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A natural boost for romance
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A natural boost for romance

February brings thought of love and romance, but even in the idyllic, tropical surroundings of Phuket some couples may need a little help to rekindle their desires, especially after a long plane journey or a night on the town. Fortunately, Thailand's abundance of fruit and herbs means all you have to do to give your love life a boost is eat delicious food and enjoy a naughty drink or two. Aphrodisiacs were originally developed as a herbal remedy for sexual anxieties. Pharmaceutical products have obviously filled that gap in the market today, but some of the traditional "recipes for love" are much tastier, so it's worth indulging in them anyway, even for fun. Quite a few cocktails contain elements that add a little spice to your love life. Ripe, juicy pineapple adds sweetness and sexy vitamins, drop in a shot of vodka and you will soon be feeling both naughty and nice. Beyond providing a sexual stimulant, Pineapple is also rich A Natural Boost for Valentine Romance in nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, beta-carotenes and potassium, a necessity for sex hormone production. Pineapple is considered a homeopathic treatment for impotence and a fermented drink made from honey was used medicinally in Egypt as a cure for sterility, and was once thought to "sweeten" a marriage.

Some of the best-known aphrodisiacs are figs, wine and chocolate – referred to by the ancient Aztecs as "the nourishment of the Gods". So for the ultimate sensual tipple, wash down a bit of dark chocolate with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and wait for the passion to take over. Lesser known aphrodisiacs include basil, a common ingredient in Thai food that is also known to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. Then there are carrots, which were once used by Middle Eastern royalty to aid seduction and surprisingly, garlic, which generates heat in the body that will stir your sexual desires, as long as you both have some to cancel out the fumes.

A high concentration of potassium, coupled with its obviously phallic shape, also make the banana a popular aphrodisiac. Then there's coffee, a natural stimulant for both the body and the mind, which can provide just the right energy boost needed for a night of enduring passion. Of course, the best way to prepare for true romance is to relax and forget the stresses of your normal daily life. Phuket's tantalising spa treatments offer the perfect antidote to the pressures of life and the gentle touch of a skilled masseuse is sure to inspire a little passion when you get back to the hotel room. Relax by the pool, book yourself an aromatherapy oil massage, sip a cocktail and enjoy a delicious Thai meal. Then head to the bedroom and relish the moment.