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Botanica Erotica: Arousing Body, Mind, and Spirit Hardcover – September 1, 1998
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"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)
About the Author
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.
IngredientsThis book provides readers with the ingredients for a lifelong exploration of sensual pleasures. This playful and provocative guide to the foods, herbs, and behaviors that arouse us can help make every day an encounter with Eros and Aphrodite.
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I want to be as sensitive as I can in writing the next part since I certainly recognize that everyone has their own beliefs and part of humanity is the innate right to that. The one thing I have something of a hard time with (I've studied the Bible extensively) was the section on all those ancient goddesses and the temple prostitutes that honored them. You'll find some very poetic references to giving and taking sexual pleasure in the Bible, but the practice of temple prostitution is roundly comdemned. The ancient Israelites were commanded not to give their sons or daughters as temple prostitutes and not to utilize the services of temple prostitutes - no ifs, ands, or buts...though the record shows, they didn't always listen.
I have a warm and satisfying relationship (physical and otherwise) with my partner and I like to explore different ways that we can please each other. But I have to admit, the various references in the book about the sacredness of the sexual act and honoring "the goddess" with sex made me so uncomfortable that I'm seriously considering returning the book. (Maybe I took it too literally, but that doesn't change my un-comfortableness.)
The other thing I felt very uncomfortable about was the reference to cannabis (marijuana) as an aphrodisiac.
Although I liked some things about this book, I'm just not sure I feel very good about having it in my house. But obviously not everyone else will share my background and sensitivities and based on the other reviews, they may like the book very well.
For instance... Did you know that the body's central organ of sexual response is the brain? Brain food includes magic scents, luscious tastes, favorite colors, warm baths, fragrant flowers, candlelight, the feel of silk on a naked body, chocolate, wine, liqueurs, reading erotica, sensual massage, feathers, skinny dipping, moonlight...
I only wish there were more pages in Botanica Erotica! If more people could find the time to experiment with the ideas in this book, I am certain that divorce rates would decline rapidly! I'll definitely be buying several copies as wedding presents for my friends. Have fun with this one. You WON'T regret buying this book!
Botanica Erotica has added a new dimension to my own sensuality, and has inspired me to learn more about aromatherapy in general, and about movement arts (yoga and dance). I believe this book was the catalyst that started me down the road to a healthier body, as well as a richer sex life.
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Light, funny and sexy with lots of ideas and great recipes.Read more