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"It's Valentine's Day tomorrow... and whether you're a sucker for corny cards and overpriced flowers or if you see it as just another day, we're guessing that the word aphrodisiac may still have aroused a spark inside you..."

What's an aphrodisiac? 

According to the good-ol' Oxford dictionary, it’s a food or a drug that’s said to give people a strong desire to have... well, you know what! Like yourself, we’re all about food, so, whether you need a lil' help in the bedroom or you’re just curious, here’s a few pantry items that have aphrodisiac properties!

Pistachios: Like most nuts, pistachios are high in protein, fibre, and healthy fats, but unlike most nuts, they have fallen into the aphrodisiacs list. Believed to increase blood flow and therefore they may assist with any dysfunctions.

Saffron: Famous for its price, it’s not surprising that the aphrodisiac effects have been overshadowed. But apparently, Egypt’s been onto it for years, with people claiming Cleopatra used to bathe in saffron because of the believed aphrodisiac properties. Sounds like an expensive bath!

Alcohol: A glass of wine can help us relax and unwind, which also assists with getting in the mood. But, high levels of alcohol intake can have quite the opposite effect, so, as always drink responsibly. 

Maca: No, not Maccas! Maca is a root vegetable and is related to the cruciferous family (broccoli, kale, cauliflower) and can commonly be found in a powder form. It can easily be added to smoothies and protein balls. More commonly known for its potential positive effects on fertility, it also may increase libido.

Oysters: Probably one of the most common go-tos when it comes to the topic, but these slimy creatures are believed to increase libido so could now be your entrée on that valentines day date. 

Fenugreek: Seeds that are commonly used in South Asian cuisine, and may contain compounds that your body can use to make sex hormones. Which is why they are used in Ayurveda medicinean Indian alternative medicine practice for libido-boosting!

Chocolate: We couldn’t leave choccy out of a valentines day blog, that would be criminal! And it seems chocolateas alwayshas a rightful place right ! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine - a stimulate that elects excitement! Dark chocolate has more of the good stuff, so it's perfect valentines day gift to yourself or your special someone!

You’d be surprised how many foods fall into this list for multiple reasons, however, little research has been conducted to back all these claims or old wives tales. But when put to the test, only you can be the judge!

Alicia McIntyre