Creating a Love Feast
Jan 28, 2015 10:04PM
The celebration of love in our society has led to a day of cards, roses and chocolates that we observe as Valentine’s Day. In every culture there are celebrations of love, fertility and partnering.
Plants play a vital utilitarian role in the rituals and celebrations of love. Aphrodisiac plants can enhance such a ritual of sharing in love and intimacy. Herbs that have aphrodisiac properties potentiate physical passion. We may use these plants to create our own love ritual to honor this most ancient desire to mate, share love and celebrate our fertility.
In creating your own love ritual, state your intention, such as, “I am love”, “I experience the love of creator so that my love light may shine brighter into the world”, or “I intend to learn the power of herbal aphrodisiac plants to enhance sexual passion in my life and partnership”. Clarify who will participate in this ritual. Are you creating a group setting to enjoy with friends or someone special or is it a solo performance?
Set the atmosphere with flowers, music, lightening and alter. Your feasting table may be a tablecloth-covered floor, bed or dining room. Place phallic shaped, sensuality stimulating, love symbols on the altar. Create a menu of luscious finger-licking, desire- invoking foods. Bathe in anticipation, dress with lust and ornament oneself with aromas provocative to love.
Once the feast is prepared, the sacred space consecrated and the body anointed, it is time to enjoy aphrodisiacs as beverages and food. Include spices from the culinary cabinet to stimulate desire: cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. Enjoy some tantalizing foods like artichokes, asparagus, chocolate, dates, nuts, cherries, grapes, oysters and olives. Imbibe in herbal aphrodisiac cordials, teas and elixirs including the herbs damiana, ginseng, lotus, maca, muira puama, shatavari, ashwagandha and rehmannia. Plants have been used historically in every culture and now you can do your own research.
A tasty, effective, euphoric love feast tea may include damiana turnera diffusa from Mexico. It has a floral aroma and is known to tone the reproductive organs, relieve nervous tension and elevate well-being. Damiana is a euphoric herb and everyone could use more of that. It combines well with lemon balm and nettles to create inner peace and happiness.
For a fabulous love potion, consider making a water extracted herbal decoction and adding honey, a known nectar of the goddess. Love potion herbs include shatavari, ashwagandha and cinnamon.
Shatavari racemosus is an asparagus root known best in ayurvedic herbal medicine as the “herb of a women of a hundred husbands”. Watch out men! It is a female-rejuvenative and can enhance desire, cervical moisture and sexual stamina. Mix with the yang counterpart, ashwagandha withania somnifera, for “horsepower” and male potency.
These herbs work together to revitalize and support the adrenal glands, promote hormone health and build vitality, stamina and energy. Make a decoction by simmering one ounce of each root with a half ounce of cinnamon bark and some almonds in two quarts of water uncovered for one hour on low. Strain this out and sweeten with honey and some maple syrup, then let it cool. Serve this love potion in cordial glasses and savor the juicy results. Many potions, cordials and teas are available and can be enjoyed any time of year. It is always a good time for love.
Teresa Boardwine is the founder of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine and is offering classes, including Botanica Erotica Love Feast before Valentine’s Day to put us all in the spirit. For more information, email her at [email protected]