When we think about sensuality, we often consider it to be synonymous with sex and sexuality. However, while sexual attraction and intimacy are certainly an important part of our sensual experiences, sensuality doesn’t begin and end with sex.
Rather, true sensuality is a deep exploration of our senses wherein we consciously notice
what we see, feel, hear, taste, and touch. Engaging deeply with our senses often reduces anxiety by getting us out of our heads and increases mindfulness by grounding us in our bodies.
[Read: “Balance Your Five Senses for Best Health Results.”]
Practicing sensuality in this way can help us get more comfortable with our bodies by acknowledging all the amazing things they can do. Practicing sensuality can also be a catalyst for making our surroundings more comfortable by helping us notice and eliminate unpleasant stimuli or recognizing the need for—and adding—pleasant sensory experiences to our environments.
3 Essential Oils for Sensuality
Aromatherapy using essential oils is a fantastic tool for practicing sensuality. When used during meditation, aromatherapy
helps us attune to our personal energy, as our olfactory sense is closely tied to cognitive function.
Additionally, different categories of scents elicit different responses. For example, warm spicy scents comfort, while sharper scents can help us feel energized. Many essential oils also boast properties that beautify our skin
and hair, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system.
1. Beauty Blend
- 3 drops rose
- 2 drops lavender
- 3 drops geranium
- Add to 3 tbsp of carrier oil, like coconut or olive oil. You can also add this blend to your lotion, shampoo, or conditioner.
How to use:
This blend is fantastic for nourishing your skin and hair while the scent melts away stress and brings calm.
It’s especially good for body lotions and oils to reconnect with your physical form. Sit somewhere warm and quiet and apply the blend from nose to toes, paying special attention to each part of your body. Focus on what each of those body parts does and allow yourself to be grateful for them. Breathe the soothing scents and really show yourself some love.
2. Invigorating Blend
- 3 drops spearmint
- 3 drops lemon
- 5 drops vanilla
- Add to 3 tbsp of neutral-smelling carrier oil, such as sweet almond. This is a good blend for simmer pots, steam diffusers, and personal locket diffusers.
How to use:
Few scents clear the head and focus the mind like spearmint and lemon. These sharp, uplifting aromas help stimulate the mind and elevate your mood. Vanilla both lightly softens the other two scents while adding comforting and calming properties to the blend.
This blend is good for becoming more attuned to your surroundings. Practice deep breathing while diffusing these oils and focus on what you can see, hear, feel, and smell in your environment. Identify sensations you enjoy versus those you don’t, and begin planning small ways to increase the former and decrease the latter.
For instance, a small change to your lighting scheme may help reduce tension headaches brought on by overstimulation.
3. Erotic Blend
- Clary sage
- Ylang ylang
- Add to a diffuser or to unscented body lotion, depending on whether you want the scent in the air or to really absorb the good vibes through your skin.
How to use:
This blend is fantastic for exploring your sexuality. According to a recent study, these oils don’t necessarily raise your libido, but they do increase your confidence—which makes it easier to get in the mood.
[Read: “The 2 Reasons Women Have Low Sexual Desire.”]
You can diffuse or apply these oils before a romantic encounter for a confidence boost to help you enjoy the activity more thoroughly. This is also a good blend for solo erotic activities, as it’ll help you release inhibitions and become more grounded in pleasurable sensations.
Safety note: Essential oils aren’t regulated by the FDA, so it’s advised to avoid ingesting them.
If you’d like to incorporate taste into your exploration of your senses, try making yourself a tea blend
that parallels the oils you’re using. For instance, lemon and honey tea with a lemon-vanilla EO massage blend!
Interested in more essentials? Check out 7 essential oils for anxiety.