Most people are familiar with natural aphrodisiacs in some form or another. Some have also consumed an aphrodisiac at some time or another in their lives. Some people swear aphrodisiacs heighten their passionate senses and desires. Some say phooey, dismissing them as back in the day folk lore or modern day hype. The fact is some foods have psychoactive properties, others stimulate because they are sexually suggestive, and some actually increase blood flow that stimulates areas of the body. Moreover, if it does not have all that aphrodisiac effect, at least some are healthy and good for you.
Aphrodisiacs can be traced back to biblical times. One instance is recounted in Genesis Chapter 30, verses 14-17, where Leah exchanged aphrodisiac mandrakes with her sister Rachel for the right to sleep with Rachel’s husband, Jacob. Be forewarned, before you start running out trying to chase down some Mandrake before the wifey gets in, it not an aphrodisiac you want to play around with (if you’re even lucky enough to come across some.) The mandrake of the bible is believed to be Mandragora officinarum. The root of this plant has been used as an anesthetic and an overdose is quite deadly (Socrates was sentenced to death and drank Mandrake to carry out the punishment). Along with opium, mandrake root was historically a primary medicine for acute pain. You might want to leave this one where you found it, in the bible.
It would be an unenlightened position to declare the entire notion of aphrodisiacs as speculative rhetoric without entertaining real life validations.
Case in point, back in the day we use to load up on oysters accompanied by a mixed drink with Seagram’s Gin (AKA Knotty Head) This brand of gin is nick named “knotty head” because of the coarse texture of the bottle, I swear a swig will jack you up so high a rock would turn you on. Shucking (Oysters) and mixing (drinks) heated things up quite a bit for folks that consumed (in moderation) the shelled delicacy and cheap gin.
Another potent seafood noted to put some bang in your romantic rendezvous is caviar. That’s right fish eggs. They contain a large amount of beneficial vitamins. They are rich in phosphorus and are very nourishing to nerve cells. Their apparent aphrodisiac powers are reinforced by vodka.
I have heard entertaining stories from the ladies that chocolate will roll their eyes back and create involuntary ohhhhs and ahhhhhs. It is documented that chocolate, favored by the Aztec gods, helps the release of serotonin that is responsible for feelings of relaxation and pleasure. Dark chocolate is preferable for its elevated level of cocoa that is thought to be more effective. It provides a boost to some good, old-fashioned loving and has the supplementary advantage of being high in magnesium and antioxidants. So replace the whip cream (yes you there…you all know who you are) with maybe some chocolate frosting and instead of licking the spoon, lick…well you get the picture.
Here are ten of some of the hailed spices, foods, scents and natural herbs that firmly maintain their positions as enhancers of eroticism.
Asparagus and Avocados. The vitamin E in these green eats riles up hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, which circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses like clitoral swelling and vaginal lubrication.
Bananas. Chiquitas deliver potassium, a nutrient key to muscle strength that contributes to intense orgasmic contractions.
Honey. If you’re prone to “running out of gas” before the trip is over honey will boost your energy level.
Chile Peppers. Their heat releases endorphins, the primary pleasure enzyme. Also will make you sweat, a known cleansing vehicle for the body.
Red Wine. Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps boost blood flow and improves circulation before and during intercourse.
Watermelon. The juicy fruit contains the phytonutrient citrulline, which ups the amount of nitric oxide in your body. That spike causes blood vessels to relax and speeds up circulation. As a result, you’ll get more aroused in less time.
Mangoes. The muse of poets and philosophers since the beginning of recorded time, mangoes are prescribed in India to increase male libido
Rosemary. With its invigorating aroma and flavor, “rosemary could easily be called one of the kitchen’s most sensual foods.”
Vanilla. Can be employed by a woman to get a man into a receptive and happy mood. The scent of vanilla is recognized by the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that controls memory and emotion, and is associated with childhood memories of nurturing and security. Therefore, while it may not be an aphrodisiac for women, or a stimulant, it can put a man in an acquiescent mood, which has obvious advantages.
Ginseng. A root said to aid sexual desire, satisfaction and orgasm and is effective as a natural aphrodisiac for women by having an effect on the dopamine system as well. It endows a woman with youthful vigor and plays a significant role in fertility.