Aphrodisiacs – 10 Essential Ingredients for a Romantic Valentine’s Day

by Jana Harvey on February 5, 2013

Aphrodisiacs have long been known for their romantic powers. 

Match your meal with a wine that says "I love you". The "Amour Collection"  Valentine's Gift Sets

Match your meal with a wine that says “I love you”. The “Amour Collection”
Valentine’s Gift Sets

Looking to make a romantic meal for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Inspired by Chef James Porter of Petite Maison, here are the top 10 aphrodisiacs.

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 Ginger: Increases blood circulation, and hence libido.

 Fennel: A source of natural plant estrogens, used as libido enhancement

 Salmon: Omega 3’s elevate serotonin levels and enhance mood

 Oysters: High in zinc, which has been associated with improving sexual potency in men.

Avocado: Rich in folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E and potassium – all said to increase hormone production.

Chili: Capsaicin increases circulation to get blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings.

Vanilla: The enticing aroma is said to induce feelings of passion and desire.

Coffee: Increases the levels of dopamine, boosting the pleasure system of your brain.

Chocolate: Releases the chemicals phenylethylamine and serotonin, increasing feelings of well-being and excitement.

Honey: Made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation.

Sounds enticing, doesn’t it! If you’re intrigued by the power of the aphrodisiac, be sure to also take a look at the Amour Collection–Gift Sets of  romantic red blends and white wine blends and truffles we’ve put together especially for Valentine’s Day.

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