and Herbal Aphrodisiacs
By Gail Faith
Ancient Tantric legends say that it was the lovemaking between Lord
Shiva, as the embodiment of pure consciousness, and the Goddess Shakti,
the embodiment of pure energy, that resulted in the creation of the
earth, moon and stars, the animals, plants, and humans. The joining of
these sacred opposing forces created the entire universe.
According to the teachings of Tantra, sexual energy has
tremendous healing and magical power that can transform the world, our
relationships, and ourselves.
While no other activity so dominates our thoughts or
lives as a culture, directly or indirectly, than the pursuit of sexual
fulfillment and pleasure, most of us never quite capture the idealized
portraits we are promised in our print and electronic media. The average
family care physician will see three patients a week who suffer from
some sexual dysfunction. Yet many of us are completely ignorant of how
our sexual organs work, what to do to nourish them, and how to keep them
healthy and well functioning.
Tantra tells us that our sexuality is a sacred agent of
transformation. We know from our own life experience that sexual
pleasure takes us out of time, the chatter of our mind stops, and there
is only the exquisite now. Science tells us that during orgasmic
lovemaking a wide range of biochemical substances are released by the
brain, including endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals cause a
natural high, enhance feelings of relaxation, and create a profound
sense of well being. This is where true healing takes place. In this
tension free, deeply relaxed state, the boundaries between you and your
Offering natural nourishment and support for the energy
and creativity of eroticism, herbal aphrodisiacs can help increase,
enhance, stimulate, and maintain existing physical desire, and thus
nourish sexuality. All cultures and peoples of the world have used, and
continue to use, aphrodisiacs.
Aphrodisiacs are defined here as plant substances that
affect the mind as well as the body. Their use is documented to at least
60,000 years ago. Some aphrodisiacs gently nourish a lagging libido;
others kick it into high gear. Used ethically, aphrodisiacs can be
appreciated as a source of joy; plant spirits that help us celebrate our
love for life. They are traditionally used in a variety of ways.
Some aphrodisiacs are consumed as teas and infusions,
decoctions, syrups, tinctures, mead and other beverages. Others are
eaten as spices, food, pills, and capsules. Aphrodisiacs can be burned
as incense or smudge. Some are used as oils, salves, and ointments for
massage and external stimulation.
Herbs and other substances that are used to enhance and
nourish sexuality have been regarded as sacred throughout millennia. Use
them to nourish your love life in honor of all who have used them before
you! And remember that the true source of your desire comes from your
love and connectedness, which provide the foundation of our sexual
Proven aphrodisiacs include rose, honey,
chocolate, angelica, ginseng, and many culinary spices. Essential oils
that stimulate sexuality include rose, sandalwood, ylang/ylang,
patchouli, cinnamon, and vanilla.
study done by the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago appears
to verify what our grandmothers have been telling us all along: that the
way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. According to its research,
the two most effective scents for stimulating eroticism in males are
pumpkin pie and cinnamon buns!
Life-style adjustments that will help
improve your sexual performance and enjoyment include getting rid of
your cigarette habit, limiting alcohol consumption, eating less meat and
more plant-based foods, such as grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables,
exercising daily for at least half an hour, and keeping your weight
Traversing the Wild Terrain of Menopause; Herbal Allies
for Midlife Women and Men by Gail Faith Edwards
(This article has been modified slightly by the author to suit the anh
web site. The article in it's entirety can be found in Gail's book.
Click on the link above to find out how you can purchase Traversing the
Wild Terrain of Menopause; Herbal Allies for Midlife Women and Men.)
Gail Faith Edwards is a community herbalist
with thirty years experience, founder of Blessed Maine Herb Farm and the
author of two books on herbal medicine. She offers herbal
apprenticeships and herbal study programs at her farm in Maine. Visit
her online herbal apothecary where she offers a wide array of medicinal
herb products of impeccable quality, made from MOFGA Certified Organic
herbs grown in her gardens or wildgathered from the pristine mountain
meadows and woods nearby.
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make sure to visit Gail's site to see her many all-natural health
and beauty products.
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