Natural Aphrodisiacs for Valentine Day Fun
Natural aphrodisiacs are great for passion and for health. In this article you’ll discover some of these wonders, a love potion secret from Cleopatra, treats and wines to pair with them.
Chilis are the glorious red of Valentines and who doesn’t love a little bit of spice in their romance? Chili peppers stimulate endorphins and dopamine, two key feel-good chemicals. They also boost circulation. Capsaicin, what makes chili peppers spicy, stimulates nerves on the tongue, which releases epinephrine (adrenaline), the chemical that increases your heart rate and releases endorphins (natural opiates found in the body- like we get from exercise). Chilis can also be purple, yellow, all sorts of wonderful bright tones not just red. We recommend slightly spicy dishes with black pepper or chilli with Feely Vérité Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chocolate is sensual in taste, texture, and aroma. If you’ve read the book series about Feely organic vineyard, you’ll know that Caro is a bit of a chocaholic. Dark chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA), which acts like amphetamines in the brain, triggering a release of the hormones: norepinephrine and dopamine, that create feelings of euphoria. Dark chocolate works well with Feely Vérité Cabernet Sauvignon or Feely Grace milk chocolate is delicious with Saussignac sweet wine (we dont sell it online but we have a small range available for Saussignac fans – if thats you, email us for options).
Ginger is a great enhancer of our immunity, it improves blood flow and circulation naturally, great for sexual performance. We recommend it with Feely Générosité barrel aged Semillon white wine from very old vines.
Oysters contain tons of zinc, a mineral important in the production of testosterone and sperm production, and dopamine, a happy brain chemical that increases desire. We highly recommend them with Feely Sincérité Sauvignon Blanc white wine or with Feely Brut Rosé.
Rosemary is good for memory and helps circulation. Rosemary or rosemary oil added to a bath improves circulation to the skin and sensitivity to touch. Adding rosemary to her bath was one of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets. You could add a touch of rose oil or lavender oil to mix in a hint of floral with the earthy, savoury aroma of rosemary. Aromas are a key memory connector, they can take us into the past, and they encourage us to be mindful, in the present.. A sprig of Chateau Feely organic rosemary to add to your bath (pour boiling water onto the chopped rosemary to release the essential oils – let it steep for at least 10 minutes, then add that strained ‘tea’, to your bath), to flavour a food of your choice, or to make a tisane to drink.
If you go the tisane route, add a little organic honey – Hippocrates used to prescribe honey for sexual vigour. Honey contains boron, which helps regulate hormone levels and nitric oxide, which helps increase blood flow during arousal.
Wine can increase desire, relaxation, and lower inhibitions so you can experience spicier sex. The fizz in sparkling wine enables the alcohol to enter your body faster – perhaps part of why we link Champagne and romance😊. Resveratrol in red wine is also an antioxidant, which helps decrease inflammation and improve circulation. Moderation is key – one or two servings. Large amounts of alcohol will reduce libido and overall health.
In Feely Taster Boxes you will find many luscious wines including:
- Feely sparkling Brut Rosé (we recommend pairing it with oysters or smoked salmon- a perfect starter)
- Feely Générosité (we suggest pairing with a mildly spicy korma curry spiced up with ginger and chili or a Babotie with these spices)
- Feely Vérité red wine to pair with spicy food or dark chocolate
- Feely La Source red wine to pair with duck breast or mushrooms
All these wines keep well for several days and even weeks.
This Valentine’s day we wish you joy, health and love.
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