Derived from the Greek word aphrodisiakon which literally means “sexual”, referring to Aphrodite – the Greek Goddess of Love. Aphrodisiacs are substances that when consumed boosts libido. History is littered with examples. Legendary lover Casanova was said to consume at least a dozen oysters a day to keep up with his sexual rendezvous. Aztec ruler Montezuma drank about 50 cups of hot chocolate to enjoy his extensive harem.
There are many drugs available at your local chemist that promise a better sex life. But what if you are fully competent on your own, just need that little push. Then aphrodisiacs are just the thing for you and you need not venture far. Your everyday kitchen holds the key to great adventures together.
Chocolate: Cocoa beans have been a known remedy for evoking ‘happy hormones’. Don’t believe us? Watch Chocolat and you will fall in love with chocolates if you already aren’t! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine that produces oxytocin, the same hormone released while having sex. Also, it stimulates the production of Dopamine which induces the feeling of pleasure.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a known element to evoke lust and sexual desires. A whiff of this warm spice produces powerful sexual stimulation and an increased appetite for sex.
Saffron: This is a miracle spice. A pinch can do wonders. Remember the customary glass of Saffron spiked almond milk on a couple’s first night. The world’s most expensive spice contains crocin, known to evoke libido and boost sexual stamina.
Green Cardamom: Known as the queen of spices, the aphrodisiac properties of cardamom pods are mentioned even in ancient Vedic texts. The popular spice is well known for its balanced effect. It enhances sexual desires and vitality, but also calms and restores focus.
Almonds: History bears witness that almonds have been associated with sexual desires and fertility for thousands of years. The alluring sweet scent of almond oil and almond flowers is said to arouse sexual desires. Almonds are also a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, required for the production of testosterone and healthy libido. So every way, it is a win-win situation.
Natural aphrodisiacs are a safe way to induce excitement to your sex life. But do remember that too much of anything is bad. So knowing the right quantities to pleasure is necessary.