Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden

Posted by on August 22, 2013

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Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 45 of these plants got their “hot” reputation – and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that “something extra,” and why. Plants With Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use. Can a plant create feelings of arousal, contentment or receptivity? It looks like the answer is yes. This is the first book about selecting garden plants for their sex appeal.

Here is what some friends have to say:

Filled with little-known secrets, growing tips and titilating tidbits, PLANTS WITH BENEFITS is a must-have catalog of plants that will satisfy all your libidinous botanical curiosities. Good luck not getting emotionally invested.

James Baggett, Editor, Country Gardens magazine

 Don’t bother with the oysters and puffer fish! According to my friend Helen Yoest, you can turbocharge your love life with some garlic, ginger, asparagus, pine nuts, and (of course) bananas. A veritable Garden of Eden awaits in your own yard.

Steve Bender, Senior Writer, Southern Living magazine It has been a blast, and I learned a lot. I’m honored to be apart of the St. Lynn’s Press family of authors. Mark you calendars (if you are in the area), the JC Raulston Arboretum will, again, host my book launch on Thursday, February 6, 2014. They are very good to me. And I can’t wait to surprise them with knowing I’ve dedicated the book to them.


Plants with Benefits is available on line or at a book store near you. I hope you will take a look to see what plants really do have benefits.
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The only problem, I’m hungry just thinking about all the good stuff in this book.

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Helen Yoest's books Helen Yoest Helen Yoest is a curious gardener – curious about plants, soil, design, and how others use these to create their gardens at home. She is also curious about what plants do for us today in the here and now, but also about their history and lore. Plants have a colorful past.

As an award winning freelance writer and garden stylist, Helen has traveled the world visiting public and private gardens so she can step into the dream that was once just an imagination. Her work has appeared in Country Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others, including her work as the national gardening expert

Helen is also the author of Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden (2014, St. Lynn’s Press) and Gardening with Confidence, 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity (2012, GWC Press). Helen curates garden art, serves on the board of the JC Raulston Arboretum, is past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour and opens her garden annually, and is an honorary member of Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture.

Helen lives in Raleigh, N.C., tending to her half-acre wildlife habitat, her husband, and their three beautiful children. Visit Helen at her popular blog, Gardening With Confidence and at Plants with Benefits. Find Helen on Facebook, too.

3 responses to “Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden”

  1. […] There are several compelling reasons to grow as much food as possible outside your front door. You might want to be sure that the foods you are eating are as pesticide free as possible. Maybe you want to have food that has more flavor than any other you’ve ever eaten anywhere. Or perhaps you want to enhance your sex life. And no, I’m not throwing that in for shock value. Check out this fun and informative new book from Helen Yoest: Plants With Benefits. […]

  2. Wonderful! I can’t wait!

  3. […] Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies i… Helen Yoest, 2014. […]

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