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Sex and Our Senses: Aromatherapy Awakening

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Daniel Almeida | 18 comments

Sex and Our Senses: Aromatherapy Awakening

With Valentines Day approaching I thought it would be a good idea to explore the link between sexual arousal and aromatherapy. Instead of getting too scientific on you, I’m going to veer off a bit from my typical style of writing and provide you with some practical tips to apply this Valentine’s Day. I bet I can guess what you’re thinking, “what does a scientist know about sexual arousal”? Would you believe that sex neuroscience is actually quite a large field of investigation? Sex is one of those things that captivates people’s attention and brings up a lot of why questions. Believe it or not, for every why question that you have about sex, there’s likely a sex scientist who’s turned to the brain to answer that same question. In fact, as a clinical neuroscientist I’ve had the opportunity to speak on the radio, write for a few sexual health blogs, appear in magazine articles and a variety of other media formats discussing sex and the brain. So I hope I’ve convinced you that what you’re about to read is the real deal and strongly grounded in the scientific literature.

Can Aromatherapy Enhance Our Sex Life?

Let’s first start off with a couple of psychological dimensions that can interfere with human sexual arousal, then we’ll explore how my step-by-step guide to more fulfilling sex can help. Feeling anxious or depressed, experiencing changes in confidence levels, doubt, disappointment, negative body image, unrealistic expectations regarding sexual performance, and even adjustment to new living conditions can all illicit psychological stress that interferes with our arousal. Even success and positive change can be stressful and have the same impact. Luckily coping methods, like using aromatherapy, that help us regulate our stress response can also help lift some of the effects that psychological distress has on sexual desire and arousal. The end goal is to simply calm your body and mind, focus on the here and now and fully enjoy the moment.

Here are some neuroscience-guided tips that can help you do just that and have a sensual valentine’s day and more fulfilled sex life.

1. Ease the stressors in your life by taking them as opportunities to ask your partner for support. By doing so your brain releases the neurhormone oxytocin, which plays an important role in bonding, stress regulation and even orgasms. Doing this before sex is a great way to ease your mind and allow you to focus your attention on experiencing pleasure.

2. Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques prior to, during and after sex. Take a moment to breath and let your brain feel all of the sensations that you’re experiencing. Don’t let your mind wander beyond the here and now.

3. Openly communicate with your partner about what does and doesn’t feel good.

4. Slow down, sex isn’t a race.

5. Stop thinking orgasm and start thinking whole body pleasure. Explore other zones of stimulation apart from just your genitals. Experiment with different types of touch, from soft and warm embraces to being a little bit more rough and vigorous.

6. Go beyond touch and use all of your senses by bringing taste and smell into your intimate experience.

Taste:

  • Sip a glass of red wine while your partner focuses on exploring other parts of your body. But try not to overindulge too much; while red wine has been shown to increase arousal, higher doses can interfere with orgasm.
  • Integrate dark chocolate into your play and allow the rich taste to center you in the here and now.Sex and Our Senses: Aromatherapy Awakening - Chocolate and Wine

Smell: this is where our favorite essential oils come into play. Turn on your essential oil diffuser and add a combination of the following oils.

  • Stimulate your sympathetic nervous system and increase alertness with jasmine essential oil.
  • Increase sexual desire with neroli essential oil.
  • Calm your cardiovascular system with ylang ylang.
  • Increase alertness, attentiveness and vigor with sandalwood.
  • Regulate your emotions and induce a sense of calmness and relaxation by using rose oilSex and Our Senses: Aromatherapy Awakening -Essential Oils

There you have it, neuroscience guided tips for a sensual valentines day. It’s time to awaken your senses and experience pleasure beyond just the orgasm.

 

 

Daniel Almeida

By Daniel Almeida, HBSc, PhD(c)

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18 Responses

gala
gala

February 19, 2018

I agree with this article, at least for me scent is such an important part of life

Isabella
Isabella

February 19, 2018

I’ve been using oils in the bedroom for years and couldn’t agree more with this article.

Isabella
Isabella

February 19, 2018

I’ve been using oils in the bedroom for years and couldn’t agree more with this article.

Susan P.
Susan P.

February 18, 2018

Good info on which oils have which beneficial properties.

Pamela Hegel
Pamela Hegel

February 17, 2018

Very good article and lots of good tips. Thank you!

Jaquelin
Jaquelin

February 17, 2018

Thanks for this article, good information and advice. :)

Kat
Kat

February 16, 2018

Love this article and your products! Will definitely keep this all in mind.

Coline T.
Coline T.

February 15, 2018

I love Ylan Ylang! Can’t wait to try try some of the other ones :-)

Cairine
Cairine

February 15, 2018

I like the ‘Integrate dark chocolate’ suggestion!

Scotty
Scotty

February 15, 2018

Timely article

Mary W
Mary W

February 14, 2018

Kind of difficult to take the author seriously when the photo is a guy in a backwards baseball cap – even if he does have letters after his name.

Leslie C
Leslie C

February 14, 2018

I would love to share this with my sweetheart!

Karen
Karen

February 14, 2018

Interesting

Betty S
Betty S

February 13, 2018

Great information am anxious to use the scents

Cheryl
Cheryl

February 13, 2018

This was a helpful and informative article.

Irena Matković
Irena Matković

February 13, 2018

Would love to try!

Susanna Austin
Susanna Austin

February 13, 2018

Well, this all sounds like good advice! Thanks! :)

DeVanie Jackson
DeVanie Jackson

February 13, 2018

I would like to try the passion EO blend sounds lovely.

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