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PREVIEW: An Aromatic Valentine by Steffany Kaminski

aromatherapy_valentine_150pxCommunicating through scent and touch can be quite sensual and exhilarating. No matter if you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day in your relationship or not, it is a reminder to look closer at the connection we have to our loved one. Are we taking the time to hear their needs, to give thanks for their presence in our lives and how they enhance our life experience? How are we showing and receiving love and gratitude?

Using scent to express ourselves can feel very primal. Different fragrances offer different experiences. Are you feeling carefree and romantic? Light herbs and citrus can express this, while deep sensual romance can be found in richer oils such sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang, rose, and geranium. Remember scent is personal so find ways to play with it so that you and your partner enjoy them. You may both be surprised how traditionally feminine or masculine fragrances react when you get them on the skin. Geranium, rose, and lavender on a man can be far more sensual and exotic than the earthy or cool water type fragrances we are accustomed to. The same goes for patchouli, sandalwood, and cedarwood on a woman.

Have fun with fragrance. Create a blend that communicates to your partner your sensual side. Add a drop of your personal blend to a little love note tucked away in a pocket or lunch box. Wear that scent when you want to convey a sexy and romantic feeling. Add a few drops to a bath or work a little through your hair. However, I can think of no better way to communicate sensuality than through touch. Massage is a wonderful tool for couples to experience together.

Libido and sex drive problems can create a lot of stress for couples and something as simple as massage can help regulate and stimulate. Even if you aren’t struggling through problems like these, daily stress can take a toll on relationships and sometimes just sharing a foot rub can open you up to improved communication. Massage allows you to remain connected and maintain sacred space with your partner.

To create your personal fragrance start with choosing a few oils to blend. Some great options to start with are: Rose, Lavender, Jasmine, Geranium, Clary Sage, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vanilla, and Lemongrass. I will also give you one of my favorite blends below. Once you have chosen your 4 oils begin by mixing them in a small amber bottle. Allow blend to rest for up to 24 hours before judging the final aroma. Once created, you can add about 20 drops to a small water bottle. Shake well and spray over the bed, in the closet, over your body, etc. For massage you can add 3-5 drops to 1tsp (or 7-25 drops to 1 ounce) of carrier oil such as Sweet Almond, Grapeseed oil, or Apricot Kernel Oil.

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