- In ancient China, people used licorice to enhance love and lust.
- The smell appears to be particularly stimulating.
- Alan R. Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Tip: Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, conducted a study that looked at how different smells stimulated sexual arousal. He found that the smell of black licorice increased the blood flow to the genital area by 13 percent.
- Asian ginseng is an adaptogen, or a substance that helps keep proper hormone balance in your body.
- Ginseng, helps moderate the harmful effects of stress, enhances your energy and stamina and may improve your sexual function.
- Caution: Because ginseng has an estrogen-like effect, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take it. Although ginseng is not a kitchen food in the west, it is so well known and universally used that I have included it.
9. Sweet Basil
- Sweet basil herb is known across cultures to naturally increase sex drive and fertility by fostering a feeling of total relaxation in the body and muscles while increasing circulation.
- In Italy, it is a symbol of love.
- The scent of basil was said to drive men wild–so much so that women would dust their breasts with dried and powdered basil.
Tip: For dinner you can make White Bean and Asparagus Stew. Besides basil, this has another traditional aphrodisiac: asparagus.
Is it all in your head?
Each of these foods and activities can affect your chemistry but the effects are often subtle.
If we are cued for love though, even a boost of energy from carbs could be perceived as an emotion or an attractive force. The body then enhances that effect since it can manufacture any number of its own mood enhancing brain and body hormones.
“Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well.” Lazarus Long
This is why western science officially states that there are no effective aphrodisiacs. Scientists are looking for something as powerful and immediate as steroids or Viagra.
But why would we want to use those strong drugs when we could simply have fun eating real food that will enhance our health? An attractive happy body and mind comes from a healthy body and mind.
I say let’s eat real food for love of our self and our loved one.