An aphrodisiac is something that causes excitement or sexual desire. This can be found in food, drinks, and even scents. These sensual substances have been around forever, literally...
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of sexual love, was “born” when she rose from the sea. And so seafoods have been deemed aphrodisiacs.
Back in the medieval times, many aphrodisiacs were actually banned because of the superstitions behind love "drugs". Herbs and spices like basil, mint, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, pepper, saffron, and vanilla were forbidden because they were often used in love potions. The muhtasib of Seville tried to prohibit the sale of aphrodisiacs within the proximity of mosques, for fear they would corrupt the morals of good Muslims.
Fast forward to the twenty first century, we are now using these herbs and spices in everything! Daily meal recipes, bath & body products, and even in popular aromas including natural cleaning supplies. The inevitable love always prevails!
We highly support aphrodisiacs! Not only do they promote loving feelings, some are even packed with loads of health benefits.
Here is our top list of the most popular aphrodisiacs:
DARK CHOCOLATE- caffeine in dark chocolates boosts the blood flow and strengthens your libido. Also, L Arginine found in cacao, is said to treat erectile dysfunction.
PEPPERMINT- can have the ability to enhance orgasms and make the erogenous zones more sensitive.
GINSENG- has been used to treat sexual dysfunction as well as to enhance sexual behavior in traditional Chinese medical practices. also, ginseng is found to improve the sperm quality and count.
HONEY- Contains boron, which is said regulate hormone levels, and nitric oxide, which is released in the blood during arousal. It's also a symbol of fertility and procreation in some cultures.
FIGS- Are the ultimate natural aphrodisiac, boosting libido and one’s sex drive with its rich amino acids. The seeds of the fig are also good for fertility.
TRUFFLES- A legendary aphrodisiac of ancient Rome. It is said that truffles’ musky scent replicates the scent of the male pheromone androstenone (a steroid pheromone.)
SAFFRON- It has been suggested that part of saffron’s magical property is thought to be its enhancement of “lust” via certain neurotransmitters that stimulate libido or erogenous zones.
LAVENDER- The ultimate herb of love. It has been proven through scientific study that the scent of Lavender is a powerful aphrodisiac and many men/women cannot resist it.
VANILLA- It's scent alone is a form of antidepressant. Before you even taste vanilla, your hypothalamus gland activates and sends signals (sex hormones) throughout your body. When ingested, vanilla raises the testosterone levels in males and estrogen in females.
OYSTERS- the high concentration of zinc in oysters is actually associated with fertility and sperm production, particularly in men. They also contain essential amino acids that promote good sexual function.
BASIL- In Roman times, basil was a symbol of love. Full of manganese, vitamin C and folate, all nutrients linked with sexual health and fertility. May also help with erectile dysfunction!
AVOCADO- The look and texture of avocados are undeniably sexy, but they’re also packed with vitamin E, which is associated with fertility for both sexes.
CHINESE MUSHROOMS- Cordyceps sinensis in particular, can increase testosterone levels in both young and elderly men. It has also been shown to reduce fatigue and improve blood flow, making it a useful energy and fertility booster. These are best taken as a daily supplements.
ASPARAGUS- Packed with nutrients needed for healthy hormone production. Asparagus is also a good source of folate, a key nutrient for women trying to conceive or who are already pregnant.
RED WINE- Even though red wine and sexuality are backed by many scientific studies, I think we can all let our imagination, memories, and senses run wild with this one!
POMEGRANATE- Cut or bite into a pomegranate and it’s obviously sexy! Pomegranate is delicious, high in antioxidants and has recently been shown to increase testosterone and sex drive in both men & women.
CINNAMON- Promotes blood flow, especially in the abdominal area. As it improves the blood supply to the male and female genitals, it could facilitate sexual arousal.
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