Foods to Get You In the Mood

 It’s sort of unclear when my Instagram feed started changing, but all of a sudden one day I was perusing the old Insta-feed and was finding nothing but beautifully staged foods, with one food item being the main star in almost every picture, the avocado. This array of beautifully placed foods made me start thinking about all of the negative and positive ways food affects us, one of those ways, in particular, being how they affect our sex lives.

And so, in lieu of Cupid taking a nap this year, and pretty much everyone’s Valentine’s day being put on hold until the weekend, I’ve decided to comprise a list of Zero-Waste foods to get you in the mood this February 15th. So whether you are in the mood for food, or in the mood for nudes, this list should help you out regardless. Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies!

Anise
These yummy little licorice-flavored seeds are comprised of tons of B-complex vitamins that support the production of estrogen and testosterone. They have also been linked to helping issues with male-related menopause (yes, it’s a thing) and menstrual discomfort for women.
Ashwagandha
Ayurvedic practitioners absolutely love this powerful little herb. It’s packed with tons of antioxidants and helps to aid fertility issues for women and men. This little herb is also used as a tool to help regulate hormone levels and allows greater blood flow to your reproductive organs.
Avocado
Avocados are a great source of energy and prized by the Aztecs for its libidinal purposes, along with being loaded with minerals, monounsaturated fats (AKA the good kind that protects your heart and lowers cholesterol), and vitamin B6—this stuff will keep your energy and sex levels up. *winks inconspicuously.*

 

Basil
This herb has a scent that supposedly has been able to drive men and women wild *insert eye-roll here* and has often been used as a powder to entice men by sex-workers back in the day. *carries basil in pocket everywhere.*

 

Chili Pepper
There is a magical little ingredient in chili peppers called capsaicin that stimulates nerve endings in your tongue which basically increases your adrenaline levels. It also allows your sex organs to receive a sufficient amount of blood, which is a good thing, just use some gloves when handling them.

 

Chocolate
Supposedly, the Aztec emperor Montezuma downed 50 cups of liquid chocolate every day in order to keep his libido primed. *dies from chocolate overdose.* Scientifically, chocolate is an excellent source of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that acts like marijuana for the brain, essentially giving you feelings of bliss.

 

Cinnamon
This spice can often attribute a warming effect on the body, allowing the increase of blood flow to sex organs. It is also said to lower your blood sugar and improve circulation in women with high blood pressure.

 

 

Coffee
This one surprised me because I drink it every day in the morning, but apparently, this little guy can help with your heart rate at night that allows dopamine to enter in your body signaling your brain to get excited. *downs coffee before bedtime/stays up until 5 am.*
Fig
These small fruits pack some big benefits. They contain calcium, iron, potassium, and more of that stimulating zinc which helps increase blood flow to sexual organs. They are also packed with fiber, which boosts heart health and satisfies hunger, they also are super yummy drizzled with honey.

 

Ginger
Ginger is used for so many wonderful things like heartburn, indigestion, and diarrhea *inserts Pepto-Bismol ad,* but apparently, it is also really great for healthy circulation, headaches, and blood flow to sexual organs. Studies have shown that in men it can help against erectile dysfunction and supports a healthy libido for women.
Honey
Honey contains nitric oxide, a compound that is released into the blood when you are aroused. Supposedly, Hippocrates prescribed it for its sexual vigor and ability to help relax oneself before sex. Basically, jump in a bath with some honey to eat, and then jump in your bed and get down, *wink*.

Sure some scientists say aphrodisiacs are a myth, but then again, how many of them have been sitting across the table from their lover while eating chocolate dipped figs drenched in honey? My guess, none. So ignore the scientists and go forth and eat well, and make love well, just make sure to use protection. Happy Valentine’s day!