Lavender is one of the most relaxing and sensual aromas in the world. For thousands of years, lavender has been a prized and precious commodity in civilizations from Egypt to Greece where the fragrant plant was used as a perfume and a tonic. Lavender was so highly prized in Ancient Rome that a pound of the flowers were said to cost as much as a famer worker could earn in an entire month. The word lavender itself is even based on the Latin word lavare which means “to wash”.
It is said that Cleopatra used the power of lavender to seduce both Marc Antony and Julius Caesar.
Even today lavender is one of the most attractive scents to women and one of the most arousing to men, according to a recent scent study conducted by the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago.
A Sensual & Soothing Valentine’s Bath
Who needs expensive bath salts and oils? For an intimate Valentine’s soak, simply powder dried lavender leaves in a food processor or blender and sprinkle into a hot bath along with a cup of epsom salt.
You can also make your own lavender bath bomb with lavender, baking soda, citric acid (available at your local pharmacy) and olive oil. For more precise amounts and instructions, check out this link.