ARE THERE FOODS THAT ARE REALLY APHRODISIACAL?
Yes, there are foods that when eaten can stimulate your system, but please remember the greatest aphrodisiac of all is your mind.
If you believe its working, then it will. Setting the mood for romance with candlelight, soft music, and nice fragrances surely helps, as does the pheromones (body chemistry odors) each of you give off to attract each other. The eye appeal of the food or the way you plate and serve it and its taste also has a lot to do with it.
If you are looking for something to spark romance, here is a list of some of the foods that are reported to be aphrodisiacs. Just incorporate them into your favorite recipes to complement them.
It's better to keep your food courses light than heavy as too much food only makes a person feel heavy and sleepy instead of amorous.
Remember anything done to excess is not good.
Spicy foods, such as cayenne, garam masala, tabasco sauce, jalapeno sauce, chilies, chutneys, and curries, raise the heart rate and cause sweating, therefore are considered aphrodisiacs because of similar reactions during sex.
Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves, Allspice, Black Peppercorns, and Nutmeg are spices you can add sparingly for stimulating effects.
Artichokes are said to be aphrodisiacal because you get to peel and suck on the leaves to get the juices and meat out of one.
Asparagus is often used as an aphrodisiac food because of its phallic shape. They are best when steamed with some lemon juice and should be eaten for three days for the most powerful affect.
Almonds have always been considered a symbol of fertility. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female. It is said that eating ten almonds a day will prevent cancer in the body.
Avocados are aphrodisiacs because ancients thought the hanging fruit resembled male testicles. It is most effective when served in slices.
Bananas are also phallic shaped, which explains its popularity as an aphrodisiac food. The long, slender fruit is rich in potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins, which are necessities for sex hormone production.
Beans and legumes are usually not one of the first choices for aphrodisiacal foods, but they are included because they are loaded with protein. Most people are concerned with flatulence. If you serve them also serve some Beano to avoid the problem later. Just keep in mind they are the musical fruit, so if it happens just smile.
Black Licorice study conducted by the Chicago Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that the smell of donuts combined with black licorice stimulates penile blood flow. The herb anise smells and tastes like licorice.
Blueberries are so full of rich antioxidant nutrients only 1/2 cup per day will increase our stamina and energy levels. Blueberries level out our insulin levels in our bodies.
Celery stalks contain a chemical compound that when two lovers chew a stalk each at the same time and share kisses causes an immediate arousal. If you cut the base straight across, and look at it, you will notice that celery looks like a rose. Since roses are the flowers of romance it makes sense that celery would emit a pheromone that would cause romance.
Chocolate was considered by the Aztecs to be nourishment of the Gods. Montezuma was said to drink 50 cups of cocoa a day before entering his huge harem of women. The Spaniards first introduced chocolate to Europe, where cocoa quickly became a highly taxed luxury enjoyed only by the wealthy. Eventually, chocolate taverns opened in London, and the British declared chocolate an aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains some 400 chemical compounds, including phenylethylamine (PEA), which some scientists believe arouses the same feelings people experience when in love. Chocolate is popular because of its sensual texture and calming effects. The secret for chocolate passion is to combine it with red wine. Chocolate is addictive.
Cucumbers may be popular because their unique scent has been shown scientifically to arouse women.
Carrots, Parsnips, and Zuchini are other phallic shaped vegetables said to cause arousal.
Caviar (fish roe) is said to have restorative and erotic powers. It is considered to be an aphrodisiac because it is part of the reproductive process. If you dont like the taste of caviar, try using the seeds of the papaya, they are edible and taste peppery. Or use the sea vegetable hiziki as a substitute for caviar.
Champagne, Cinnamon Schnapps, and Spiced Wine are all reported to be aphrodisiacal beverages that cause arousal when they are drank.
Cinnamon Buns, Roast Beef, and Cheese Pizza odors were said to be fragrances that caused instant arousal in men at a research clinic testing odors.
Citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, and orange are uplifting fragrances as well as very flavorful in recipes. They are loaded with Vitamin C.
Coffee and Tea have caffeine, which is a stimulant, but can be a depressant if too much is consumed.
Dates, figs, and pomegranates are all said to be aphrodisiacal.
Eggs are a symbol of fertility, contain a lot of protein, and are nutritionally strong.
Fennel tastes like mild and sweet licorice and come in a leafy bulb shape. It is said to be aphrodisiacal. You can juice it or use it in salads, or in recipes.
Garlic and Onions should be eaten by both persons, so as not to offend. The heat in them is said to stir sexual desires. It's actually the Nitric Acid in them that helps stimulate arousal. Both Garlic and Onions have been reported from long ago to cause arousal when eaten. The odor is less noticeable if both garlic and onions are cooked before eaten. Garlic is known as the Poor Man's Penicillin because of its many curative powers.
Gingerroot resembles the body of a man, It has a heat to it that is said to be aphrodisiacal. Ginger will stop nausea and motion sickness better than Dramamine. Keep some in your freezer and use it when you need it. You can pulverize it in your blender and add water to it to make a ginger juice to heat to use as a tea or a flavoring.
Grapes are long known for their aphrodisiacal properties. Nothing like hand feeding your lover foods and licking fingers to cause arousal. Grapes are considered a sensuous fruit as well as the popular foundation of wine, which lowers inhibitions as a social lubricant. The alcohol in wine also dilates blood vessels in the genitals.
Green M & M candies are reported to cause arousal when eaten.
Honey was used in Egyptian times as cures for sterility and impotence. In Medieval times people used mead as a tool for seduction. Honeymooners drank mead to sweeten their marriage. In ancient wedding ceremonies, honey was used to seal the marriage as couples poured it on their hands and licked each other's fingers.
Lavender, according to legend, gets its wonderful fragrance because Mary laid Jesus' washed baby clothes on its bush to dry. It is one of the ingredients of the Herbs du Provencal used to flavor recipes. It makes a wonderful relaxing room fragrance as well as a spray for bed linens to give you a peaceful night's sleep. Lavender oil is also good to put on burns and will keep insects away from you.
Mangoes and Papayas are exotic tropical fruits and are loaded with B Vitamins to help soothe the nerves and give stamina during sex. Other tropical fruits would most likely have the same aphrodisiacal qualities too.
Mushrooms are believed to be aphrodisiacal because of their phallic shape. It's very difficult to eat a straw mushroom and not think of a penis.
Mustard is believed to stimulate the sexual glands and increase desire.
Nuts are thought to be aphrodisiacs. Try Almonds, Pine Nuts, Walnuts, Black Walnuts, Hazlenuts, Cashews, Macadamias, and Pecans. Nuts are high in fats but they are the good fats not the bad ones.
Oysters are gems of the sea and are considered one of the world's classic love foods. Casanova is said to have eaten 50 raw oysters every morning in the bathtub, using a woman's breasts as his plate. Oysters are high in zinc, which elevates sperm count and produces testosterone which helps achieve arousal. Oysters were used as aphrodisiacs by the Romans, who thought they resembled the female genitals. Women who ate the slimy mollusk were described as wanton.
Peaches are the fruit that arouses interest through the sensual texture of its round, thin skin that resembles the human skin (peach fuzz) and the fact that it resembles a butt. Apricots would fall into the same category.
Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C and is used to treat impotence. Its juice is very healing to membranes in the throat and body.
Pine Nuts are small, flavorful nuts from specific pine cones and have gained their reputation for sexual stimulation from the Mediterranean area. Medieval manuscripts cited pine nuts as a sure way to stimulate the libido. Cream of Pine Nut Soup comes with a warning to be careful to whom you feed it.
Pumpkin seeds and Sunflower seeds contain zinc which is needed to produce testosterone in the body for arousal. Other seeds that are reported to be aphrodisiacal are carraway, mustard, sesame, coriander, and poppy.
Raspberries and Strawberries are aphrodisiacs because they are considered to be fruit nipples. The fruit is perfect for finger feeding your mate. They are loaded with Vitamin C.
Rosemary is said to relax and calm the mind when used in recipes.
Royal Jelly is a substance bees produce to feed to their Queen. It is said to have aphrodisiacal qualities. It sure makes their Queen bigger.
Saffron is one of the most expensive of all spices. It is reported to hold aphrodisiacal properties. Because it is so expensive to use, only a few threads are used in a recipe.
Seafood of any kind is a good choice for an aphrodisiac food. Fish oils are good for the body's system and they contain a lot of nutrients.
Tomatoes were originally called love apples. They are reported to be aphrodisiacal. Research now tells us that if a man will eat 1/2 cup tomato sauce per day he will increase his protection against prostrate cancer. Tomatoes contain lycopene.
Truffles are either black or white fungus that have an earthy, musky odor. They are very expensive to buy, the most expensive of all mushrooms. When you use them in a recipe they are usually just shaved on as a garnish over the finished recipe. It is believed their aphrodisiacal properties are due to their musky smell being the same smell that perspiring humans give off in pheromones during the sex act.
Vanilla scent is believed to increase lust. It is one scent that can arouse both genders. It is reported that if one has a swig of pure vanilla extract one hour before having sex he will not have an impotence problem but will be very hot with passion.
Wine enhances romance because it relaxes and helps to stimulate the senses, lowers inhibtions, and causes arousal in both genders. Remember that excessive alcohol will make it difficult to perform.
WHAT ARE SOME HERBS AND SPICES THAT ARE REPORTED TO BE APHRODISIACAL?
Mingling powdered sandalwood, cinnamon, cardamom and myrrh on a bit of burning incense charcoal is said to be an aphrodisiacal fragrance. Any of the hotter spices and herbs are said to be aphrodisiacal in nature, such as ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, chilies, garam masala, curry powder, garlic, onions, mustard, and cayenne, black pepper, Szechuan pepper, allspice, mint, and nutmeg.
These herbs (in tea or capsule form) are reported to be effective love aids: ginseng, Chinese angelica (dong quai), damiana, yohimbe, wild oatstraw, anise, fennel, fenugreek and ginger. Ginger tea is also excellent to settle a nauseous stomach.
Be very careful when using nutmeg, as it is said that one teaspoonful of the oil of nutmeg can kill a person. Learn about herbs, spices, and oils before using them.
WHAT ARE SOME ESSENTIAL OILS THAT ARE REPORTED TO BE APHRODISIACAL?
It is said that neither gender cannot get aroused from the fragrance of jasmine. Jasmine is the most expensive of all the essential oils, followed by rose oil.
Other essential oils that are said to be aphrodisiacal are lavender, vanilla, almond, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, neroli, sweet orange, lime, lemon, mint, sandalwood, patchouly, ylang-ylang, clary sage, frankincense, myrhh, vetiver, cedarwood, hyacinth, honeysuckle, jonquil, palmarosa, mimosa, magnolia, ginger, hibiscus, anise, rosemary, violet leaf, lemon verbena, and cumin.
Ylang-ylang is said to be so calming that it has worked to quiet an attacking dog and some stores pipe it into their air systems to keep shoppers calm and relaxed and to avert robbers.
To pick the ones that work best for you and your mate, visit an herb store and sniff the different bottles. The one that smell the best to you are the ones that you should try first. Then mix a few drops of the ones you like in a potpourri pot of hot water and use it to fragrance your home.
Some oils such as mint and cinnmon or the hotter spices should be used sparingly, especially if you mix them into bath water or severe burns could be exacted upon the body from misuse. Know your herbs and spices before using them in any recipe or suggestion you might read.