Seeing as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, the essential oil blend for the month of February is the Pleasure Blend!
Pleasure doesn’t always have to be sexual in nature, we derive pleasure from many things in our lives. From enjoying a good book, eating a delicious meal, to sharing a tender moment with another person, pleasure comes in many forms. I’m going to break down some of the key components of this month’s blend and explain how this blend can enhance your experiences to bring your physical and mental being into a state of pleasure.
Cedarwood – Cedrus atlantica
Cedarwood comes from a tall and majestic tree that grows in the Atlas Mountains in Algeria and is prized for its deeply scented wood. Cedarwood oil is a circulatory stimulant, which promotes blood flow and is recommended for use in massage and bath oil as it aids in relief for arthritis and chronic rheumatism. It is also incredibly soothing, helps to relieve insomnia, mental strain and even depression caused by stress-related problems.
Frankincence – Boswellia carteri
This widely desired oil is an ancient and spiritual oil sourced from a small North African tree. Frankincence is a combination of spicy, woody and sweet perfumes lending to a very luxurious aroma. A common aid in stress reduction and the calming of the nervous system, this oil allows our mind to slow to help ground us in the present moment.
Geranium – Pelargonium x asperum (most common)
There are many types of geranium used to produce essential oils, regardless of which oil used it has a heady, languorous and relaxing aroma. Geranium is often referred to as the “woman’s oil” due to its regulatory effects on the hormones secreted by the adrenal gland. It is a gentle bringer of grace and harmony and is uplifting and calming.
Lavender – Lavendula angustifolia, L. officinalis, L. vera
Lavender has a multitude of applications, however today we are going to focus on the leveling attributes of this incredible oil. It reduces stress, calms the nervous system, lifts depression and eases insomnia and headaches. It can bring balance to our body and mind and create calm and order from mental chaos.
Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus
You are probably most familiar with lemongrass from its widespread use in Southeast Asian cuisine, but this fresh and strongly scented plant is not just for use in your dinner. Lemongrass is stimulating and refreshing for the skin and nervous system and helps to lift spirits when suffering from nervous exhaustion. It also stimulates circulation and aid in lactic acid elimination, easing muscle aches and pains.
Petitgrain – Citrus aurantium
Petitgrain is a beautifully uplifting and connecting oil. It creates a desire to relate to others while clearing the mind and leaving it bright and cheerful.
February is the month of love, connection, passion, and pleasure. However, in our modern society, we have become focused on the material things, and seem to have replaced those moments of connection, passion, and pleasure with stuff.
How do we take our love of things and shift it to embrace our love for our significant other? How do we shift the focus from the accumulation of material possessions to the accumulation of memories and shared experiences? Time is an incredibly valuable commodity today, so why not give the person you love, the thing that is most desired, your time. Spending time together could translate to anything from getting a couple’s massage, enjoying pedicures together, creating a home cooked meal while sharing your favorite wine, drawing a nice warm bath for your significant other, or ending the evening by treating your partner to a comforting massage at home. Essentially the focus should be placed on the moments, and the feelings that arise within these moments, so please take some time, incorporate this blend into your bath, massage, or diffuse through your home and just enjoy your moments together.
Lots of love,