8 of the most popular Natural Aphrodisiacs!
Long before the days of that famous little blue pill, men and women used Mother Nature’s own products to boost sexual desire. Here are 8 of the most popular natural aphrodisiacs, according to The Independent website! We can’t guarantee their success rate…but it’s always fun to experiment!
Casanova was said to consume 50 oysters for breakfast each morning – with spectacular if not scandalous benefits! Recent studies show the bivalve molluscs are rich in rare amino acids that can trigger increased levels of sex hormones; their high zinc-content may give them refuelling qualities as well. An ideal companion to champagne, oysters are a unique type of food. Well worth a try, even if it’s just to have the craic with your partner trying to look sexy while tipping the contents of the shell down your throat!
Deriving from a tall evergreen tree native to western Africa, the Yohimbe bark has traditionally been used to increase sexual desire and treat erectile dysfunction, as well as fever, coughs, and even leprosy. The plant is also a powerful hallucinogen, so it should be taken, if at all, with caution. A standardised form is prescribed by western doctors to treat conditions of male impotence.
Widely available from supermarkets and health food stores, the goji berry is produced by an evergreen shrub found in China, Mongolia and Tibet. It has been favoured by herbalists for over 6,000 years for its rich anti-oxidant content. It is said to improve fertility and sexual performance, as well as benefiting liver function and circulation.
Chocolate’s reputation as an aphrodisiac is deeply embedded in the history of Western civilization. Also, the great Aztec ruler Montezuma, one of the first red hot lovers to tap into chocolate’s strengths, was reported to have consumed as much as fifty cups of chocolate elixir before heading off to his harem. Eating chocolate produces natural opiates in the brain, which provides an explanation for chocolate’s feel-good reputation. Chocolate desserts can provide a satisfying end to an enjoyable meal…and who says dessert has to be had at the table?
A natural stimulant, Ginseng can be enjoyed as a tea or food supplement, and is said to boost libido and sexual stamina. Most commonly available in a dried form, the plant extract is said to possess both stress-busting and energising qualities. The word “ginseng” is a British invention, derived from the Chinese term meaning “man root”. This can be bought in Chinese medicine shops.
These are not the same as the chocolate truffles we eat, they are a round irregular shaped “fruit” similar to a fungus and grow underground across Europe and America. They are extremely expensive and quite rare! “Truffle. As soon as the word is spoken, it awakens lustful and erotic memories among the skirt-wearing sex and erotic and lustful memories among the beard-wearing sex,” wrote French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Savarin, in 1825. It was first favoured by the Romans and the Greeks during the 19th century for its therapeutic and aphrodisiacal properties.
Promoted as a natural libido tonic for men and women, Rhodiola is a yellow flowered plant, which also can be obtained in capsule form from health shops. It is an “adaptogen” herb, which – it is claimed – addresses the underlying causes of waning sexual appetite, such as stress and poor diet. It is popular in Russia, where it is traditionally used to promote sex drive and keep the aging process at bay.
These delicious fruits are shaped like a heart and coloured a bright vibrant red. Touted as an aphrodisiac fruit since the times of ancient Rome, the strawberry was a symbol of Venus. (In the French countryside, there was once a tradition of serving newlyweds cold strawberry soup to help promote the aphrodisiac of honeymoon romance.) The perfect shape and size for dipping in chocolate, strawberries can be used this way as a simple tool of seduction. They also go very well with a cool glass of Champagne.