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The Psychology of Sex

Sex plays a major role in human reproduction. A normal sexual response cycle goes through four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. A problem that occurs during any phase of a sexual cycle which disallows the couple from engaging in sex is called sexual dysfunction.

One type of sexual dysfunction is arousal disorder, more commonly known an erectile dysfunction in males.

Erectile dysfunction, is a condition which inhibits men from achieving or maintaining an erection during sex. The prevalence of this condition is higher in older men between the ages of 40 to 70, with up to 31% of men experiencing some degree of erectile dysfunction.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction may be caused by physical and psychological reasons.


  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Medication


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Marital problems
  • Sexual trauma

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

While medication for erectile dysfunction is readily available over the counter, they are mostly targeted to increase blood flow to the penis. In cases where psychological factors are the reason for the problem, essential oils may help in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Here are 8 essential oils for treating erectile dysfunction:

  1. Ylang Ylang

A natural aphrodisiac, Ylang Ylang increases libido and addresses sexual functions by calming the mind and enhancing self-esteem.

  1. Rose

Known to relieve anxiety and nervousness, it also works well in occasions where negative emotions get in the way of a successful arousal.

  1. Jasmine

If the reason for impotence is fatigue, Jasmine may help in in this area. Applying Jasmine topically on the skin increases alertness and circulation.

  1. Clary Sage

Its intoxicating scent replaces feelings of fear with euphoria and excitement. Clary Sage also balances hormones, which sometimes may be the reason for erectile dysfunction.

  1. Lavender

Widely known for its anti-anxiety effects, Lavender also has a less than known quality of promoting a healthy reproduction system.

  1. Cinnamon

Stimulates the production of testosterone and improves the quantity of semen. Its stimulating effects also improves the mood and relieve stress.

  1. Sandalwood

Its rich woody scent boosts sexual desire, heightens sensuality and decreases awareness. Excellent for treating depression, anxiety and stress.

  1. Neroli

A calming oil that decreases stress and blood pressure levels. Its intensive floral scent brings out inner sexual desires by boosting libido naturally.

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