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Check out these four fragrances, which can boost romance and arousal, according to aromatherapy expert Cherie A. Perez, R.N., an oncology nurse at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
What it does: Queen of all flowers, rose is the perfect fragrance for romance. This very female essence is the embodiment of woman. Aromatherapists typically use it to calm nerves and banish blues.
How to use it: Scatter fragrant rose petals on the sheets; or float rosebuds in a warm bath (better still, in a tub big enough for two).
What it does: In ancient times, it was used as an aphrodisiac. Today, basil is used to clear and strengthen the mind.
How to use it: Pass her some pesto (it’s made with basil) or put a few drops of basil oil in hot water (heat releases the herb’s aromatic properties).
What it does: Cinnamon promotes feelings of comfort and relaxation and helps to reduce nervousness.
How to use it: Light a cinnamon-scented candle to create a receptive mood, or try a cinnamon massage oil. Choose cinnamon leaf oil for an aromatherapy massage — just make sure it’s well diluted to avoid irritating skin.
What it does: Orange improves mood and may lessen anxiety — making it great for erasing first-date jitters.
How to use it: Place a few drops of orange essential oil in a fragrance diffuser or try firing up some orange aromatherapy candles or rubbing on citrus-scented massage oil.