We originally published this book recommendation when Helen Yoest’s book Plants with Benefits was first published in 2014. Even though it’s now a few years old, we still think this is the best gardening book for anyone with an interest in aphrodisiacs. And now that spring has somehow snuck up on us while we all nest safely in our homes, there is no better time for this gardening guide to natural aphrodisiac herbs, vegetables and flowers. So get out your trowel and let’s get dirty!
Learn to grow natural aphrodisiac plants with Plants with Benefits
This is hands down the best gardening guide for anyone interested in aphrodisiacs. Noted garden expert and gardening author Helen Yoest’s Plants with Benefits takes a dip into our pool of temptation, exploring the aphrodisiac potential of 45 (mostly) common plants.
With instructions on growing and harvesting conditions, it’s more than another guide to natural aphrodisiacs. It’s a gardening manual at it’s most provocative and delicious, (the book includes several recipes to inspire an appetite as well as a green thumb).
Discovering sexy plants
Yoest’s approach to the topic is that of a woman both charmed and bemused. It’s as though she’s considering the sensual side of her beloved plants for the first time. And we’re along for the ride as she makes some unusual discoveries – like the thought that celery might help a man attract women by enhancing the production of the male pheromone androstenone.
Plants with Benefits is an incredibly fun read and it’s one we think is a must for any aphrodisiac enthusiast with a yearning to dig their hands in the soil.
Plan you garden by hardiness zone
Yoest’s book offers the details of which plants that are aphrodisiacs will thrive in each hardiness zone. (Look for the box under each individual ingredient for a growing guide which includes not only hardiness but also each plant’s needs for sunlight and water.) Of course, you’ll need to know your zone. Luckily, you can easily cross reference Plants with Benefits with the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. This color-coded guide will give you the key to your zone to help you better plan a successful love garden.
And if what your heart desires is a blooming garden filled with aphrodisiac flowers, be sure to read Yoest’s guide to the language of flowers in the last chapter of the book. You wouldn’t want to fill a garden with ivy for fidelity when you’re looking to play the field! Happy gardening.
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