Winter is a great time for sitting indoors with a hot drink and planning what you are going to grow on your allotment next year. But don’t just go for the same old dreary seed list, consider growing plants that not only taste great, but also have the ability to boost your libido?
Passion boosters like spinach and beetroot are easy to grow and when juiced or served up with your Sunday lunch these amino acid-packed veg will help the blood flow to your nether regions. You may find that as soon as spinach hits your system it converts amino acid to nitric oxide, which helps men to initiate and maintain erections for a more powerful performance and women will find it easier to have an orgasm, so be warned!
Eating vitamin B-rich asparagus will aid your energy and alertness, so you can rest assured that you won’t be sleeping on the job. It’s also a good source of folate, which is important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. Asparagus is a good source of vitamin K too, and also fibre, among other nutrients that promote good health and even helps to prevent strokes.
Just six asparagus spears will provide you with your recommended daily intake to keep your cells in good repair and stave off health problems such as anaemia and depression but be warned, a mega increase in your vitamin K intake, can interfere with blood clotting and play havoc with any blood thinning medication – so check with your GP if you are concerned.
Asparagus can be green, white, or purple and can be eaten raw or cooked – white asparagus is the same plant as green asparagus, but is blanched by covering the growing spears in the dark. This is simply done by covering the crop with a mound of soil or black plastic. Blanched asparagus is smooth, white and virtually fibre free. Purple asparagus is especially healthy due to the fact that it is richer in anthocyanin, which mop up free radicals in our bodies and also soothe inflammation, fortify the immune system. Asparagus has also been shown to improve memory and brain function, which is great for school children and anyone that plays the field!
Purple asparagus is so sweet and tender it can be eaten raw in salads! marshalls-seeds.co.uk supply one year old, well grown crowns and recommend that to allow optimum development you do not cut the spears in first year and only cut them sparingly in second year. It takes asparagus plants three seasons to mature, but it’s worth the wait.
Some people produce strong smelling urine after eating asparagus. It’s harmless and not everyone experiences it. It’s thought that these people are genetically inclined to metabolize asparagus in such a way that generates odor-producing substances. Scientists suspect the likely culprit is methylmercaptan, a sulphur-containing derivative of an amino acid in asparagus called methionin.
Pumpkin seeds are nutritional superstars too, as they are loaded with zinc and magnesium that will boost testosterone levels and sperm count. The seeds are also a rich source of fatty acids that not only fire up your libido but also increase your sexual stamina
As men begin to age, there is a natural decline in zinc and a deficiency, which can lead to prostate enlargement, as well as other male sexual health problems including impotency. This is due to the fact that prostate tissues are highly dependent on zinc, so if you’re over 50, grow pumkins and roast the seeds to make a delicious snack.
It’s been proven too, that an apple a day won’t just keep the doctor away, it may also boost your sexual stamina thanks to its high levels of quercetin, an antioxidant flavonoid that is also found in red onions and kale. This antioxidant has been found to play a role in improving endurance… just the job for a night of passionate romance. It also appears that eating apples may help women experience more pleasurable sex too.
Blueberries are among the most antioxidant dense foods on the planet
Blueberries are full of anthocyanins—a type of flavonoid with powerful antioxidant effects. Eating these flavonoid-rich foods is associated with a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction in men. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid found in blue and purple foods, including blueberries. Maybe you should make a blueberry breakfast drink ready for when morning sex is an option!
Quinoa, an ancient grain, which was eaten by the Incas, who called it the ‘mother grain’, has now become popular among today’s health conscious. You can grow your own and this “super food” is packed with protein, amino acids and fibre, which will provide your body with more long-lasting energy, so you can go the distance!
thompson-morgan.com offer Quinoa seed and recommend it for people with wheat intolerances and as the whole grains have high protein content, also for vegetarians and vegans
T&M also sell the colourful variety Rainbow, which produces good yields. It is grown as an annual, producing Quinoa grains from August to October. It grows up to 1.8m tall, spreading to 30cm.
Other foods that are packed with nitrates and the antioxidants that make them rush to convert to nitric oxide include rhubarb, Swiss chard and bok choy. And, according to the experts, you will enjoy the most erotic evening if you end your meal with a handful of grapes, nuts or an apple.
Stress is often the cause of a lack lustre libido, so learn to relax and aim to get rid of your worries before the end of the day. Replacing your evening cuppa with chamomile tea is a good starting point and to relieve tension, infuse a muslin bag of valerian and sweet flag (acorus root) in your bathwater before having a long soak after a stressful day. Alternatively try lavender or basil, as these scents are also good for lifting your spirits and putting you in the ‘mood’ for love.
Get your partner to massage your homemade luxury body cream all over your bod before sex!
Beauty expert Angela Lopez from Belle-Toi (angelasbelletoi.com) in Bournemouth recommends making your own body lotion using chamomile, calendula, lemon mugwort, pansy, parsley or sage. Mugwort is said to open the third eye and to spark vivid dreaming. To make a dream pillow, simply stuff a sock or sachet with the dried herb and pop it under your head pillow, and dream away! You can also use fresh mugwort to make a smudge stick – a bundle of mugwort, including its flowers, tied together then set alight to burn it as you to purge your house of nasty bacteria and bad energy.
For her Passion Potion, Angela suggests first making an herb-infused oil by pouring boiling oil over the leaves or flowers of your chosen herb and allow them to steep until the liquid has cooled down to room temperature.
Angela then combines the oil with distilled water, glycerine and emulsifier wax then heats and stirs the ingredients until they are well combined and have become thick and creamy. Finally she pours her homemade potion into storage bottles and recommends using pump top bottles as they prevent contamination of the lotion.
The last but not least essential for a night of passion is a fresh mouth. Chewing fresh parley will get rid of garlic breath but don’t dismiss eating garlic, leeks, onions, and shallots as these contain allicin, which increases blood flow and keeps the heart super healthy for sexual activities.
If you are convinced that your partner will be put off by your ‘garlic breath’, then simply suck on a few fennel seeds and you’ll be giving the sweetest kisses.
Ever wondered why hotels put a chocolate on your pillow? Maybe it’s because dark chocolate increases both serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, making us happy and lowering our stress level. It has also been proven that chocolate improves the formation of nitric oxide, which by now you will have probably realised, that this circulation booster is essential for keeping the blood flowing below the belt!
A cup of hot, steamy chocolate can set your lobido on fire!
Also having a vegetarian or vegan diet that’s centred around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes can help turn your body into the best possible version of itself, from the way you feel to the way you perform both in and out the bedroom.