SEX! Everyone knows about it, but not many people openly talk about it.
Especially to their significant others. As great as sex is, we’re always looking for a way to make it better and heighten the experience. Aphrodisiacs are something that could assist in increasing the sex drive and put you “in the mood.”
What is an aphrodisiac anyway? Well, Merriam-Webster defines it as “an agent (such as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire.” Whether we think we need the help or not, it doesn’t hurt to get a little boost in the bedroom. You may even have fun discovering which ones work and which ones don’t.
We’ve all seen the television commercials for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. We’ve also heard all the warnings, made all the four-hour jokes and wondered whether the risk was worth the reward. But if you’d rather try some natural alternatives, we’ve got you covered.
Here are 10 unique aphrodisiacs that’ll have you cooking in the kitchen and blushing in the bedroom. After all, it is Couple Appreciation Month ...
Folklore tells us this is a defensive posture, but it’s also a sign of relaxation. Or perhaps you’re just cold! But pairing it with an eye roll or a slouchy posture? Whoever you’re listening to will be fully aware that you are not receptive to what they have to say.
Throughout history, people have used aniseed for a variety of ailments including a lagging libido. Just infuse a glass of water with some crushed seeds and your sex drive will increase. It also smells like licorice, so if you’re a Twizzlers or Red Vines fan you win on both counts!
Ideal for helping to prevent heart problems and clogged arteries, garlic has been used since the time of the Egyptians as an aphrodisiac as well. High in allicin, it’s been proven to help boost the nervous system's ability to react to nitrous oxide, which can trigger longer lasting erections. I recommend both partners partake, so everyone smells the same. Garlic will inevitably seep out of your pores, so no amount of breath mints are going to help.
4. Pine Nuts
Another surprising one. Pine nuts have been found to be one of the most potent of aphrodisiacs. High in the Himalayas, and some of the surrounding countries, pine nuts are a staple in the diets of those who live there. Many think that it’s linked to the region’s notably high birth rates. Aside from that, they’re rich in zinc, an essential chemical in the production of testosterone. When testosterone increases, it can be beneficial for male potency. An interesting fact — a lot of roadside stands in Utah sell pine nuts. Could this be the source of all those Utahans!
A symbol of romance and fertility in Greek mythology, the pomegranate surprisingly acts as an aphrodisiac too. It has yet to be proven by science, but one study states that this fruit can lower cortisol levels in men, which in turn will raise his testosterone levels higher.
6. Tongkat Ali
This natural aphrodisiac is also a pro-fertility supplement native to the jungles of Indonesia. This potent herb will increase testosterone as well as libido stimulation and muscle growth promotion (if you know what I mean.) You can obtain this on Amazon as a pill or as a powder to add to your morning coffee!
7. Ginkgo Biloba
You may have heard about the benefits this plant has for improving memory and helping to treat conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s. But Ginkgo Biloba, which happens to be the oldest plant species on the planet, can also help with triggering arousal and long-lasting erections by improving blood and oxygen flow.
Surprisingly, this fish, which is a great healthy alternative to beef or poultry, is also an aphrodisiac. Since it’s rich in Omega-3s, it can elevate serotonin levels and help lift the libido. It also packs loads of protein which will assist in giving one energy and stamina!
The roots of this aphrodisiac trace back to China, Japan and Korea. It’s used to help nourish the kidneys, strengthen arteries and reduce blood pressure. For postmenopausal women, it helps boost estrogen. For men, it helps with impotence, erectile dysfunction and spermatorrhea. Another name for Barrenwort is horny goat weed. Need I say more?
Mmm, nothing is sexier than a hot steamy bowl of oatmeal. All joking aside, eating concentrated amounts of oats has been shown to increase testosterone levels in men. Skip the strawberries for breakfast and give your man a box of Quaker Oats instead. Or better yet, whip up a batch of Diane’s 6-Spice Oatmeal Cookies. That’s sure to whet his appetite.
Of course, none of these aphrodisiacs are meant to replace treatments for serious medical conditions, like erectile dysfunction. And for some people, a trip to a doctor for medications may be needed and can be extremely helpful. But if you’re planning a romantic evening and want to do some safe exploration with your partner, give it a try.
Oh, and don’t forget the dessert with decadent intimate apparel!