As humans, our sense of smell is a crucial element of attraction. To manifest is to attract, and to attract is to manifest. In essence, manifestation is an act by which set intentions out into the ethers, and we attract things back to us.
But how do we manifest love? First you must take the opportunity to plant seeds for what you would like to grow in your life. We do this by setting intentions and beginning the process of manifestation. It’s important to get clear about what you really want to create in your future and essential oils are the perfect thing to help you with this! Because manifestation is all about positive change, it is associated with optimism and taking action. All five of the oils I am about to share with you embody this sentiment and can be used aromatically and topically during your manifesting rituals....
How to Manifest Love with the Plant Magic of Essential Oils
Let's come back to this idea of Smell = Power. Smell has a strong bond with memory—it’s why romance films show the forlorn hero smelling the sweater or pillowcase of a long lost lover. Aromas elicit emotional responses.
But are there aromas that stimulate initial, physical attraction in the brain? In other words, is it possible to create a love potion through scent?
Scientists and psychologists are still exploring how our sense of smell affects initial attraction. According to Psychology Today:
“Some researchers think scent could be the hidden cosmological constant in the sexual universe, the missing factor that explains who we end up with. It may even explain why we feel ‘chemistry’—or ‘sparks’ or ‘electricity’—with one person and not with another.”
While we may not know why or how aromas affect attraction just yet, there’s certainly historical evidence for aromas of love or “love potions.” Botanical aromas have been associated with love since antiquity. Orange blossoms (neroli), jasmine and a few others, in particular, have deep roots in romantic history.
Let’s take a closer look…
1. Neroli Essential Oil
"The sun has left the lea,
The orange flower perfumes the bower,
The breeze is on the sea"
—Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), “Quentin Durward”
Neroli essential oil is created by steam distilling the blossoms of the bitter orange Citrus aurantium (L.) var. amara, and its aroma has been associated with royalty and beauty for centuries.
It is said that the word neroli is derived from the name of the Italian princess of Nerole, Anna Maria de La Tremoille (pictured right). Neroli was her favorite oil, and it soon became her “signature” scent.
Additionally, orange flowers have long been associated with fertility and weddings. Brides have traditionally worn headdresses adorned with orange blossoms.
It’s also possible that neroli C. aurantium may promote emotions of love and passion because it naturally encourages a healthy, peaceful mood and can help manage stress. On the simplest level, a calm, peaceful mood is naturally more open to attraction and new relationships.
The aroma: Neroli C. aurantium essential oil’s aroma is deeply floral and citrusy, with a hint of wildness.
How to manifest Love with Neroli Essential Oil:
Try using Neroli essential oil in a diffuser to clear and uplift your energy. Or use neroli essential oil as a perfume, to radiate positivity and attract with its beautiful fragrance.
2. Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine’s floral fragrance is warm and exotic and has been used throughout history for romance and attraction. It helps balance the feminine energy of the body and is often used during childbirth. An absolute, rather than an essential oil, this is a highly concentrated oil blend that is safe for inhalation but should never be ingested. Jasmine blends beautifully with ylang ylang, rose and sandalwood.
Jasmine Jasminum sambac (L.) has long been associated with love. Even it’s name, derived from the Persian word yasmin, or “moonshine in the garden,” drips of romance.
Legends tell that Cleopatra (pictured below) wooed Marc Antony with its heady, floral aroma.
In India, jasmine flowers are traditionally used in wedding garlands, decorations, and scattered across marriage beds.
As a floral scent often used in perfumery, there may be reasons why jasmine elicits feelings of romance—jasmine is a known stimulant and can possibly stimulate memory.
One study examined the effects of jasmine J. sambac inhalation on brain wave activity and emotions. The study concluded that jasmine had an effect on the nervous system and could affect brain wave activities and mood states.
With memory so closely related to emotion, there may be something within jasmine that triggers nostalgia and memory—two possible ingredients for attraction. This is speculation of course, but it’s fascinating to see how aromas affect our brains and bodies.
Jasmine J. sambac is also widely known to support a happy, healthy mood and emotional balance. A 2010 study investigated the stimulating effects of J. sambac on the mood. When applied to the abdomen, the researchers noted that J. sambac increased “breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation … which indicated an increase of autonomic arousal.”
How to manifest Love with Jasmine Essential Oil:
Again, a healthy, happy, and emotionally balanced spirit will emit energy that attracts equally positive energy… a desired advantage when looking for love.
3. Rose Essential Oil
Rose is known as the “Queen of Flowers”. Probably the most common scent associated with love, romance Valentine’s Day, rose is also the oil of the heart chakra, and associated with the archetype "The Goddess of Love."
The Romans made lavish use of roses: they scattered them from ceilings during banquets; they adorned the statues of their favourite gods with roses and they wore roses to protect them from drunkenness. The Greeks, too, venerated the rose, Homer eulogizing it in the Iliad and Odyssey, and Sappho dubbing it the queen of flowers.
It carries a beautiful, strong floral and sweet fragrance that is highly romantic. It's also known to help balance hormones in the female reproductive system. Used for skin care for thousands of years, it is perfect for dry or aging skin.
Place a couple drops on palms and rub gently in a clockwise direction. Then, slowly inhale 3 deep breaths to let the aroma waft into your amygdala gland in the center of the brain.
How to manifest Love with Rose Essential Oil:
Place directly on the heart center, behind the ears, on wrists, the womb center or in a bath. Imagine what it would feel like to have true love in your life.
4. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
This sweet, soft, flowery fragrance has become a romantic favorite. Ylang ylang elevates sexual energy and enhances relationships. Petals of this beautiful yellow flower are often strewn across marriage beds in Indonesia.
How to manifest Love with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil:
The fragrance is perfect to diffuse to set the tone for your own romantic evening, or ritual ceremony, or try adding a few drops with epsom salts to your bathwater to enhance your sexual energy.
5. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood has long been known as an aphrodisiac (hello!). It's also an incredibly grounding and masculine scent. When we're talking about attraction, its important to root into what you want to manifest.
If florals aren’t your thing, sandalwood might be your favorite heart-opening essential oil. With a soft, woody scent, sandalwood is often used in perfumes as a base note.
In India, sandalwood has long been used in ceremony, from birthdays to marriages to deaths.
How to Use Sandalwood Essential Oil to Manifest Love:
Sandalwood is healing, grounding, and is said to awaken your sensuality and open you up for unconditional love. This might be a good oil to use when you and a loved one got into a disagreement, to help you move past the fight and back into love.
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