Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to connect to the beautiful world of aphrodisiacs. After all, the term aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty.
Your sense of smell is closely linked with memory, more so than any of your other senses. This is especially true with arousal. One scent can instantly transport us back to a magical moment of erotic pleasure. And when you go beyond just smell, into touch, taste and more, the impact is further magnified.
This is the age-old wisdom behind nature’s many aphrodisiacs. Since ancient times, certain plant botanicals have been held in great regard as natural stimulants of sexual desire and erotic pleasure. For instance, jasmine (jasminum grandiflorum) flower petals have a rich sweet smell that are pleasurable and warming. In India, jasmine oil has been used for centuries to increase libido. Another example is patchouli (pogostemon cablin), one of nature’s most powerful attraction oils. It stimulates the sex glands, increasing libido and sexual response.
In many traditions, it is used to relieve frigidity and impotence.
Here are some of our favorite aphrodisiacs, based on ancient formulas to help you embrace this time of love.