Posted on Nov 16, 2012 in Food Facts, Health and Libido

Cinnamon, vanilla, ginger and cayenne“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come let us take our fill of love till morning.” (Proverbs 7, 17-18).

That’s downright seductive, wouldn’t you say? Even in the Bible, the voluptuous allure of spices could not be ignored. Indeed, throughout history, men and women have been captivated by the heady, stimulating scents and flavors of spices and used them liberally for enhancing food, health, perfumes, and sexual invigoration. The ancient Romans used the word “cinnamon” to denote “sweetheart” or “darling”. The Arabs extolled the use of spices as powerful aphrodisiacs in The Perfumed Garden as did the Hindus in the The Kama Sutra.

A cup of hot homemade chocolate infused with exotic spices, topped with a dollop of fresh hand-whipped cream is absolutely irresistible and sets the mood for a night of exquisite possibilities for you and your date.

Click here for a recipe for a sinfully good hot chocolate.

And just in case you are wondering why these spices are so sexy:

 

Cinnamon

  • The court of the Maharajas of India prized cinnamon as an erotic spice, and brewed a cinnamon-based liqueur which was drunk as an aphrodisiac.
  • It is also great in balancing blood sugar, which means that it can assist weight loss, and prevent diabetes. According to the USDA, just ½ teaspoon a day is effective in helping to increase insulin sensitivity and to help lower LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides.

Vanilla

  • Increases amorous mood (well, it has actually been shown to increase penile blood flow according to a study conducted by Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Institute of Chicago. Other scents that produced similar results include pumpkin pie, licorice, and lavender.)
  • Also calms anxiety. According to a study done at the Sloan-Kettering hospital, patients about to undergo a MRI scan showed a 65% decrease in anxiety and stress when they inhaled the sweet scent of vanilla.

Ginger

  • According to Eastern medical systems, ginger is a warming and energizing spice which helps to increase blood circulation by heating the body, and exciting the sexual organs.
  • In Scheherazade’s Thousand and One Nights, it is especially noted as an aphrodisiac.
  • Ginger is frequently added to love potions and recipes that help to increase sexual vitality.

Cayenne

  • It is red, hot, and fiery to the taste buds and revs up circulation like no other spice can. A chemical known as capsaicin, which is found in cayenne and other chili peppers, is a powerful vasodilator.
  • It also causes release of endorphins, which are hormones that cause a feeling of well being, and even euphoria.

The scoop on a healthy, unprocessed sweeteners:

Sucanat and Rapunzel’s Organic Whole Cane Sugar are both made from cane sugar with minimal processing. Retains vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

Where to shop:
http://www.shoporganic.com/product/rapunzel-rapadura-organic-whole-cane-sugar-24oz/sweeteners_syrups

Reference:
http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/biomed/spice/index.cfm?displayID=5
http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/docs.htm?docid=8877
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/capsaicin-ingredient-hot-peppers-offers-medical-benefits/story?id=15727011#.UI24KnB3xQM

More on the Sloan-Kettering study:
http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/10/business/everything-s-coming-up-vanilla.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

More of research by Dr. Alan Hirsch:
www.smellandtaste.org

 

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