9 red rose petals, 1 pinch of rosemary, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 2 black cherries, 4 drops of blood, 1 drop of amber oil, a piece of tree bark and some dragon saliva! Is this the recipe for the ultimate love potion? Will this bring you your true love or make you a sex goddess? Well no. For thousands of years people have been brewing love potions and eating strange animal parts in search of the perfect aphrodisiac. Instead of hunting down a dragon to try the recipe above, here are some things that do work.
Oysters! Not only are they delicious, they are one of the most effective aphrodisiacs. The word itself comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who was born in an oyster shell off the island of Cyprus and immediately gave birth to Eros. And doesn’t the shape remind you somehow of a vagina? Oysters are high in zinc, which improves the production of sperm. They also increase the production of testosterone, so in theory this means they also increase the libido. It is said that Casanova used to eat 50 oysters a day!
We already knew that chocolate makes you feel happy; but it can also improve your sex life. An Italian study revealed that that women who ate chocolate, felt more sexually fulfilled. In a lot of romantic movies, they joke that chocolate is the perfect replacement for sex. The texture is smooth and creamy, the taste strong and intense… What are you waiting for?
When it comes to fruit and vegetables, many believe that shape matters. Bananas and asparagus are seen as male aphrodisiacs. In the 19th century, French grooms were often served 3 courses of asparagus on their wedding night. For the same reason, figs and papayas are believed to increase the libido of women, since they resemble the female sex organs. But although cucumbers look like giant phalluses, it’s said that they increase the blood flow to the vagina.
So how about caviar? It’s a synonym for luxury and wealth, and exactly for those reasons it is associated with the libido. The only thing it will do is make you smell like fish. Garlic? Good for the blood, but that’s it. Horny Goat Weed? The name sounds promising but it’s not proven. Chilli peppers? They make you sweat and increase your heart rate, but eating large quantities could cause irritation of the genitals so be careful…ouch!
This finally brings us to the myth of the Spanish fly. It’s not made of a fly, but of a green beetle that is ground into a powder. Real Spanish fly causes a painful erection, does permanent damage to the kidneys and is highly toxic. It’s a type-A poison: four to six drops could be enough to kill you. If you see any advertising for Spanish fly, you can be sure it contains nothing but chemicals that can’t be too healthy either.
Nowhere in Europe does the fruit taste sweeter then in Spain. Though hopefully you won’t go looking for Spanish fly, you can be sure to find some tasty oysters and chocolate. Why not spent a holiday in Andalusia? Rent the best apartments in Seville, it’s balmy nights, stirring flamenco and culinary aphrodisiacs will guarantee you some passionate nights.