Alcohol, an Aphrodisiac
People have been using alcohol to stimulate the libido for centuries. While moderate amount of alcohol will reduce anxiety and release inhibitions one glass too many is more likely to put you asleep than in the mood.
Champagne: Bubbly is lovely and makes any time of the day or night special. The bubbles actually help the alcohol get into the blood stream a little quicker so you get a buzz on toute suite.
Liqueurs: Several liqueurs have developed a reputation as aphrodisiacs including Chartreuse, Benedictine and Creme de Damiana.
Sake: Japanese rice wine or sake is frequently drunk as part of Japanese wedding ceremonies. In the orient rice is a symbol of fertility.
Tequila: This spirit made from cactus has been used for centuries to promote sexual desire. Or at least break down inhibitions. That is Tequila at work.
Some Strange Aphrodisiacs
Eggs: All kinds of eggs, from chicken to fish eggs, have been thought of as fertility symbols and as aphrodisiacs.
Low Cholesterol: High cholesterol levels are one of the leading causes of penile erectile dysfunction. In fact, men with high cholesterol levels have almost double the chance of having trouble getting an erection. While an occasionally high fat indulgence is fine, we advocate eating a low fat, high fiber diet most of the time to help keep cholesterol levels low which in turn will keep erectile function high.
Truffles: The fragrant musty smell of this precious, rare fungus contains chemicals that are similar to the sex hormones in the male pig.’’
Ginko, the Wonder Aphrodisiac: The Ginko tree is the world’s oldest known living species. Ginko is also known for its tonic effects for sexual potency. Ginko has been known to increase blood flow throughout the body, especially in the brain. It also increases penile blood flow resulting in better erections.
Raise Your Virility with Ginseng: Oriental men have consumed Ginseng root daily for millennia in order to retain their virility. A Chinese materia medica of the fourth century presented a list of exotic ginseng recipes that supposedly increased sexual appetites.
Chocolate’s magical love powers: The favourite food in the entire universe and one of the best known and best loved aphrodisiacs. Chocolate contains over 400 different chemicals including caffeine and phenylethylamine (PEA), a brain chemical that some scientists believe arouses the same feelings that we experience when we are in love.
Indian Ayurvedic Aphrodisiacs
Ajwain: The seeds are rich in thymol and are considered an effective aphrodisiac. They should be crushed and fried in ghee, together with an equal amount of crushed kernels of tamarind seeds. A teaspoon of this fried product, taken together with honey and milk before retiring, increases virility and cures premature ejaculation, according to traditional Indian herbal medicine.
Arjuna: A decoction of the powdered white bark with milk is alleged to be an effective sex stimulant if taken regularly over a period of time.
Butea: The leaves of the Indian tree Butea monosperma, have been used in Indian herbal medicine as aphrodisiac and to stop bleeding and diarrhoea.
Cactus: The root of the plant is well-known in medicine as an aphrodisiac. It contains an essential oil which is partly excreted in the urine. During the passage of the urine through the urethra the presence of the oil causes considerable irritation, which can give rise to a somewhat painful erection. This mechanism is reminiscent of the effect of the Spanish fly.
Ashwagandha: All parts of the shrub Withania somnifera, known as Kuthimithi or under its Sanskrit name Ashwagandha are said to promote libido, the root being most potent. A traditional Indian recipe calls for two to four grams of the powdered root to be taken together with milk.
Aphrodisiacs: Love Potions or Poisons
Throughout history, man’s quest for aphrodisiacs has led him to consume oysters, rhinoceros horns, the sex organs of rabbits, and hundreds of other substances. The search is fuelled by the sweet promises of quacks out to make a fast buck at the sexual ignorance of many people.
All over Southeast Asia, animals are tortured, killed and eaten in the name of health and an improved sex life.
Apparently, some people think the solution to sexual problems lies in a certain food or pill, and they’re willing to swallow anything that would add spice to their sex lives.
The most you can probably expect from your favourite aphrodisiac is a psychological boost. That can be enough in most cases since many sexual problems are psychological in nature.