Ginger has been used throughout history as an aphrodisiac. And anyone who has tried a Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew knows that ginger has just the amount of heat to warm up this chilly February holiday.
The aphrodisiac powers of ginger are supported by philosophy and scientific medical fact, but the stories and legends that are told throughout history prove that ginger can increase lustful yearnings, stimulates sex drive, increases sexual performance, and aids in the feelings of love, lust and attraction.
The history of ginger dates as far back as 500 B.C. in writings from the Chinese philosopher Confucius.Â It’s been attributed with having positive physical affects on the sexual relationship.Â Aviceena, an Arab physician credited ginger with â€œincreasing lustful yearnings.â€ Even Greek and Roman medical philosophers Discorides and Pliny in the first century A.D. agreed with the active aphrodisiac powers of the spice, concluding that it had a stimulating affect on the male sex organ. It is even mentioned in the Koran (circa 650 A.D.), the sacred writings of Islam, as being served at feasts in Paradise.
French legend has it that Madame du Barry, who was an official royal mistress to King Louis XV, served ginger to all her lovers, including â€˜the beloved’ king. The legend goes that this would drive her men to a state of complete and utter submissiveness. When a trulyÂ Vanity Fair-esque rise to society, Madame du Barry inserted herself into the French royal class with her beauty and a slew of successful sexual encounters. Upon her execution from charges of treason, the courtesan was able to arouse her executioners to pause.
Here are a few ways we think ginger can heat up your Valentine’s Day:
Share a steamy ginger soup as an appetizer to get things warmed up:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced peeled fresh ginger
3 cups (or more) chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
4 cups sliced peeled carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup matchstick-size strips peeled carrot (for garnish; optional)
1 tablespoon matchstick-size strips peeled fresh ginger (for garnish; optional)
Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/4 cup minced ginger and sautÃ© until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups chicken stock and 4 cups sliced carrots. Cover and simmer until carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.
Working in batches, puree mixture in blender or processor. Return soup to saucepan. Mix in orange juice, then half and half. Cook over low heat 5 minutes. Mix in ground cinnamon. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before continuing, thinning with more stock if necessary.) Ladle soup into bowls. Top soup with carrot and ginger strips, if desired, and serve.
Mix a sexy ginger cocktail:
1 part Pomegranate Vodka
1 part Extra Ginger Brew
Splash of Lime Juice
Top with pomegranate seeds and a lime
Finish your meal with a sweet and spicy ginger candy: