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What was Casanova’s Secret Weapon?

Pittsburgh, PA (December 12, 2013) – Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth?  Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes readers on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 45 of these plants got their ‘’hot” reputation – and what modern science has to say about it.

Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers and Veggies in Your Garden (St. Lynn’s Press, February 1, 2014) 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.

Nancy Heckler, the General Manager of Heronswood Gardens writes, “ Leave it to Helen Yoest to come up with an intoxicating way to introduce us to a bit of historical (and hysterical) plant folklore.  Her uniquely euphoric approach will make your day.”

About the Author:

Helen Yoest is an award winning freelance writer and garden stylist.  She serves on the board of the JC Ralston Arboretum, is past Regional Representative of the Garden Conservatory Open Days tour, and is an honorary member of the Pi Alpha Xi  honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture.  She opens her garden annually in Raleigh, NC where she lives with her husband and three children.

About the Book:

Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers and Veggies in Your Garden

Helen Yoest

ISBN – 13: 978-0-9892688-0-6

$17.95 US/  $18.95 CAN

Hardcover, 160 pages