Aromatherapy for Sexual Dysfunction and Reproductive Problems
Origins of Sexual Problems
Sexual problems like impotence, infertility and frigidity often are related to a psychological problem that has established
itself from stress related conditions. The loss of physical sexual function can also create its own set of emotional responses,
which can also lead to stress, depression and anxiety.
Libido problems like frigidity (Anorgasmia), impotence and retarded ejaculation can result from emotional frustration
or negative feelings, causing a loss in sexual appetite. Usually when the emotional problems are resolved, the libido and
function will return. In the cases of frigidity and retarded ejaculation, longer time spent in foreplay and different sexual
positions may help bring a solution. Vaginismus, which is the involuntary spasm of the vaginal muscles, is often linked to
overwhelming feelings of fear, often a result of trauma or a violent sexual experience. Sometimes vaginismus can be a result
of lack of sexual experience, which may cause fear of sexual intercourse. All of these sexual problems can result in infertility
as conception is less likely to occur if there is a problem with one or both partner’s sexual function. Stress can affect
the menstrual cycle, attributing to conditions such as amenorrhea (scanty or total lack of menstruation), dysmenorrhea (uterine
cramps during menstruation) and menorrhagia (an excessive menstrual flow with uterine cramps) which can also affect a woman’s
ability to conceive.
all of these cases of sexual dysfunction, there needs to be a supportive, sympathetic, co-operative partner in the relationship.
Establishing intimacy and trust is also very important. Aromatherapy can help when used in aromatic baths or massage, which
in themselves are intimate experiences. Aromatic bathing and massage can help relax and open the way for sexual communication
between two people. Massage can be a sensual experience and a part of foreplay.
blocked energy and sexual dysfunction
Another aspect to consider when dealing with a sexual problem is the body’s
energy system. The chakra often connected to sexuality is the sacral chakra. The sacral chakra is located between the genitals
and the naval. Blockages in this chakra can manifest as psycho-sexual ills. Psychologically, the sacral chakra it is orientated
to our self gratification, physical comfort, satisfaction and sexuality. From the sacral chakra, we regulate our feelings
and our emotional expressions. The gonads are located within the sacral chakra. The sacral chakra is the sphere of desires,
physical pleasures and happiness. It is also the home of the five senses. We are connected to our feelings and our sense of
physical balance through this chakra. When the sacral chakra is blocked, you may feel that the body’s own natural ease
and balance is lost- instead it is replaced with awkwardness. When the blockage in this chakra is released, there will also
be a release of long held back emotions, and physically the body will move again with fluid gracefulness.
Aromatherapy oils commonly associated with the sacral chakra are; ylang ylang,
jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, frankincense, chamomile, vetiver, myrrh, cinnamon, black pepper and cedarwood. Using essential oils to unblock chakras work with the idea that the oil’s individual
vibrational pattern will impart itself into the chakra, making the chakra imitate the vibration, bringing balance back to
that individual chakra.
Oils for Sexual Dysfunction, Disorders and reproductive Problems.
Essential Oils that can help improve sexual function and treat disorders that
stem from both physical and emotional causes are;
Sandalwood is a potent
aphrodisiac, promoting feelings of sensuality and encouraging emotional openness within relationships. Helpful for understanding
and honesty in all aspects of love by supporting feelings of togetherness and stability. Medicinally, sandalwood can treat
disorders of the urinary system; Cystitis, urinary infections and the reproductive
system; herpes, impotence, thrush, and vaginal pruritus. Sandalwood is a tonic
to the reproductive organs
Patchouli helps decrease inhibitions, and allows a person to communicate
clearly on both a physical and emotional level. Patchouli is a useful aid in seduction, helping those who are oversensitive
to release sexual fears.
Ylang Ylang As an aphrodisiac, Ylang Ylang enhances attraction between lovers, enhances feelings of ‘togetherness’,
sensuality, tenderness and increases the libido. Ylang Ylang is a good choice for treating feelings of sexual inadequacy.
Jasmine is a fragrant
emblem of love; its sensual character brings romance, strength and warmth to relationships. It is a strong sensual stimulant.
Jasmine boosts self confidence and enhances feelings of self worth. Jasmine medicinally treats disorders and conditions of
the reproductive system such as; dysmenorrhea, impotence, frigidity, labour pains and uterine disorders.
Cardamom A reputed aphrodisiac, cardamom enhances feelings of sensuality and provides confidence to those who may have
judgemental feelings or feelings of uneasiness concerning their own bodies, or who may be distrustful due to experiences from
Clary Sage is an oil
that can decrease inhibitions. Mildly intoxicating, Clary sage counteracts feelings of negativity and arouses the emotions,
giving a sense of well-being. An effective oil for anxiety or for tackling phobias as clary sage helps to dissolve these negative
feelings. Clary Sage also helps to regulate and balance hormones and can be of assistance to; amenorrhea, labour pains, dysmenorrhea,
leukorrhea, frigidity, impotence
Fennel- is another oil that assists
in balancing and regulating hormones of the female reproductive system due to its chemical composition (anethol) resembling
oestrogen. It is an adaptogen oil. Reproductive System- Amenorrhea, menopausal problems, stimulating the Milk Supply
in Nursing Mothers,
Geranium invokes love and happiness and aids communication and resolve, Geranium is an adaptogen oil having a close yin/yang
balance, it is a helpful oil to restore equilibrium Reproductive and Endocrine Systems; Adrenal glands, Menopausal problems, PMS, Sterility.
and Endocrine Systems- Hormonal Imbalances stemming from stress, PMS, Menstrual Cramps, Pruritus, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia,
Dysmenorrhea Genitourinary system- Cystitis,
Dysmenorrhea, Leukorrhea, Prostatitis, Vaginitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Rose is a particularly
beautiful oil that has a strong affinity with the feminine, in particularly the female reproductive cycle. Rose’s positive
affects on the emotions can be related to it’s influence on the female reproductive organs, making it an excellent oil
for treating emotions caused from problems stemming from infertility, sexual fears and problems, menopause and PMT. Reproductive system- Irregular & Scanty Menstrual Cycles, Hormonal
Imbalances, Infertility, Leukorrhea, Menorrhagia, Pre-Menstrual Tension, Uterine Disorders
is particularly a good oil for those with self–esteem issues who feel that they
are unworthy of love or suffer from insecurity in their relationship. Juniper has the ability to stimulate and awaken love
and sexuality, enhancing self-confidence and openness. Genitourinary& Reproductive systems- Amenorrhea, Cystitis, Dysmenorrhea, Leukorrhea, Metrorrhagia, Threatened
Basil arouses sexual
instincts and is a good choice for someone who is anxious due to inexperience Reproductive System- Cramps, Amenorrhea
is sexually arousing and strengthening, earthy and positive. It helps to release deeply
felt tensions and fears.
As an aphrodisiac, angelica root oil is helpful in treating emotional states that may
stem from frigidity.
Ginger, erotic oil that supports sexuality by heating up the libido. Ginger helps us to melt cold emotions, Reproductive System- Menstrual Cramps
opens emotions in relationships whilst soothing fears and anxieties relating to sexuality.
Encourages the sexual response.
Enhances self confidence and sensuality. Neroli- Reproductive System- PMS
Coriander A known euphoric and aphrodisiac, coriander helps encourage spontaneity, communication and passion, whilst reducing
feelings of self doubt, making it a useful oil for reigniting a fizzled spark in a relationship.
Chamomile, Chamomile-Reproductive System-
Dysmenorrhea, menopausal problems, menorrhagia, PMS, Morning Sickness Genito-urinary systems- Cystitis, Urethritis, Thrush, Vulval Pruritus
Peppermint, Reproductive & Genito-urinary
Systems; Amenorrhea (small doses), Cystitis, Uterine Tonic
Marjoram- Reproductive system- Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Leukorrhea, PMS, Menstrual
Cypress -Reproductive and Genitourinary System- Dysmenorrhea, Menopausal problems, (hot
flushes) menorrhagia, incontinence, Prostatitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Cinnamon- Reproductive System- Stimulates uterine contractions, Frigidity, leukorrhea, metrorrhagia
Cumin- Reproductive System- Irregular Periods, Menopausal problems, PMS Genito-urinary systems- Cystitis
Frankincense- Genitourinary System- Cystitis, Dysmenorrhea, Leukorrhea
Hyssop- Reproductive system-Amenorrhea, Increase milk supply in nursing mothers, Menopausal ailments, Leucorrhoea
Lemongrass- Reproductive System-PMS
System- Menstrual Problems-painful or
irregular periods, PMS
Myrrh- Reproductive &Genitourinary
system- Amenorrhea, Leukorrhea, Pruritus, Thrush
Parsley- Reproductive System-
Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Labour Aid, Engorged Breasts
Urinary System- Cystitis,
Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Stones
Pine- Urinary system- Cystitis,
Prostatitis, Urinary Infections
Rosemary- Reproductive system- Dysmenorrhea, Leukorrhea
Sage- Reproductive system- Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, hot flushes, leukorrhea, menopause,
painful periods, suppresses lactation, sterility
(2000) Anatomica: The Complete Home Medical Reference. Australia: Global Book Publishing Pty Ltd.
Eason, Cassandra. (2000). Crystals-Talk To The Woman Within. England: Quantum.
Lacroix, Nitya & Bowhay, Sakina. (1995). The Art of Sensual Aromatherapy. Great
Britain: Carlton Books.
Lawless, Julia. (1997). The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy. Great Britain: Element Books.
Thompson, Kylie. (2005). Aromatherapy For The Emotions. United States: Lulu Press
Wildwood, Chrissie. (1994). Erotic Aromatherapy. Australia: Angus & Robertson.
© 2005, Kylie