Monday, February 27, 2017

Creating Herbal Aphrodisiacs - Part 2

Aromatic Greetings To Everyone!  Hmmmm . . . . why did I say "aromatic greetings"?  Well, that's because today I'm going to share with you an amazingly fragrant body mist recipe from my latest book, Making Love Potions: 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacs . . . and it's simply going to knock your socks off!  It smells sooooo wonderful, is relatively economical (and quick) to create, and makes a fabulous gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, bridal showers, or anytime you want to gift someone special with a delectable fragrance. You'll love it so much, that you'll definitely want to create one for yourself, too!

As a professional aromatherapist and herbalist, I love "all things fragrant" that are plant-derived and chemical-free.  The recipe I'm going to share with you is one of the most popular in my book and seems to have unisex appeal - it can be found on page 27.  If you don't have a copy of this gorgeously-illustrated book, you'll find it available in most bookstores nationwide as well as through popular book-seller's websites.  

"I Want to Kiss You All Over" Body Mist

Ooh-la-la!  This sumptuous body mist may remind you of fresh-baked doughnuts or perhaps gently spicy snickerdoodle cookies, rich with the aromatics of vanilla bean, sweet orange, ginger, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and allspice.  Both men and women find these "comfort food fragrances" alluring, so if you want to smell delectable, spritz some on everywhere.  This mist doubles as an enticing spray for the boudoir - a few spritzes on your bedding and pillows imparts a deeply intriguing, aphrodisiacal fragrance.

I often wear this as my daily perfume and it ALWAYS turns heads!  When the essential oils and premium vanilla extract base warm to your body temperature, your skin emanates a most interesting delicious, spicy-sweet aroma!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

- 8 drops sweet orange or wild sweet orange essential oil
- 4 drops ginger essential oil
- 3 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 3 drops clove essential oil
- 2 drops allspice essential oil
- 2 drops cardamom essential oil
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, preferably made from Madagascar Bourbon or Tahitian vanilla beans (I really like the vanilla extracts sold by King Arthur Flour www.kingarthurflour.com - exquisite!  OR, make your own using my DIY: Sumptuous Vanilla Extract recipe on pg 31 of my book.)
- 2 tablespoons water 

To Make:  Combine the sweet orange, ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and cardamom essential oils in a 2-ounce dark glass spritzer bottle.  Pour in the vanilla extract and water, screw on the top, and shake vigorously to blend.  Label, then set aside for 24 hours to allow the essential oils to synergize and the fragrance to develop.  Store at room temperature away from heat and light; use within 1 year.

To Use:  Shake well, then spritz anywhere on your body, up to several times per day.  Common sense precautions: keep out of reach of children and pets; do not spray directly into eyes, nose, or mouth.

Yield: Makes about 1/4 cup or 2 ounces

Here are my favorite, tried-and-true, superior-quality, aromatherapeutic essential oil resources:
1.  Simplers Botanicals www.shopsimplers.com
2.  DoTERRA  http://mydoterra.com/stephanietourles  This company has the absolute, most fragrant, freshest, wild sweet orange essential oil I've ever smelled!  If you adore the scent of orange peel . . . please try a bottle!  I always use it in this recipe.