Love it or hate it, every year on the 14th February, Valentine’s Day is an iconic celebration. As “love is in the air,” flowers, cards and candy are sent and received, all expressing hopeful messages of love and special sentiments of friendship. Our advice is that if you can’t beat them, join them. But this year, instead of flowers and candy, how about embracing the poetic spirit of the day and rather saying what you feel with essential oils? (We guarantee they will last a whole lot longer than flowers and chocolates).
For centuries, flowers and plants have conveyed symbolic meanings. Essential oils - which are the pure droplets and essence of nature - will take that romantic intent and symbolism to another level.
The allure of floral fragrances becomes a powerful and lasting medium for a touch of romance and the stirring of calm, relaxing and positive feelings - that is why it is called ‘aromatherapy,’ and that is why essential oils are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and a novel way of saying “I love you.” (A message that will last way beyond the day)
A romantic trip to Provence
You may not be able to afford a romantic trip to Provence to spoil your loved one, but you can bring the lavender fields of Provence home in a little bottle bursting with the scent of purple prettiness. The colour purple has always represented dignity, admiration and feminine beauty, making organic Lavender essential oil an appropriate Valentine's Day gift. What better way to show your admiration than in the secret messaging of this oil?
One of the most versatile oils, Lavender oil helps to promote a sense of relaxation and calm. And if you are planning a romantic outdoor picnic under the stars, it becomes a wonderful insect repellant. (Just dilute a few drops in a carrier oil and rub onto your skin).
A seductive Mediterranean escape
Technically not a flower, but a herb, Rosemary makes our list of romantic essential oils. Native to the dry, rocky areas around the Mediterranean, especially along the coast, it means “dew of the sea” and you cannot get more poetic or romantic imagery than that. The symbolism of Rosemary is remembrance, as the leaves, when pricked, hold their scent for a long time.
A tiny bottle of uplifting organic Rosemary essential oil will evoke the magic of the azure ocean. So if you want to stir up wonderful memories of love, Rosemary oil will send that message. (It will also become one your BFF positivity oils)
An intimate sojourn to the Greek Isles
Helichrysum gets its name from the Greek and Latin “helios” (sun) and “chryso” (gold). With its bright yellow papery flower heads, it belongs to the daisy family and is also called “Immortelle” or the everlasting flower as it was believed that the flower heads would last for seven years when kept in the house.
So, if you want to declare your everlasting feelings of love this Valentine’s Day, then organic Helichrysum essential oil is the perfect gift of “liquid gold” that embodies resilient love that will overcome and persevere. When diffused, Its herby and earthy aroma will banish any feelings of sluggishness. Helichrysum has a myriad of uses, especially for the skin, but concentrated in a carrier oil, it is popular as a relaxing and energising massage oil - need we say more?
An exotic Southeast Asian getaway
Jasmine and Patchouli are two flowers that will send strong and sultry messages when bottled. These are the yin and the yang of aromatherapy: Jasmine, with its exotic floral scent, is the more feminine oil and Patchouli, with its musky scent, has a stronger masculine character.
Organic Jasmine extract’s captivating and sensual properties are said to encourage feelings of romance, euphoria, joy and splendor as well as being calming, relaxing and boosting self-confidence. We think this oil is an obvious Valentine’s Day choice for the lady in your life.
In the 1800s, organic Patchouli essential oil was used to scent shawls and fabrics in India. (Ancient rumors bestow magical properties on its and it is often used in incense for meditation). Patchouli oil is also known as a fragrance of action, symbolising that nothing happens until we take the first steps to make it happen. This bold, earthy fragrance is just the right gift for the man in your life.
A sensual Indonesian experience
With Ylang Ylang essential oil, we’ve kept the best floral oil for last, simply because this flower has the most beautiful and romantic story associated with it.
According to legend, two peasants who were unable to have children turned to a local shaman. He assured them that the gods would grant them a child on one condition - that the child born should never be touched by a lover. The girl who was born was blessed with a rare beauty. One day, a young man saw her walking and fell hopelessly in love with her. But when he approached her to hand her a bouquet of flowers and declare his love, he accidentally touched her hand and at that moment she turned into a beautifully exotic tree with the most sensually fragrant flowers.
In Indonesia, Ylang Ylang flowers are believed to have aphrodisiac properties and are sprinkled on the bed of a newlywed couple. The sweet and soft floral fragrance of organic Ylang Ylang essential oil also symbolizes wishes for good health, happiness and positive emotions. In fact, its romantic appeal was first recognised as a superior note for Chanel No.5 in 1921. (But a bottle of Ylang Ylang essential oil will cost you considerably less).
A Sanctus Essence moment
At Sanctus Essence, we've got your back this Valentine’s Day. As you decide which flower essential oil is the ideal gift and perfect way to say “I love you,” we have a special gift for you - 20% discount across all our essential oils. (Use the code ORGANIC20 at checkout)
And if you want a romantic oil blend that says it all, then our Steamy essential oil blend - containing Lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang Yang, Patchouli and Sweet orange - is the love potion for a romantic evening. Who needs Cupid when you can add a few drops of this blend to a diffuser?
Don’t delay, you still have enough time to order online and have your oils of choice delivered to your door, in time for Valentine’s day.