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Herbs & Spices to “Spice up” your love life

Vanilla: A Valentine's  Aphrodisiac

Vanilla: A Valentine’s


Why use strong drugs when herbs and spices, natural “love potions” work not only for our health but really do put the “spice” back into a relationship! Tomorrow morning I’ll be chatting with Ron Wilson on his national radio show at 7:10 AM on 55 WKRC about herbs & spices that “spice” up your love life.

Ginseng: It’s  is an adaptogen, or a substance that helps keep proper hormone balance in your body.

It helps relieve harmful effects of stress, enhances your energy and stamina.  Try a tea of ginseng and honey  –

Honey is a great source of boron, the mineral that helps the body metabolize estrogen and may also increase testosterone.

Ancient Persian couples drank mead every day for a month (known as the “honey month”–a.k.a. “honeymoon”) after they married to prepare for a successful family life.

Vanilla: Its warm scent (and taste) is welcoming, subtly sensual, and relaxing. I’ve known women to use it as a perfume – lures ‘em in every time.

Sweet Basil:  Sweet basil herb gives a feeling of total relaxation in the body and muscles while increasing circulation.

In Italy, it is a symbol of love. Basil was the herb fed to horses by ancient Greeks when they needed them to breed. In the middle ages, women would dust themselves with basil powder to tempt their lovers.


Jasmine: It’s distinct, sweet, odor induces euphoria in both men and women, and has been used to spark passion for, quite literally, centuries. Instead of coffee with your Valentine’s dessert, offer Jasmine tea.

Rose:  The sensual smell of roses can lower anxiety, and red roses especially promote happy and romantic feelings.  You can sprinkle rose petals on your Valentine table. Or use them as garnish on heart shaped shortbread.


Cinnamon:  Cinnamon ensures that you still get a burst of fiery passion and energy. If you use cinnamon regularly it can it can lower high blood sugar, which restricts blood flow for both men and women.  Try adding a couple pinches of cinnamon in the coffee filter when you add your ground coffee.


Garlic: Garlic is full of allicin, another ingredient that will also increase blood flow.  In eastern traditions monks and priests are not allowed to eat garlic (or onions) because they are particularly stimulating.

Garlic has a host of other health benefits, many of which boost your immune system. If you’re worried about garlic breath, roast it and then use it – the flavor is yummy but not smelly.



Chocolate: No, it’s not an herb but so traditional for Valentines Day! Contains nutrients which mimic the brain chemistry of a person in love. It also promotes serotonin production which gives you a feeling of well being.


The darker the chocolate, the better. Make little dark chocolate hearts by melting dark chocolate and then pouring into tiny heart shaped molds. Put on your sweetheart’s pillow but be sure to wrap it so it doesn’t melt on the pillow – not good for romance!


The pomegranate juice is good for mens’ reproductive organs and also contains folic acid, which helps to make healthy babies.

Several nice leaves fresh basil

1-2 tablespoons sugar, or less of honey

1-1/2 cups pomegranate juice

Lime juice to taste – start with a couple tablespoons plus  thin slice for garnish

Place basil on top of sugar and “muddle”

Vodka to taste – start with 1/4 cup


Muddle basil in sugar – that means smooshing it down with a spoon to release the oils from the basil. Then shake it with everything else, pour over ice and garnish with a lime slice.


Gilding the lily: If you have some edible rose petals, float one in each glass.


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