Valentine’s Day turns our thoughts to the soft topic of love, and perhaps some of its livelier, spicier aspects. There are some who believe that a major erogenous zone is located in the nose. With that in mind, the Urban Shaman has recommendations for some aromatic herbal aphrodisiacs. A study presented at the March 1998 American Psychosomatic Society reported that certain scents affected blood flow. The most dramatic results were achieved in men with a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie, which includes the spices ginger, cinnamon, and clove. A combination of black licorice and donut scents also had an impact on men. It’s interesting to note that none of the scents tested had a significant impact on women. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) and cardamom (Eletteria cardamomum) served historically as aphrodisiacs. Both aid digestion and sweeten the breath. Clary sage (Salvia sclarea), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and neroli (Citrus aurantium) essential oils all have intensely sensual aromas. Rose maroc (Rosa centifolia) and rose otto (Rosa damascena) blend well with them. For a complete aromatic Valentine’s Day treat, blend delicious aromas with erotic touch, with this recipe for Aura Cacia’s Venus Massage Oil: Combine one oz. sweet almond oil, three-fourths oz. apricot oil, and one-eighth oz. wheat germ oil. Swirl together five drops each jasmine absolute, rose absolute, and bergamot (Citrus bergamia) with ten drops sandalwood and six drops clary sage essential oils. Add the essential oils to the base. For a simpler blend try Sensuous Body Massage Oil. Add four drops each of sandalwood, lemon, and jasmine absolute essential oils to one oz. of sweet almond oil. So Happy Valentine’s Day. And if you’re looking for love…just follow your nose. Riverwest Currents – Volume 2 – Issue 2 – February 2003