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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 50 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. plantswithbenefits.com
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About the Author

Helen Yoest is an award winning freelance garden writer, scout and stylist for some of the nation's leading shelter magazines. Her work regularly appears in Country Gardens, Getter Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, Carolina Gardener, and many others.

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" Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden is a fun read, perfect for a long summer afternoon. And you might be inspired to grow yet another plant. Who knows how it will benefit you!"--Chris Eirschele "DECODED PLANTS " Peel back the covers of Plants with Benefits and treat yourself to beguiling photos and tales of flirtatious produce, hot herbs and saucy spices that will tickle your senses and delight your eye. Helen's playful look at the secret lives of her subjects makes for a book that will leave you wanting more. Oh la la! - David Spain, Moss and Stone Gardens Plants with Benefits will surely give you a whole new way to look at gardening-- for a purpose that everyone can relate to with enthusiasm! - Christina Salwtiz, The Personal Garden Coach, co-author of Fine Foliage When I heard that Helen was writing a book about aphrodisiac plants, I was delighted! Who better to dig into the secret life stories of the plants in our gardens? - Laura Mumaw Palmer, Director, Open Days Program, The Garden Conservancy Helen's passion for horticulture is a feast for the senses. She's a consummate gardener with an uninhibited approach that inspires gardeners to believe the only limits in their garden are their imagination. - Chris Sabbarese, Digital Marketing & Communications Manager, Corona Tools Leave it to Helen Yoest to come up with an intoxicating way to introduce us to a bit of historical (and hysterical) plant folklore. Helen's uniquely euphoric approach that will make your day! - Nancy Heckler, General Manager, Heronswood "Author Helen Yoest has a playful sense of humor that's necessary when writing about phallic fruits, virile vegetables, and flirtatious flowers. She coyly profiles 45 plants, from cloves to coffee, known for their aphrodisiacal qualities, laying bare their stimulating properties. In addition, 19 recipes are included for readers eager to cook up some romance. It's a fun read."--Pam Penick "Pam Penick's Digging " This is hands down our new favorite gardening book. Noted garden expert and gardening author Helen Yoest's newest title takes a dip into our pool of temptation, exploring the aphrodisiac potential of 45 (mostly) common plants. With instructions on growing and harvesting conditions, it's more than another guide to natural aphrodisiacs, it's a gardening manual at it's most provocative and delicious, (the book includes several recipes to inspire an appetite as well as a green thumb). Yoest's approach to the topic is that of a woman both charmed and bemused. It's as though she's considering the sensual side of her beloved plants for the first time and we're along for the ride as she makes some unusual discoveries, like the thought that celery might help a man attract women by enhancing the production of the male pheromone androstenone. Plants with Benefits is an incredibly fun read and it's one we think is a must for any aphrodisiac enthusiast with a yearning to dig their hands in the soil. 4/1/14 ""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 "Plants with Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions, and tasty treats for the reader's pleasurable use. Yoest helps the reader discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra," and why. This is the first book about selecting garden plants for their sex appeal. Plants were selected for a number of reasons, but primarily because they affect brain chemistry by directly increasing blood flow to sex organs, or are psychologically suggestive because of aroma (lavender, cardamom, almonds) or shape (banana, fig, avocado). Readers will learn what all the female arousal talk is all about, what was bad news for Aztec virgins and what was Casanova's secret weapon." ""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 " Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden is a fun read, perfect for a long summer afternoon. And you might be inspired to grow yet another plant. Who knows how it will benefit you!"--Chris Eirschele "DECODED PLANTS " "Plants with Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions, and tasty treats for the reader s pleasurable use. Yoest helps the reader discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that something extra, and why. This is the first book about selecting garden plants for their sex appeal. Plants were selected for a number of reasons, but primarily because they affect brain chemistry by directly increasing blood flow to sex organs, or are psychologically suggestive because of aroma (lavender, cardamom, almonds) or shape (banana, fig, avocado). Readers will learn what all the female arousal talk is all about, what was bad news for Aztec virgins and what was Casanova s secret weapon." ""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 ""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 "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 "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 Endorsement from James Baggett, Editor of Country Gardens: "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."

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