Are you a chocolate lover? You won't be the only one, I'm sure your Valentine loves chocolate just as much! That's why chocolate is a very thoughtful gift for Valentine's Day. But what is the history of this delicacy?
The beans of the cocoa tree have been used for consumption for more than 2600 years. 600 years before Christ, the Mayan people in South America already drank a beverage made of chocolate, according to an archaeological discovery. Cocoa remains were found in cooking pots. They also cultivated the cocoa tree and used the beans as way of payment. Cocoa was also praised for its uplifting and sensual properties, aroused by lust. For the Mayan people it was 'Food of the Gods' . This is where the meaning of the Latin name for the plant comes from: Theobroma cocoa.
When the Spanish invadors, later in history, came into contact with the continent and these unknown cultures, they soon discovered the great value of cocoa beans. They were used by the indigenous people for the preparation of 'chocolatl', a thick bitter drink made from cocoa and various herbs and plants.
The Spaniards introduced the hot chocolate drink to Europe and started a successful business, keeping the production process secret for as long as possible (this worked for about 100 years!).
Around 1600, the chocolate drink was already the favourite drink of many Europeans. Chocolate is nowadays associated with love. Nothing is as sweet as getting chocolate from your Valentine's Day. At Sirius.nl these delicacies have an extra sensual twist, thanks to the secrets of Mother Nature.
This name for aphrodisiac herbs comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodisia. She was a beautiful woman, and in Greek mythology she is a symbol of fertility, sexuality and eroticism.
Man has always been looking for ways to improve sexual performance even more. Aphrodisiacs can do this by enhancing sexual pleasure, increasing potency and arousing a relaxed uplifting feeling.
Specially developed for an evening between two lovers are the Chocolates from The Love Chocolate Factory. Sirius.nl offers 3 different love chocolates:
A delicious chocolate bonbon with the addition of Damiana and Muira Puama.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has an aphrodisiac effect for both men and women. Several users report a mild euphoric feeling associated with a very light cannabis high.
Damiana has been used for centuries as a medicine to strengthen various physical (sexual) functions. It helps with menstrual pains, impotence, menopause.
Damiana has a long history of medicinal use. Within the Mayan culture in current Mexico, this plant was processed into tea that was drunk to promote love making. It was also used to dispel negative feelings and fears.
Are you quickly nervous and do you find it difficult to relax during your date? A cup of Damiana tea can do wonders. Take about a tablespoon of herb, let it steep for 10 minutes in a cup of boiled water. Sweeten with honey.
This tree is also called 'Potential Wood' and can be found in the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian tribes have been using it for centuries to improve the sex drive. Mainly the bark of Muira puama is used, but also other parts were used for medicinal applications and above all, to increase potency.
In terms of effect, it gives a warm feeling all over the body, tingling can occur and the flow of blood is smoother, also to the intimate parts. In this way the man gets an erection faster and the woman is stimulated faster.
Love Chocolate Energy also contains the aphrodisiac herbs mentioned above as ingredients. As an extra supplement she contains an extract of Ilex guayusa. This plant, from the Amazon, contains caffeine and theobromine and is used in Ecuador, Columbia and Peru for the preparation of a special drink with stimulating effects.
This version is the most intense and contains a combination of three plant extracts. Damiana (Turnera diffusa), Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum olacoides) and Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).
Blue Lotus is a beautiful water flower that grows on the edge of the Nile and other rivers. For the ancient Egyptians, the blue lotus flower was a sacred plant. Its delicious scent was particularly pleasing to the palate. There are many images of women holding the flower in their hands and smelling it.
Its effect is both narcotic and euphoric. It stimulates and gives an excited feeling. Even then she had the reputation of enhancing erotic love. They drank the flowers in red wine before going to bed.
Especially powerful for the man is this nice and spicy bar that stimulates and increases his sexual power even more. Harem Power contains various plant extracts that all promote an intimate evening and are healthy too!
This root is related to ginger and has been known for centuries as an aphrodisiac. Ginseng means 'male root' and helps to strengthen the erection of the man. The subtle effect of ginseng continues for a long time, prolonging the endurance and allowing the lovemaking to continue for a long time. The medicinal properties of ginseng ensure that the body remains in good condition and that the oxygen supply is improved.
Epimedium grandiflorum, also called 'horny goat weed', is a plant with beautiful flowers that has a place in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It helps the genitals become more sensitive and is also seen as a natural Viagra.
Ginger is a spice used in the kitchen. Not only can it boost the flavour of a dish, ginger also makes you a little hot and makes you sweat lightly. This ensures that pheromones (substances that our body makes) are more easily transferred. This allows you to 'smell' the excitement of the other person.
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