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Set the Mood with Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day


29 Jan

We may not be able to brew a love potion for you, but we can teach you the best aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day to help you push that spark of interest into a burning inferno this February 14th. Who needs Viagra when you can get into the mood for Valentine’s Day by eating delicious, sexy foods? Still not convinced they’re real? Well, it’s true. The best aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day are foods that have chemicals in them that help raise your serotonin or otherwise regulate your sexual hormones.

So yes, they are real, but your mileage may vary. For the best results we recommend switching it up, trying several, and finding one that’s as irresistible to you as your partner. Get the evening hot and steamy – not only in the kitchen – by offering your partner any of these sexy Valentine’s Day gifts:

Oysters are one of the most popular aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

Image by Robert Rheault

Our 6 Favorite Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

If you’re just looking for a sneak peak at the best foods to get the love of your life all revved up for Valentine’s Day, look no further! Here’s the quick list of our hottest edible picks for anytime you want to heat up the romance:

  1. Oysters
  2. Avocado
  3. Saffron
  4. Basil
  5. Figs
  6. Bananas
  7. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Slippery way to seduction

The best way to get your libido-sparkling Valentine’s dinner off to the right start is to indulge in slippery and seductive oysters. Oysters are probably one of the most popular aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day in history. All that slurping from the shell is obviously sensual enough to get us going, but there is more than the obvious to oysters’ reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Not only are the sexy mollusks reminiscent of female genitalia, they are also rumored to boost testosterone level and libido in both men and women thanks to their high concentration of zinc, iron and dopamine. The reason oysters boost both the feminine and masculine experience of love is because of their amazing ability to switch their sex back and forth during their lifetime.

Oysters have been considered the food of love for centuries. Even the famous world-class lover, Casanova, is rumored to maintain his fabled Venetian stamina by eating dozens of raw oysters every day for breakfast or any time he needed to fuel up.

Lustful Avocados

Did you know you can enhance your sexual desirability with avocado? Holy guacamole! Skip the oysters if you have to, because sharing a creamy avocado with your partner may be just the thing to start your Valentine’s Day dinner!

The avocado became known as one of the best aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day because of its shape and texture. The ancient Aztecs named the fruit ahuacatl, or testicle. The high levels of folic acid and Vitamin E in avocado provide the body with youthful vigor and energy that can help keep the spark alive not only on Valentine’s Day, but anytime there’s a need.

spices are also popular aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

Image by Marco Verch

Top-Shelf Stimulant

The most expensive spice in the world, saffron has long been considered one of the best libido-stimulating foods out there. People have been using it for improving their sexual function for centuries, even Cleopatra bathed in saffron to enhance her lovemaking. Rest assured, the reputation of this popular sexual stimulant and its unparalleled flavor are all well worth the fuss.

Spicing it up

One scent in the kitchen that is sure to drive your man wild is basil. Can this explain why passionate Italian men (there’s a lot of fresh basil in Italian cuisine) are considered great lovers? The rumor has it that this fragrant herb really does help to increase circulation both above and under the belt, boosting sex drive and promoting fertility. Sounds crazy, but women once used dried basil as perfume, dusting their breasts with powdered versions of this spice. So, picking Italian for your Valentine’s dinner seems like a great option now, doesn’t it?

One Scandalous Fruit

According to the Bible, the first people to know about the virtues of figs were Adam and Eve themselves. Even though they used fig leaves only to cover their private parts, they were on to something bigger. A symbol of both fertility and sexuality, it’s no surprise that the fig’s voluptuous shape and sweet, dark flesh have long been thought to bear a strong resemblance to female genitalia. Besides, this fruit is full of potassium and antioxidants that will increase your sexual power and get you in the mood.

Figs are oft-overlooked aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

Image by Lisa Murray

Go Bananas

If figs represent female sexual organs, then bananas are obviously the fruit that stands for males’. Due to its phallic shape, bananas seem like an obvious choice for a list of sexy foods that fuel passion. And science is here to back it up. Bananas contain bromelain, a chemical that enhances libido in men, as well as potassium and B vitamins that trigger sex-hormone production. They may even intensifiy orgasms.

Shape of my Heart

Once you’re finished with the savory part of your Valentine’s meal, it’s time to move on to something sweet. Only those living under a rock haven’t heard about dark chocolate being the greatest (and tastiest) aphrodisiac out there. This may explain why chocolates (together with romantic bouquets) are so popular on Valentine’s Day. And it makes sense. Dark chocolate is sensual from its taste to its aroma, and it contains both sedative and stimulative qualities. It causes spikes in dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure and boosts your levels of serotonin, aka the feel-good hormone.

So, is there any better gift for Valentine’s Day than chocolate? If there is, it can only be chocolate covered strawberries! This heart-shaped fruit is the symbol of Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and the perfect dessert for any romantic occasion. Packed with Vitamin C, strawberries will help to keep the blood flowing to all parts of the body with the power of two aphrodisiacs combined!

But like we said earlier, mix it up! Send your love a basket of any of these items with a note that’s clear about your intentions. We’re sure they’ll help you make the evening perfect. Take your love to a romantic dinner out that just happens to feature an oyster appetizer, and be sure you have some chocolate ready at home to carry the mood through. Taking time to feed each other can turn any dinner into a bit of playful seduction that will give your Valentine’s night a sensual start!

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Regardless of your diet these days, if you’re on the prowl for a delicious ways to boost your sex drive, these aphrodisiac foods are sure to get you and your partner in the loving mood on Valentine’s day or any other romantic occasion.

So, you’re a guru seducer now. What next?

– Setting up a sexy dinner for your significant other is the right thing to do. But it is equally important to find their Valentine’s gift!

– To learn more about creative Valentine’s date ideas, check out 5 Creative Valentine’s Date Ideas.

– Let your friends know! They also deserve a hot and steamy Valentine’s Day!

One of the longest-standing members of the GiftBasketsOverseas.com family, Kate is creative, responsible and meticulous. No matter what she’s doing – for the company or in her personal life – Kate always tries to put her best foot forward and enjoy the process.

 
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