The 11 spices to spice up your love

The 11 spices to spice up your love

Perfect for Valentine's Day - tips for a sexy meal; because the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Has it not been quite as hot in bed as you would like it to be lately? Maybe you're more likely to say: "not today, honey". Stress, exhaustion and hormonal changes affect our sex drive.
But there is light at the end of the horizon: more intimacy works wonders, reduces stress, triggers joy and is a great way to feel even closer to your partner. And that's where spices come into play: some spices are real heroes when it comes to boosting sex drive, because they not only taste good, but also contain natural substances that are highly valued in naturopathy. So, go full throttle. Let's really heat things up 💜

1. Cloves

This warming, slightly sweet spice increases blood circulation and body temperature. Cloves also increase energy, relieve stress and anxiety, and taking them leaves a sweet scent. They increase nerve stimulation, which leads to arousal, and it improves sexual performance.
Cloves increase testosterone levels, which is important for both men's and women's sex drive. In addition, they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, vitamin K, and contain eugenol, which acts as an antiseptic and mild anesthetic.
You can often find cloves in chai tea or mix your own chai tea blend.
A picture of cloves

2. Fenugreek

The seeds of this plant are commonly found in curries and other Indian dishes. The spice itself has a warm, interesting flavor. One study found that sexual desire and arousal were increased by consuming the seed extract. The results also showed that vaginal lubrication and blood flow improved in women.
Fenugreek may also help lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and breastfeeding women have been using the spice for decades to increase milk production, just as they do with fennel. The seeds may serve to improve cardiovascular health and overall human performance, which is very important for the bedroom. Fenugreek seeds are also one of the easiest seeds to germinate and one of my personal favorites.

3. Ginger

We love ginger! This pungent spice comes from the root (or rhyzome, actually) of the ginger plant and imparts a spicy, slightly sweet taste and scent. Like garlic, ginger increases blood flow, especially to the sexual organs. It also warms you up, increases your energy, and smells much better than garlic.
Many cultures have used ginger as an aphrodisiac, and Dr. Mehmet Oz confirmed this on a recent show when he listed ginger as one of his top 4 libido boosters. Ginger is mentioned in the last chapter of the Kama Sutra, India's handbook on love and sex.
It's also rich in potassium, magnesium, and copper. It's a super anti-nausea agent and has anti-inflammatory effects. If you have a sore throat, a simple ginger tea can help.

4. Fennel

This licorice-flavored herb looks a bit like celery with lacy fronds on top. You can chop fennel stalks and add them to foods, similar to how you can with celery, or use the fronds to flavor foods. The seeds are also very intense and can be used as a great spice.
The ancient Egyptians used fennel to increase women's libido, and it turns out there was a good reason it worked. Fennel has estrogenic effects and can even help relieve menstrual cramps. It's a miracle cure for improving sexual satisfaction in postmenopausal women and reduces the symptoms of menopause in women and the symptoms of andropause in men, it's a win-win!
Fennel is also used to aid digestion, support lactation, and loosen mucus in the bronchi.
Although fennel is quite intense in flavor, this spice complements savory dishes really well and can be paired well with other spices. You can find fennel in our Bergflamme spice mix (as well as garlic and chili, which are also great for your libido 🤤)
Frischer Fenchel an einem Marktstand. Daneben sind frische Chilis und eine hellblaue Kiste

5. Saffron

Saffron may be known for being expensive, but a little goes a long way. Large amounts can lead to an overdose anyway (so don't take it as a supplement), but a small amount can increase not only sex drive but also sexual function.
Saffron has antioxidant properties and provides selenium, zinc, potassium and magnesium. It can help with vaginal lubrication and relieve premenstrual symptoms. Saffron is also a mood enhancer, so next time you're feeling tired or "out of it," a small amount can make you feel like a new person. Try making saffron brown rice as a side dish for your next meal.

6. Garlic

It might sound strange that garlic is on the list of sex-enhancing foods. After all, people often avoid garlic on dates because they don't want to kill the mood with smelly breath when the evening turns to romance. Regardless of how it makes your breath smell, the high allicin content in garlic improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and that turns you on.
So what's more important - garlic scent or garlic booster? And you can always eat a bit of parsley to clear your breath of garlic.
Garlic is also good for your heart and has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

7. Cardamom

The ancient healing art of Ayurveda recommends cardamom for low libido. This spice contains a lot of cineole, which increases blood flow to the male and female sexual regions.
Cardamom increases energy and relieves fatigue, this can help you when you're feeling exhausted or stressed. Cardamom also balances doshas (Ayurvedic body energies) and has detoxifying properties. Cardamom also goes great in your homemade chai tea.
chai tea in a light cup with extravagant spices on top

8. Nutmeg

Another sweet-smelling spice, nutmeg has long been used in Indian culture as a very popular libido booster. In Africa, many people refer to nutmeg as “Viagra for women.” Researchers at Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India, tested nutmeg as an aphrodisiac in animal studies and found that it actually increased sexual behavior. It’s great sprinkled on sweet potatoes.

9. Cinnamon

Perfect for cold winter nights, cinnamon can be used in both sweet and savory dishes and has been valued for centuries for its healing properties. While its aroma promotes relaxation, it also has antiviral properties and can even control blood pressure and improve alertness! It’s also packed with antioxidants that promote a healthy love life! Cooked in a warm beverage or served in a tasty dessert, cinnamon can be a great addition to a romantic evening.

10. Basil

This sweet herb has a pleasant taste and a stimulating scent that is known to increase sex drive. In fact, the Italians call basil “Kiss me Nicholas,” and the ancient Greeks served basil to horses before they bred them. Many attribute the sweet scent of basil to its sex-enhancing properties, so take a heady whiff and see if it doesn’t get you in the mood!

11. Chili

If heat is synonymous with passion, then chilies are certainly an aphrodisiac. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which creates the heat they give off—the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Capsaicin is known to increase testosterone levels and increase libido. Chili peppers also have the ability to release endorphins in response to the perceived heat. This works like a natural painkiller and makes you happy. When you eat chilis, your heart rate, body temperature and blood flow to the face and intimate area increase, which has a thermogenic effect on the body. All of this can improve the erotic experience!

But be careful: too much chili can affect the stomach and cause a burning sensation that can be more distracting. So: only eat as spicy as you are used to.

There are many other fascinating facts about chilis that we will reveal in a future blog post. So check back here soon.
a dried chili pod on a bed of chili powder

Enjoy the results

Now you know more about the properties of spices and how they can help with your sex drive. Of course, a balanced lifestyle and physical and mental health are still important.
But with the focused use of spices, your boudoir can be back to full swing and your partner can be absolutely blown away - that's the best Valentine's Day gift!

Matthias Hirsch

Matthias ist der Gründer von Gipfelhirsch und verpackt seit 2021 intensiven Geschmack mit Humor und einem vollen Label Wissen zusammen in alles was gut schmecken soll.

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