Natural Aphrodisiacs (That Aren’t Oysters) – Perfect Honeymoon Food

posted on 19 February 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

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An aphrodisiac increases sexual desire, hence the name, which comes from the Greek goddess of love – Aphrodite.

Whilst there are those who proport that medical science has no claim that any particular food increases sexual desire, the medical industry has no vested interest in examing foods and natural supplements more closely – they have drugs like Viagra to sell.

But folklore, and modern nutritionists, will argue otherwise. Here are a few foods and natural herbs and supplements that can heat things up in the bedroom:

Ginseng

Known to revitalise the body, this root is also touted as one of the best aphrodisiacs. You can find it in tinctures liquids, powders or capsules. It’s not particularly tasty, so capsules are best. It also helps alleviate stress and is used as a tonic

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Or cacao – improves your overall mood and is a stress reliever, dark chocolate particularly, as it contains phenylethylamine, which boosts serotonin and gives you a happiness boost

Nutmeg

Whilst the jury is out on its proven aphrodisiac qualities, this spice is used as a mild painkiller, stimulates the circulatory system and increases blood flow. It’s been shown to increase mating behaviour in mice, so including it in your cooking won’t hurt

Mead

Made from honey, water, berries and spices, mead was believed to promote fertility and desire and thus given to newlyweds to drink for the first month of marriage. It is high in Vit Bs, which raise testosterone levels

Maca

A root grown in the Andes, has recently become popular in SA as a superfood. It raises levels of testosterone, naturally

Pumpkin seeds

These are high in zinc, which increases fertility and sex drive, although you’ll have to eat a fair number of them before you feel the effects – try eating them by the handful

Avocados

Full of Vit E, this boosts one’s state of arousal; the Aztecs called the avo tree ‘Ahuacuati’, which means ‘testicle tree’, which may or may not have anything to do with its said aphrodisiac qualities

L-arginine

A natural amino acid, it works in ways similar to Viagra. However if you suffer from fever blisters this can increase your risk, so stay away from it.

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