Monday, February 20, 2012

Aromatic Aphrodisiacs

An aphrodisiac is generally defined as a substance that enhances or stimulates passion and sexual arousal. Individuals that are physically or emotional exhausted, under stress, lacking proper nutrition, depressed, anxious or physically ill often have a significantly more difficult time enjoying intimacy.
Certain essential oils are considered aphrodisiacs, which can help dissipate the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal. Scents of particular essential oils may induce stimulation of this brain part producing the desirable effect of romance.  Another notable characteristic of these essential oils are to influence the state of mind and the emotions. It helps induce warmth, intimacy, enforce spirituality and feeling of euphoria.
The sense of Olfaction plays a major role in increasing sensual experience. It is also noted that decreased sexual interest is due to the hypo production of the necessary hormones by the pituitary gland. This master gland is the one that helps regulate the production of all the other hormones in the body. Aphrodisiac aromas stimulate the brain part that is the seat of all emotions and carries the level of intimacy to a new level, a higher mental state beyond just physical connection and pleasure.
Rose and Ginger Soufflé is the perfect recipe for romance.  Rose essential oil is notably appealing to women triggering a response of desiring and romance. Ginger essential oil is warm, sensual and soothing.
The aroma of the rose intermingled with the ginger is unforgettable. This is a simple ingredient recipe with 2 essential oils that both have incredible aphrodisiac qualities. This recipe uses yogurt instead of pastry cream which gives the soufflé this lightness that makes it seem as if you are eating nothing but the pure aroma.
Unsalted Butter (buttering baking dishes)
Sugar (dusting baking dishes)
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
2 large egg yolks
1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
10 drops Moroccan rose absolute
13 drops ginger essential oil                  
1 cup of egg whites
¾ cup of confectioner’ sugar

 Butter and sugar eight 4-ounce soufflé molds or ovenproof ceramic cups. In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, egg yolks, orange juice and essences.

Preheat the oven to 325F. In the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the whites on low speed with half of the sugar and a pinch of salt until they form soft peaks. Add the rest of the sugar and continue beating until the white forms stiff peaks.
Carefully fold 1/3 of the whites in to the yogurt base. Do not over mix. Fold in the rest of the whites until just combined and ladle into the soufflé molds. Fill the molds completely and then run your thumb around the top edge of the rim to create a slight indentation in the soufflé mixture. Bake until set but still moist inside, about 10 minutes. Serve hot in the soufflé molds.  Recipe from Aroma by Mandy Aftel and Daniel Patterson

Heather A. Howell AKA the Aromatic Alchemist is an Aroma-Pharmacist, Eco-Activist, Writer, Indie, Mama-blessed with 3 incredible children, speaker, teacher, aromatic life coach; Heather has love, compassionate and great reverence for plant medicine and their healing power. As a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Heather serves many businesses and organizations. She holds workshops covering areas of natural skincare, enhanced aromatherapy and wellness through essential oils. She is a Clinical Aromatherapist that formulates healing essential oil blends for your health issues: stress, backaches, eczema, menopause, ADHD/ADD, burns injuries, sprains – broken bones, wounds, surgeries and much more. Heather founded her first skincare company in 1999.
What matters most to us at the Aromatic Institute is empowering individuals to care for themselves holistically by creating awareness of the active properties of the wonderful essences of plants, trees, flowers, leaves, needles, and roots of the earth via divinely blended natural essential oil remedies and perfumes.