an Aphrodisiac? "An aphrodisiac is an
edible food or drink that imparts amorous qualities and eating or drinking
these foods stimulates you and gets you in the mood for love". Some
of the aphrodisiac foods that have been written since ancient times are:
apples, artichokes, asparagus, almonds,
figs, bananas, strawberries, honey, ginger, saffron, apricots, cherries,
coconut, dates, grapes, mangoes, papayas, peaches, pears, plums,
pomegranates and raspberries
and of course chocolate.
Aphrodisiacs were first sought
out as a remedy for various sexual anxieties including fears of inadequate
performance as well as a need to increase fertility. Procreation was an
important moral and religious issue and aphrodisiacs were sought to insure
both male and female potency. To find
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- or Bishop’s Weed (Trachyspermum
ammi) is a shrub, occurring from Egypt to India, and which has been
used for medical purposes for several thousand years. The seeds are rich in
thymol and are considered an effective aphrodisiac. The seeds should be
crushed and fried in ghee (clarified butter), normal butter or olive oil
together with an equal quantity of crushed tamarind seeds. A teaspoon of
this fried product, taken together with honey and milk before bed, increases
virility and cures premature ejaculation, according to traditional Indian
Almonds - were regarded as fertility symbols throughout antiquity. Nuts in
general are held to have fertility powers. The aroma of almond supposedly
arouses passion in females. Alexander Dumas dined on almond soup every night
before meeting his mistress, and Samson wooed Delilah with them.
- Indian dried, powder herb used as a sexual stimulant in Ayurvedic
Besides being an aphrodisiac it is also used as
a laxative and a colic cure, although the main use is as a spice in cooking.
Avocado - aside from their voluptuous, feminine shape, avocados have also been
associated with male sexuality. The Aztecs called the avocado tree "Ahuacuatl,"
or "testicle tree." The ancients thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the
tree resembled the male's testicles. The Spanish, in fact, found avocados so
obscenely sexy, that Catholic priests forbade them to their parishioners.
- is a sensual spice considered to have
aphrodisiac properties. Its essential oil has an erotic effect. With a peculiar nature; it cools the body when it is
hot, and warms it when it is cold. Cleopatra uses to take baths in cardamom.
Powdered cardamom seeds, boiled with milk, produce a remedy against
impotence and premature ejaculation, when taken together with honey in the
evening. Cardamom is a stimulant especially if added to coffee.
At least according to traditional Indian herbal medicine; but be
careful as excessive use might lead to impotency, according to the same
- cinnamon bark is used to treat abdominal disorders, menstrual pain,
infertility, impotence and lack of sexual desire.
- stimulant, irritant, fresh or
dried fruits eaten. It heats the sexual drive. It has irritating effects on
membranes and urogenital area. Contains acrid substance capsicum and a lot
of vitamin C. Avoid over dosage.
Cayenne is also known as capsicum and plays a
very large role in blood circulation. When cayenne is ingested, it dilates
blood vessels. This allows increased blood flow throughout the body,
especially in the major organs. The male penis benefits greatly from the
ingestion of cayenne. It is a widely held belief that cayenne aids in longer
lasting erections, with stronger ejaculations and more intense orgasms.
- are the dried flower buds of Jambosa caryophyllus. They have been
considered an aphrodisiac in Asia and China since the 3rd century B.C. and
even in Europe, they acquired fame. The Danish medieval herbalist H.
Harpenstreng noted the value of cloves, stating that they “makes the man
desire the woman”, and that they promote digestion.
Coriander - The book of The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant
who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that
included coriander. That book is over 1000 years old so the history of
coriander as an aphrodisiac dates back far into history. Cilantro was also
know to be used as an "appetite" stimulant.
-The Greeks regarded fennel as a potent sexual stimulant. During the
Dionysus festivities, crowns of fennel leaves were worn, and leaves and
seeds were used as aphrodisiacs (A. Tschirch: Handbuch der Pharmacognosie,
Leipzig 1909-17). A medieval Danish manuscript (H. Harpestreng: Danske
Laegebog) states that old vipers eat fennel for rejuvenation; so, it was
therefore claimed equally useful for old men. Wedeck, in A Dictionary of
Aphrodisiacs, quotes a Hindu prescription for sexual vigour containing
fennel juice, milk, honey, ghee, liquorice and sugar. Further, he states
that fennel soup is reputed in some Mediterranean regions to stimulate
Fenugreek - they are
regarded as a remedy for impotence, and were included in the earliest list
of Chinese medical plants.
- The 'heat' in garlic is said to stir sexual
desires. Make sure you and your partner share it together. Garlic has been
used for centuries to cure everything from the common cold to heart
ailments. This is a good time for moderation. Enjoy a pasta with a lightly
garlicky sauce and it and lead up to something spicy in the bedroom later.
ginger root raw, cooked or crystallized is a
stimulant to the circulatory system. Perhaps a stir-fry with freshly grated
ginger can stir something spicy up in the bedroom later.
- Many medicines in Egyptian times were based on
honey including cures for sterility and impotence.
- Believed to stimulate the sexual glands and
increase desire. Prepare a tenderloin roast (filet mignon) for two with a
mustard and peppercorn sauce.
- was highly prized by Chinese women as an
aphrodisiac. In quantity nutmeg can produce a hallucinogenic effect.
It is alleged to have a subtle aphrodisiac
effect in far smaller doses (less than half a nut should suffice), and has
been used for such purposes by Hindus, Arabs, Greeks and Romans. In the
Orient it was especially highly prized amongst women, and according to the
Indian herbalist H. K. Bakhru, nutmeg mixed with honey and a half-boiled egg
will prolong the duration of the sexual act, if taken an hour before
light sprinkling of the spice in a warm pumpkin soup can help spice up your
These succulent mollusks are the classic aphrodisiac. And, there's research
to support it: raw oysters are very high in zinc, which raises sperm and
testosterone production, thus increasing libido. Oysters are also a source
of dopamine. Casanova is said to have eaten 50 raw oysters every day
Pineapple --Ananas cosmosus-- diuretic,
invigoration! Has a great digestive effect, a purifying effect. Use fresh
fruit juice. For aphrodisiac effects to work-- eat pineapple with chili
powder or mixed with honey and rum. A small glass taken daily promotes
energies of love.
Pomegranate tree --Punica granatum--
Mediterranean, Asia Minor- invigorator! The fruits are eaten-- the fruit is
sacred to Aphrodite. The rinds are rich in tannins.
Saffron - a rare and
exotic herb, has been used through ages in rituals of beauty and love.
it can reputedly make erogenous zones
even more sensitive as well as having a hormone-like effect. It is
not known which of the constituents are responsible for saffron’s
reputation as an aphrodisiac; however, the orange colour is due to
crocin, a di-gentiobiose ester of crocetin, a carotenoid compound.
Both crocin and crocetin have been shown to play an important role
in the sex processes of algae of the Chlamydomonas group.
The New InterCourses; An Aphrodisiac Cookbook