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This invigorating spice has an exotic reputation & stimulates endorphins. No wonder it is considered a symbol of love:
aph·ro·dis·i·ac [af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak]
A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.
- Known in the Aztec language Nahuatl as “axl” or “axi,” the Aztecs utilized many varieties of chili peppers that varied in hotness and culinary use. Serving as an all-purpose spice, chili peppers flavored the majority of customary culinary dishes and drinks and played an important health role in the Aztec diet, being rich in Vitamins A and D. With origins in South America, chili’s central status in Aztec cuisine and culture is apparent by their role in religious ceremonies and alluded to in Christopher Columbus’s journal comment that “the people won’t eat without it, for they find it very wholesome.” Columbus introduced the chili pepper to the Old World.
Historically, chili peppers were used by multiple cultures not only as an aphrodisiac but as ananesthetic to promote cardiovascularhealth and to alleviate chronic pain. Most famously, chili was used as a key ingredient in the fortifying chocolate drink the great ruler Montezuma consumed to make his tongue dance and his pulse quicken in preparation for his daily visit to his beautiful concubines.
Chili peppers are considered to be aphrodisiacs in many cultures across the world. Sexual arousal is generally thought to be stimulated by the “spiciness” of the fruit and the body’s physical reaction upon eating it.
Aphrodite In Ancient Greek mythology, is the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture.
Her festival is the Aphrodisiac which was celebrated in various centers of Greece and especially in Athens and Corinth. Her priestesses were not prostitutes but women who represented the goddess and sexual intercourse with them was considered just one of the methods of worship. Aphrodite was originally an old-Asian goddess, similar to the Mesopotamian Ishtarand the Syro-Palestinian goddess Ashtart. Her attributes are a.o. the dolphin, the dove, the swan, the pomegranate and the lime tree.
- Chili peppers contain concentrated quantities of the chemical capsaicin which, when consumed, increases heart rate, induces sweating and increases the sensitivity of nerve endings, thus mimicking physical reactions experienced during sexual intercourse. Furthermore, it stimulates the release of endorphins–neurotransmitters that provide a feeling of a natural high, which are also generally released during sexual intercourse.
- Capsaicin is also a natural irritant to humans. In mild quantities this can actually add to its aphrodisiac qualities as it can produce a tingling, stimulating sensation. The lips and tongue of someone who has recently eaten a chili pepper will often burn slightly, making their kisses “fiery.”
Each of the hundreds of chili varieties produce a different level of heat and subtly unique flavor. Chipotles promise a smokiness, from which even the merest whiff is arousing. Scotch Bonnets are among the most hot, therefore caution is advised.
So why not have fun finding out which foods and drinks work for you?
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