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Natural Aphrodisiacs

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By: Brooke R. and Olga G. April 10, 2017

BRIEF HISTORY & MYTH: From the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden, to the modern exploration of superfoods from across the globe, food has been associated with sex, seduction, and desire.

Aphrodisiac, this word alone evokes a gust of vehemence in one’s state of being, and is derived from Greek Mythology in connection to The Goddess of Love herself, the passionate lady Aphrodite. Throughout history, lovers have depended on love potions comprised of secret ingredients to summon the hearts of those they adored. As the years have passed, these extraordinary foods and spices have waxed and waned in their popularity, but the objective was always the same, to experience the euphoria of love.

BIOLOGY: According to Kat van Kirk, Ph.D., author of The Married Sex Solution, “Consuming aphrodisiac foods may increase blood flow to the genitals, release natural bio-chemicals in the body to help you feel more aroused and relaxed, or provide nutrients that improve the health of the sex organs. As a result, they can increase your arousal, energy, body temperature, or heart rate, putting you in the mood.”

PSYCHOLOGY & INSTINCT: In addition, it has been highlighted that food can also be considered as an aphrodisiac through association driven by our primal programming.  For instance, it has been observed that higher the cost is for a meal, the more arousing it becomes. This plays on a woman’s instinct to feel secure that her future offspring will be provided for by a man who is buying her these expensive treats. Moreover, food that looks like sexual organs triggers in our memory links sexual impulses and on occasion a chuckle or two.


TOP 10 APHRODISIAC LIST: Looking for a little lift in the bedroom? From free-radicals bombarding us on daily basis, to mental and emotional stress factors, sexual excitement can become less and less of a priority. However, sexual energy is creative energy and is considered to be the fuel of all life. To keep you on track, we have included some of our favorite foods and spices that will help enhance your health and libido.

Cacao :  Centuries old well-known aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the same hormone your body releases during sex. It also jolts dopamine production in the brain.

Maca: Maca is grown high in the mountains of South America, widely used by indigenous tribes in regions of Peru. Benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and  increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.

 

Pitaya: Pitaya is a fruit of the South American cactus, and contains an abundance of antioxidants, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B2, B1 and B3, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber and calcium. Sexy in its apparance, with green, red skin, when peeled revealing succulent pink flesh.

Avocado: Silky and sensual in appearance fruit has reputation as an aphrodisiac extending back to ancient Aztec times, where it was called“Ahuacuatl,” which translates to “testicle tree.”

 

Raw Honey: Rich in B vitamins and contains boron.  Linked to testosterone and estrogen production , which can lead to increase in desire.

Goji Berries: Traditionally used in China  to boost sexual desire and stamina.

 

Dates: Good source of carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Known to increase sexual power,  arousal and production of sex hormones.

 

Camu Camu: Rich in antioxidants and and energy booster; charged to take on life and intimate connection.

 

Warming Spices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Chilli-Pepper): Increase circulation in the vessels, stimulating heat in the body and as by-product increasing sexual desire in the genitals.

 

Watermelon:  Rich in citrulline that increases nitric oxide, opening blood vessels and speeding up circulation, which may increase arousal.