Spices, Love, and Chili

Spices, Love, and Chili


Spices play an intricate part in how we experience flavors of different dishes. However, they add more than just gusto to edibles. They actualize notes of different cultures, replicate familiarity, and assist in healing the body. But why are spices rumored to possess aphrodisiac qualities? Historically, the use of cinnamon, myrrh, saffron, and ginger show up in a variety of different ancient texts, including, the Songs of Solomon, Proverbs, and Psalms from the Old Testament; the Arab’s Perfumed Garden of Sensual Delight; and the Hindu’s Kama Sutra. In these books the application of herbs and spices are used to perfume a room, warm a bed, excited the tongue, and rub into the skin. Continue reading