Why do certain fragrances turn us on?You may think of chocolate, oysters, or other romantic foods when you hear the word “aphrodisiac,” but many scents can also get us in the mood. Aphrodisiacs, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, are said to increase libido, potency, and sexual pleasure. Historically, aphrodisiacs have included rare plant extracts, animal matter or sex organs, associated with vitality and fertility. Aromatics were long used for religious ceremonies, perfume, and medicine as a holistic healing modality. While we often reference aphrodisiacs in terms of lust, romance and libido, there is data to prove that there is activity taking place at a molecular level within the body. Biologically speaking, our olfactory system responds directly to aromatic aphrodisiacs. Your olfactory system is basically the bodily structures that serve the sense of smell. It consists of your nose and nasal passages.
Through slow, intentional touch (on top of exploring our sense of smell) we can elevate the intensity of intimacy, and be present.“The perception of body odors such as vaginal fluids, sperm and sweat seems to enrich the sexual experience” by increasing sexual arousal, Bendas et al. write. “Our data suggest a positive influence of olfactory sensitivity on