Did you know besides being an aphrodisiac, basil is a great source of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium and iron? ~Helen Yoest
Basil is a wonderful all-purpose aphrodisiac getting action through aromatherapy–it’s the smell of the basil that drives us wild. In ancient times, women would rub dry basil powder on their bodies to become more sexually attractive. In Italy today, sweet basil is the symbol of love and is called “bacia-nicola,” or “kiss me Nicolas.” Placed on the windowsill, it signals for a lover.
The basil most of us grow today is sweet basil, Ocimum basilicum (a mood changer in its own right), but the basil that made aphrodisiac history is holy basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as tulsi. Basil is one of 45 plants the book, explores. Learn the wonders in nature–plants that can set a romantic stage, be it lore or illusion, fact or fiction.
Come, let’s discover what others have known for centuries. ~Helen Yoest
Plants With Benefits St. Lynn’s Press. POB 18680, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, $17.95
Hardcover 160 pages
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 forAnswers.com.
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.