Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, with all the joys of giving and receiving chocolate, a food with a rich history associated with love and passion for centuries. But what about all the other foods that support our sensuality, lust, and libido?
Whether or not you have an intimate partner, your passion is an important source of energy and creativity. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that libido is only for sex!
Libido is a life affirming vital energy that needs to be fed and nourished. And when it’s absent, although a relief for some I have talked to, it can also feel like your zest for life has vanished.
My experience and the experience of my clients shows that eating lots of nutrient-rich, plant based foods on a regular basis has the power to increase your lust for life a whole.
Libido – it’s all about a healthy, vital, lust, pleasure, and passion for life!
It makes sense that if you are eating lots of processed, packaged foods stripped of life and nutrients, this will have a negative impact on your vitality.
And when you give your body the best, freshest, most vibrant nourishment, energy, vitality and passion can thrive.
So here’s a short list of some of my favorite libido enhancing foods, and a recipe below.
BTW, the ancient Doctrine of Signatures says that an edible that looks like a body part is good for healing and supporting that body part.
Almond: a symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma of almond extract is thought to induce passion in a female.
Add a little almond extract to hot chocolate for the perfect combination of passion inducing ingredients….
Arugula or “rocket” seed: This hot peppery salad green and it’s seeds has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. This ingredient was added to grated orchid bulbs and parsnips and also combined with pine nuts and pistachios.
The unusual taste of arugula is it’s seduction, once you fall for it, you have to come back for more…
Figs: an open fig is thought to emulate the female sex organs and is traditionally thought of as sexual stimulant. Eating one will convince you of its powers.
Avocado: the Aztecs called the avocado tree “Ahuacuatl which translated means “testicle tree”. The ancients thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree resembled the male’s testicles.
The luscious, fatty, creamy texture of this fruit is what makes it so sensuous to eat.
Asparagus: given it’s phallic shape, asparagus is frequently enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous experience. (See recipe.)
Carrots: another good reason to eat carrots–believed to be a stimulant to the male. The phallus shaped carrot has been associated with stimulation since ancient times and was used by early Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction. High vitamins and beta-carotene.
Fennel: in the 1930’s fennel was found to be a source of natural plant estrogens. Use of fennel as an aphrodisiac dates back to the Egyptian times where it was used as a “libido enhancer”.
When raw, it’s juicy crunch offers big satisfaction. Roasted or cooked in white wine it becomes a succulent, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Pomegranate: the pom owes its passion power to antioxidants, which protect the lining of blood vessels, allowing more blood to course through them, and the better your circulation, the higher your pleasure.
The juicy burst you get when popping these seeds in your mouth is all you need to whet your appetite for love!
Vanilla: The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. Close your eyes and inhale next time you open a bottle, explore the surprising, mysterious and slightly musky implosion on the senses…
Old Totonac lore has it that Xanat, the young daughter of the Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth. Unable to marry him due to her divine nature, she transformed herself into a plant that would provide pleasure and happiness.
My grandma, Arilla, who didn’t have the means to buy perfume, used to sprinkle a little cinnamon and vanilla into her cleavage while she was baking! She also had eight kids…
Enjoy trying these common foods in new ways, and with new intent!