Aphrodisiacs have always intrigued us here at Breeze Botanicals. From their potent, lust giving abilities, to the tasty flavors and aromas of the variety of edible aphrodisiacs out there- I just want to try them all, and I am sure you share the same urges. Before I decided to indulge in my favorite lovely treats this month, I decided to do a little research first. What is an aphrodisiac anyway, and where did they come from? Here’s a quick glimpse into that fantastic tale, and some herbal accompaniments that may just enhance your love life in all the right ways.
A very brief re-telling of the story of the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite, sheds some light on the progression of the history and integration of these powerful herbal elixirs and allies that blurred the line between medicine and magic. Aphrodite, of which aphrodisiac was later named, was famed for her delectable treats known to increase sex drive and performance. The only catch: in exchange for these much desired traits was the consumption of a few succulent and fresh...dove brains!
But do not fret, there are a few tastier options available to us that have those same spicy effects! There are a variety of aphrodisiacs that are steeped in both science and lore, but one of my favorites is definitely chocolate! Sun God Medicinals, Ra Cannabis Chocolate Squares, available in both peppermint and orange flavors, are blended with a silky cocoa that is sure to tickle the senses. Chocolate, and more properly cacao, has been used by the Mayans for centuries for both ritual and daily consumption. It is considered an aphrodisiac because of how it can spike the dopamine of the pleasure center of the brain, resulting in “all the feels”.
At Breeze Botanical stores, we carry Sun god Medicinals compounded blends of potent aphrodisiacs and other supportive herbs, formulated to help you achieve your most pleasurable experiences yet! From single herbal tincture of Rose and Damiana to Lemon Balm and Motherwort, to herbal tea blends such as the Heka Happy Tea and Hercules Muscle Ease Tea, all make easy additions to any daily routine, that can add that little bit of enjoyment to your day that you surely deserve. Stop by Breeze Botanical stores to check out these products, and many more of our lovely herbal options!
We are always so delighted to hear questions from our LOVELY customers, and especially feedback on any of our products. So please leave us a review, bring a friend to our stores, and begin to spread the knowledge and the access to sustainable, bioregional medicinal herbs and Cannabis. And as always, Happy Healing!!
Sometimes ingesting or inhaling herbs isn't an option. It's still possible to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of herbs, including cannabis, without putting it in your body. We call this transdermal application topicals. Topicals can include herb-infused lotions, salves, massage oils, etc., that are applied to the skin, usually directly to the area of discomfort. Cannabis topicals are minimally invasive and most of the time non-psychoactive. The cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, or CBN, are absorbed into the skin, but usually don't have a cerebral effect, making it a great option for those who can't or don't want to feel any psychoactivity.
Topicals allow for quicker and more focused relief. They may be effective for localized nerve pain, tension, muscle ache, inflammation, and even some skin conditions. When absorbed through the skin, cannabinoids bind to the abundant CB2 receptors near the skin's surface. This may help explain the non-psychoactive nature of topicals, since a high occurs when THC binds to CB1 receptors. The cannabinoids are also not typically crossing into the bloodstream unless applied directly to a vienous region or in people with very thin skin, like seniors. It is advised, that seniors or people with thinner skin start with caution to evaluate psychoactivity. Begin with a small test area of skin to evaluate the cerebral effects from any THC-rich topical.
The effects of localized relief in topicals may be felt rather quickly. Continued reapplication may be necessary, but topicals are a convenient and covert way to use medicinal herbs whenever necessary. Topicals may not be the best standalone method for someone experiencing deep tissue, widespread, or chronic pain because the product may not reach that deeply or address the root cause of the pain or spasms. A better approach may be pairing a topical with an internal method, like a tincture. However, heat is a useful tool for increasing the effectiveness of topicals. A good time to apply your lotion or salve is after a hot shower when your pores are open. Try pressing a heating pad to the area after applying the topical to help ease muscles or inflammation.
Topicals are a friendly and effective way to use medicinal herbs, including cannabis therapeutically. It provides an opportunity for new or wary users to see for themselves how medicinal cannabis can be effective.
Mmmm love is in the air… the sweet smell of roses and the decadent taste of chocolate are beginning to creep into our minds. That’s right, Valentine’s day is soon upon us and it has us at Breeze Botanicals thinking about our heart health on many levels. This season is sure to bring a mix of emotions from passion to disappointment, and unfortunately we all have experienced this wide spectrum, but did you know that there may be a few herbal allies that may just become your favorite shoulder to cry on and new best friend during those hard times. Supportive herbs such as Damiana and St. John’s Wort has become popular thymoleptic herbs, or contain mood-enhancing abilities, that offer both a sweet fragrance and taste that are almost as comforting as a warm embrace. Luckily, we carry these herbs, as well as other heart-opening and protective herbs such as Rose and Hawthorn, in our apothecary as loose herbs, as well as in Hemp and Cannabis products compounded by Sun God Medicinals.
The Heka Happy Tea Blend and the Eir Menopause Hemp Tincture both contain a variety of cardioprotective herbs that may support both physical and emotional well-being. We also offer a safe space to discuss your health and wellness plans with our clinical herbalist and well trained staff of professionals. If you are interested in booking an Herbal Consultation, please read more about the services offered here. Remember do not forget to love yourself, because at the end of the day, we all deserve a little bit of pleasure! Happy season of LOVE!
The Herbalist Team at Breeze Botanical's uses our collective educational experiences and on-going thirst for knowledge to normalize the conversation around herbs and to demystify the world of herbal medicine. Join us on this journey and embrace the plants around you.