume, it is best diluted in a carrier oil, such as jojoba, because the aroma can be a bit overwhelming. More is not always better in this case.

These essential oils can be used in diffusers or to scent massage oil or bath salts. For a memorable and sensual Valentine’s experience, try these fragrant aromatherapy recipes.

Heavenly scents

The essential oil diffuser is a common way of using and enjoying oils. The essential oils are heated in water so that they are vapourized (diffused) into the air.

Heart Chakra Diffuser Blend

5 drops orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
4 drops lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
3 drops rose oil (Rosa damascene)

Boil 2 cups (500 mL) water. Pour into bowl and add essential oils.

Massage for two

Give the gift of massage to your valentine. Combine the therapeutic value of touch with the healing qualities of the oils to soothe stress in your loved one’s hands, feet, legs, arms, and abdomen.

Rose-Chocolate Massage Oil

1 Tbsp (15 mL) cocoa butter, melted
1/4 cup (60 mL) almond oil
8 drops orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
4 drops rose oil (Rosa damascene)
6 drops sandalwood oil (Santalum album)

In a bain-marie (or double boiler), melt cocoa butter; stir in almond oil until melted together. Stir in essential oils. This oil is best used warm. If you are not going to use it right away, pour it into a bottle to store. Before you use it, heat the bottle in a cup of hot water.

Bath for two

Baths are an easy—and relaxing—way to use essential oils, combining the benefits of inhalation with the powers of absorption through the skin.

Be Love Blessing Bath

4 drops jasmine absolute oil (Jasminum grandiflorum)
4 drops lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 Tbsp (15 mL) sunflower oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) sea salt

Mix essential oils with sunflower oil, and stir into sea salt. If you are not going to use it immediately, store in an airtight jar.

Previous articlePreserving Biodiversity
Next articleLoaves and Fishes

Related Stories

Discover

Caught in the Middle

Caught in the MiddleHelp for the Sandwich Generation- Twenty million American adults are caring for aging parents at the same time they\'re raising young children. Known as the Sandwich Generation, the

The Importance of Senior Fitness

The Importance of Senior Fitness- According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exercise and physical activity are some of the best things older adults can do to stay healthy. Even moderate ex

Grandparent Getaways

Grandparent GetawaysTrips to take with your grandchildren- \"No parents allowed.\" It\'s not a sign on a kid-only clubhouse, it\'s the first rule of travel for memory-making grandparent/grandchild vacatio

Comfortably Aging in Place

Comfortably Aging in PlaceHaving lived in the same ranch house for 55 years, John Heck’s grandparents wanted to make any and all necessary accommodations to allow them to peacefully age in place. Usin

Aging with Vitality, Grace and Confidence

Aging with Vitality, Grace and ConfidenceIt’s one of the great ironies of life: Your reward for surviving the tumultuous teen years, establishing a career and nurturing a family culminates in dry skin

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription Costs

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription CostsFor 55 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, the New Year means any new Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plans, or any changes to your existing pl

Popular Categories