Our crystal ball predicts your hottest Halloween ever!
Who says kids should have all the fun on Halloween? After handing out gobs of Snickers bars and Baby Ruths to kids in cute costumes, why not light some Jack O' Lanterns, summon the spirit of Aphrodite and brew up some spooky, sexy fun of your own?
The love potions I'm recommending here are aphrodisiacs. Folklore tells us that eating certain foods, for example, can tickle our taste buds and make our bodies want to go bump in the night. The FDA says no way, but historical figures like Casanova and Cleopatra became legends for indulging in them!
Truth is, there are certain foods, aromas, and even experiences that can have magical powers when it comes to igniting passion and sex. So, if you're looking to turn up the heat in your relationship this Halloween, try indulging in one of these treats.
1. Foods To Get You In The Mood
Everyone's heard of the association between oysters and amore. Casanova supposedly downed at least a dozen a day to boost his talents in the sack. And while some may consider the sexual powers of oysters to be an old wives' tale, a team of American and Italian researchers recently found these mollusks to be rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Oysters are also packed with zinc, which has been shown to boost male potency.
Spicy foods like chili peppers are also believed to make things red-hot in the boudoir. They not only get the blood pumping, but also trigger the release of endorphins, those potent "feel-good" chemicals that are responsible for runner's highs.
For a more lustful libido, try tantalizing your taste buds with strawberries. These are packed with vitamin C, which helps keep blood flowing to all regions of the body, including "down there." I recommend hand-feeding this sweet fruit to one another—whipped cream optional.
Of course, the sweetest aphrodisiac of them all is chocolate. This so-called sexual tonic offers a double shot of seductive chemicals. One, tryptophan, is a building block of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal. The other, phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine, is released in the brain when people fall in love. According to legend, the great Aztec leader Montezuma guzzled 50 cups of chocolate to ramp up his virility before popping over to pleasure his harem.
2. Sexy Slurps
There's nothing like a good cocktail to pump up the passion! A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that caffeine promotes arousal, so even something as simple as a mug of coffee splashed with Bailey's or Kahlua may be just the ticket to keep that ecstasy going...and going...and going.
According to research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, women who drank a glass of red wine reported higher levels of sexual desire and vaginal lubrication. Researchers suspect that red wine's high levels of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, may help blood vessels widen, which can increase blood flow to key areas. Another lustful libation is the Honeysuckle-Tini, a blend of two parts rum with lemon and orange juice along with a generous drizzle of honey, known as the nectar of Aphrodite.
Or, why not heat up All Hallow's Eve by mixing up a tropical concoction like a Frozen Irish Banana? The aphrodisiac capabilities of bananas go way beyond penis-shaped produce jokes. It's what inside that counts: Vitamin B, potassium and an enzyme called bromelain, which according to Dr. Oz, causes increased testosterone production in men. You can brew up this racy cocktail by mixing Bailey's Irish Cream, Coco Lopez, half and half, light rum, a banana, and shaved coconut. Sip, savor and watch the sparks fly.
3. Scents Of Seduction
Certain aromas have the potential to create sexual fireworks. Studies conducted by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago have found that a whiff of pumpkin pie or lavender can be a potent turn-on for men, whereas the smell of licorice can make women want "good and plenty." Vanilla is said to increase feelings of lust for both sexes, perhaps by raising levels of adrenaline in the blood.
Aromatherapists encourage experimenting with scents to find ones that take each other’s breath away. For example, add rose oil to your bath, dab sandalwood on your bedroom light bulb, or put cardamom oil, which is considered magnetic to the opposite sex, in your body lotion.
4. Tunes To Make You Swoon
Music can definitely put you in the mood for a romp in the hay. In fact, when London music psychologist Daniel Mullensiefen, Ph.D. recently interviewed 2000 people to examine the relationship between song and seduction, more than 40% said the music they selected to listen to during sex was more of a turn on than the touch or feel of their partner. So dim the lights, grab your iPod, turn it up, and let it turn you on.
What should be on your sexy playlist? According to Mullensiefen's research, classic love songs are the best aphrodisiacs, with artists Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Serge Gainsbourg named as most arousing, and the soundtrack from the classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing capturing top album honors.
5. Eye Candy
Remember, men are visual, so a surefire way to spice up your sex life on Halloween is to dress up for your guy. Don't hesitate to think "over the top" and be all-in when it comes to bringing your costume into the bedroom. Snug bodices, mini-skirts and platform heels are all tricks guaranteed to make your Halloween a night full of treats.
6. Tantalizing Talk
Yes, even conversation can be a super powerful aphrodisiac, and if you have your doubts, try cuddling up with your significant other and sharing fantasies. Studies show that 9 out of 10 of us have them, and the 10th person probably has them but won't admit it! Research also reveals that couples that share fantasies make love more often. So, what are you waiting for? Start the dialogue!
Todd Reed is a Certified Communication/Relationship Coach and bestselling author of Conversation is Sexy and Revolutionize Your Relationships. Connect with him for your free gift on how to keep your relationship sexy all year long!