Keeping the chemistry
Keeping the chemistry past Valentines day!
Flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears are the first thoughts that come to mind when Valentine’s day rolls around. While the patron saint Valentine, (also the patron saint of beekeepers) did not ever dream this would happen, it did, and because of that we have February 14th to celebrate love.
Chemistry, both physical and mental, are important for a connection with a romantic partner. Whether it’s love at first sight, or a slow connection, our naturally occurring chemical reactions make your relationships possible. So let’s talk about some herbs that can help you sustain those connections:
Also known as “Indian winter cherry” or “Indian ginseng”, has become a staple in today’s modern alternative medicine. The benefits of Ashwagandha have long been shown to improve the immune system, the nervous system, as well as longevity and vitality.
There’s one other very important benefit too- testosterone. Men that have taken ashwagandha have seen stronger libido and a higher chance of conception. Higher testosterone levels can also lead to stronger bones, a healthier heart, and better blood flow, as well as energy.
Commonly referred to as wild asparagus, Shatavari is an adaptogen, which means it works to bring your balance throughout your body (homeostasis). Shatavari can help bring balance to everything from fighting stress, boosting immune system, and increasing hormones.
Shatavari has been shown to brighten your mood and calm your mind. Aside from the mental health benefits, it has been shown to boost your immune system, relieve coughing, and has been shown to balance hormones.
Saffron has traditionally been used in cooking and baking. Along with cooking, saffron was traditionally used as a dye for monks and royalty. Today it is also used for its mood and cognitive benefits. It also has been shown to reduce appetite, balance blood sugar levels, and elevate your mood.
In the spirit of Valentine’s day, saffron has been shown to have one other benefit, as well. It has been shown to have aphrodisiac properties. Studies show just 30 mg taken over the course of four days was enough to show a notable increase in sexual functionality. Along with this, saffron also has been shown to increase dopamine levels. The same dopamine that is known as the “happy hormone’ because it has been shown to put you in a better mood. Saffron makes a great addition to any homemade valentines dinner.