Aphrodisiac Foods for Your Dinner Table

Pleasure the soul, fuel the body, promote good health and set the mood by serving aphrodisiac foods to your loved one.

| February 28, 2011

3-18-2011-sexual herbal

"The Sexual Herbal" (Healing Press, 2002) by Brigitte Mars is a self-help guide to natural remedies for lifelong sexual vitality that includes an in-depth catalog of herbs that boost sexual health.

Photo Courtesy Healing Arts Press (c) 2002

This article is excerpted from The Sexual Herbal: Prescriptions for Enhancing Love and Passion, by Brigitte Mars, A.H.G., with permissions from Healing Arts Press (c) 2002. The following excerpt can be found on Pages 11 to 13. 

Food, more than a mere filling for the belly, can also pleasure the soul, fuel the body, and promote good health. The ideal food for inciting passion is light, moist, sweet, easily digested and enzymatically active. Moist foods lend their yin to sexual fluids. Yang comes from their enzymes-the spark of life-and from their seed reproducing capabilities. Naturally sweet foods, such as fruits and vegetables, provide energy and stamina.

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How to Set the Mood

The presentation of food is an opportunity for loving expressions of creativity. Make your food a mandala of love, celebrating the fantastic forms and colors of nature! Here are some food presentation tips: Serve entrees on a bed of colorful greens, grated carrots, or cabbage. Decorate with colorful garnishes: try cucumber slices, radish roses, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower buds, carrot curls, sprouts, avocadoes scooped out with a melon baller, buckwheat lettuce, sunflower greens, lemon slices, watercress, almonds, chopped nuts, olives, chopped red pepper, coconut, stuffed celery, berries, slices of citrus, pomegranate seeds or star fruit slices. Stick a small bundle of green beans or asparagus spears in the round of a red pepper.

Sprinkle food with paprika or cinnamon. You can create beautiful designs by placing a lace paper doily or large maple leaf on top of a dish, then sprinkling your colorful powdered seasoning all around it. When you carefully remove the doily or leaf, you'll have a stunning ornament! Use fresh herbs from your garden (basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, oregano, mint, parsley, or rosemary.) Add crunch and color with sesame, sunflower, or chia, or poppy seeds. Use nuts, dried fruit, or edible flowers to make designs. Use pretty molds shaped like hearts or butterflies for cakes and pates. Set the table with beautiful serving ware. Decorate with edible flowers to cause your chakras to vibrate!

Prepare food with loving intention. Play beautiful music or positive self-help tapes while doing food prep. Remember food magic: When preparing food for you and your beloved, take turns putting a slice or spoonful into each person's bowl. Energetically, you will be sharing of the same fruit.

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