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June 11, 2012

Moll Anderson’s Guide to Spicing Up Your Life

I’m here to get your libido pumping this week. Let’s talk aphrodisiacs—food or drink that stimulate sexual desire. Aphrodisiacs are essentially substances that cause excitement. And who doesn’t need a little excitement?

The word aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. The truest form of an aphrodisiac creates desire. Romance isn’t just about the food you eat at dinner; it’s really about creating an environment that allows your mind to let go and be receptive to being seduced. In sensuality and in life we must always remember that it’s all about your mindset! While some food components allegedly increase libido for desire by their shape or appearance, others have certain chemicals that contribute to your sensual well-being.

In any case aphrodisiacs are a fun excuse for you and your partner to experiment with food! Here are a couple of suggestions to add to your weekly menu that just might spice up your life:

Cardamom
An aromatic spice beneficial for treating impotence, it is also high in cineole, which can increase blood flow to areas in which it is applied.

Chocolate
One of the most well known aphrodisiacs is chocolate! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and serotonin, which are both “feel good” chemicals. These chemicals kick in and produce euphoric feelings when we are happy or in love.

Chili peppers
Peppers mimic the physiological effects on our bodies that we experience during sex.

Ginger
Ginger has been deemed an aphrodisiac for its scent and stimulation of the circulatory system.

Honey
During the Medieval times, couples drank beverages made from honey, to promote sexual desire. In ancient Persia, couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month” a.k.a. “honeymoon”) after they were married in order to get in the right frame of mind for a successful marriage.

Oysters
These shellfish have been dated back to ancient Roman documents for their aphrodisiac properties. These shooters are chalked with zinc, which controls progesterone levels and have a positive effect on the libido.

Tomatoes
Once feared as poison, then considered an aphrodisiac, the “love apple” now adds its bright color and delicious flesh to nearly any dish you like.

So get ready for romance, set your atmosphere and go spicy.

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Moll Anderson
Moll Anderson
Moll Anderson is an accomplished interior designer and lifestyle expert who infused the interior design world with a fresh new way of thinking with her first book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life®. She is known for her sensory-scaped approach to design featured in her newest book The Seductive Home™. Anderson, an Emmy-winning entertainment reporter, has served as guest and designer on national television shows and has been featured in popular women’s magazines. Get to know Moll Anderson at Magazines.com.