RECIPE: ROASTED FIG & GOAT CHEESE
You and your partner will swoon over the delectable combination of sweet, ripe fig filled with creamy goat cheese and drizzled with tangy balsamic and honey. All natural and gluten free, perfect for a romantic appetizer or healthy snacking after a little love in the afternoon!
- 12 Black Mission figs, halved vertically
- 1 Tbs unsalted butter
- 3 Tbs balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbs honey
- 2-3 ounces fresh goat cheese
- Flaky sea salt, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. While the oven preheats, melt the butter in a small saucepan, along with the balsamic vinegar, honey, and a hefty pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Place the figs, cut side up, in a baking dish the size of a pie pan. Top each fig half with a 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of goat cheese. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar syrup over the figs.
Roast in the oven until very soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with flaky salt.
BOOST YOUR MOJO WITH MACA ROOT (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca is a Peruvian superfood used in traditional medicine to balance male and female sex hormones. It’s regarded as an aphrodisiac and has fertility enhancing properties. In animal and human clinical trials, Maca has been studied for effects on sexual desire, reproductive hormone levels, and sexual performance.
Yohimbe is believed to be effective in treating sexual dysfunction due to its ability to increase the flow of blood to the penis, which helps promote sexual arousal and erection. It also works by increasing the body’s production of norepinephrine-a hormone essential to the formation of an erection.
Yohimbe is also believed to stimulate nerves in the pelvic region. This can lead to an increase in sexual sensation and stamina. In a study of men without ED, Yohimbe had an effect on sexual vigor and length of erection. In post-menopausal women, Yohimbe increased sexual arousal when taken in conjunction with the amino acid L-arginine.
Yohimbe can interact with certain pharmaceuticals such as cardiac medications, as well as tyramine containing foods such as cheese and red wine. Be sure to consult with your personal physician before taking Yohimbe and do not exceed the dose recommended by your health practitioner.
- Kotta, Sabna, Shahid H. Ansari, and Javed Ali. “Exploring Scientifically Proven Herbal Aphrodisiacs.”Pharmacognosy Reviews 7.13 (2013): 1-10. PMC. Accessed on 8 June 2016.
- Meston, C. & Worcel, M. “The Effects of Yohimbine Plus L-arginine Glutamate on Sexual Arousal in Postmenopausal Women with Sexual Arousal Disorder. Arch of Sex. Behavior ” (2002, Aug): 31(4), 323-332. Accessed on 8 June 2016.
- University of Maryland Complementary & Alternative Medicine Database. “Sexual Dysfunction.”Accessed on 8 June 2016.
- Natural Fertility Website. “Top 5 Herbs for the Male Reproductive System.” Accessed on 8 June 2016.
ENHANCE SEXUALITY WITH YOHIMBE (Pausinystalia yohimbe, Corynanth johimbe)
The bark of the West African Yohimbe tree is rich in a biologically active substance called yohimbine. Indigenous tribes and medical herbalists have used both the crude bark and purified compound as an aphrodisiac. Modern clinical studies suggest Yohimbe may be effective in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. For 75 years, it has been an accepted treatment for male erectile dysfunction (ED). In fact, in the late 1980’s the FDA approved Yohimbe as the first plant-based drug for treating impotency. It quickly earned a reputation as the “herbal Viagra.”
Osha contains antiviral and antibacterial compounds that can relieve inflammation in the bronchial tubes. It helps alleviate symptoms such as sore throat, sinus congestion, and cough, and has been used to treat bronchitis, flu, and pneumonia. Take it as soon as your symptoms appear and when you are coughing and sneezing the most. That’s when it seems to be the most effective. Prepare a tea from crushed and dried Osha Root or mix root extract with honey to make a cough syrup.
Osha grows in a limited region in the U.S. so it can be hard to find in typical grocery stores. Ask for it in specialty or natural foods grocers or look for it online from a source that specializes in the herb. If you’re unsure about the source, don’t buy it (or pick it in the wild), as Osha leaves resemble Hemlock, a poisonous plant.
Many factors determine the appropriate amount of Osha to take, including a person’s age, weight, and symptoms. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Osha root. Talk with your holistic healthcare professional before taking Osha Root.
- Cleveland Clinic: Cinnamon. Accessed 2 Dec 2016.
- Examine.com: Cinnamon Essential Benefits, Effects & Information. Accessed 2 Dec 2016.
- World’s Healthiest Foods: Cinnamon (ground)
- Johannes, L. Little bit of Spice for Health, but Which One? The Wall Street Journal (online, 2014, Oct.) Accessed 4 Dec 2016.
- Hlebowicz, J. et al., ‘Effect of Cinnamon on Postprandial Blood Glucose, Gastric Emptying, and Satiety in Healthy Subjects.’ Am J Clin Nutr. (2007 Jun) 85:6,1552-6. Accessed 4 Dec 2016.
GOT THE BEDROOM BLUES? CONSIDER SEX THERAPY
Talking about sex and intimacy can be awkward for most people – unless you happen to be Barbra Streisand performing in the movie Meet the Fockers! All kidding aside, when there’s a problem in the bedroom, a trained sex therapist can quickly put you and your partner at ease and help identify the root causes of sexual concerns.
Sex therapy helps people address concerns about sexual function, intimacy and arousal, sexual preferences and orientation, and issues associated with chronic conditions such as illness or disability. It can be effective for individuals of any age, sex, or sexual orientation.
Sex Therapists are professionals with an advanced degree, as well as specialized training in human sexuality and relationships. Typically a physician, psychologist, social worker, or licensed counselor can become credentialed through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SEX THERAPY SESSION?
A sex therapist does not have physical contact of any kind with clients. He or she will engage you and your partner in therapeutic discussion to understand your concerns. The therapist may offer interpersonal communication strategies, teach relaxation and stress management methods, and
ask you to use educational resources such as books, videos or apps.
Keep in mind that difficulties in the bedroom are often linked to other underlying issues, such as stress, anxiety or depression. Sexual function can also be affected by chronic illness, medication side effects, surgery or aging. Your therapist will introduce appropriate strategies for addressing these underlying factors. This can lead to enhanced intimacy and better sexual relations within a few weeks.
A qualified sex therapist can be found through AASECT, or by asking your family physician for a referral.
TANTRIC SEX 101: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO DO IT
If you are looking for something steamy and next level then check out this article on Mind Body Green on Tantric Sex. There are so many different ways to spark your love life that will make you come alive. Tantric sex is the ancient key to sexual pleasure and psychic power, attained through a set of rituals.
- American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists.
- “Should We See a Sex Therapist?” Watson, Laurie J. Posted to PsychologyToday.com (4 Nov 2012). Accessed on 9 June 2016. Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment
- Mayo Clinic. “Sex Therapy Overview.”
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