A playful and provocative guide to the foods, herbs, and behaviors that arouse us
• Provides a practical guide to the history and use of the world's classic aphrodisiacs
• Presents easy recipes for food, lotions, and potions designed to please the senses, and includes chapters on erotic massage, touch, and belly dance
• Lavishly illustrated with contemporary and classical artwork
Botanica Erotica provides readers with the tools and techniques they need for a lifelong exploration of pleasure. More than a simple list of aphrodisiacs, Botanica Erotica offers suggestions to arouse all the senses and to make every aspect of life an encounter with Eros.
Beginning with a practical guide to the history and use of the world's classic aphrodisiacs, Diana De Luca moves on to present a feast of "Libidinous Libations" and "Voluptuous Vittles" that are easy to make and outrageous to eat, designed to please the palate and get the juices flowing. "The Lascivious Lavage" helps you create the perfect lotions and potions for romantic baths, and later chapters reveal how to stimulate the physical body through erotic massage, touch, and belly dance. This celebration of pleasure is ideal for anyone who loves to live a fully embodied life.
Diana De Luca herself is an expression of the spirit of Botanica Erotica, incorporating her experience with herbs, food, and belly dance into her daily life. She has taught herbal workshops for a decade and has been involved in Middle Eastern and North African dance for 11 years. She lives in Sebastopol, California, with her husband, medical herbalist and author David Hoffmann.
"Botanica Erotica blends real herbalism with a joyful affirmation of sensuality, one that can come only when real experience blends with the consciousness of a green wise woman. The result is a fun and empowering book, offering a cornucopia of pleasure to all who read it."
– from the foreword by David Hoffmann, author of The Herbal Handbook