Monday, February 10, 2014

Aphrodisiacs – It’s Time to Spice it Up!

Valentines Day is coming up and the STARA team is ready.  Nothing quite says romance more than a fabulous meal made with lots of love and, of course, aphrodisiacs.  We have thoroughly researched the scientifics of the subject and what works best – if you know what we mean…

Scientifically the following foods are aphrodisiacs due to their nutritional content and how the body reacts to these vitamins, enzymes, minerals et al.  While this is all very interesting (and good to know), the lesser-known facts are much more fun.

According to a very reliable source, the top ten (in alphabetical order) aphrodisiacs are:

Asparagus – obviously due to it’s shape. In 19th century France bridegrooms were served a three-course asparagus dinner to, aumm, improve their performance…

Almonds – poets and scribes in the old days wrote that they arouse passion in females. Well, we will have some on our granola any day!

Avocado – aha! This is fun! The Aztecs called the avocado tree the testicle tree and the Catholic priests in Spain actually forbade the fruit because of its obscenely sexual appearance!

Banana – well, the shape again of course. Very rich in potassium which is great for stamina but contains other minerals great for the male libido.

Basil – the aroma is said to have an aphrodisiac effect! No wonder the Italians love it so much!

Chocolate – mmmmm, we knew there was something good about it! There are so many natural multisyllable chemicals in pure chocolate that we get tired just reading the words so we reach for the goodies  (the chocolate, just to be clear!). The most important is PEA (phenylethylamine), aka the love chemical, which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. Now the chocolate scented massage oils suddenly makes sense! Still, I’d rather have some Valrhona…

Figs – one of the oldest-recorded fruits. Remember how Adam and Eve covered up with fig leaves? They were supposedly Cleopatra’s favorite fruit and the ancient Greeks considered them sacred because of their association with love and fertility. An open fig is also supposed to look like the female sex organs.

Garlic – hmmm, you thought garlic was off putting, didn’t you? Well, it is stinky but it is also strong which is exactly what happens to guys who eat it.  It’s also full of a chemical called allicin, which increases blood flow – you know where…

Honey – oh honey, honey, honey – sweet, sticky honey is a source of boron which helps the body use estrogen, the female sex hormone.  It also enhances testosterone, the hormone responsible for sex drive and orgasm for men and women both.


Oysters – considered the ultimate aphrodisiac. Scientifically, they have a high zinc content which helps produce sperm and increase the libido but the appearance helps too, as does the slightly salty taste. That they are best served with a glass of chilled champagne doesn’t hurt either.

So there you go. There are of course many more - a whole bunch of spices such as ginger, cardamom, aniseed, fennel, licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and a horde of vegetables and fruits as well!  Easy products to use and to find; it seems like the main idea is to use what nature has to offer!

The STARA team will host six lucky women for a Valentine’s class this coming Wednesday. Our goal was to use all products on the top ten list of aphrodisiacs, and we have succeeded. Together we will create a menu destined to tantalize the taste buds as well as evoke that carnal urge…

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