Hey Aphrodite: From Aphrodisiacs To A ‘Love Diet’ Get Your Sexy On [nsfw]

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For our coupled readers or friends-ies looking to *ahem* couple up, we thought we’d put together something a little enticing, a little sexy and mostly scrumptious for your St. Valentine’s Day delight… mostly for laughs and giggles.

We don’t claim any of this works, and that’s our disclaimer!

Now take your mind mostly out of the gutter. 😉

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The Love Diet

Aphrodisiacs.

You know of them, you’ve probably tried a few and here are a few more.

In short, it’s the idea that a specific substance/food can increase libido.

The word “aphrodisiac” comes from the Greek word “aphrodisiakon,” or “pertaining to Aphrodite” — Aphrodite being the Greek goddess of love.

But, really, isn’t it all hogwash anyway? I mean we’ve all seen the oyster scene in White Chicks

According to Dr. Michael Hall, a board certified anti aging specialist and director of the Hall Longevity Clinic in Miami Beach:

“This concept is really entirely based upon science, as traditionally it is known some foods possess chemical properties that could increase pheromones and heighten our interest and others may indirectly boost testosterone or estrogen levels, thereby increasing human sex drive, obvious some are considered virile because of their sensual appearance.”

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Dr. Hall shares some of the foods commonly believed to have aphrodisiac powers.

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Oysters

One of the most infamous aphrodisiacs, as their appearance mimics the labial folds of a vagina; oysters are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility.

Researchers recently found that oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones.

Dr. Hall says that, “Oysters offer a lean source of protein to help give you energy all night long and, in addition to offering the body zinc, which helps blood flow and nourish sperm, there’s scientific evidence that an amino acid found in oysters may directly raise sexual hormone levels.”

Bananas

With their phallic shape, bananas already look tempting and sensual; but they also contain bromelain, an enzyme which Dr. Hall says triggers testosterone production, and the fruit’s potassium, vitamin B elevate energy levels and the high sugar content gives the brain a kick!

Honey

Honey is made through pollination and secretions of many fertile bees worshiping their queen, just what every woman wants and symbolizes nature’s procreative pinnacle.

Birds and bees ring a bell?

In fact, the word ‘honeymoon’ got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given as a libidinous elixir to the happy and horny new bride and groom.

It has a number of vitamins and it also contains boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and the sweet and sappy sweetness provides a natural energy boost.

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Coffee

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant that ups the heart rate and makes the blood flow.

One study conducted with female rats and published on scientific journal suggested that coffee could put women in the mood for sex.

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Watermelon

According to sciencedaily.com, this ‘lycopene king’ may have a Viagra-like effect on the body, as it relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation.

It’s super sweet and the perkiness and color of the fruit drips sensuality.

Pine Nuts

High in energizing zinc and fatty acids, which has been linked to a healthy sex drive, pine nuts are also considered aphrodisiacs because of the effort required to procure these oily gems from pine cones.

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Arugula

According to Dr. Hall:

“This peppery tasting plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. The bite of the aromatic leaf might get you in the mood. The minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido.”

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Olive oil

Packed with antioxidants, olives and their oil have been used for centuries for health.

The Greeks believed they made men more virile as well.

“Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, smooth blood flow and stable hormone production, all needed to keep the brain, prostate and penis in good shape!” says Dr. Hall.

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Figs

Eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the fig has forever paradoxically symbolized both sexuality (the ripe fruit with seeds representing fertility) and modesty (the fig leaf).

They are full of potassium and are an antioxidant powerhouse, sweet and delicate when eaten and “feel like a testicle.”

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Chai Tea

Skip the coffee after dinner and reach for a cup of Indian chai tea.

The typical spices in this brew include ginger, cloves and cinnamon, all come from exotic places and certainly will get the blood flowing, and it has almost no caffeine so the stimulant effect is less than coffee, so you’ll still be able to drift off to sleep with your lover after your bedroom fun.

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Pomegranate

These bright gems enclosed in a thick rose-colored husk are filled with tangy sweet antioxidants, which support blood flow and clear thought.

One study by The Male Clinic in California found that pomegranate juice had a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.

…. and just because we think this is fascinating a few more for your consideration:

Rose

Everyone knows how indispensable roses are in romance.

The very scent of the essential oil from the flower can arouse you.

Cardamom

In the Arabian Nights, you can read of the use of this ancient spice as an aphrodisiac. Cardamom is warming and pungent, and can increase blood flow, which probably accounts for its aphrodisiac properties.

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Almonds

The aroma of almonds supposedly arouses passion in females — or so thought the poets and scribes of bygone eras.

French writer Alexandre Dumas dined on almond soup every night.

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Saffron

Worth its weight in gold, Cleopatra was said to bathe in saffron-infused water before initiating any important intimate rendezvous.

Saffron’s reputed longstanding aphrodisiac properties revolve around Crocin, a natural carotenoid chemical and potent anti-oxidant found in saffron threads.

Pistachio

In central Asia and India, it is believed that pistachios arouse sexuality and cleanse the blood.

… and now that we’ve chatted about that, why don’t we get a little more complex and a bit more sultry?

From our friends at SomruS, below, are a few delicious Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails for your enjoyment straight from their Soma-Sutra recipe book!

Let’s do it!

Sexual Chocolate (Serves 2 – fruit dipping sauce)

  • 8oz Somrus
  • Preferred drinking chocolate
  • ½ cup Strawberries
  • Served in in sharing bowl

Using SomruS instead of milk or cream make your favorite hot chocolate,  warming the Somrus so it does not boil and adding your preferred drinking chocolate.

Add chocolate mix and strawberries to blender and blend until smooth. Add mix back to the pan and warm until blended.

Serve in a sharing bowl to be enjoyed by two prior to bedtime.

Garnish with a platter of sweet treats to dip and share.

Suspended Congress – layered shot

  • 1/4oz Kahlua
  • 1/4oz White Crème De Cacao
  • 1/4oz Amaretto
  • 1/4oz Somrus
  • chocolate shavings (for garnish)

Put on a dazzling display of your cocktailing skills and a shot that using a barspoon to slow the pour, add each liqueur in the order above to a shot glass with the Somrus added last to sit on top for the aromatics.

Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Prone Tiger

  • 2oz Somrus
  • 1.5oz Aged Rum
  • 1oz Espresso
  • 1oz Amaretto
  • cinnamon stick
  • rocks glass

Add all ingredients to shaker and shake with ice.

Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with cinnamon stick stirrer.

Lotus Blossom

  • 1.5oz Somrus
  • 1oz Cognac
  • 1.5oz Almond Milk
  • 3/4oz Cardamom Syrup
  • ½ oz Green Chartreuse
  • Finished with rose smoke (dried rose petals run through a smoking gun or light dried rose petals and cover with drinking glass to trap smoke)
  • Served in cocktail glass

Add all ingredients to shaker and shake with ice.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with rose smoke.

Happy aphrodisiac-ing,

friends! 🙂