Cleopatra’s Aphrodisiacs

It is no wonder why Mark Antony and Emperor Julius Caesar were captured by the igniting charms of Cleopatra.  As with an abundance of herbs and spices that were considered a staple during the Ancient Egyptian Era, Cleopatra had everything within her reach to sting her men with aphrodisiac scents and potions made with cardamom, cinnamon, and basil.

Cleopatra became famous for her fragrant and moisturizing baths.  One of which is the use of cardamom, which she had languorously soaked in its lasting fragrance and its stimulating properties.  She was also known to use seductive oils and scents made with cinnamon for its tonic and appetizing effects.  Thus as part of her Greek heritage, she had no doubt succumbed to the revitalizing properties of basil served on her taunting dining table with her current lover at bay.

However fascinating Cleopatra’s rituals sound, there are Western scientists who deduce that there have been no substantiated tests to prove that food increases testosterones and estrogens for a pleasurable performance.  Nonetheless, it is worthy to look into these claims for our own experimentation and discernment.

Cardamom is an ancient spice that comes out as pods from the seeds of a ginger family plant.  Its pungent, lemony and aromatic flavor is commonly savored in Indian curries and pickles, Dutch biscuits, Scandinavian cakes, some Russian liqueurs, Belgian ale beers, Chai tea and in Arab and Turkish coffee to stimulate the senses.  This stimulating effect is due to the compound cineole which awakens the central nervous system, hence is responsible for its aphrodisiac effect.  Thus, as suggested, when speaking to a prospective lover, it is best to chew some pods first so the intoxicating fragrance excites him or her, or to spike some ground ones into your lovers coffee or tea, or place them in small sachets and place them under the pillows during the day so its aroma will ignite romance into your bedroom by the evening.  On the other hand, chewing the pods or adding them to your tea and soup aids in treating infect infections of the teeth & gums, throat troubles, coughs, congestion, tuberculosis, inflammation of eyelids and stomach complaints.  However it is not advised for pregnant women or people with gallstones.

Cinnamon is an Eastern spice obtained from a bark of a small evergreen tree originating in Sri Lanka.  Its floral aroma and sweet and soury flavour is due to its oil, which in turn induces tonic, relaxing, antiseptic, appetizing and aphrodisiac effects.  In England, it is known that cinnamon cures impotence, in Central Asia, it is used to heal female disorders, while in France an aphrodisiac recipe has been formed by combining cinnamon, vanilla, rhubarb and ginseng and boiling them with red wine to guarantee a lover’s submission.  An easy method of preparing your potion is by combining the dried bark or powder with tea or juices and in boiled red wine.  These methods are also helpful in fighting bad breath, indigestion, diarrhea, common cold and stress.

Basil is an ancient tender herb from the mint family that originated in India and in other tropical regions in Asia where it is believed to stimulate the libido and boost fertility.  There is a long list of basil species but the most common ones are the purple flowering Holy Basil and the white flowering Sweet Basil, which we often find in Mediterranean and Thai cuisines.  While the strong, pungent and sweet smell invites the appetite, it also seduces and stimulates the central nervous, digestive and reproductive systems. Try adding some basil leaves and sugar in boiled red wine, cover for 5 minutes and add some julienned strawberries.  Serve this enticing dessert to your beloved to warm up his or her senses in this cool dry season.  For sure you will both end up warming each other up.

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