Preconception


When considering the magnificent effects that gems and stones lend to fertility, it is very interesting to note that the use of gems and stones for their magical properties has been in practice for hundreds of years. And although diamonds may be a girl’s best friend today, how do diamonds compete with other gems and stones for lust and fertility? If your partner is feeling inspired for the all-important approaching Valentine’s Day, or perhaps a birthday, anniversary, special holiday, or just some amazing fertility surprise… these tips are for him.

For pearls of wisdom, remember that the Pearl is a product of the oyster, and the oyster just happens to be nature’s finest aphrodisiac. Pearls may range in color from white to black, but are commonly pale and shimmery. The magical properties of the pearl bring the wonderful gifts of peace of mind, focus, wisdom, patience, protection and love. And these are all properties that are important to the pearl’s finest magic – fertility! Legend has it that pearls are so closely related to fertility because of the time and patience that it takes for one oyster to produce just one pearl, much like the time and patience it takes to create one beautiful baby.

Or perhaps the choice is green. The green hues of the Emerald are symbolic of fertility, but this stone goes far beyond its color in its powers and properties to bring successful love, ensure domestic tranquility, stimulate the heart, arouse deep awareness, and bring good fortune and happiness. For what more could you ask in preparation for a baby?

And then there’s the Ruby. And rubies are not just for Tuesday! Red in color, the ruby is the gemstone of power and passion. Its properties range from stimulating love and emotions to promoting mental concentration. The ruby also protects the wearer against unhappiness, and is even reputed to prevent miscarriage. Good spirits are said to dwell in the stone, so to maintain the joy, passion and love at home, bring on the ruby.

You might want to consider Quartz, both clear and rose. As a wonderful touch of magic, if you hold clear quartz at your solar plexus and steady your breathing for several minutes, your body will relax, your mind will clear, your emotions will calm, and your energy will surge. Need we say more? And rose quartz, known as the love stone, stimulates both the heart and blood and consequently other organs as well. If that is not enough, rose quartz is also known to stimulate sexual energy and to enhance fertility. All of this power in such a little stone! So place one (or more) on the body part of your choice, near your body or bodies, in your bedroom, or anywhere that the two of you meet for delicious intimacy or passionate love-making.

Or for a baby-making night to remember, consider the Moonstone. A cloudy-white feldspar stone, the moonstone is said to hold an image of the actual moon. Lovers have long revered the moonstone for its power to enhance passion, and for your purposes, moonstone also promotes fertility. Use your moonstone to glow all night long.

And let’s not forget Garnet, a stone that is reputed to increase circulation to the pelvic area and whose properties include vitality, strength and energy. If that’s not enough, garnet also enhances sexual stimulation and fertility. As a touch of magic, a garnet placed over your uterus and ovaries will reduce menstrual discomfort and restore physical health.

So back to Diamonds. Although not a traditional lust or fertility gem, the diamond possesses the magical properties of permanence, fidelity, strength and protection… four very important and powerful qualities when multiplying your love by conceiving a child. So when all is said and done, maybe diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!

For Valentine’s gift giving, a fertility surprise, (or any special day), keep in mind that all gems and stones are rich in symbolic representations. It is the gift itself that makes the magic, especially if you are aware of the powers. Keep in mind too that most gems and stones can be found in the grandest or tiniest of specimens. Size doesn’t matter, right? The romance, lust and fertility come with the spirit of the giving and the power of the love.

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Sharon and Audrey are the mother-daughter co-authors of Preconception Plain & Simple – A Deliciously Smart and Sexy Guide in Preparing for Pregnancy. They own Pinks & Blues with their daughter/sister Jane.

924403324_m.gifToday we’re sharing some preconception tips for the smart mama-to-be (no matter what number child you’re trying for!) from our book Preconception Plain & Simple – A Deliciously Smart and Sexy Guide in Preparing for Pregnancy.

Since we all love desserts, we started there. (And don’t forget to count yourself as a dessert too!)

CHOCOLATE
Oh, yes! This “dangerous” little pleasure, chocolate is loaded with the stimulant Phenylethylamine (PEA – an endogenous neuroamine/antidepressant), and therefore chocolate does it all… from increasing energy, to exciting excitement, to stimulating sexual arousal and pleasure! Perhaps chocolate should just be the entire meal!? And as a touch of magic, some believe that green M&M’s in particular are lusty little aphrodisiacs. Hey… green does mean go!

Tidbit: Ever wonder why women are the ones who crave chocolate? Studies suggest that women are more affected by the “magic” of Phenylethylamine. Who cares if we can’t pronounce it!?… as long as it makes us feel really, really, really happy!

ECLAIRS
Have you ever seen an éclair? Held one? Eaten one? The shape? Hmmm… Anyway, as far back as the Middle Ages, Liebesknochen (translated – “bone of love”), otherwise known as éclairs, were baked and eaten and enjoyed as part of fertility customs. Wonder why!?

LICORICE (Black only!)
Licorice!? Honestly… when was the last time you even thought of licorice? But this long “bad boy” is known to enhance erectile function! And while feeding it to your husband… as hard as it may be to believe, consider that the combined aromas of licorice and cucumber are reputed to increase vaginal blood flow as well. So stock up on both licorice and cucumbers… for your dessert pleasures!

Tidbit: The word licorice means sweet root (ooh la la)! Even the ancient Hindus used licorice (mixed with milk and sugar) to increase sexual prowess. But, in our opinion, the Irish have the best name for licorice – “Madien Milis” – translated, this means sugar stick.

PUMPKIN PIE
The scent of any home-cooked pie may send your husband “coming” (pun intended)… but pumpkin pie, abundant in phosphorus, is known to increase penile blood flow by up to 40%! And according to Dr. Alan Hirsch, at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, “The combination of pumpkin pie and lavender boots penile blood flow” as well. According to Dr. Hirsch, these smells “may trigger feelings of comfort, security and nostalgia, which can lower anxiety, a major mood breaker.” Just be prepared for neighbors’ inquiries as to the constantly wafting pumpkin pie aromas coming from your home all year long!

VANILLA
Like its lusty friend chocolate, vanilla is known to attract the opposite sex. Vanilla’s scent in particular not only calms and relaxes, but it also acts as a powerful and mysterious erotic sex enhancer. Experiment with your vanilla… ice cream cones (oh, my!), candies, smoothies, vanilla extract baths, candles, or all of the above… simultaneously!

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Sharon and Audrey are the mother-daughter co-authors of Preconception Plain & Simple – A Deliciously Smart and Sexy Guide in Preparing for Pregnancy. They own Pinks & Blues with their daughter/sister Jane.