Unlike, say, Japan, the United States does not have an embedded bath culture. For anyone enduring summer in the city with no beach reprieve, this bath is the sensory equivalent of a perfect sunset adjunct to creamy suntan lotions, golden sands, and turquoise oceans, aka: sweaty days at the beach.
There's something about the warm glow of sun-kissed skin or hearth-glowed bones that makes everything it comes into contact with infinitely better — the perfect palette for scent. In aromatherapy, essential oils are divided into eight aroma families. To invoke the spirit of summer in your bath, I'd recommend playing around with oils from the floral, woody, and earthy families. Why? Because these specific groups of scent, along with touch, play a big role in intimacy. When there's exposure to sensual smells, the mood for touch comes naturally.
What's more, when it comes to sensuality, these oil families have a lot to offer. They calm the nervous system, warm the blood to excite and increase libido, help open up emotions, and best of all, increase communication. They also promote a sense of passion, concentration, and sexual fervor. Not bad for a bath, eh?
Play around with these concoctions, and remember that fragrant oily additions are also well-documented (and an added bonus) antidotes to bugs and dry, chapped extremities; occupational hazards of summer life. So sit back, grab a healthy cocktail, and get ready to dive into the more sensual realms.
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- Sandalwood oil especially does very well on hot skin, because just like the heat, it's sensual and exotic.
- Patchouli is the cilantro of the aromatherapy world: You either love it or hate it. Aphrodisiac? Check (assuming you love it!). Mild sedative? Check. Relaxing, grounding? Check, check.
- It takes about 40,000 flowers to make an ounce of rose oil, each individually picked before dawn. What's more romantic than that? Nuff said.
- Clary sage can be an aid to enter a trance and/or to induce euphoria, which is why it's used as an aphrodisiac.
- In a small bowl mix ½ cup sweet almond oil, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Let mixture sit, covered, for 24 hours.
- Strain mixture through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.
- Add 2 drops rose essential oil, 3 drops sandalwood essential oil, 2 drops patchouli oil, and 3 drops clary sage.
Before you put the mixture in your bath, chuck a piece of real lavender soap like Savon de Marseille or L'Occitane into running water. If you want to know why this is so effective, I'll lay the honor firmly at the feet of the essential oils; the hot water and lavender soap are merely great supporting acts.
P.S. Douse yourself in amber oil afterward, and I can guarantee you some ardent appreciation.