Yes, it’s that time of year again. The big day of L-O-V-E is upon us And even as temperatures drop, lovers the world over are just starting to heat up. Boxes of chocolate are flying off the shelves and FTD is working over time, but there are other ways to honor and celebrate this day of amoure without feeling like you stepped out of a Hallmark card.
Valentine’s Day originally had it’s origins in the Roman pagan holiday of Lupercalia Day. It was a festival of sacrifice, fertility and making whoopee. The Christians were having none of it, so over time it was renamed Valentine’s Day after Saint Valentine. However many incarnations it has had up to the present day…underneath the piles of roses, champagne and chocolate covered cherries the underlying message is sill the same…. Honor Thy Mojo!
Ancient cultures have known this from time immemorial and what better way to fan the flames of your own fire then with the aphrodisiacs of the Gods…or simply put… you need look no further than your own backyard. There are a whole slew of herbs, seeds, nuts and flowers that will knock your socks off and you need go no further than your own health food store or kitchen spice rack.
Famous Aphrodisiacs include:
- Raw Honey
- Rose Water
To promote stamina and keep you rocking through the night:
Here are a few recipes to make you feel like Shiva or Shakti incarnate:
GREEN LOVE Juice:
- 6 apples
- 4 handfuls of greens
- handful of cilantro
- 3 x 1 inch squares of ginger
- half a small pineapple
share this with your loved one and feel the love…..
FIERY NIGHTS CACAO
- 1 1/2 cups of Almond Milk..preferably fresh
- 4 heaping tbs cacao powder
- 1/2 a vanilla bean
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 pinches of cayenne
- Stevia or Agave to taste.
- pinch of Himalayan salt
heat slowly, drink and wait for it to work it’s magic…..
CHOOSE ME CHAI
There is nothing like this seductive Indian tea made the traditional way…With a mortar and pestle crush and blend together:
- 5 cardamom seeds
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 1 tsp fennel
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- or dried ginger
throw in a pan of 2 cups of boiling water for 1 minute, add a pinch of black tea, turn down the heat for 3 minutes add 1/2 cup of almond milk, agave, or honey to taste…
Prepare for lift off!!
Throw in a blender:
- The meat of one mango
- 1 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp rose water
- raw honey or stevia to taste
…doesn’t get more seductive than this.
For those who want to take things a little further….
Saffron rubbed all over the skin causes your capillaries to dilate making you oh so sensitive to the touch!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil… as well as being one of the greatest massage oils on the planet
it’s also quite palatable…need I say more…
BELATED HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!
Timothi is a New York City based portrait photographer. She has traveled the world as a photo journalist and leads groups on one of a kind transformative travel experiences across the globe through her company “Nomada Journeys.”