Monday, May 7, 2012

Herbal Aphrodisiacs

Ah, Eros. Love has many forms, but romantic love... well, when it's right... is pretty nice. And even though I'm a single person I'm going to teach you how to get your mojo on. (Hey! I know this stuff from books, okay?)

Anyway, ahem, for all the love birds out there: roses, chocolates, and candlelight dinners are classic tools for romance. There's also aphrodisiacs: "love-inducing" foods or substances. Most have surely heard of popular food aphrodisiacs, such as chocolate, oysters, and tomatoes. What's interesting is that among desire-inducing foods, are herbs. Some people are skeptical as many aphrodisiac "claims" are not scientifically proven -- and this is true -- but just as food and herbs nourish us, they also affect our bodies (e.g., Dandelion as a diuretic).  Herbs are a delight to our senses, and they heal us, but many throughout history relied on certain herbs to enhance...well... passion. The most ancient love potions were derived from herbs and flowers (and, according to Folklore, were usually gathered on Midsummer's Eve).

Not sure how to get your mojo on with herbs? Well, there are many known herbal aphrodisiacs, but the most common ones will be mentioned. Don't be so shy and read on, this is knowledge!

Garlic and Asparagus. 

Garlic (Allium sativum): Now, you wouldn't think "garlic breath" to be a turn-on, but garlic has gained quite the reputation for being a passion-inducing herb. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians believed it, anyway.

Parsley (Petroselinum hortense): Google "parsley aphrodisiac" and the results speak for itself! Indeed, Parsley is a known herbal Aphrodisiac, as the seeds are claimed to stimulate sexual glands and fertility. Some websites recommend Parsley as an aphrodisiac for women, specifically. (Caution: pregnant women should not use parsley and parsley products, especially the essential oils. Consult a doctor.)

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis):  It makes your urine stink, but eating asparagus is not only very tasty and good for you, it's a known aphrodisiac, too. Nicholas Culpeper, an herbalist from the 17th century, wrote that the tasty asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman."  Some websites claim asparagus boosts histamine production, which aids the ability to um, well, just see this website.

Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum): Its fresh scent is intoxicating, and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so, because it was said to "drive men wild" to the point that women would sprinkle their bosoms with it! Often used in pasta dishes, it has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. Basil is another herb claimed as a "love food"; in ancient Rome, basil was a symbol of love.

For more information, check it!

Herbal Aphrodisiacs From World Sources by Clarence Meyer

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