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Sex, Food & Ayurveda + a recipe for Valentine's Day

Besides saint Vatsayana’s Kamasutra, which is still the most comprehensive documentation in the world on the practice of sex, the ancient Ayurveda texts provided complete guide on sexual health, from food to solutions for sexual problems.
The repertoire of aphrodisiacs of Indian origin, find their roots in the many Ayurvedic therapies.
Eating the right foods - will help  healing, rejuvenating and balancing the endocrine system and hormone production in the body, which is an essential part of sexual health.
According to Ayurveda the human body is made up of 7 types of tissues or dhatus. When we eat, the digestive system transforms our food (and drink) into the most unrefined of these tissues, rasa dhatu (well, first it’s ahara rasa, then it transforms to rasa). Rasa can be seen, in simple terms, as the white part of the blood—blood serum.

Over the course of about one month, the body and its agnis (digestive fire—each tissue has its own agni) transform some portion of this rasa into increasingly refined forms until our sexual fluids and tissues are produced. Sperm and the sexual fluids of both men and women are called sukra dhatu. The female reproductive system, including ovum and reproductive organs are called artava dhatu.
The body goes to enormous expense and effort to produce our sexual tissues, because they form the basis for new life, our creativity and the production of a further refined substance called ojas, the pure, refined essence of all of the bodily tissues  expressing our vitality, immunity and our sense of wholeness.
The Do’s, Don’ts, and Workings of Sex
Sex is an integral part of our daily habit (Dinacharya). The importance of sex in our lives has remained unchanged. The crucial points to be kept in mind in relation to this are:
1. Timing is key
According to Ayurveda, the best time to have sex is during the full moon, after 10 p.m. and at least 2 hours after a meal. The ideal timeframe for sex is between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. This is because this particular time is when our stamina and passion are at their peak.

2. Digestion for distinction
As mentioned before, you need to wait at least 2 hours if you have a full stomach before your body is ready to roll. Having sex before that big meal is digested will create conflict in your mind and body. It’s best to direct energy and blood towards digestion, as both of these are required for optimum performance.
3. Tick all the right boxes
Are you sick, tired, angry, stressed, thirsty or hungry? If you’ve said “yes” to any of these conditions then it’s best to wait for the right time to be in the mood for sex. If you have sex in these conditions you can suffer from issues like headache, bloating, gastritis, etc. No matter the urge -Ayurveda says that we must abstain from sex if we are not fully present in the moment as we will not be able to seek pleasure from the act. Having sex when you are physically fatigued or mentally elsewhere can only make matters worse!

4. Prep for it
The best foods to eat before sex are light, sweet dishes. A refreshing bath and sensuous lingerie are highly recommended to set the right mood!  Sex is much more than just a physical act and we are sure you are aware of this. Prepare for the experience by making sure that it is a treat for the senses. Music, candles and fragrant flowers can help create a romantic atmosphere.
Vajikarana is the Sanskrit equivalent to define an aphrodisiac as “any substance which restores and increases sexual power.” This is based on pure science. There are many foods to increase sexual vigor from Ancient India. We have picked the best of them to create a "Tonic for Two"

Here’s a quick recipe for pre or post-sex milk-tonic: (Serves 2)  IT WORKS :)

2 cups milk (raw cow milk is best, or almond or coconut milk for vegans )
½ tsp. ghee (clarified butter; or you can use 1 tsp of good quality organic unsalted butter)
1/2 tsp Ashwagandha powder
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp clove
1 tsp. rose petals
2 tsp. jaggery (indian raw sugar
1 banana - chopped or diced finely (optional)

Add all ingredients, except rose petals to a small saucepan and heat gently on a low setting.
Bring milk to the barest simmer and then remove from heat. Stir in the rose petals. Leave for a few moments to allow petals to soak in the milk.

Divide into 2 mugs and enjoy!

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