Throughout history, people have revered certain foods and scents for their erotic qualities and their ability to seduce. These scents and foods are called aphrodisiacs.

In the strictest sense, an aphrodisiac is something that enhances physical desire. However, sexuality is far more complicated than a simple physical response. Sensuality, eroticism, desire and pleasure all come into play in any romantic encounter. Consequently, the more senses you can please in any situation the more fun for you and your partner.

Why not spice up your Valentine”s Day by using natural aphrodisiac foods and scents?

Setting the Stage: Creating Ambiance

Before you can bring aphrodisiacs into your Valentine”s Day festivities, you need tocreate an environment that is conducive to romance.To create a comfortable haven for you and your partner, start by thoroughly cleaning your house or apartment. After all, a mess is never sexy.

After cleaning, place fresh flowers around the house or the room in which you will be celebrating. Also, consider playing some soft music in the background. To keep the mood of the evening focused on romance, play jazz or classical music and steer clear of loud, harsh music, such as heavy metal or rap.

Feng Shui on Valentine”s Day

According to Feng Shui, a red light or candle placed in the far right corner enhances the room”s sensuality.

Aphrodisiac Scents

The power of aphrodisiac scents is often overlooked or completely ignored. Yet, smell is an extremely powerful sense and is strongly linked with memory. Thus, wearing the right perfume or cologne can make a huge impact on your lover and can leave him thinking about you every time he smells a similar scent.

In addition to wearing personal fragrance, make sure to have your home smelling as pleasing and enticing as possible. Replace any unpleasant scents with pleasant ones using scented candles, incense or linen sprays.

When selecting the perfect scent to set the stage for your evening, think about the associations each carries. A candle that smells like freshly cut grass may be a nice smell to come home from work to, but is it sexy?

Interestingly, many people find “homey” scents to be the most sensual, as they are often the most comforting. Vanilla is a favorite for many. Cinnamon, pumpkin pie and things along those lines are good as well.

Because most aphrodisiac scents are rich and full-bodied, it”s best to use whatever you choose sparingly. Too much of a good scent can be a bad thing and a big turnoff.

Aphrodisiac Foods

Many people associate food with Valentine”s Day.In fact, a box of chocolates is a traditional Valentine”s Day gift. Luckily, and perhaps not coincidentally, chocolate is considered to be an aphrodisiac food that is valued for both its sensual taste and texture. Moreover, chocolate”s chemical makeup contains mild sex stimulants and substances thought to be associated with feelings of being in love.

Oysters are another traditional aphrodisiac. Whether or not their appearance plays up their sensuous qualities, oysters are sensual finger food that can be fun for partners to feed one another. Oysters also contain large amounts of zinc, which is important for the sexual functioning of both men and women.

Other aphrodisiac foods have an erotic quality because of their suggestively phallic shape. Asparagus, among the phallic foods, also contains vitamin E, which may promote the production of sex hormones. Bananas, another phallic food, are high in potassium and B vitamins, which also promote hormone production.

The burning of chili peppers acts as a general stimulant and stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural body chemicals that make a person feel good.

Try incorporating some of these aphrodisiac foods into your Valentine”s Day celebration:

  • asparagus
  • arugula
  • avocado
  • ginger
  • fennel
  • honey
  • licorice
  • pine nuts
  • strawberries.

Remember, in addition to food, certain beverages can be highly sensual. A glass or two of wine can relax a person and also stimulate the senses.


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