The smell of lavender has a tremendous effect on blood flow, increasing it up to 40 percent, according to howstuffworks.com. This effect is thought to increase sexual abilities, making just the smell of it a powerful aphrodisiac.
Make your home smell delicious with these lavender-rich recipes:
Oysters are probably the most widely-recognized aphrodisiac ingredient. Outside of their supposed love-inducing powers, they are also delicious.
Check out some of Emeril Lagasse's inventive ways to incorporate oysters into your Valentine's Day meal.
Everyone loves chocolate. From the rich, thick taste of dark chocolate to the buttery, smooth texture of white, it is one of the most decadent ingredients out there.
It didn't start out this way. Rather, chocolate was consumed by the Aztecs as a bitter drink flavored with vanilla and spicy pepper for medicinal purposes. According to the Penn Museum, the oldest discovered chocolate-drinking tool dates to approximately 1400 B.C. It wasn't until centuries later that chocolate could be found in its present form, and integrated into foods or eaten by itself so readily.
Check out some of our favorite chocolate recipes:
No Valentine's Day dinner would be complete without a glass of red wine. Wines spiced with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and sugar are known as Hippocras Aphrodisiacs according to askmen.com.
Though we don't have any wine making recipes, look around your local wine shop for something rich with spices.