Exploring through facts, folklore and mating customs the role that the human sense of smell plays in our sexuality.

Do you know what the most important sex organ is on your partner?

The brain. Yes, women readers, even for men. The brain programs our sex drive and reproductive behavior. And men, remember this: the best female libido enhancer [http://www.scenttherapy.com/products-sensual.asp] is not found between the sheets. It's all her in her head.

Besides our behavior towards the opposite sex, and right up there with sight, sound and touch, our sense of smell triggers our sexual desires. Much more than most people realize. Decades of research demonstrate that in our mating behavior, humans tend to follow their noses.

We've known for years that odors and subliminal scents influence how other animals develop, mate, bond, and nurture their offspring. In our centuries old fascination with learning how to increase libido, we've found humans are no exception. The human sense of smell plays a key role in mating as well as cycles in our lives dictated by the sexual hormones, such as the onset of puberty, the timing of a woman's menstrual cycles and her fluctuating moods, and men's testosterone levels.

The human sense of smell can recognize lovers and family members. And it can influence how often we have sex, and with whom. The reason for this goes back to primary instincts to continue the human species; which is why men prefer the natural scent of young women – because their scent signals maximum fertility levels. Many aspects of sexual attraction are conditioned responses to pheromones and scents.

It's no wonder that aromas, fragrances and scents have been used for more than a millennium in the arts of seduction and lovemaking.

Let's take a look at some of the facts, folklore, mating customs and tips about the scentuelle [http://www.scenttherapy.com/products-sensual.asp] role that the human sense of smell plays in the wonderful world of sex.

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• The human sense of smell is linked to a part of the brain that regulates emotions. This is why scent therapy is so effective. And it is why if you associate a smell with an erotic feeling, that smell will likely trigger sexual desire.

• The male pheromone, androstenone, and the female, androstenol, are undetectable scents that sometimes trigger attraction between men and women, while other hook ups are repelled by the same scents.

• Pheromones, activated at puberty, deliver scent messages to the limbic part of the brain where the most basic of human emotions, such as joy, anger, love and sexual arousal, are controlled.

• Both men and women have long used colognes and perfumes as aphrodisiacs. The ancient Egyptians created perfumes for this purpose from oils and flowers. The law of association plays a big part here. For example, if you have a wonderful experience with a lover wearing a certain perfume or cologne, you will likely associate that scent with happy feelings and perhaps be attracted to one who wears the same fragrance.

• Even though we don't consciously smell pheromones, their scent does impact us, igniting sexual passion and increasing fertility.

• To help her seduce Marc Anthony, Cleopatra used a special blend of rose, cardamom and cinnamon. Today this spicy blend is found in many perfumes and colognes.

• Ancient Tantric teachings tells us that aromatherapy scents, such as Sandalwood oils stimulate the second chakra and the sexual response.

• Aside from sexual attraction, pheromones can increase the amount of attention you receive from anyone you meet.

• Women respond to pheromones better than men, favoring men with a natural, musky scent, that is the scent of sweat and unwashed bodies … but without the strong odors that may come from diet, stress or in the case of teens, hormones.

• To demonstrate just how powerful a role association plays in libido enhancement, the cattle-raising Dassanetch of Ethiopia favor the scent of cattle over all other odors. Among the Dassanetch, there is a strong association of this scent with social status and fertility, so much so that to be more attractive to the opposite sex, the men are said to wash their hands in cattle urine while the women rub butter into their hair and onto their bodies.

• While the Dassanetch men are rubbing their bodies with cow manure, Arab men place rose and aloe wood behind their ears, on their nostrils, in their beards and on the palms of their hands.

• Research coming out of Harvard reports that scent is responsible for sexual responses more than any other sense in the body. You may look great, but if your scent isn't attractive to the other, don't expect action in the boudoir.

• Aphrodisiacs, named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite that ruled over matters of love and sex, are very often scent-related.

• Pheromones, like aphrodisiacs, are not love potions. If the person isn't interested, pheromones won't get you the date. However, if a person is attracted to that certain kind of pheromone, it increases the odds.

• A woman's health can benefit from subtle pheromone scents of her mate whose pheromone scents can increase her libido, increase her fertility, and regulate her menstrual cycles. Yes, pheremones can be a powerful female libido enhancer [http://www.scenttherapy.com/products-sensual.asp].

Read the conclusion of Sex and Scent – The Secret to Increasing Your Libido Is Right Under Your Nose! Part 2 [http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/sex_and_scent_part2.html]

Author's Bio: 

Luke Vorstermans is the founder of The Sense of Smell Lab, a world leader in the development of innovative products that use our sense of smell to influence behavior, trigger memories, manage cravings, enhance moods and improve sexual health. Learn more about enhancing your emotional health at: www.scenttherapy.com

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