Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Aphrodisiacs, But Were Too Lazy To Ask

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Aphrodisiac: a strange substance that’s supposed to help you to seduce people. If sex and libido are mentioned in a conversation, the subject will surely come to aphrodisiacs after a few minutes. This post is to remind you that if you're looking for an edible viagra alternative, mother nature’s always there for you.

So what’s aphrodisiac anyway?

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Now we’re going to teach you things. Aphrodisiac is a word derived from Aphrodite – The Greek goddess of love, sexuality, pleasure, and procreation. The use of aphrodisiacs takes us back to the anecdote of Cleopatra, who displayed chauvinism towards saffron. Apparently, she is said to bathe in saffron to lure her lovers. According to the famed Indian Sex Guide, The Kamasutra, aphrodisiacs promote the shrouding of private parts with honey and black pepper.

Bored? Let’s move on to something more interesting then. An aphrodisiac may be a food, a liquid, or a scent.

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And they don’t work in the same way for everyone.

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There are different types and effects of aphrodisiacs. While one type of it may be very effective for one, it might not work on someone else at all. Because of that, many think that the effect is probably nothing more than a placebo.

A strong perfume can increase the libido of many people, but it can also be annoying for others.

But of course, it’s possible to categorize these so called libido boosters.

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Hormones such as Testosterone, Bremelanotide, Melanotan, and Crocin are structurally loaded with libido enhancing functions. Each one has its effect on certain areas of the brain in different ways, increasing the libido.

Enough with the chemistry lecture? Well if you’re looking for more practical info, keep scrolling.

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Got excited, haven’t you?

Let’s start with the well-known ones like chocolate.

Chocolate is full of anandamide and phenylethylamine, two compounds that cause her body to release the same feel-good endorphins triggered by sex and physical exertion. Cocoa also contains methylxanthines, which make skin sensitive to every erotic touch.

Oysters!

These slippery shellfish have been shucked in the name of love for centuries, but it wasn't until 2005 that a team of researchers identified two amino acids in shellfish that had been linked in another study to an increased sexual hormone release in rats. If that's not a tenuous enough link to love, consider that oysters are also high in zinc, which regulates some sexual hormones and boosts semen production. Critics question just how potent the shellfish really are, but the history of shellfish as a heralded aphrodisiac and the intimacy of consumption—slurping it from the shell--could contribute to a small psychosomatic boost.

Watermelon

The summer staple contains citrulline, a nutrient that relaxes blood vessels throughout the body in the same way Viagra works below the belt, according to Texas A&M researchers. A 4-ounce serving contains 150 milligrams of citrulline, but the researchers haven't yet assessed what dosage is necessary to stimulate a sexual appetite. If you're giving it a try, juice an entire wedge; the rind contains 60 percent more citrulline than the fruit.

Phallic or Vaginal Foods. (And yes I know what you're thinking.)

Suggestive staples—bananas, avocados, and strawberries—might not pack a physical punch, but they can still prompt provocative thoughts, cueing associative instincts and providing a flirtatious food toy, says University of Michigan neuroscientist Kent Berridge. No kielbasa? No problem. Feed her foods with your fingers, like strawberries or sushi, and let your digits linger on her lips.

Alcohol

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Booze acts as a depressant in the brain's cerebral cortex, lowering inhibitions that could otherwise restrain arousal. Too much, though, and your decision-making skills plummet, according to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Another reason to quit while you're ahead: Research from the University of Washington found that intoxicated men with blood alcohol levels of 0.8 to 0.10 percent (about two or three drinks) had lower "peak erection levels," or hardness. So split a bottle of cab with her and whisk her off to bed.

Well of course you’re free to wander around look for what’s going to be your aphrodisiac, but please get off mother nature’s back for your dirty mind. Will you.

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Don’t push it so hard maybe?

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