Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A Recipe for Sex – Serve up the Spear

What is green, long and phallic in nature? The Asparagus of course! In herbal medicine there is a category which certain medicinal herbs and plants fall into called the signature of doctrine. This means that herbs and other healing foods often look like the very thing they heal. Asparagus due to its phallic looking nature is known as an aphrodisiac.

But, does it really elicit sexual excitement? Is there any truth to this spring time vegetable that, let’s be honest, looks like a penis?

 Asparagus is a  member of the lily family The name comes from the Greek word meaning “shoot” or “sprout.”  Widely cultivated throughout the world, this stately vegetable is believed to have originated 2,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean region where it was prized for its unique texture and alleged medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities.

When I was a child my mother would gather, in late spring, about a dozen spears of asparagus that grew in her garden. She would cook them fresh picked. She seemed to covet these long slender nutritionally balanced veggies. Now I wonder why she loved them so much. Could it be they put a twinkle in my father’s eye?

Asparagus is high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, thiamin and vitamins A, B6 and C.  A 5- ounce serving provides 60% of the RDA for folic acid. Asparagus is low in calories. Thiamine and folic acid boost histamine levels in both males and females which is necessary for the ability to orgasm. Asparagus also happen to be a good source of vitamin E which is responsible for the production of the sex hormones. Seems when it comes to asparagus there is more than meets the eye!

The English herbalist, Culpepper wrote that asparagus “stirs up the lust in man and woman.” In 19th Century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinner to enhance the love making.

Eat raw or slightly steam these little spears. Never over cook asparagus. It should be quickly cooked and slightly crisp. In fact the Romans who perfected the cooking and serving of asparagus had a saying, “Cook it like asparagus.” Which meant, get it done quickly. Do you suppose this also applied to Roman sex?

We don’t always think of hormones and circulation as needing nutrients, but it is good nutrition that is the basis of health, and part of your overall health is your sexual health.

Asparagus is one plant where what you see is what you get. When it comes to sexual health, serve us the spear and “cook it like the asparagus”, slightly raw and steamy!

Doctor Lynn

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