Loving touch, massage, essential oils, candlelit baths, spicy foods, and herbal aphrodisiacs—these are the foods of passion. And believe it or not, revving up your passion can get those fertile juices flowing between you and your partner. Spicy foods are known to enhance sex drive (thus those pursuing yogic spiritual disciplines avoid them). Scary movies are also considered aphrodisiacal; much like spicy foods, they stimulate the senses and sexual desire. So before winding down to a sexy candlelit bath—perhaps spicy food and a thriller? For the more mellow, try trading massages with oils infused with the sensually stimulating fragrances of vanilla and sandalwood, or perhaps sandalwood and amber—all known to stimulate sensuality in both men and women. Or, try adding such an oil to the bath.
Aromatherapy candles can set the tone—shop together for fragrances that you both find pleasing, or plan a surprise for your partner. Place near the bed, bath, or favorite rendezvous spot of your choice.
- 3½ ounces pure almond oil
- ¼ ounce each sandalwood and vanilla essential oils
- Mix well and add 1 teaspoon per bath or use as needed for massage.
- Store away from direct heat and light.
An aphrodisiac aperitif can be sipped with dinner or during your bath to enhance pleasure.
- ½ ounce red ginseng (Panax ginseng) tincture
- ½ ounce damiana (Turnera diffusa) tincture
- ½ ounce passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) tincture
- ¼ ounce cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) tincture
- ¼ ounce orange peel tincture
- 15 drops vanilla extract
- To prepare your own aperitif, add the following herbal tinctures to 1 quart of brandy.
- Take 2 tablespoons, either by itself or added to a glass of wine or brandy.
Aviva Romm is president of the American Herbalists Guild and a certified professional midwife. She's the author of numerous books on herbal family health, including Naturally Healthy Babies and Children (Storey, 2000), The Natural Pregnancy Book (The Crossing, 1997) and Natural Health and Birth (Healing Arts, 2002).
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