What essential oils are good for libido? 

by Kirby Drake

There are a multitude of internal and external factors that could inhibit someone’s libido, or sexual desire.

A decreased libido could be the result of factors such as stress, anxiety, low self-confidence, insecurities or lowered levels of testosterone or estrogen.

Whatever the cause of a low libido, it can be very frustrating to be in a position where you can’t seem to get your sex drive back and it can even cause feelings of shame—especially in men due to the pressures that society has put on them to always be “in the mood.”

The feelings of shame that can come from having a low libido and feeling unable to achieve intimacy with a significant other can cause further damage to self-esteem and self-confidence. 

If you find yourself unable to let go of stress and insecurities and enjoy intimacy with your significant other—or you simply have a lowered libido due to hormonal imbalances, don’t fret! Essential oil aromatherapy is often used as a natural, holistic method for improving libido and sensual confidence. The five essential oils below can help you in your pursuit having a healthy and fulfilled libido by helping you to let go of anxieties, insecurities and inhibitions that might be getting in the way.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil is known for its warm, earthy, woody and spicy aroma—it is often used as a base note in perfumes and colognes to give them a sweet, musky aroma. Because of its earthy characteristics, patchouli essential oil is thought to have a grounding and balancing effect on emotions. This stabilizing and calming effect on emotions can provide an emotional foundation where sensual confidence can thrive.

Patchouli essential oil has long been known to be a relaxing aphrodisiac—the scent was embraced by the 1960s hippy generation, known for practicing all-embracing, freely given love. Since then, patchouli has been known to be a scent associated with lust, natural pheromones, human attraction and desire. Patchouli essential oil is known to stimulate the sexual hormones, thereby increasing libido and decreasing impotence issues, as well as anxieties. 

Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel essential oil is known for its distinct sweet, licorice aroma—fennel seeds and flavoring are often used in cooking, but fennel essential oil can also be used to bring some flavor back into the bedroom! Fennel essential oil is particularly known for being an aphrodisiac for the female libido, due to its similarity to the female sexual hormone estrogen.

Fennel essential oil contains anethole, which is a chemical believed to have estrogen-like properties—so fennel oil is thought to be able to stimulate a woman’s libido by acting as a plant-based estrogen.

Fennel essential oil is also believed to have emotional benefits—specifically helping people who may struggle with internal self-esteem, self-image and self-acceptance issues. Fennel oil is thought to enhance people's ability to embrace and accept themselves and encourage positive qualities within someone that would help them overcome such problems of self-doubt.

If fennel oil could help someone to have better self-confidence and acceptance of themselves, this could help them to overcome anxieties and insecurities in the bedroom—indirectly helping improve libido by letting go of inhibitions. 

Lime Essential Oil

Lime essential oil is known for its zesty, citrus aroma and is often known for its antiseptic, antibacterial and disinfectant properties, but this stimulating and refreshing aromatic essential oil can also be used as a tool for improving libido. This invigorating citrus essential oil is known to have energizing, stress-reducing and mood-boosting abilities, which can indirectly help improve libido by providing a healthy foundation within where sensual confidence can thrive.

Lime essential oil is thought to help people get out of stagnant, apathetic or discouraged mindsets and help them to awaken playfulness, appreciation for life and embrace what life has to offer—sort of a cleansing of the spirit. This cleansing and awakening of the emotional spirit and drive can improve libido by shedding what was once keeping the emotional and sensual spirit down and embracing life in the moment and the good that comes with it.  

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil 

Ylang ylang essential oil has a sweet, romantic floral aroma, which makes it a popularly used fragrance in perfumes, skin and hair care products. Ylang ylang essential oil is known for its ability to reduce stress and high blood pressure, provide relaxation and improve libido—qualities which make it a great essential oil to use when encountering difficulties in the bedroom.

Ylang-ylang is thought to have a direct effect on libido by influencing sexual energy and supporting the circulatory system, but also because of the effects that this essential oil has on stress and mood. Ylang-ylang has sedative properties, that help provide relief from stress and anxiety while inducing a relaxing feeling and is also known to be an effective natural treatment for lowering high blood pressure.

These benefits can help improve libido indirectly, by helping to decrease the stress, anxiety and nerves that can get in the way of enjoying sexual experiences. Ylang-ylang acts an aphrodisiac by soothing negative emotions and providing a relaxing, calm mindset for you to experience enjoyment. 

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil is known for its dry, but sweet woody aroma and it is frequently used as a base for perfumes, cosmetics and shave products. Sandalwood oil can be used to improve libido due to its abilities to promote mental clarity, relieve stress and provide relaxation and increase sexual desire.

Sandalwood has antispasmodic properties, which means that it works to relax nerves, muscles and blood vessels to prevent and end spasms or contractions.

This means that sandalwood essential oil can be helpful for helping to release tension and relax the body—which can help to improve libido and create a more relaxed bodily environment for becoming intimate.

Sandalwood essential oil is also known to be a natural aphrodisiac to increase libido—it has chemical effects that are similar to human pheromones. The woody aroma of sandalwood essential oil is typically known to attract women, but it can also be helpful for improving libido in men due to the pheromone like qualities of sandalwood oil that can relieve tension and stress that cause impotence in men. 


MOXĒ Love Essential Oil Blend for improved libido

MOXĒ Love essential oil blend contains all five of the above essential oils that can help improve libido: patchouli, fennel, lime, ylang ylang and sandalwood essential oils. MOXĒ Love essential oil blend is as close to a love potion as you can get—the intoxicating aromas of these essential oils are the perfect way to set the mood and help to promote an overwhelming sensual confidence and care-free relaxation within.


The five essential oils in this blend work together to provide you with an improved libido; patchouli oil provides release from stress and promotes well-being, fennel oil boosts your libido, lime oil cleanses the spirit and promotes energy flow, ylang ylang oil calms rapid heartbeat and sets the mood and sandalwood relieves tension in the body. MOXĒ Love Essential Oil blend can be purchased here. 

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