"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Wolf
Love and love-making are in the air with Valentine's Day fast approaching, and foods with aphrodisiac properties are a unique way to spice up your date night.
Natural aphrodisiacs have been used for centuries in European, Asiatic, and Arabic cultures. Everything from chocolate to honey to vanilla have been said to increase sexual desire.
Taste and smell are powerful senses that can affect our hormones, which are at the heart of our libido. Stress and tension can also diminish libido. Finding a balance between simultaneously relaxed and stimulated mental and physical states creates the perfect backdrop for romance.
Ginger has been valued over cultures and centuries as a powerful aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. Called "The Universal Medicine" in Ayurveda, lovers have long relied on ginger's internal fire-enhancing properties to heat things up.
Using ginger in foods, sweets, or tea has long been touted as a way to absorb its aphrodisiac qualities. Ginger's potent and distinct smell awakens our olfactory glands and its warming properties stimulate our circulatory system. Its relaxing properties, such as easing digestion and muscle relief, all work to put the body in a relaxed state.
Ginger is also touted as a natural fertility booster. One study of Zingiber Officinale (ginger) demonstrated pro-fertility properties in rats and increased "sperm motility and viability." Ginger is also thought to invigorate the reproductive organs and possibly assist with impotency and premature ejaculation.
If you're making dinner for your loved one on Valentine's day, try this Chilled Corn Soup with Lobster and Organic Ginger or Teriyaki Chicken with Organic Ginger Powder. Don't be surprised if things warm up nicely!
Try this fun cocktail for a way to spice up an ordinary evening or enhance your Valentine's Day:
Organic Ginger Mule
( Serves 1 )
2 oz Tito's Vodka
1 oz. simple syrup
¼ tsp. Wakaya Perfection organic ginger powder
1 sprig fresh mint
In a copper mug or rocks glass, add sliced lime wedges, Tito's Vodka, simple syrup and Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder. Muddle all ingredients. Add ice and top with soda. Stir and serve with mint garnish.
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