Spice up your Valentine’s Day naturally

Valentine’s Day isn’t always as romantic as you might hope when you have little kids. Between the sleep deprivation, the struggle to find time to brush your teeth (let alone shower), and the knack children have for waking up at exactly the wrong moment, it’s not always easy to get in the mood. If you could use a little lift, we’ve rounded up a list of natural aphrodisiacs from Michelle Gadd. A little help never hurt, right?

Natural Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

Get nutty

We’ve all heard nuts are really good for us, but did you know they are also natural aphrodisiacs? Almonds, for example, contain vitamin E, magnesium and fibre, which are reputed romantic aids. Almonds are also an ancient fertility symbol, which is one reason candy-coated almonds are a popular wedding favour.

Honey, honey

Those bees know what they’re doing. Honey contains B vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants, increasing energy and stamina. As the bee half of the birds and the bees it’s also a fertility symbol. Think of the word honeymoon, as well. You can even keep things local by picking yours up at a farm market.

Salad days

Nuts and honey may seem like obvious natural aphrodisiacs, but salad? In fact, many salad ingredients including carrots, celery, avocado, ginger and basil are reputed romantic aids. The humble celery stalk, for instance, contains the sexual attractants adrostenol and androsterone. Ginger increases body temperature and circulation. Plus, we could all use more daily servings of veggies, right?

The dark stuff


After you eat that salad, reward yourself with one of everyone’s favourite natural aphrodisiacs: dark chocolate. Chocolate isn’t only delicious, it also contains a substance called phenylethylamine, which stimulates your body to produce the same hormones as during sex. Even if it doesn’t work, you still get to eat chocolate, so we really can’t see any downside.

Clink


We all know how alcohol can relax you and lower inhibitions. In moderation, it can also increase blood flow, plus it contains those antioxidants we’ve all heard so much about. Just like chocolate, many Toronto moms love a good glass of red wine, so there’s really nothing to lose.

It’s never too late to make plans for Valentine’s Day. If you need a bit of extra, ahem, stamina, why not give one (or more) of these natural aphrodisiacs a try?

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