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Aphrodisiac foods and herbs (Page 2)
Some natural items purported to be aphrodisiacs when ingested or applied to the body.

  • Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed) - "Epimedium grandiflorum is a flowering plant which has aphrodisiac characteristics, having been shown to increase sexual activity in goats. It commonly is packed in a capsule with some other ingredients or sold as an herb. It is generally packaged with the name "Horny Goat Weed." This plant has bright red stems with green heart shaped leaves which are slightly hairy on the bottom. They grow to a maximum of six to nine inches and in the spring produce light purple colored flowers."

  • Eurycoma longifolia - "South East Asia has utilised the herb for its suggested antimalarial, antipyretic, antiulcer, cytotoxic and aphrodisiac properties."

  • Ginkgo Biloba - "Extracts of Ginkgo leaves contain flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids (ginkgolides, bilobalides) and have been used pharmaceutically. Ginkgo supplements are usually taken in the range of 40–200 mg per day. Ginkgo nuts are used in congee, and are often served at special occasions such as weddings and the Chinese New Year (as part of the vegetarian dish called Buddha's delight). In Chinese culture, they are believed to have health benefits; some also consider them to have aphrodisiac qualities." 

  • Ginseng - "Both American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants, and in the treatment of type II diabetes, as well as sexual dysfunction in men. The root is most often available in dried form, either whole or sliced. Ginseng leaf, although not as highly prized, is sometimes also used; as with the root it is most often available in dried form."

  • Lettuce -  considered an aphrodisiac in Ancient Egypt. Eaten by the sexually potent God of Chaos, Seth.

  • Maca - "Maca's reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients, though maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties."

  • Mannish Water (goat soup, Jamaican Aphrodisiac) - Mannish water is a goat soup in Jamaican cuisine. It is believed to be an aphrodisiac and is made from various goat parts, sometimes including the head and brains. The soup has been sold packaged since 2006 when it competed for Best New Food Idea in a competition covered by the Jamaica Observer. The meal has been part of "Maroon" celebrations for 300 years. The pieces of goat are seasoned with local herbs and spices, and cooked along with vegetables and 'food' - yam, potato, bananas and dumplings." The Observer reported that Mannish water is still popular at 'dead yard' functions, large stage shows and parties (to make sure you can drive home after a few drinks). According to Rough Guide, mannish water is traditionally served to a groom on his wedding night."

  • Mucuna pruriens - Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume known by a multitude of common names. "In history, M. pruriens has been used as an effective aphrodisiac. It is still used to increase libido in both men and women due to its dopamine inducing properties. Dopamine has a profound influence on sexual function. A typical dose for a man is 15 g of ground seeds mixed with cow's milk.

  • Mamajuana Dominican Republic alcoholic sex drink - "Mama Juana is a drink from the Dominican Republic that is concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. The taste is quite similar to port wine and the color is a deep red. It is seen and advertised as an aphrodisiac, with many natives of the Dominican Republic claiming that the drink has similar effects to Viagra. Women have also claimed that Mama Juana enhances sexual desire."

  • Oysters - We have all heard the jokes about sex and oysters but diet professionals says its true. Oysters are rich in zinc and iodine. Zinc is a vital sexual nutriment and is essential for testosterone production in men and women. "Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, broiled or used in a variety of drinks." ( • Oysters as food

  • Dark Chocolate - "Dark chocolate health benefits: The consumption                                                                                      of high-cacao-content chocolate has been correlated with positive                                                                                    health benefits from flavonol antioxidants derived from the ground and                                                                       fermented cocoa seeds of Theobroma cacao. Dark chocolate may                                                                             transiently improve DNA resistance to oxidative stress, probably for                                                                              flavonoid kinetics."

  • Saffron - "Saffron-based pigments have been found in 50,000                                                                                      year-old depictions of prehistoric beasts in what is today Iraq. Later,                                                                                      the Sumerians used wild-growing saffron in their remedies and                                                                                       magical potions. Saffron was an article of long-distance trade before                                                                                     the Minoan palace culture's 2nd millennium BC peak. Ancient                                                                                        Persians cultivated Persian saffron (Crocus sativus 'Hausknechtii') in                                                                           Derbena, Isfahan, and Khorasan by the 10th century BC. At such                                                                                       sites, saffron threads were woven into textiles, ritually offered to                                                                                   divinities, and used in dyes, perfumes, medicines, and body washes.                                                                                 Thus, saffron threads would be scattered across beds and mixed                                                                                          into hot teas as a curative for bouts of melancholy. Non-Persians also                                                                              feared the Persians' usage of saffron as a drugging agent and aphrodisiac."

  • Seafood!  Shellfish including abalone, lobster, oysters, clams, scallops, shrimp and deep, cold-water fish like cod and halibut fuel the brain, the body and the sex drive. Could this really be true? Maybe that's why so many seafood restaurants are packed on Valentines Day!   • Lobster Recipes      • Oysters as food

  • Socratea exorrhiza - "Socratea exorrhiza, the Walking Palm or Cashapona, is a palm native to rainforests in tropical Central and South America. The inner parts of the stilt roots are used as a male aphrodisiac. The roots can also be cooked in water to make a tea to treat hepatitis."

  • Spanish fly (cantharidin) - "The Spanish fly is an emerald-green beetle in the family Meloidae, Lytta vesicatoria. Spanish fly, or cantharides as it is sometimes called, is often given to farm animals to incite them to mate. The cantharides excreted in the urine irritate the urethral passages, causing inflammation in the genitals and subsequent priapism. For this reason, Spanish fly has been given to humans for purposes of seduction. It is dangerous since the amount required is minuscule and the difference between the effective dose and the harmful dose is quite narrow. Cantharides cause painful urination, fever, and sometimes bloody discharge. They can cause permanent damage to the kidneys and genitals."
  • "The extreme toxicity of cantharidin makes any use as an aphrodisiac highly dangerous because it can easily cause death. As a result, it is illegal to sell (or use) cantharidin for this purpose in many countries."

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"An aphrodisiac is a substance that is used in the belief that it increases sexual desire. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sensuality and love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable." Just like oysters -->