The French are known for many things, among them, the French kiss.
However, it was the Greeks and Greek mythology that first invented the kiss of the tongues. Zeus became angry with Erato the muse of love and poetry and punished her by forcing her to kiss all men that she met with the tip of her tongue. This was a punishment that she disliked. Eventually, she met and fell in love with a man who she lovingly kissed with the tip of her tongue. When their tongues met it was said their souls were kissed. The French perfected this kiss and called it the “soul” kiss. Leave it to the French to drop themselves of puritanical burdens and perfect the art of a sexy kiss.
Besides the French kiss and Paris, the French have Provence located in Southeastern France.
It is home to many herbs like lavender, thyme, basil, and fennel. These herbs are picked fresh from the garden and used in cooking stews and to season meats and fish.
In the 11th and 12th Century, known as the Golden Age in Provence the troubadours broke away from the Latin influence and began to compose love songs and poetry of their own. The most famous troubadour was Folquet de Marseilles whose love songs were famous throughout Europe and who was praised by Dante in the Divine Comedy.
Provence has always attracted writers and artist such as Edith Wharton, Summerset Maugham, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cézanne, Renoir, and Matisse. It has always been a place of simplicity unlike the bravado of Paris. Likewise, its cuisine is also uncomplicated.
The cuisine of Provence is a result of the warm Mediterranean climate. The terrain is rugged, making it difficult to grow produce, so hearty vegetables, goats, cheeses, and fish are staples of the diet. Bouillabaisse and ratatouille come from Provence. The native drink is Pastis, a liquor flavored with anise.
But, what does this all have to do with sex and the French kiss?
Just smell the fragrant air with blossoming herbs of thyme, basil, fennel, and lavender. Each scent relaxes, invites, and excites the senses. That’s why the French created Herbes de Provence, a mixture of these aromatic herbs to tempt the body, the mind, and the soul. They touch the body with nutrients such as the B-complex and vitamins A, C, and D all known to support a healthy sex system. Fennel has been used to increase the libido in both men and women. Basil was used as a dusting powder to attract lovers because of its erotic scent.
All of these herbs – basil, thyme, fennel, and lavender – belong to the Labiatae family.
They are culinary herbs which indicate their affinity for the digestive processes. The scent and taste of these wonderful herbs are invigorating, stimulating, fiery, and reawakening; making them an excellent combination for stimulating sexual desires.
Just a taste of these sensual herbs on the tip of the tongue, and like a French kiss, a sensual message will be sent to the soul, bringing the art of cuisine and sex to perfection.
That’s a Recipe for Sex!
– Dr. Lynn