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Aromatherapy’s benefits include bringing awareness to the heart centre. Enjoy the bliss of essential oil in the bath, during a massage or in a diffuser.

Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love between two people, with roses and chocolate traditionally given as gifts. Dark chocolate is aphrodisiac, and red roses are a symbol of 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. Venus, the planet that represents love and beauty, rules over roses. Rose essential oil helps to open the intimate connection with the heart centre.

Open the heart centre

According to ancient Indian traditions, the heart chakra or centre is the middle chakra (fourth chakra) in an energetic system that includes seven chakras. The heart chakra is connected to love, and it is the integrator between opposites in our psyche. A healthy heart allows us to feel compassion and peace for ourselves and others.

Authentic and genuine essential oils can help to open the heart. A candle, a massage oil made for your lover or a romantic aromatic bath created with your partner can open up the heart.

Essential oils

Rose (Rosa damascene)
This oil is rich in earthy aromas and can be used best with a carrier like jojoba. It blends well together with sandalwood. Rose oil is particularly beneficial for women. It can balance hormones and have a tonic affect on the reproductive organs. It can also enhance sexuality.

SandalwoodSantalum album)
The rich, deep scent of sandalwood is calming and relaxing. It also relieves nervous tension. It is a great sexual restorative, for both men and women. It can be used alone or in combination with other essential oils like lavender.

PatchouliPogostemon cablin)
This ancient scent is associated with peace, love and has a rich earthy scent. The earthy fragrance helps us to feel grounded, present and connected to the roots.

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
This oil can help reduce nervous tension with its exotic, fruity and floral scent. The oil is mildly euphoric and can restore sexual confidence. If you intend to use the oil as a perfume it is best to dilute in a carrier, such as jojoba. The aroma can be overwhelming. It is not always best to use more in this case.

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

Massage for Two

Give your Valentine a massage. 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 (15mL), melted cocoa Butter
1/4 cup (60mL) almond oils
8 drops orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
4 drops rose oil (Rosa damascene)
6 drops of sandalwood (Santalum album).

Melt cocoa oil in a bain marie (or double-boiler). Stir in the cocoa butter until it is melted. Stir in essential oils. This oil is best when used warm. Pour it into a bottle if you’re not going to use it immediately. Heat the bottle in hot water before using it.

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 Blessings Bathroom

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

Mix essential oils with sunflower and sea salt. Store in an airtight container if you’re not going to use the salt right away.

Heavenly scents

The diffuser is one of the most common ways to enjoy and use oils. The essential oils are heated with water and then vapourized into the air.

Heart Chakra Diffuser blend

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

Boil two cups (500 mL). Pour into a bowl, and add essential oils.

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