Spices of love?
Since the beginning of time, we humans have been using spices, herbs, foods and oils to elevate our moods and play on our emotions. We are deeply tied to the comforts they create and the pleasures they give to our lives. Foods, drinks and all that go with them are an important part of our connections, relationships, and ceremonies; the most memorable times in our lives.
The science of the connection between our moods and foods is extensive. A lot of it makes sense. Here are a few easy ones for putting a little more spice (or love) in your life:
Chai spices – There is a reason people love to drink more Chai tea in the winter. Spices not only heat the blood, increase circulation, and help us deal with the cold better but they actually warm the emotions too! Specifically, black pepper, nutmeg and ginger have been used for centuries to increase the libido. Nutmeg supports the nervous system to overcome frigidity. Cinnamon and cloves help with circulation. Orange and lemon peel is uplifting to the spirits. All of these spices are part of most Chai tea blends. It’s a great way to warm up and energize your day. (Ours at T’s Tonics is called Cinnamonious Chai).
Rose petals & Jasmine flowers – these traditional symbols of love have something more to them than just symbolism. The oils of both rose and jasmine absolute are used to help balance hormones and lessen frigidity. The herb and oil complement the heart chakra thus helping them “open up the heart”.
Rose petals and rose oil’s aphrodisiac-like fragrance helps bring harmony and is stimulating to the mind.
Treasured in India for it’s seductive fragrance, Jasmine is uplifting and can help with depression, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.
These flowers together create a subtle yet lovely effect on the mood and set the tone for a romantic night. Share time with your loved one over a steaming cup of Bark & Bloom. With it’s blend of Red Rooibos, hibiscus, jasmine blossoms, rose petals, rosehips, ginger root, and lemon oil, it is a balancing, relaxing, non caffeinated goodness for the evening. Always nice with a good book in front of a warm fire.
Both Cinnamonious Chai and Bark & Bloom can be found on-line at tstonics.com.