Valentine’s Day. The day marked out as the one special day of the year just for lovers and the like to express just how they feel towards each other. Whether you buy into all the hype, TV ads and hotel deals or think it’s a big waste of time, chances are you’ll be involved in the day one way or another.
So, along with the flowers, chocolates, cards and teddy bears you may share take a minute to really plan an amorous Valentine’s Day meal for your significant other. Use any of these natural aphrodisiacs by themselves or as part of a meal to get your pulses racing.
The fiery foods have long been known to get the blood racing and create sensations similar to sexual excitement. This is down to the chemical capsaicin. Found in green and the even more potent red chilli.
Rich in vitamin C, eating chillies creates physiological responses such as increased heart rate and blood circulation and most noticeably, sweating. Chillies also stimulates nerve endings so you’ll feel more turned on.
You may be surprised to hear of the aphrodisiac properties of asparagus but the vegetable is full of vitamin E, a vitman involved in stimulating the production of sex hormones in both men and women.
In reality adding a few stalks won’t have you and your significant other sprinting for the bedroom. However, asparagus is also full of vitamin B known as folate which helps in regulating a healthy sex drive in both sexes.
The aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are widely debated. Pure chocolate contains tryptophan which is a building block of serotonin, the brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. It also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), otherwise known as the “love chemical” which releases dopamine into the pleasure receptors of the brain. PEA is said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. It’s released into the brain when people fall in love and peaks during orgasm.
However, after conducting a study researchers found no difference in sexual function between chocolate eaters and non chocolate eaters. So maybe the stuff does more for your sweet tooth than your sweet spot.
A smooth and sensual treat, perfect for sharing in intimate situations, add chocolate to your Valentine’s Day and see what effect it has on you.
The watermelon isn’t the first fruit you’d think of when choosing fruits to get your partner in the mood but that changes now. Watermelon contains citrulline, which relaxes the blood vessels in very much the same way Viagra does. Great for serving as part of a dessert or on its own.
Avocados have been associated with sexuality for centuries. The Aztecs thought the fruit hanging in pairs from their tree resembled testicles and duly called them ahuacatl which translates to testicle tree. Spanish Catholic priests even found the fruits too naughty for the public and went as to ban them for a period of their history. Hoever, the avocado is a well known super food. Said to boost the immune system, they are rich with folic acid and vitamin B6, both linked with the libido and is also rich with potassium.
Another one we can give thanks to the Aztecs for is vanilla. Often mixing vanilla with cocoa, it was the drug of choice for royalty and nobility with many claiming it was the reason behind their amazing prowess with women.
Vanilla’s power is in its aroma. It’s sweet warm smell vanilla tickles the hypothalamus, the gland responsible producing hormones that govern body temperature, circadian rhythm, emotion, sex drive and other hormones in the body.
Studies have shown the smell of vanilla is particularly arousing to men, so if add a couple drops of Vanilla extract to your dish if you can if you’re preparing a meal for the gent in your life.
A glass of red wine served with a romantic meal seems like an obvious choice. Other than the alcohol slowly chipping away at our inhibitions, red wine has a positive sexual effect in women.
Red wine contains high levels of resveratrol, the antioxidant known for its ability to increase the amount of top sexual hormone estrogen produced by the female body. The increased flow of estrogen increases sexual desire. An obvious choice for any Valentine’s Day dinner, just don’t forget your openers!
Another food on this list that may take you be surprise is Rocket. The leafy vegetable also known as Arugula has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century. A great source of vitamin A which improves digestion, night vision amongst other things it’s no wonder the ancient Egyptians and Romans believed in the aphrodisiac powers of arugula.
Pine nuts have been lauded for their ability to raise blood temperatures for so long, we’re surprised Pine nuts as an aphrodisiac isn’t more of a thing.
The nuts were used as an libido stimulator back in the medieval days. The ancient Greeks and well as many Middle Eastern cultures used them the same way.
In his work ‘The Art of Love’ Roman poet Ovid wrote of ‘the nuts that the sharp-leafed pine brings forth’ as a powerful aphrodisiac. Arabian scholar Galen recommended 100 pine nuts before going to bed.
With so many endorsements over the years, we definitely recommend these zinc filled nuts as a Valentine’s treat or dessert.
Like chocolate (which strawberries go perfectly with), this fruit is more a symbol of amour than scientifically proven aphrodisiac. A food of love since the times of ancient Rome, the strawberry was a symbol of Venus, the goddess of love.
Legend states that if you break a strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you will soon fall in love with each other. True or false, it’s definitely worth giving a go with your special other.