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An Aphrodisiac is a substance that when consumed or applied topically has the ability to increases sexual desire, libido, sexual attraction, and/or behavior.


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An Aphrodisiac could be a plant, herb, spice, food, or synthetic chemical. It could be a natural substance like oysters, strawberries, chocolate, alcohol, or synthetic like ecstasy or methamphetamine.

Types of Aphrodisiacs

There are two primary ways of classifying Aphrodisiacs. It could be based on their chemical properties i.e., if they are naturally occurring or lab manufactured, or according to their effects – physiological or psychological.

Examples of natural Aphrodisiacs

Food – Arugula, truffles, strawberries, chocolate, yams, celery, pine nuts, figs, asparagus, avocados, red wine, pomegranate, salmon.

Spices & Oils – Olive oil, cinnamon, basil, ginger, garlic, ginseng, saffron, vanilla.

Herbs – Basil, ginseng.

Examples of synthetic Aphrodisiacs

Some drugs such as ecstasy, MDMA, methamphetamine, LSD, Sildenafil (Viagra) also increase the user’s libido as they dilate the blood vessels and in effect increase the blood flow to the penis.

History of Aphrodisiacs

The name Aphrodisiacs comes from Greek aphrodisios meaning pertaining to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. There is also folklore suggesting that because Aphrodite was born in the sea, seafood is an aphrodisiac.

Ancient cultures like Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks believed that certain substances could increase a person’s libido, sexual desire, or prowess. This was deemed important because some men suffered from erectile dysfunction and could not procreate. Inability to impregnate one’s wife was seen as a failure and such men would lose respect in society. Hence a stimulant was needed.

In Hindu culture, one could find poems written dating back 2000 to 1000 BC that spoke of performance enhancers, their use, and ingredients. Similar text can be found in Chinese culture dating back 2697 to 2595 BC.

Since the Middle Ages, foods that are shaped like a man's or women’s reproductive organs are considered to be aphrodisiacs including oysters, asparagus, sea cucumbers, and ginseng.

There is a legend about the ancient Aztec ruler Montezuma consumed more than 50 cups of chocolate before visiting his harem. Allegedly, Casanova seduced a virgin by slipping a raw oyster in her mouth.

The Yujo (the brother workers of feudal Japan) swore by a tincture of eels, lotus root, and charred newt.

Bird’s nest soup, piranhas, sparrow’s tongue are all considered to be aphrodisiacs.

Herbal Aphrodisiacs

It is not uncommon or unusual to look for a little help to improve things in the bedroom or to just a add little bit of spice to your sex life. Sex is one of our primal needs and we should be able to derive maximum pleasure out of it. Thankfully, nature is on our side and has blessed us with an abundance of herbal aphrodisiacs. You don’t need to rely on fads and hearsay but can use one of the many naturally occurring aphrodisiacs.

Clavo Huasca (Tynnanthus Panurensis) – Clavo Huasca is an Amazonian vine that has long been used by the Peruvians for its medicinal and aphrodisiac benefits. The roots and barks are the most commonly used part of the vine and produce a distinct clove-like smell and hence are also known as white clove or clove vine. It is mostly used in form of tea or tincture.

Damiana (Turnera Diffusa) – Turnera Diffusa, more commonly known as Damiana is a shrub native to the southern United States, Mexico, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Damiana is a relatively small, woody shrub that produces small, yellow aromatic flowers. The shrub is said to have a strong spice-like odor somewhat similar to chamomile and its fruits taste like figs. Damiana has a long history of being used for its relaxing and aphrodisiac effects in both men and women. Its mostly used in form of tea, tincture, or made into Damiana Liqueur.

Catuaba (Erythroxylum Catuaba) – Erythroxylum Catuaba or simply Catuaba is the Brazilian aphrodisiac plant that has been used by countries indigenous people for centuries. As a drink, Catuaba is famous as a wine-infused drink with sweet, sugary taste, readily available in most supermarkets in the country.

Catuaba has a long history of use in herbal medicine as an aphrodisiac. It was first used by Tupi Indians who believed that the herb had bestowed upon them particularly large genitals and powerful sexual ability. Many songs have been composed about Catuaba praising its wonders and abilities.

Catuaba bark can be used to make tea, tincture or its powder can be added to smoothies or juices.

Velvet bean (Mucuna Pruriens) – Mucuna Pruriens, more commonly known as Velvet Bean is a tropical legume native to Africa and tropical Asia. Velvet Bean contains L-dopa, an amino acid needed by the brain to produce dopamine, a hormone, and neurotransmitter that plays an important role in motivation, pleasure, and emotions. As a mood enhancer, many users find that Velvet Bean puts them in a “mood for love”. Velvet Beans can be cooked, made into a coffee-like beverage or its powder can be used as a health supplement.

Muira Puama (Ptychopetalum Olacoides) – Muira Puama, literally translated potency wood, is a Brazilian tree whose bark and roots are used to help increase libido, sex drive and works as a natural sexual stimulant for both men and women. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Muira Puama is a highly-regarded sexual stimulant with a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac. It is best to use Muira Puama in form of a tonic or tincture.

Red Kwao Krua (Butea Superba) – Butea Superba, commonly known as Kwao Krua Deng (Deng standing for red) is a plant found in northern and eastern Thailand and Myanmar. Red Kwao Krua has been used in traditional Thai medicine for a long time as a rejuvenation herb to promote youthfulness in both men and women. The herb is considered a powerful natural aphrodisiac that increases the blood flow to the genitals resulting in a longer-lasting erection. Red Kwao Krua is best used in form of powder or capsules.

Tribulus Terrestris Extract – Tribulus Terrestris is an annual plant in the catnip family that grows in dry, tropical regions of Southern Eurasia and Africa. It has been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for a long time. In the west, it has been used as a dietary supplement for at least since the 1980s. It can help increase the testosterone levels in the male body and in effect help improve sexual performance and build muscle. Tribulus Terrestris is best used in form of extract. Worldherbals offers high-quality Tribulus Terrestris extracts at 40% strength.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) – Ashwagandha is an evergreen herb belonging to the nightshade family that grows in India, the middle east, and certain parts of Africa. The herb gets its name due to the horse-like odor of its roots. In Sanskrit, ashva means horse, and gandha means smell, giving herb its name Ashwagandha. It has long been used in Indian ayurvedic medicine for boosting energy and maintaining youth. It is also prescribed to men and women with low libido. Dried Ashwagandha roots can be used to make tea or ground into a powder and added to juice, smoothies, and other beverages. If one wishes, one can also use the traditional method of chewing the roots.

Where to buy herbal Aphrodisiacs?

Be it an aphrodisiac, energizer, dream enhancing or any other kind of herb, it is important to buy them from a reliable source. Worldherbals provides consistent, high-quality, Aphrodisiac herbs to its customers which can be either ordered online or bought at our shop.

Some of the other aphrodisiacs or performance enhancers available at Worldherbals are Rush Herbal Popper, Happy Caps Sex-E, MCSX, Triple X, Spanish Fly, Stiff X.