The Rose has often served as a metaphor for human desire, and romantic love, the tenderness of the fragrant, opening petals countered by wicked stabs from the protective thorns.

Call it passion. Call it desire. The ancient Greeks called it Eros, and, being the wise people that they were, distinguished it from the many other kinds of love experienced by humans (Agape, Caritas, and more).

Eros has wings; the feeling of desire was depicted in classical art as a flighty, fluttery being which arrived and departed at whim. Here today, gone tomorrow, with no forwarding address.

You may know the feeling. But one of the benefits of essential oils, specifically essential oil of Rose: inviting desire to return on a regular basis.

Essio aromatherapy for the shower does more than cleanse your skin of impurities. One of the benefits of essential oils like those used in our original formulas is that micro-particles of the organic botanicals used are inhaled as you shower, and enter the bloodstream. This affects your mood and behavior. In the case of our PASSION blend, made with Rose Maroc, the mood is frankly sexy.


The New York Times Magazine recently ran a cover story, called “Unexcited?” by Daniel Bergner, examining the search now underway in the pharmaceutical industry to synthesize a drug intended to spike sexual desire in women. The test subjects including the women interviewed make a sharp delineation between love, as in a sense of familial devotion to spouse and family, and Eros, which is often fleeting, elusive and, well, just so random.

Stress and boredom often cause Eros to fade in a LTR. The Times article quotes Jim Pfaus, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Concordia University in Montreal. As Pfaus explains it, sexual desire relies upon the neurotransmitter dopamine, the molecular essence of desire. Pfaus uses specifically olfactory language to describe the experience, which is often triggered by aroma: “A dopamine rush is a lust-pleasure, it’s a heightening of everything…it’s smelling a lover up close–a woman inhaling that T-shirt…It’s wanting to have; it’s wanting more.”

Often, real life intervenes, and more becomes less. Maybe this is why men bring women roses, especially when the going gets tough. In an ironic bummer, anti-depressant drugs often result in a decline of interest in sex. But breathe this in: a study conducted among women experiencing post-partum depression demonstrated that inhaling essential oil of Rose eased anxiety and other mood symptoms.

The benefits of essential oils, including that of Rose, is that aromatherapy oils are not a pill to be swallowed, don’t require a prescription and don’t kill the buzz with side-effects. This has been known and celebrated in rose-growing regions for centuries– Turkey, for instance. Not surprisingly, a recent Turkish study demonstrates that Rose oil effectively relieves the chronic mild stress which often leads to depression– always a desire-killer. One of the ways that this occurs is through the antioxidant properties of Rose oil. The authors comment, “Oxidative stress is a critical route of damage in various physiological stress-induced disorders, including depression. Rose oil may be a useful treatment for depression because it contains flavonoids which include free radical antioxidant compounds such as rutin and quercetin.”

Other studies confirm that inhaling Rose oil, part of the pleasure of an Essio aromatherapy shower using our PASSION blend, lowers cortisol, which is the “stress” hormone.

So, one of the benefits of essential oils may indeed be feeling frisky. But Roses offer even more– no wonder this oil is so prized, and so expensive. Literally┬átens of thousands of rose blossoms, picked as they are unfolding in the early hours of dawn, are required to yield 1 ounce of Rose essential oil.

And while welcoming Eros may top the list of the benefits of essential oils, Rose oil also supports skin-health. It’s emollient, antibacterial and ant-iinflammatory. Now, that’s sexy.