Planning a romantic dinner at home this Valentine’s Day? Why not add two natural aphrodisiacs to your menu: Ceylon Cinnamon and Cardamom. These ancient ingredients are famous for their numerous health benefits, but did you know they are also age old his and hers remedies for bringing sexy back?
This pair can naturally spice up your sex life. Try our easy Cinnamon Drinking Chocolate with Cardamom Cream this Valentine’s Day… you can thank us later.
Superior Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon is very much in the news recently for its numerous health benefits, but beware – there is a difference between Ceylon Cinnamon and Cassia Cinnamon. The latter is likely what you’re familiar with and shows up most commonly in western grocery stores (if the type of cinnamon isn’t specified on the label it is Cassia). The immense variance in quality of taste and texture aside, Cassia Cinnamon can contain toxins and fillers. Opt for Ceylon whenever possible.
Cinnamon was once more expensive than gold and has been used to stimulate appetites both physical and sexual. It is especially potent in women, where it also helps eliminate urinary tract infections. Consuming cinnamon has a warming affect that can stimulate blood flow in all the right areas.
Cardamom for Virility
In western culture we use cardamom a lot less than in its native country of India, but it is frequently used across Asia and Scandinavia as a welcome addition to baked goods, beverages, desserts, curries and creamy dishes. It is especially delicious sprinkled on your morning coffee or tea.
A member of the ginger family, Cardamom boasts numerous natural healing and preventative properties from curing hiccups and bad breath to aiding in relief of hypertension, stress and depression. It is sometimes used topically to the scalp and gums and its lemony eucalyptus scent is a prized note in perfumes and fragrances. According to folk herbalists, cardamom brings wisdom and encourages generosity.
Cardamom is an essential component in the Indian spice blend Garam Masala, when added to chocolate it immediately gives the sensation of being a luxurious and expensive treat.
As far as being an aphrodisiac, kings throughout history ate foods rich with cardamom to increase virility and produce more children. As cinnamon does for women, cardamom drives blood flow for men helping to cure impotency.
Curl up with your honey this Valentine’s Day and sip on the ancient benefits of these natural spices!
Article and photos by Dana Rogers
CINNAMON DRINKING CHOCOLATE WITH CARDAMOM CREAM (serves 2)
*dairy free for our lactose intolerant and vegan friends
1 x 400 ml can coconut milk
50 g dark chocolate (70% or higher cocoa solids)
1 ½ c chocolate almond milk
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
¼ - ½ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
A small pinch of sea salt (or smoked finishing salt)
½ tsp ground cardamom
- Refrigerate coconut milk overnight.
- Break chocolate into smaller pieces and combine with almond milk, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne and nutmeg in a small sauce pan. Whisk over medium heat until chocolate is melted and heated through. Sprinkle in salt.
- Open unshaken coconut milk and scoop out the heavy cream off the top. Mix with cardamom.
- Pour chocolate into two cups and top with cardamom cream.