Throughout the ages, men and women have eagerly swallowed almost any substance that was called an aphrodisiac, no matter how unappetizing or bizarre. In our never-ending search for better sex, humans have consumed such diverse items as oysters, eels, elephant tusks, lion blood, bull testicles, rhino horn, ram penis, pig genitals, marijuana, and the dried remains of the Mediterranean cantharis beetle, otherwise known as “Spanish Fly.”
The sea is a rich source of legendary aphrodisiacs. Oysters, shrimp, clams, anchovies, and eels have been reputed since ancient times to increase sexual desire. Actually, the word Aphrodisiac came from Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love and desire, who herself was a gift from the sea. Many roots, vegetables, and fruits became known as aphrodisiacs simply because their shapes were designed by nature as a clue to their use. And the ancients were always on the look out for such secret signs. So, based on shape alone, they chose to eat asparagus, bananas, carrots, celery, cucumbers, dates, figs, and tomatoes among others in the hope that they would arouse passion and bestow vigor. Eating the genitals of animals noted for their potency, such as bulls and rams, is another historical practice meant to ensure virility.
Are these substances of mythology really aphrodisiacs? As it turns out, some of them do work as sex boosters. For example, oysters are a prime source of zinc, one of the essential minerals for men. Semen is rich in zinc, and adequate zinc is needed for sperm production and hormone metabolism. Oysters also release testosterone in women.
Here’s a guide for which foods to use for which results:
Aphrodisiacs for Flirting
Chili Peppers get the face flushing, heart pumping, pores sweating, & blood flowing towards the genitals.
Bananas contain bufotenine, a chemical that acts on the brain to increase happiness, self-confidence, & sex drive.
Carrots Have strong fibrous ingredients that supercharge the body & lead to a feeling of strong sexual desire.
Damiano the “lover's herb” contains alkaloids, which stimulate blood flow to genitals & increase sensitivity.
Clary Sage is known for decreasing inhibitions with its relaxing, euphoric, mildly intoxicating effects.
Aphrodisiacs for Seduction
Oysters contain zinc, an essential mineral for men needed for sperm production. Also releases testosterone in women.
Shrimp are high in iodine, which is needed by the thyroid gland that regulates energy, including sexual energy.
Chocolate includes caffeine and a plant substance called phytosteral that mimics human sex hormones.
Ginger comes from the root of the plant & increases blood flow to the genitals in both men and women.
Olives - Green ones make men more virile while black ones are believed to increase sex drive for women.
Tomatoes are known as “love apples” & forbidden by Puritans because of their reputation as a potent sexual stimulant.
Asparagus is rich with potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin E, all vital for increased hormone production.
Apples have been known as the fruit of temptation since Biblical times. They are also filled with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that stimulate sexual desire.
Aphrodisiacs for Exploration
Licorice contains plant estrogens and stimulates the sex glands, bringing oxygen to the female genitals 40% faster.
Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Seeds are the top contender to increase penile blood flow at an average of 40% faster.
Muira Puama - The American Journal of Natural Medicine stated: “One of the best herbs to use for erectile dysfunction or lack of libido (also known as potency wood)
Cinnamon - This sweet, spicy flavor and aroma has been used to aid in the treatment of impotence and proven to be sexually stimulating for men.
Basil is considered the sacred herb of India. It awakens the senses, stimulates blood flow, and relieves fatigue.
Artichokes are high in Vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, and phosphorus and they’re fun to eat together!
Celery contains androsterone, a powerful male hormone released through sweat glands to attract women.
Dr. Ava Cadell, Sexologist, Media Therapist, Author, Speaker and Founder of www.LoveologyUniversity.com the College of Sensual Knowledge.