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Tower of Love
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We wanted to honor this occasion to start a series of blog posts on ‘themed towers’. Last week someone threw out the idea of an Aphrodisiac Tower, and the timing couldn’t have been better. So, we pulled together some information about various plants that are easily grown in the Garden Tower, which may also help your love life ;)
Most of this info came from EatSomethingSexy.com, where you can find an even more extensive list than what we have here! We’d love comments from anyone who’s tried growing some of these in their Garden Tower, and/or thoughts and ideas for more:
Arugula: Arugula or ‘rocket’ as the saucy Brits call it, was a popular aphrodisiac among the ancient Romans and ancient Egyptians. It was quite often associated with Priapus, a minor Roman god of fertility.
Today most proponents of arugula downplay its natural aphrodisiac properties, but it should be noted that Arugula is rich in vitamins A and C as well as many of the minerals that are essential for putting the body in its sexual prime. Arugula is also said to help clear the mind, and we all know that getting distracted during intimacy just isn't sexy.
Although neither of these curative properties specifically raises sexual energy, they are both attributes that promote the right mood for romance. Stay focused people!
Basil: Although it might come as a surprise to most pesto lovers, basil’s leaves contain a variety of libido-lifting nutrients. It is considered a good source of Vitamin A. It also provides beta carotene, magnesium, potassium and C.
There are over 50 varieties of basil grown around the world. In flavor, varieties vary from subtle and anise-like to faintly spicy to a tinge of lemon. Their shapes vary from long-leafed with pointy tips to broad with blunt edges.
Beets: At a glance or a nibble, this red root vegetable may not seem to be the most evocative of foods, evidence of beetroot’s power can be found as far back as the suggestive murals on the ruins of Pompeii.
More recently, the British Government has bought into the potency of beets so far that in 2003 it awarded a 126,000-pound grant to a farmer to market beetroot as the new secret to vitality. The root’s potency is in its high boron content, a mineral thought to influence the production of sexual hormones as well as improve the immune system.
Chili Pepper: Historically, chili peppers were used by multiple cultures not only as an aphrodisiac but as an anesthetic. With a power to raise body temperature and make lips swell to a kissable plump pout, the effects of eating red hot chili peppers can telegraph the visual cues of a sexual flush.
It is believed that this sexy physical attribute can put a lover’s mind in the mood with as little as one delicious glance. Most famously, chili pepper was used to fortify the chocolate drink that the great ruler Montezuma consumed to make his tongue dance and his pulse quicken in preparation for his daily visit to his beautiful concubines.
Cucumber: Nutritionally, cucumbers provide several nutrients essential to maintaining sexual health, including Vitamin C and manganese. The silica in cucumbers supports connective tissue heath which will not only keep us limber and primed for action but can also help maintain young, vibrant skin.
Most interestingly to those looking to use food in seduction, a study by Dr. Alan Hirsch found that the scent of cucumbers, in combination with black licorice, is extremely arousing to women.
Garlic: Unlike most aphrodisiac foods, garlic is one that both lovers must eat for its magical properties to manifest powers of romance. It’s no mystery of science or magic but one of common sense: a whiff of garlic breath is about as arousing as the smell of a zoo on a hot, summer day. The only antidote is to partake in the feast of sweet stink, numbing the senses to any unappealing odor.
Beyond its reputation as an aphrodisiac food, garlic is one of those mysterious foods touted to inspire extraordinary stamina and unbridled energy. The ancient Greeks fed garlic to top athletes prior to Olympic competition to encourage peak performance ;)
Lavender: Lavender is one of the most deliciously abused scents in the aromatherapy world. A lusciously aromatic herb, the scent of lavender arouses men more than almost any other aroma in the world, besides hot pizza and cookies in the oven, of course.
Add a few fresh-cut sprigs to a wildflower bouquet, since the scent alone is enough to drive men wild. And for pretty much any woman who receives a surprise bouquet, well… that’s a given! Do your duties, Men!
Mint: The great Aristotle advised Alexander the Great not to let his warriors partake of any mint while on crusade because of the herb’s potent, aphrodisiac effects.
The herb is named after a mythical beauty Minthe, who Hades found irresistible. When Hades wife Persephone learned of her husband’s attraction, she turned the irritable beauty into the aromatic plant we use today. In her honor, Greek brides often include mint in their bridal head wreaths.
Mint comes in enough varieties to suit whatever your style of seduction. If you like a strong come-on, try peppermint. Or consider apple mint for something gentle and sweet. Mint also contains a number of vitamins and minerals that are essential for maintaining sexual health, including A and C as well as a trace of B2, Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium.
Best of all, the aromatic impression it leaves on the breath has been shown in case studies to inspire moments of passionate kissing.
Mustard: In European history, mustard has long been considered a potent aphrodisiac. Throughout much of recorded time, monks were not permitted to ingest mustard for it was believed to lead the men of God down the path to temptation.
It was the Greeks who were the first to document mustard’s ability to increase circulation – good circulation leads to good sex! And that may be why mustard was regarded as a sexual aid throughout most of European history – however in China, mustard seed was thought aphrodisiac for its heat in the mouth and ability (when ingested in large enough doses) to warm the body as well.
Mustard’s pungency is part of what earns the seed its aphrodisiac classification. Its intense, spicy flavor is credited with causing a rise in adrenalin. According to the research of Australia’s Dr. Max Lake, mustard causes “maximal stimulation of the pain fraction of taste.” It is this balance of pain and pleasure that brings eaters to gastronomic climax.
Referencing the Worlds Healthiest Foods website, we discovered that part of mustard’s aphrodisiac power probably lies in the nutrients it supplies to the body. Mustard is considered a respectable source of selenium, magnesium and omega 3’s, all essential for maintaining sexual health!
Rosemary: Rosemary is noted for its powers to increase circulation. Bathing in a tub scented by a few drops of rosemary essential oil promises to circulation to the skin and sensitivity to touch.
Folkloric legend associated rosemary with the Virgin Mary, for whom many originally thought the herb was named. But it was actually named for Aphrodite/Venus and, in many early depictions the goddess of love was portrayed clutching or wearing a sprig of the fragrant herb.
Placed under your pillow, rosemary is thought to promote pleasant dreams. Steeped as a tea, it can calm nerves. In ancient Rome, the herb was considered an aid to empowerment. And perhaps, used at the right time and for the right person, rosemary may find you love.
Strawberry: A perfect little red heart, the strawberry is an edible Valentine! Touted as an aphrodisiac fruit since the times of ancient Rome, the strawberry was a symbol of Venus. In the French countryside, there was once a tradition of serving newlyweds cold strawberry soup to help promote the aphrodisiac of honeymoon romance.
The perfect shape and size for dipping in chocolate, strawberries can be used this way as a simple tool of seduction. Try taking a premium chocolate and melt it gently to a delicious, sweet cream. Strawberry shortcake offers a more complex treat using this aphrodisiac fruit. Serve with ample whipped cream behind a locked bedroom door ;)
For more more information and a complete guide to aphrodisiac foods, visit EatSomethingSexy.com
We hope you enjoyed a bit of our jesting, and will leave you all with one of our favorite quotes that's appropriate today, and everyday:
"It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love." - John Lennon
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