Potions for Passion
“For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.”
– Isabel Allende
I couldn’t agree more but for those of you out there looking to demystify the science behind sexually stimulating myths and mysteries surrounding aphrodisiacs the following articles helped me get a taste.
An aphrodisiac is a drug, herb, potion, food or other agent (like a scent) that stimulates sexual desire. The term “aphrodisiac” comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, who (as myth would have it) rose out of the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros — the god of love, sexuality and fertility. This may explain why oysters are supposed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Science has not verified the aphrodisiac qualities of oysters, nor, in fact, those of any other alleged aphrodisiac. According to them, its all in the mind — if you think something is an aphrodisiac, you start behaving like it is: mind over matter. However, science doesn’t know everything, so let’s assume for a minute that aphrodisiacs work as per myth and legend, keeping in mind that the brain is our greatest sexual organ.
Some foods are referred to as aphrodisiacs because they resemble human genitalia — bananas, cucumbers, and seafood like oysters and mussels. Other substances, such as the essential oil ylang-ylang and some herbs, have an effect on the nervous system, producing calming, euphoric feelings that can wash away negativity and stress, promoting intimacy and relaxation.
Other supposed aphrodisiacs are anchovies, Spanish fly, lard, and licorice. The definition of aphrodisiac requires the substance to normally produce an increase in sexual desire, so alcohol is not considered an aphrodisiac. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of claimed aphrodisiacs, and science reckons they are all folklore, despite large numbers of us still trying to find the magic potion, lotion or pill to increase and improve our sex lives.
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Now I do not subscribe to the idea of spending tons of cash on making things work in the bedroom. I do, however, believe that the healthier you are AND the more you work to improve your diet the libido will inevitably follow. So the article below focuses on the normal and natural Foods in our grocery store plus the why or how they will enhance your chances to make that spark come alive.
25 FOODS THAT ARE NATURAL APHRODISIACS
1.Basil: You can use this sweet, pungent herb to liven up your meals and your sex life. Sprinkle a little chopped, fresh basil over tomatoes or top off a homemade vegetable soup with it. It not only adds fresh flavor, but it could also enhance sexual desire by increasing heart rate and improving blood flow.
2.Cinnamon: Eating cinnamon heats up your body and, in turn, your sex drive. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help normalize blood sugar. Try this warming spice sprinkled on a warm glass of almond milk.
3.Pine Nuts: Loaded with zinc, which is essential for producing testosterone, pine nuts have reportedly provided men with sexual stamina since the Middle Ages. Grind them up with basil, garlic, and olive oil for a delicious pesto.
4.Cardamom: In the Arabian Nights, you can read of the use of this ancient spice as an aphrodisiac. The spice comes in pods, which you can grind for use as needed. Cardamom is warming and pungent, and can increase blood flow, which probably accounts for its aphrodisiac properties. It is also an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. You can macerate ground pods in hot water to make a tea, like a classic Indian chiai, or sprinkle it over a stir-fry or soup.
5.Celery: This crunchy, aromatic vegetable serves as a flavor base for soups and stews in cuisines around the world. It is also high in essential nutrients necessary for great sex, and it contains two chemicals — androsterone and adrostenol — which serve as a sexual attractant when ingested. If that’s not enough to get you drinking your Glowing Green Smoothie every day, then consider this: celery also makes you more physically attractive.
6.Garlic: It may not make your breath smell all that great (but is it weird I like the smell on my hands after chopping it?), but garlic contains allicin, which increases blood flow. The result may be improved stamina and sexual energy.
7.Avocado: This silky, mild fruit has a reputation as an aphrodisiac extending back to ancient Aztec times. In fact, the Aztecs called the avocado tree “Ahuacuatl,” which translates to “testicle tree.” Slice half an avocado and eat it alone or as part of a tossed green salad.
8.Almonds: These nuts are an ancient symbol of fertility extending back to Biblical times. The sweet fragrance may also serve as a sexual attractant. Avo’s are also high in beneficial fats, fiber, and vitamin E.
9.Chili peppers: The capsaicin in peppers heats up the body and increases blood flow. They also cause the brain to release endorphins, which are a feel-good chemical. Along with the internal effects leading to sexual desire, they have temporary external effects that cause the outer appearance of sexual desire, such as flushed skin and swollen lips. This creates a powerful one-two punch that just may cause sexual desire, and many cultures throughout history have used peppers as an aphrodisiac. Sprinkle cayenne on avocados, or add a little to zip up soups and stir-fries.
10. Honey: Rich in B vitamins, organic raw honey supports testosterone production, which can increase desire. It also contains the boron used in estrogen production, which is important for female desire. Use honey to sweeten a cup of tea. Be sure to purchase local if possible and from an ethical source.
11. Carrots: It may be the shape that does it for some people, but carrots also contain vitamins that are important in hormone production.
12. Ginger: Just like chili peppers, ginger spices things up and increases circulation and body temperature. In fact, legend says famous French courtesan Madame du Barry provided ginger to all of her lovers to increase their desire and improve their pleasure. Mix up a batch of Detox Tea, or add ginger to stir-fries.
13. Coconut water: The water from coconuts contains the same level of electrolytes as your blood. It is also a metabolism booster that increases blood flow, and thus, may serve as an aphrodisiac. Along with minerals, coconut water is high in vitamin C.
14. Arugula: Ancient Romans used this peppery, leafy green vegetable as an aphrodisiac. Along with aphrodisiac properties, arugula promotes digestion and is a great source of vitamins A and C. Add a little arugula to your salad greens.
15. Watermelon: Rich in citrulline, watermelon increases nitric oxide, opening blood vessels and speeding up circulation, which may increase arousal.
16. Chocolate: Pure, dark chocolate has a centuries old reputation as an aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the same hormone your body releases during sex. It also sparks dopamine production in the brain. It doesn’t take much. Try a square or two of low-sugar, vegan dark chocolate.
17. Asparagus: While the shape may contribute to the belief in this vegetable’s aphrodisiac properties, it also increases circulation in the genitourinary system, leading to increased sexual desire.
18. Truffle: This expensive, earthy fungus has a pungent flavor with an aphrodisiac reputation extending back to ancient Roman times. The scent is believed to mimic androstenone, which serves as an attractant to the opposite sex. If you can’t afford a truffle to shave over your veggies, then try a few mushrooms, instead.
19. Vanilla: This sweet pod is a mild nerve stimulant, which can enhance sexual sensation.
20. Nutmeg: This sweet spice’s aphrodisiac reputation dates back to early Hindu cultures, where it was believed nutmeg’s warming properties stimulated sexual appetites while its ability to sweeten breath increased attraction. Try grating a little fresh nutmeg into your tea.
21. Sea vegetables: Many cultures value sea vegetables for their aphrodisiac properties. This may because sea vegetables are high in vitamins B1 and B2, which aid in production of sex hormones. It is also a source of manganese, iodine, and selenium, which may all have an effect on metabolism and mood. Sprinkle a little dulse on your salad for some salty flavor.
22. Red wine: In moderation, red wine increases blood flow, relaxes you, and lowers inhibitions. Have a few ounces of red wine, but don’t overdo it.
23. Coriander: Also used in the Arabian Nights as an aphrodisiac, the seeds of the cilantro plant offer a pungent bite to foods. The spice has warming properties, which is the most likely source of its aphrodisiac characteristics. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory and expectorant. To use, sprinkle a little ground coriander in guacamole or add to soups.
24. Pomegranates: The seeds of this luscious red fruit improve blood flow and are rumored to increase genital sensitivity.
25. Aniseed: Girls, this one is for you! With a sweet licorice flavor, ancient Greek and Roman civilizations believed anise strengthened female sexual arousal.
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Well I am off to the store (wink wink) I can just imagine the concoction I would make if I had a Juicer!!!!