Monday, February 8, 2010
Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty. They can be anything including foods, drugs, scents or any device that can arouse or induce feelings of sexual desire. Aphrodisiacs have a powerful impact on the mind by triggering the release of chemicals in the brain which then stimulate certain organs.
Aphrodisiacs have even been hailed as being of great help in treating sexual dysfunction and increasing female and male libido. While aphrodisiacs may be considered by some as folklore and mythology, many claims have been made about their potential libido enhancing powers.
Most aphrodisiacs enhance aspects of the sensory experience such as sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing - which in turn increases sexual drive or libido, improves performance and results in greater sexual satisfaction.
Some vegetables like asparagus, carrots, cucumbers and artichoke are suggestive of sex due to their phallic shapes.
Veggies like celery actually contain androstone which is thought to increase libido.
Fruits such as bananas, avocados, pomegranates, figs, papayas and peaches. And who hasn't been tempted by a chocolate covered strawberry?
Oats ~ we've all heard the saying "sewing your wild oats." In addition to being high in nerve strengthening minerals, oats are said to raise testosterone levels.
Shellfish such as oysters, caviar and shrimp are all highin minerals that support healthy hormone production.
There are also a variety of plants and herbs which have been used for centuries in traditional medicine around the world in order to restore or enhance sexual pleasure.
Herbs such as basil, cloves, garlic, ginger, ginseng, aniseed, nutmeg and licorice and spices such as cardamom, chili pepper, and asafetida all have been used traditionally to support a healthy libido.
There are also some professional herbal formulas that many people find quite effective.
Sensual scents such as vanilla, patchouli and musk are popular aphrodisiacs used in perfumes, lotions and massage oils.
Here's my favorite oil to use for a romantic massage:
Passion Massage Oil Recipe
Sandalwood, rose and patchouli create an exotic scent that lingers on your skin for hours.
6 tablespoons almond oil
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
25 drops sandalwood essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil
5 drops patchouli essential oil
Mix oils together in a tightly capped bottle. Shake well before using.
I really think that ultimatley, the most powerful aphrodisiac is the brain. Chocolate comes in a mighty close second though!
Please share your favorite aphrodisiacs...