This week is Valentine’s Day, and lovers everywhere are celebrating. I’ve always been a romantic, and I love ‘setting the mood’. That may not always mean sensual candle lit dinners, but for Valentine’s Day, it’s a classic go-to.
I actually prefer dinners at home to going out. Not only do I get to create the perfect mood, but I also enjoy cooking up something filled with my loving energy. As we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to share something a little special….plant based aphrodisiacs.
There’s that saying, you are what you eat, and some foods have been linked to sensuality and sexuality throughout the ages. These foods have legends and lore that are now backed by science. So here are ten plant based aphrodisiacs to consider for this romantic holiday, as well as a recipe to pair.
Almonds were a symbol of fertility for centuries. Legend has it that if a virgin sleeps under an almond tree, she will wake up pregnant. Nowadays, we know that almonds are high in Vitamin E, which stimulates the reproductive hormone in both men and women.
This stalky vegetable is high in Vitamin E as well as Vitamin B. Vitamin B is known to increase histamine, which is an important chemical in boosting libidos in both men and women.
Mesopotamians have been eating avocado for over 10,000 years as a way to boost their sex drive. The fruit gets its name from the word ahuacatl, which means testicle, as the fruit has a strong resemblance to that male body part. Avocados are high in Vitamin E, which helps in the bedroom.
Phallic in shape, this isn’t the only sexy thing about this fruit. It’s got high levels of Vitamin B and potassium, which is important in the production of sex hormones. The sexiest recipe for bananas? Banana bread! Studies show that the smell of banana bread increases arousal in women by 12%.
Ancient cultures in South America have been drinking cacao beverages for increased energy and its heart opening effects for centuries. It contains L-arginine, an amino acid that can be an effective natural sex-enhancer for both women and men. It is also rich in phenylethylamine, a chemical that enhances your mood by producing dopamine in the brain.
The french said that eating celery soup increased sexual desire, and they were right! This stalky vegetable stimulates the pituitary gland, which releases sexual hormones. It is also believed that celery smells like androstenone, the primary male pheromone.
Jokes aside about chili pepper spicing up the bedroom, the heat is one of the reasons this plant is an aphrodisiac. Chili peppers contain the chemical capsaicin, which generates the heat they give off–the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Capsaicin is known to boost testosterone levels and increase libido.
Incans knew maca as a “food of the Gods”. It’s been linked to increasing fertility, libido, and arousal. Studies have shown this root helping with erectile disfunction and balancing out hormone levels in both men and women.
This fungi are just for the ladies, as their effects show neutral in men. South Pacific cultures have said that eating mushrooms can make women go wild (so perhaps some foraged fungi is better). This could be due to the zinc in mushrooms, which improves blood flow, leading to better sex.
A symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, pomegranates raise the testosterone levels in both men and women. This juicy red fruit also has been referenced in many romantic works, from Shakespeare to Homer.